Wisconsin Football: Never Too Early Season Preview


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You know the Wisconsin football drill. Really strong and really fat guys clearing out huge spaces of open field for really talented, speedy tailbacks. Rinse and repeat. Always repeat.

Exit Melvin Gordon, Rob Havenstein and Kyle Costigan. Time to step up for Corey Clement, Tyler Marz and Ray Ball. Wisconsin will once again over-power opponents by pounding the ball. In the words of Spandau Ballet, “I know this much is true.” What’s questionable about this team is quarterback Joel Stave and the passing game. Yes, it’s a new coaching regime, the third new coach in four seasons, but that’s not a cause for concern.

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Articulating Bo Ryan’s legacy with ESPN’s Jill Montgomery


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Wisconsin Badgers Coach Bo Ryan has accomplished so much in college basketball.

He’ll have one more year to achieve anything else on his checklist. Wisconsin has certainly seen its share of coaching turnover in the revenue producing sports as of late. Both Gary Andersen and Bret Bielema left the football program for new jobs elsewhere in the country. Bo Ryan, on the other hand, has been a rock. He’s the second longest tenured Coach in the Big Ten behind Tom Izzo and he has rebuilt and redefined success for Badger basketball.

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2016 NBA Mock Draft (6/29/15)


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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.

Be sure to check out our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (6/25/15)


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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.  Our NBA mock draft also appears on NBA.com’s consensus mock draft.

Check out a list of who has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft.

You can check out my NBA team needs pages posted at WalterFootball.com.

Be sure to check out our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (6/25/15)


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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.

Our NBA mock draft also appears on NBA.com’s consensus mock draft.

Check out a list of who has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft.

You can check out my NBA team needs pages posted at WalterFootball.com.

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Former Badgers star Sam Dekker: Draft Lottery wild card


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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.

There’s no doubt he made the right decision by forgoing his senior year and making the jump to the pros, but the questions lie in how will his game translate to the next level?

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Frank Kaminsky: the 2015 NBA Draft “class clown”


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Somewhere along his journey to the NBA Draft Frank Kaminsky made a fantastic social adaptation. From growing up in Naperville to prepping at Benet Academy (Lisle, IL) to his four years at the University of Wisconsin, Frank the Tank grew into an affable personality with a quirky sense of humor.

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Where Frank Kaminsky could go in the NBA draft lottery


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Former Wisconsin Center Frank Kaminsky has a great game, but an even greater personality. Every college basketball season, someone wins the national individual player of the year awards, but it’s not every year that someone is also colorful and congenial.

Kaminsky gives great soundbites and he writes even greater blogs. He said that he developed his goofy side as a child because, due to his being so gangly and so tall, he had to do something to fit in.

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2015 College Basketball transfers list (6-5-15)


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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 2015-16 season.  Bookmark this page as we will continue to update the list as the off-season progresses.

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Wisconsin among 5 NCAA Tourney teams likely regressing next season


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College basketball teams are experiencing more year-by-year turnover than ever before due to graduation, players leaving early for the NBA Draft (click here for a list of 2015 NBA Draft early entries), and transfers galore (click here for an up-to-date list of college basketball transfers so far this off-season.)   Here are five teams who made the 2015 NCAA Tournament this season but will likely take a step back next year.

Here are five teams who missed the tourney this year but should be dancing in 2015-16.  Also, check out my insanely early 2015-16 preseason Top 25 rankings. [Read more…]

2015-16 preseason Top 25 college basketball rankings


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Yes, I know the college basketball season just ended but it is still the perfect time to reveal my insanely early 2015-16 Top 25 college basketball rankings.  There are still a ton of x-factors as guys are deciding on whether or not they are going to enter the NBA Draft, players are transferring, and seven McDonald’s All-Americans have yet to make their college decision so consider these rankings a rough draft and expect an update in a couple of weeks.

Here is a list of which players have already announced they are transferring and where. Here’s a list of underclassman who have declared for the draft.

Leave a comment below if you think a team is too high, too low, not getting enough respect, or otherwise have an issue with something.

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Wisconsin Badgers this era’s ’80 Olympic Hockey team?


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Robb Vogel is the Sports Director for NBC 15 Madison. He’s covered the Wisconsin Badgers during every step of their amazing run to tonight’s championship game. Vogel (who can follow on Twitter @RobbVogel, the two Bs in his name stand for Badger basketball) will be courtside for tonight’s epic showdown between the Wisconsin Badgers and Duke Blue Devils.

Or pure good vs genuine evil as I put it.

Vogel was gracious enough to join us for an engaging and detailed podcast. We covered numerous topics in detail including the analogy between this year’s Badgers and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Men’s Hockey Team.

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