2014 Big Ten Tournament Predictions and Preview


nik-stauskas-2014-big-ten-tournament

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.

[Read more...]

2014 NCAA Tournament Bracketology (3/10/14)


bracketology

Selection Sunday is just six days away.  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.  Be sure to check back at The Sports Bank throughout the college basketball season for daily updates this week.

UPDATED: 3/10/14

[Read more...]

States of Illinois and Indiana to be shut out of NCAA Tournament


illinois-basketball

Illinois is a state that’s certainly synonymous with the great sport of basketball. Say that you’re from Chicago when traveling abroad, and the first thing people will say is Michael Jordan. Which replaced Al Capone. Before the 1990s, people on planet Earth first associated gangsterdom with the second city. Now it’s the Chicago Bulls.

The state of Indiana is right up there with North Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas as places where hoops rules. Yes, even in this great nation where the NFL slaughters everything, roundball comes first these specific states.

Yet this March will be the first instance in my lifetime where both the Land of Lincoln and the Crossroads of America are shut out of the NCAA Tournament. I turn 36 on Thursday. It’s been 42 years since this last occurred.

indiana-hoosiers-tom-crean

[Read more...]

Purdue Boilermakers have a couple future NFL players, says Mel Kiper


purdue-boilermakers

It was a really rough go for the Purdue Boilermakers and first year coach Darrell Hazell. The 1-11 record accurately tells the story of the season. However, we have some good news for a couple of Boilers, specifically, the two selected to play in the East-West Shrine game.

Cornerback Ricardo Allen and DT Bruce Gaston were picked for the college football All-Star game and they are the two Purdue Boilermakers likely to make an NFL roster next fall.

[Read more...]

2015 NBA Mock Draft (2/6/14)


nba draft logo

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.

Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft.

[Read more...]

2014 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (2/5/14)


nba draft logo

Here is the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account with this second round.  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...]

2014 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (2/5/14)


nba draft logo

Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, or Jabari Parker.  Who will be the first pick in the 2014 NBA Draft?  It’s an ongoing debate that will continue up to draft night on June 26th.

Here is The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have 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. [Read more...]

Purdue C A.J. Hammons could be a 2015 NBA 1st round pick


A-J-HAMMONS

We’re 151 days from the 2014 NBA Draft, which means we’re 614 days from the 2015 NBA Draft, a night in which we’ll probably hear the name of A.J. Hammons called. 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 as you watch teams play the “Hack-a- A.J. Hammonds ” defense on Purdue, 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.

[Read more...]

Do the Purdue Boilermakers have any NCAA Tournament hopes?


purdue-boilermakers-basketball

The Purdue Boilermakers (13-6, 3-3 in the Big Ten) NCAA Tournament boat is not sunk yet. However, it took on massive water Tuesday night at Northwestern in a game that barely legally still qualified as college basketball. That double overtime loss at NU was as pleasant to look at as a Kristen Schaal (“Daily Show” correspondent, “30 Rock” the evil, psycho NBC page) pictorial.

The Purdue Boilermakers have one top 50 win, against Eastern Michigan, and nothing else. Ten of the Boilermakers’ final 13 are against the top 100 teams, so they can control their own opportunities.

[Read more...]

Purdue basketball players react to fatal shooting on campus


 

purdue-basketball

 

Just hours after a fatal shooting rocked their world, the Purdue basketball team had a game scheduled. The Boilermakers were in Evanston preparing for a Big Ten match-up against Northwestern. The Wildcats won 63-60 in double overtime, in a game with offense that…well, let’s not speak of what transpired on the court. It barely qualified as college basketball, and I’m not sure that it actually truly does.

Let’s talk about the much bigger issues surrounding Purdue basketball and the Purdue community today.

[Read more...]

Boilermakers Coach Matt Painter speaks about the Purdue tragedy


matt-painter

Purdue Head Coach Matt Painter led his Boilermakers into Evanston tonight for a match-up at Northwestern, just hours after the Purdue University was scarred by tragedy. The campus was briefly put on lock down while local police apprehended a Purdue student who shot and killed a fellow student. Classes were cancelled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Matt Painter and his team were in the Chicagoland area and not in West Lafayette when the fatal shooting occurred.

After the game, won in double overtime 63-60 by NU (no, that’s not a typo. That’s the actual final score), Matt Painter greeted the media. The Boilers certainly earned this loss tonight, as they blew numerous chances. Northwestern did not lead in the contest until the 4:37 mark of the second overtime.

[Read more...]

How Travis Carroll got his “Tacos” nickname and how he feels about it


travis-carroll

Purdue Boilermakers forward Travis Carroll has an interesting nickname, and an interesting backstory to how he earned that nickname. Because nicknames can only be earned, you cannot give yourself one. (As George Costanza and “Seinfeld” taught us) And “Tacos,” as Travis Carroll is known is well aware of his nickname and how he earned it. I talked about “Tacos” with Travis Carroll at Big Ten Media Day.

[Read more...]