B1G Basketball power rankings: Black Wednesday edition

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“Wisconsin should be the pick of the litter, they have everybody back from a Final Four team, but two through ten, you’re going to be able to flip coins,” said the dean of B1G coaches, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo.

Yeah, pretty much! So let’s go make the argument for each one, 2-10.

As well as 11-14 too.

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Melvin Gordon to Seattle Seahawks idea gains more validity

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Within a week, a record belonging to Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon was gone.

Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine, with 427 yards rushing against a Kansas team that has packed it in for the season. (Actually, I’m not sure KU even really tried that hard at the beginning of 2014). Gordon held the single-game FBS rushing record for seven days. However, he has something Perine does not- a near certain invitation to the downtown athletic club in New York City.

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2015 NFL Mock Draft 11-25-14


It’s 2015 NFL mock draft time! As we move closer towards December, fans of more NFL teams will look towards the future as the present becomes increasingly meaningless. Once your team has nothing left to play for this regular season, why not focus on a 2015 NFL mock draft? This is the first mock in which team needs will be taken into account for all 32 teams, go here to see our old 2015 NFL mock draft.

The draft order was based off the last NFL Draft order update from CBS Sports.com. We have feature stories on most of the prospects, so click on on their name where highlighted for more detail on that player.

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Seahawks looking at drafting Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon

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Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle Seahawks are parting ways; that’s the conventional wisdom. The Hawks will need to find his replacement and the draft could be the place to do it. Seattle could likely end up drafting a lot higher up than previously thought. This draft class is a great one for running backs, and Todd Gurley might not be in play now. With the torn ACL, Gurley could be best served returning to Georgia for his senior season.

That leaves Melvin Gordon all alone as the top amateur back in the country.

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Wisconsin Badgers Sam Dekker: ’15 first-round or ’16 lottery?

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Sam Dekker made his debut with the Wisconsin Badgers in 2012 and ever since there has been rumblings of the kid eventually leaving for the NBA. Dekker is currently projected 11th overall by NBA Draft Express and 17th overall by NBA Draft Net

There’s no doubt he should make the jump to the pros, the questions lie in when he’s ready to make the jump and will his game translate to the next level?

Our resident basketball expert, David Kay, feels strongly that the young forward should stay through his senior year to be the best prospect he can be.

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2015 NCAA Tournament Bracketology

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It is tip-off week for the 2014-15 college basketball season.  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.

UPDATED: 10/10/14
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B1G Basketball preseason rankings; Bo Ryan supreme overlord

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Bo Ryan and the Badgers rule the Big Ten basketball roost this preseason and then there’s a whole bunch of teams below them in the NCAA Tourney and NIT mix in in the second tier. The league has six teams ranked in the top 25 polls and I wouldn’t be surprised if the league landed eight teams in the big dance. Then there’s a third tier of teams that won’t be going to the post season. After #11, the talent level drops off considerably.

So enjoy it Bo Ryan, you’re in the penthouse.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-First 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…]

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…]

Frank Kaminsky sets record straight on “NBA is boring” blog (exclusive)


Wisconsin Badgers big man Frank Kaminsky went from total obscurity to NBA Draft prospect last season. He dropped 43 points in one pre-conference game and ended the season with a Most Outstanding Player in an NCAA Regional award. After guiding the Badgers to their first Final Four in 14 years, he decided to leave some money on the the table, by returning to school.

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VIDEO: MSU Spartans mascot dancing in Taylor Swift parody


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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Melvin Gordon could break Badgers rushing record Saturday


Melvin Gordon ripped off a 58-yard run on his first carry at Northwestern and a 51-yarder on his first rush of the 2nd half. He now has seven runs of 40+ yards this season and 17 in his career. Gordon is now averaging 40.8 yards per carry on his first attempt of the second half.

This Saturday, Gordon and Wisconsin welcome Illinois and their 119th (out of 125) ranked run defense. Yes, believe it or not, there are six teams in the country who are worse at stopping the run than Tim Banks’ unit (Cincinnati, Texas Tech, Idaho, New Mexico, UNLV, New Mexico State).

Purdue ran for 349 yards on the Illini last week. Last season, the Boilermakers rank for 805 THE ENTIRE SEASON.

Couple this with the fact that Wisconsin has absolutely nothing going for it on offense other than Melvin Gordon, and…..I think you see where this is going.

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