Early 2016-17 Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings

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Looking at the very early Big Ten basketball power rankings for next year, MSU is the unquestioned. David Kmiecik, via his top 25 for next season, which you can view here, collaborated with Paul M. Banks on this listing. Dave did the entries for the nationally ranked Big Ten basketball teams, and Banks had to do the teams that aren’t as good. (of course! always!)

Enjoy! We also linked the three early season previews that we already did for three Big Ten basketball teams.

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FINAL 2016 NCAA Tournament Bracketology

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Happy Selection Sunday.  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…]

Best of Purdue Boilermakers Post Victory Locker Room Reaction

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The Purdue Boilermakers enjoyed a very comfortable 76-59 Big Ten Tournament semifinal win over the Michigan Wolverines today, largely on the strength of domination inside. The big boys were very impressive, and they’ll need to repeat that effort tomorrow in order to win their enchanting tourney championship match-up with Michigan State.

Here’s the best of what the Purdue Boilermakers had to say in the locker room postgame.

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Purdue Boilermakers Integrating 3-Ball Better Into their Offense

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The Purdue Boilermakers are very well known for their formidable interior presence. They’re like this year’s Kentucky; a college team who much larger than many NBA teams. West Lafayette, Indiana does not have a skyline; that is except for A.J. Hammons, Isaac Haas and Caleb “Biggie” Swanigan.

Everyone talks about the Purdue bigs, but not many talk about the Purdue littles as much. Or they don’t talk about the three-point game a ton.

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Purdue Basketball: an Extremely Schizophrenic Team

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Purdue Basketball was nationally a top ten trending term on Twitter following a thrilling 83-79 home win over #9 Maryland. On “Blackout day” Mackey Arena was rocking for 40 minutes with an overflow crowd of 14,486 mostly dressed in all black.

They witnessed their home team playing like a Final 4 Four qualifier, a CBI entry and a NIT participant all within the same five to ten minute stretches. In the same half, you can see multiple Purdue teams several times. On the season, their body of work is befitting a #4 or #5 seed overall in the NCAA Tournament (as we’ve detailed here)

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#19 Purdue Basketball vs #9 Maryland: Preview, Prediction

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#19 Purdue basketball heads into a Saturday matinee big enough that it feels like a football game. Think Saturday afternoon, 50ish degrees, small town Indiana, a clash of two top 20 teams- it’s almost like Notre Dame taking on USC…well, that’s a stretch, but you get the idea.

Yes, Purdue basketball is a zillion times more relevant than Purdue football, so the analogy loses some credence there, but it’s a definite “circle the date on the calendar” kind of affair vs Maryland in West Lafayette.

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Big Ten Basketball Scheduling is Broken: here’s the Fix

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Look what you’ve done Big Ten basketball. Tonight brings us the first edition of this…..with another edition ten days later and a possible third, just six days after. Think about what you’ve done Big Ten basketball schedule makers.

Rutgers (6-21, 0-14 in Big Ten play) versus Minnesota basketball (7-19, 1-13) is about as horrid as the game that began with a peach basket can get. It’s a contest of teams that have combined to go 13-40 overall, 1-25 in Big Ten play.

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How is Caleb Swanigan Progressing with Purdue?

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Purdue Power Forward Caleb Swanigan came to West Lafayette with much fanfare and a fair share of controversy. That’s because he was not just a McDonald’s All-American, but A 5-star prospect from Indiana who backed out of his solid verbal commitment to one Big Ten team in order to flip over to another conference rival.

In other words, Swanigan “Eric Gordoned” Michigan State in order to join the Boilermakers. Although, to be fair, this comparison has some limitations. Gordon committed to Illinois then flipped to Indiana in October while Caleb Swanigan stayed undecided until late April, picked MSU then flipped to Purdue shortly thereafter.

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Indiana vs Purdue: the Big Ten Hoops “El Classico”

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If Big Ten basketball has its own version of “El Classico,” it’s the Indiana Hoosiers vs. the Purdue Boilermakers. No. 17-ranked Purdue and No. 22-ranked Indiana rekindle their acrimony for the 204th time on Saturday night in Assembly Hall with Bob Wischusen and Dan Dakich doing the call on ESPN, beginning at 8:30 PM ET.

Tomorrow night’s contest marks the first time since Feb. 19, 2008, that both teams enter the game nationally-ranked as well as each team having at least 21 wins.

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Purdue Basketball’s Home: Top 10 Natl College Hoops Experience

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There are four states where basketball season is year round- Indiana, North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky. Given what basketball in the state of Illinois has now become, at all levels, I highly suggest you go next door and check out what the “Crossroads of America” has to offer.

Last night was my first ever experience inside the home of Purdue basketballMackey Arena.

It was long overdue, and well worth the wait. It’s also a bit odd/lazy on my part that it took so long for me to get here. Purdue is actually closer to Chicago than the University of Illinois.

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Purdue Basketball Having a NCAA #4 Seed Level Season

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Boiler Up Purdue basketball fans because this year’s team, at least on paper, looks like a bonafide Sweet 16 qualifier. Upon close examination of the Boilermakers resume, they resemble a team that could get as high as a #3 seed, most likely a #4 seed and probably no lower than a #5.

Those are the teams most likely to advance to the tourney’s second weekend. Should you pick this Purdue basketball that far in your bracket a month from now? Well, call us Cap’n Crunch because we crunched the numbers for you as we speed ever closer Selection Sunday.

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Jim Nantz has a mind blowing Super Bowl 50 factoid

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Hello friends.

Jim Nantz, who will call the big game Sunday, offered this MVP race insight:

“As the game gets broken down a million different ways, and every possible conceivable story angle has been written before the kickoff, I want to be the first to say that if Star Lotulelei ends up the MVP, then the Super Bowl will have officially come full circle in 50 years. From (Super Bowl I MVP) Bart Starr to Star Lotulelei.”

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