Purdue Boilermakers: road to a NCAA Tourney berth


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The Purdue Boilermakers season has been the polar opposite of a mullet (“business in front, party in the back”) Usually, you party with the early, softer non-conference schedule, and then take care of business with the more rugged Big Ten schedule.

Purdue has been the anti-thesis of that in 2014-15. They didn’t take care of business in the pre-conference; but they have been really solid during league play. Hence the very confusing and contradicting Purdue Boilermakers NCAA Tournament profile.

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VIDEO: Purdue Coach Matt Painter post win at Northwestern


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The story of the night in Evanston was Purdue’s twin towers of A.J. Hammons and Isaac Haas. (Here’s video of the media availability with both of them following the game)

“We try to get the ball inside no matter who we go against,” Purdue Head Coach Matt Painter said.

“We’ve had a tough time against Olah in the past but tonight we were able to get the best of him.”

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VIDEO: Purdue G Rapheal Davis post Northwestern interview


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Rapheal Davis scored 15 points to with seven rebounds and four assists as Purdue won at Northwestern 68-60. Davis also committed zero turnovers. Over the last four games, Davis is averaging 18.0 PPG, 5.5 RPG and 2.3 APG.

We caught up to Rapheal Davis earlier in the season, and at this link you can check out our exclusive chat at this link here.

Below you’ll find the video of Davis’ media availability in Evanston:

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VIDEOS: Purdue big men A.J. Hammons, Isaac Haas post NU interviews


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Here’s what a local beat writer said to me following Purdue’s 68-60 win at Northwestern tonight.

“That Haas kid, he reminds me of that bad guy in the James Bond movies.”

“Which one?” I inquired.

“The tall guy who was in a couple of the Roger Moore James Bond movies…”

“Oh, you mean Jaws?” I said.

It turns out that Jaws and Haas are the exact same height; and both are very hard for their opposition to stop. So I’m sure the Chicago sporting scribe meant it as a compliment. They certainly do not look alike at all. They’re just similarly fearsome and formidable.

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2016 NBA Mock Draft (1/8/15)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely early 2016 NBA Mock Draft.  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 FIRST ROUND OF OUR 2015 NBA MOCK DRAFT.

Be sure to check out our 2015 NFL mock draft as well.

And our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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Big Ten Basketball: 17 worst losses this Pre-Conference season


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“Our effort was not up to standard tonight which i take very personally,” said Northwestern Coach Chris Collins after losing at home by 13 to a middle tier MAC team.

“I can’t explain it. If I had an answer for it I would tell you guys. We got out-everythinged,” he continued.

“We didn’t give them any resistance to start the game.”

Collins and the Wildcats getting dominated at home by Central Michigan is troubling, but it’s just one of many very bad losses that Big Ten basketball has suffered this non-conference season. Let’s break it down.

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B1G Basketball power rankings: the “we apologize” edition


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There are certain B1G basketball teams that owe an apology right now. Sure, one team nationally ranked in the preseason losing to a low-major that you’ve never heard of is excusable although unexpected. Upsets happen. However, two preseason AP top 25 teams losing to low-majors on two separate occasions? That’s kind of embarrassing. Plus the B1G hasn’t had a whole lot of signature wins to really counter-act those ugly losses.

Hey, at least they won the challenge versus the ACC

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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 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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