B1G Basketball power rankings: Black Wednesday edition


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“Wisconsin should be the pick of the litter, they have everybody back from a Final Four team, but two through ten, you’re going to be able to flip coins,” said the dean of B1G coaches, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo.

Yeah, pretty much! So let’s go make the argument for each one, 2-10.

As well as 11-14 too.

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Purdue vs Northwestern: sneaky meaningful game preview


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The Purdue Boilermakers versus the Northwestern Wildcats is a “sneaky meaningful” and “sneaky compelling” game.

All season long we’ve heard about how each program is moving in a certain direction. And that would be in opposite directions. There is no doubt that Purdue has improved this season; but how much? If they think they’ve really surpassed Northwestern in the Big Ten pecking order, now is the time to prove it. And for all the cries about the decline of Northwestern’s program this season, (and going back to last year too) the big upset in South Bend this past Saturday halted that talk.

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2015 NCAA Tournament Bracketology


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It is tip-off week for the 2014-15 college basketball season.  Here is an extremely early projection of the 2015 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 four of the past five years.

UPDATED: 10/10/14
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2015 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (10/30/14)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs have NOT been taken into account.  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…]

VIDEO: MSU Spartans mascot dancing in Taylor Swift parody


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It’s a good thing my 11-year-old niece doesn’t read my site. She’s a “Swiftie” and might get upset by seeing how much I’m about to rip the music of Taylor Swift here. On the other hand, she’d probably find this parody of Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” as disturbing and bizarre as I do. In the video below, you’ll see several Big Ten mascots “shaking it” and “working it” and lusting after young women.

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Where will E’Twaun Moore fit in on the Chicago Bulls roster?


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Chicago Bulls Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson often drafts players from brand name programs who stayed in school at least three years.

E’Twaun Moore fits that mold, as he’s the Purdue Boilermakers’ all time leader in minutes played, games started and games won.  This fall, Moore will gets his chance to make the Bulls roster. It comes as a free agent signee with three years experience instead of as a draft pick just of college.

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Purdue G Raphael Davis at Big Ten Media Day (Exclusive)


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Purdue Junior Guard Raphael Davis was handed the captaincy in the middle of last season; establishing him as the leader of this very young Boilermakers team. Now that the Johnson brothers are both gone, Davis assumes even more of a leadership role. He won’t be expected to run the offense, but he can bring it up and run the half court set if needs be.

Raphael Davis is actually much better of the dribble as an aggressive, versatile slasher. But he’s certainly not a perimeter threat (27% last season).

(Related: here is our exclusive with A.J. Hammonds)

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AUDIO: Purdue’s A.J. Hammons discusses his development and potential


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As frustratingly inconsistent as A.J. Hammons has been, he’ll probably get drafted in June. Likely in the first round, perhaps late lottery. Sports Illustrated claims that 17% of the population which is 7 feet or taller play in the NBA. Hammons is 7’0 and he’ll be the focal point of the Purdue offense this year.

Matt Painter will run his system from the inside-out as Purdue opponents will play the “Hack-a- A.J. Hammonds ” defense on the Baby Boilers all year. Now with the arrival of 7″2″ freshman Isaac Haas, Hammons has a true sparring partner to push him in practice.

(Related: here is our exclusive with Raphael Davis)

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Purdue vs Illinois: PILLOW FIGHT Preview


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Here’s where the very resistible force meets the quite easily moved object.

Purdue has an offense that would be horrendous by mid-major standards. However, now they face a defense that can’t stop a nose bleed (CC Bart Scott).

We will not be held liable for any mental and physical harm you incur from watching this. The fact that it’s even televised in the first place is frightening enough.

It’s Purdue versus Illinois. Because….someone has to win.

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Chicago Bulls sign E’Twaun Moore; local product, childhood fan


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E’Twaun Moore grew up a Chicago Bulls fan.

Today he joined the team.

The 6-4, 191 pound guard hails from East Chicago, Indiana, so this is literally “living the dream.” Moore worked out at the Berto Center (the Bulls’ practice facility in Deerfield, IL) right before the NBA Draft, and The Sports Bank asked him then what kind of feedback the Bulls gave him.

“Told me to be myself and try to get as strong as I can,” Moore said.

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Best tweets hilariously slamming Big ten football last night


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Was it the worst day in Big 10 football history yesterday? Perhaps.

Was it the worst day in the history of Big Ten football from a national perception/brand damage stand point? Absolutely. No doubt it was nothing short of catastrophic. I did a cover story for the Chicago Tribune RedEye edition previewing and predicting this season in August. (link here) I also listed the biggest story-lines. I did not have “Big Ten football will resemble a bunch of mediocre mid-majors by week two” as one one of them.

If you don’t turn on the Big Ten Network again until basketball season, no one would blame you. Well, it’s worth it to see Teddy Greenstein do his work (Dave Revsine and Gerry Di Nardo are very talented too), but non Tedward reasons to watch BTN are few and far between. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great that this league’s broadcast arm of its Sports Information Department exists. Because now you can see games that would otherwise never be televised.

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Ohio State once again Big Ten favorite, MSU not far behind


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Big Ten Media Days start tomorrow, as the season is now a month and change away.  The league actually does it much later than the other power conferences, so if you think this is too early, than you must really think the other leagues are insanely early. Over the weekend, the Big Ten released its preseason poll, and the usual favorite in Columbus, is once again expected to win it all. However, Michigan State is right up there as well. 

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