#21 Northwestern football game preview vs Purdue Boilermakers


Fresh off defeating a very good Penn State Nittany Lions team 23-21 in a game that had more plot twists than a James Bond film this Northwestern football team has a lot to play for even though a trip to Indianapolis for the Big Ten title game is now off the table.

Iowa would have to lose two of their last three in order for NU to have a chance at that, so let’s just remember Big Ten West title hopes are on life support. What’s very much alive is the hopes that they can break the Northwestern football school single season wins record.

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2016 NCAA Tournament Bracketology

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The 2016 college basketball tournament tips off this week.  Here is a pre-season 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 five of the past six years. [Read more…]

Illini football vs Purdue Boilermakers game preview


The idea of “Illini football Head Coach Bill Cubit” being an actual thing beyond December is now on life support. When you hang your hat on offense yet only manage a “whopping” 167 yards of total offense, and get blanked, in the process, your career stock falls like Enron.

If the Purdue Boilermakers win this one, then #Cubitism at Champaign-Urbana ends with game 12 of this season.

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Matt Painter gives great analogy on playing defense (audio)


Purdue Boilermakers Coach Matt Painter stayed close to 90 minutes at the round table sessions for Big Ten Media Day. That’s 50% more than what is expected and required of Big Ten players and coaches. In other words, Painter went above and beyond the call of duty, and essentially set an unofficial record for media opportunity time.

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Purdue’s Rapheal Davis on B1G DPOY competition with Hammons (Exclusive)

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Purdue Senior Guard Rapheal Davis was handed the captaincy in the middle of his sophomore season; establishing him as the leader of a promising Boilermakers team. With the Johnson brothers gone, Davis assumed even more of a leadership role last year, and a team picked to finish 11th in the Big Ten actually reached the NCAA Tournament.

Along the way Rapheal Davis won the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Award, edging out teammate A.J. Hammons.

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Matt Painter gives his take on who should succeed Bo Ryan

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Wisconsin Badgers Coach Bo Ryan released this statement in early July regarding his coaching future:

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Purdue CB Frankie Williams talks top NFL corners, Purdue QB derby


Purdue Boilermakers Cornerback Frankie Williams is most likely the team’s best player with the highest NFL Draft stock on defense. In our exclusive discussion from Big Ten Media Day, we talk a whole host of topics including some of the top NFL corners in the league right now. Williams also mentioned his favorite old school corner.

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Purdue QB discussion with Boilermakers C Robert Kugler


Purdue Boilermakers Center Robert Kugler is most likely the team’s best player with the highest NFL Draft stock on offense. In our exclusive discussion from Big Ten Media Day, we cover a whole host of topics, including how the NFL is underrating the value of a center.

Kugler said his favorite pro center is Maurkice Pouncey; and he had a few interesting tidbits regarding him. Kugler’s dad coached Pouncey in the NFL. There was also some Purdue QB competition, as it is the number one story line this summer.

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Latest updates on the open Purdue Quarterback competition


Purdue football training camp opened yesterday, and the wide open quarterback derby is the top story. Coach Darrell Hazell has two choices: Austin Appleby (Jr., 144-272, 1,449 yards, 10 TDs, 11 INTs) or David Blough (R-Fr.) Hazell gave very vague and ambiguous statements on the QB situation while on dais at Big Ten Media Day. Nothing can be discerned from what he said there.

But during the breakout sessions, Hazell described how the Purdue QB1 job will be decided.

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WR Danny Anthrop: Purdue Boilermakers’ best conditioned player?


Purdue Boilermakers Coach Darrell Hazell was asked at Big Ten Media Day who the three fastest guys on his team were. He mentioned senior wide receiver Danny Anthrop and senior cornerback Anthony Brown without hesitation. Hazell then paused for awhile and said maybe freshman Evyn Cooper.

Hazell hasn’t tested his team in the 40 yet, so by fastest we don’t mean quicket off the line. It was a gasser conditioning test.

“That has nothing to do with pure speed, that has to do with pacing yourself, training and conditioning yourself,” Hazell said.

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Purdue Football: Never Too Early Season Preview


If you’re a Purdue football fan, you should definitely avert your eyes from Lindy’s Sports Big Ten football annual this summer. Here’s where they slotted the Boilermakers in their Big Ten position group power rankings. Remember, there are 14 teams in the B1G.

QB- 11, RB- 13, WR- 11, OL- 14, DL- 13, LB- 13, DB-14, and special teams, wait for it……wait for it……5th. Reading those rankings reminds me of Rainier Wolfcastle in the Radioactive Man movie: “The goggles! They do nothing!!”

I’m not even going to bring up what Lindy’s said about Purdue football in the overall conference ratings. Well, the Boilers are much better than that; and Lindy’s is way off on this one. On the other hand, Purdue isn’t exactly bowl bound this year.

I will go out on a limb here and say that the the Boilermakers continue their upward win total trend in 2015.

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2016 NBA Mock Draft (6/29/15)

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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.

Be sure to check out our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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