2014 Big Ten Tournament Predictions and Preview


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As we head into the 2014 Big Ten Tournament, every coach’s job is safe. That’s the first time I’ve ever been able to say that during the past five years. I’ve been covering the BTT every year since 2010, and “Championship Week” has meant “Pink Slip Week” as one coach has gotten fired during each tournament in every year since 2011.

On top of job security, the 2014 Big Ten Tournament promises to be wild and unpredictable. They league’s results made no sense all season long, so I’m predicting this conference tourney will be the same. Seeding almost doesn’t matter here.

Match-ups are what matters in the 2014 Big Ten Tournament.

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2014 NCAA Tournament Bracketology (3/10/14)


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Selection Sunday is just six days away.  Here is a projection of the 2014 NCAA Tournament Bracketology.   You will notice on the Bracket Matrix grades that The Sports Bank’s bracketology has been more accurate than ESPN’s Joe Lunardi three of the past four years.  Be sure to check back at The Sports Bank throughout the college basketball season for daily updates this week.

UPDATED: 3/10/14

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Penn State basketball 59, Northwestern 32, yes that actually happened


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2009: Penn State basketball 38, Illini 32; in Champaign no less.

TONIGHT: Penn State 59, Northwestern 32 in Evanston. TENACIOUS DEFENSE!!!!

No media travel to cover Penn State basketball when they play on the road. I think you understand the many reasons why that is.

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Combine draft stock: 3 who earned a 1st round grade, 3 who fell out


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Now that the NFL Scouting Combine is over, here’s our biggest winners and losers. Or three stock up and three stock down. Here’s three who came to Indianapolis without a first round grade, but now stand a very good chance of hearing their names called on draft night. Conversely, three who fell out of the first round with a bad performance.

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Penn St.’s James Franklin good at “flipping” in recruiting


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New Penn State Coach James Franklin has had a rather smooth transition thus far; at least in the recruiting department. Since taking over for Bill O’Brien, Franklin has poached a few commits from Vanderbilt. PSU has five early enrollees, and they bolstered the class by signing four-star receiver Saeed Blacknall, who defected from Rutgers.

Which leads us into a discussion of something called “flipping.” And it’s something James Franklin is excelling at.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft (2/6/14)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely premature 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account.  Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft.

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2014 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (2/5/14)


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Here is the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account with this second round.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

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2014 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (2/5/14)


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Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, or Jabari Parker.  Who will be the first pick in the 2014 NBA Draft?  It’s an ongoing debate that will continue up to draft night on June 26th.

Here is The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account.  Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013. [Read more...]

Ex Penn State star NaVorro Bowman suffers an ACL tear


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Former Penn State star NaVorro Bowman is used to adversity in his life. Adversity is a word that has gotten absurdly co-opted, grossly misused and perverted into a horribly shopworn cliche utterly destroying it’s actual meaning. So when I say Navorro Bowman has dealt with a lot of adversity, I mean he really truly has dealt with actual adversity.

Now a 3 time All-Pro Linebacker with the San Francisco 49ers, Bowman suffered a potentially devastating knee injury in the NFC Title game yesterday. Doctors confirmed it’s an ACL tear.

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What has new Penn State Coach James Franklin actually accomplished?


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Why did James Franklin get such a high profile and sought after gig like Penn State? Why give him a prestigious job at a college football mega-power? You’re giving the keys to one of the biggest brands in American sports over to James Franklin? What has really accomplished? What are the big Vanderbilt victories that put Commodore football and James Franklin on the map?

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Big Ten basketball postseason projections 1-6-14


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Note: projections will not include my predictions for the Big Ten basketball tournament, nor any March Madness predictions.

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Bill O’Brien CURSES OUT the Penn State JoeBots


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Bill O’Brien has left Penn State to become the new Head Coach of the Houston Texans. It appears a big reason why are the “Joebots.” For those outside of the state of Pennsylvania, “JoeBots” are the Joe Paterno zealots who cling to the past and deify Paterno in spite of any and all evidence that condemns him. They’re more than loyal to a fault, they’re loyal despite…well, in their weltanschaung Paterno never did any wrong. Ever.

And Bill O’Brien had some harsh final parting words for them

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