Badgers Frank Kaminsky: great game, greater personality


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Wisconsin Center Frank Kaminsky, a Lisle native who did his prep ball at Benet Academy, is the front-runner to win the Naismith and Wooden awards; basketball’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. Kaminsky’s biggest competition for the awards is Duke Center Jahlil Okafor, a Whitney Young Magnet school product. Both Kaminsky and his teammate Duje Dukan are huge Chicago Bulls fans.

This year, the two best players are from Chicagoland and this phenomenon continues the strong tradition within a region that’s known for talent.

“So many good players across the board have come out of this area and there will continue to be good players,” said Kaminsky.

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Chicago Bulls have two big fans on #1 seeded Wisconsin


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Wisconsin Badgers senior Forward Duje Dukan is a big time Chicago Bulls fan, as he was a ball boy for the NBA franchise growing up. Dukan served in this role for eight years, as his dad currently an international scout for the team. Dukan’s dad has held that job since 1992.

He was key in signing Nikola Mirotic, who has emerged this season as the only true legitimate contender to the Minnesota Timberwolves Andrew Wiggins in the race for the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.

Dukan’s Dad works in the same Chicago Bulls office with the aunt of Frank Kaminsky, so Frank the Tank has also become a big Chicago Bulls fan. All that’s left to complete the proverbial circle of life is for the Bulls to draft Kaminsky.

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Frank Kaminsky describes his Wisconsin Badgers: “White Guys”


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Frank Kaminsky was the main man in propelling Bo Ryan to his first ever Final Four last night. It’s just the third Final Four in Wisconsin Badgers history. Kaminsky was a tour de force on the court, just as he’s been all season. And Frank Kaminsky has also found himself off the court. At least in the press room. Like his Coach, Kaminsky has given reporters soundbite gold.

There were a whole lot of press conferences and interviews during the Big Ten Tournament. But none featured a gem like this from Bo Ryan.

And yesterday, Frank Kaminsky, gave us this….

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


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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: Wisconsin Badgers release old Chris Farley “Matt Foley” bit


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“If you don’t go to the University of Wisconsin, you’re gonna end up eating government cheese and living in a van down by the river!” – Matt Foley, motivational speaker.

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Wisconsin Badgers will have very little resistance from B1G


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This is not the season for Frank Kaminsky and the Wisconsin Badgers to compare themselves against the Big Ten. This year, Frank Kaminsky and the Wisconsin Badgers will measure themselves nationally; which means against Kentucky.

Just like the college football bowl season every year is about the SEC versus the rest of the nation, this year’s NCAA Tournament is about who could actually be that SEC powerhouse- Kentucky.

Wisconsin is one of the few who have a chance. Bo Ryan has his best team yet in Madison.

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Bo Ryan reveals secret of his success at Wisconsin


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Bo Ryan has more media skills than most coaches. Not just Big Ten coaches, or basketball coaches, but all almost all coaches. It’s too bad that most postgame press conferences aren’t Bo Ryan postgame press conferences. Because he actually says something.

He’s truly interesting.

I understand why most “leaders of young men” revert to Coachy McCoachington type coachspeak at these things- they don’t want to give away the store.

Ryan is different; he is slick enough and intelligent enough to provide “good copy” and not give his opponents any intel to use against him at the same time.

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2016 NBA Mock Draft (1/8/15)


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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.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FIRST ROUND OF OUR 2015 NBA MOCK DRAFT.

Be sure to check out our 2015 NFL mock draft as well.

And our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (1/6/15)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have 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.

Be sure to check out our 2015 NFL mock draft as well.

And our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (1/6/15)


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Here is the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades 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…]

SEC football crashing out at “SEC Speed” this bowl season


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Everyone is piling on SEC football right now. Before we join in, let’s take a moment to remind everyone how/why we got here. SEC football is exceptional. With it comes SEC football exceptionalism; and it’s something that the SEC football communities love to remind you of.

This will be the first time since 2005 that we have a national title game without a SEC team. Last year, was the first time since that same year in which we had a non SEC National Champion. From 2003-2012, the SEC won it all every season but two.

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Big 10 Basketball predictions (“power” rankings)


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There are plenty of Big 10 basketball teams that owe us an apology right now. We tracked all of the losses that the league suffered to low-majors and mid-majors up until a couple weeks ago (results here). Then the number hit the high teens, and we just gave up.

Getting people to care about college hoops during the holidays is always difficult. When Big 10 basketball is having a really down year like this, it’s even harder.

Hey, at least they won the annual challenge versus the ACC!

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