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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2015 NBA Mock Draft (6/30/14)


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Now that the 2014 NBA Draft is in the books, draft nets like myself can look ahead to next year’s class.  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.

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UPDATED: Complete 2014 College Basketball transfers list


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College basketball transfers are becoming a growing trend.  Here is a list of players from the marquee conferences who are transferring out of their respective programs after this past season and a list of college basketball transfers who will be eligible to play at their new school for the 2014-15 season.  Bookmark this page as we will continue to update the list as the off-season progresses.

UPDATED: 6/3/14

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UPDATED: 2014-2015 preseason top 25 college basketball rankings


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Now that we know which college basketball players have declared for the NBA Draft and top 2014 recruit Myles Turner has made his college decision, it is time to update my insanely early 2014-15 Top 25 college basketball rankings.  Here is a list of which players have already announced they are transferring and entering the draft.  Leave a comment below if you think a team is too high, too low, not getting enough respect, or if you notice an error in a projected roster.  (Click here to see how my 2013-14 way too early preseason college basketball rankings turned out.)

Allow me to present to you my way too early 2014-2015 preseason Top 25 college basketball rankings.  (Check out The Sports Bank’s 2015 NCAA Tournament Bracketology.)

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Purdue C A.J. Hammons makes correct decision about NBA draft


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Yes, as frustrating and inconsistent as A.J. Hammons has been, he’ll probably be drafted. Likely even in the first round in ’15. This year…no chance. Sports Illustrated claims that 17% of the population which is 7 feet or taller play in the NBA. H/T to my Twitter follow/er @coloradojimw

So he made the correct decision to stay in school yesterday.  As you watch teams play the “Hack-a- A.J. Hammonds ” defense on Purdue next year, and maybe you don’t find that brand of basketball aesthetically pleasing (you wouldn’t be the only one) remember that A.J. is likely going to handsomely paid one day soon.

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2015 NCAA Tournament Bracketology


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Yes, I know the 2014 NCAA Tournament just ended but I’m already thinking ahead to next March.  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.  

Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2014-15 preseason Top 25 rankings

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FINAL 2014 NCAA Tournament Bracketology (3/16/14)


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Happy Selection Sunday!  The NCAA Tournament brackets will be revealed at 5:00 PM CST today.  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.  

UPDATED: 3/16/14 4:45 PM CST

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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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Five Biggest Ten Tourney Storylines


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The 2014 Big Ten Tourney is here. Not in Chicago like last year, but moved back to Indianapolis. And the league is nowhere near as strong this year as it was last year. However, it promises to be very unpredictable and interesting. Anything can happen. Here’s our preview and predictions.

Let’s move on to the storylines. The stories within the story.

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