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.Follow paulmbanks
The University of Wisconsin-Madison will simulate a terrorist bombing at Camp Randall Stadium early Thursday morning. Yes, the home of Wisconsin Badgers football will take on a more important role this week- a training ground for first responders.
“Operation Wisconsin Dawn” will be a massive drill complete with explosive sound effects, billowing smoke and pretend victims — to test their emergency preparedness plan involving everyone from police and fire squads to hospital emergency departments and the FBI.Follow paulmbanks
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.Follow paulmbanks
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: 6/3/14Follow paulmbanks
Who’s on your Wisconsin Badgers basketball all time team? What kind of lineup would you put out there. Friends of The Sports Bank program Ranker.com will have a list for us soon ranking the top Wisconsin Badgers basketball players of all time. We’ll update this post again when that list arrives and you can vote up or down all the Wisconsin Badgers basketball players.
In the meantime though, we have another way to inspire debate…..Follow paulmbanks
Wisconsin Badgers big man Frank Kaminsky went from total obscurity to NBA Draft prospect this past season. He dropped 43 points in one pre-conference game, a win over North Dakota State. Frank the Tank ended this college basketball season with a Most Outstanding Player Award in an NCAA Regional. 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.
According to the words he expressed yesterday, Frank Kaminsky seems to have the same opinion that myself and all my friends, family, and media contemporaries have: college hoops is a zillion times more compelling than the NBA.Follow paulmbanks
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.)Follow paulmbanks
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.Follow paulmbanks
Chris Chelios is a Chicago Blackhawks legend. Seems oxymoronic but he’s a Detroit Red Wings icon too. Given all that he accomplished in Madison, Chris Chelios is pretty beloved by Wisconsin Badgers nation too.
Jake Chelios is striving to follow in his father’s footsteps. To use yet another Ernest Hemingway pun, the son also rises; as Jake Chelios has signed with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves, an affiliate of the St Louis Blues.Follow paulmbanks
Earlier this year, Wisconsin Badgers forward Frank Kaminsky dropped 43 in a non-conference game. It shocked all of us “experts” considering that Kaminsky entered the Kohl Center that night boasting a career average of 3.2 points per game and a total of 26 points scored on the season. Although Wisconsin was eliminated in heart breaking fashion in the final seconds of the national semifinal, it doesn’t diminish the fact that the Sconnies went a lot farther than the odds makers thought they would.
The Final Four is here and the most interesting question in Texas this weekend is whether Bo Ryan’s Wisconsin Badgers can match up with John Calipari’s Big Bad Kentucky Wildcats.
It’s the cliché “contrast of styles” with one side yielding experience versus the new “Fab 5″ of freshman.Follow paulmbanks