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...]Follow paulmbanks
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.Follow paulmbanks
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.Follow paulmbanks
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.Follow paulmbanks
As Tom Izzo pointed out Wednesday night in Chicago, Bo Ryan and the Badgers are sitting up top, and then you can flip a coin 2-10 in the Big Ten this season. That’s entirely correct. The Badgers are the class of the league. There’s a whole bunch of teams that are in the NCAA Tourney and NIT mix in (2-10) in the second tier. Then there’s a third tier of teams that won’t be going to the post season.
So enjoy it Bo Ryan, you’re in the penthouse.Follow paulmbanks
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.Follow paulmbanks
The Big Ten is full of “OMGFacts!” Examples include: The Wisconsin Badgers have not won at Northwestern since 1999. Illinois had as many BCS Bowl Berths as Iowa. Northwestern has a more recent conference title than Nebraska. Tim Beckman is 1-21 versus power five conference teams at Illinois. Tim Beckman is still the head coach at Illinois.
Let’s focus on that first one if we could. Depending on your sports book of choice, the Wisconsin Badgers were 7.5 to 8.5 point favorites on Saturday when they came to Ryan Field. Seems a bit high considering they haven’t won in Evanston in 15 years, right?
Make it 16.Follow paulmbanks
Now we know why Wisconsin played QB Tanner McEvoy all game in the loss to LSU. The true starting QB, Joel Stave, is lost indefinitely. He’s shut down for a very long time, and don’t be shocked if he doesn’t return at all this season.
UW head coach Gary Andersen announced Tuesday, regarding Joel Stave:Follow paulmbanks
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