Early 2016-17 Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings

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Looking at the very early Big Ten basketball power rankings for next year, MSU is the unquestioned. David Kmiecik, via his top 25 for next season, which you can view here, collaborated with Paul M. Banks on this listing. Dave did the entries for the nationally ranked Big Ten basketball teams, and Banks had to do the teams that aren’t as good. (of course! always!)

Enjoy! We also linked the three early season previews that we already did for three Big Ten basketball teams.

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2016-17 preseason Top 25 college basketball rankings

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Yes, I know the college basketball season is just ending but it is still the perfect time to reveal my insanely early 2016-17 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 a few 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.

(Click here to see how my 2015-16 way too early preseason college basketball rankings turned out.) [Read more…]

FINAL 2016 NCAA Tournament Bracketology

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Happy Selection Sunday.  Here is a pre-season 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 five of the past six years. [Read more…]

Badgers Coach Greg Gard defines true meaning of “adversity”

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Wisconsin basketball is having a rough season this year. Some of it is bad luck. Some of it is rebuilding and reloading. Some of it is the transition from Bo Ryan to Interim Coach Greg Gard. Some of it is…they’re just not that good. However, losing basketball games IS NOT adversity. Losing playing time IS NOT ADVERSITY.

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Wisconsin basketball: season a total train wreck by their standards

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Ask millenial college basketball fans and they’ll tell you what a proud, nationally prominent program Wisconsin basketball is. Since they’re millenials, they’ll likely tell you how “on fleek” the Badgers were these past couple years, and then maybe give you a “shruggy guy” emoticon when you ask them why Badger basketball is so down this year.

Ask (quoting The Simpsons) “cynical members of generation X” what Wisconsin basketball is/was, and they’ll tell you about Dick Bennett and his unique brand of very bland stall ball building the program from absolute nothing into a regional power.

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Notre Dame #1, Nebraska #2 in CFB Gameday Experience

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The day after tomorrow is arguably the most important on the college football calendar. Therefore, there’s no time like the present to reflect, analyze and articulate topics within the college football hierarchy. We’ve ranked the top four college football game day experiences in the Midwest.

Remember, this is just for the Midwest- with Notre Dame tops overall.

There’s a reason the College Football Hall of Fame was in South Bend for so long.

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Bret Bielema’s wife, Jen Bielema, inspires CFB QOTY

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The wife of Bret Bielema, Jen Bielema, whose maiden name is Jennifer Hielsberg, inspired the quote of the year this college football season. Following his game on November 14th, the Arkansas Razorbacks Coach said in his post game press conference that he was excited about “hopping on his wife,” before correcting the Freudian slip, to what he really mean to say:

“hop on a plane with my wife.”

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#18 Northwestern Football vs #25 Wisconsin: Preview, Prediction

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The Northwestern football record for single season wins is ten. The mark is shared by Gary Barnett (1995) and Pat Fitzgerald (2008). NU is at 8 right now with two games left, plus a bowl game. So there’s a very decent chance the Wildcats could tie the school record for wins, and an outside chance they could break it.

Oddsmakers aren’t giving them of a chance this week though.

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Wisconsin basketball faces much turnover after Final Four runs

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After back-to-back trips to the Final Four, it appears to be the end of an era for the Wisconsin basketball program. During the summer, Bo Ryan announced his 15th season at UW would be his last though that remains somewhat uncertain as Ryan has backpedaled a bit in the past couple months. Under Ryan’s leadership, the Badgers have accomplished an incredible feat by never finishing lower than fourth place in the Big Ten. That streak is in jeopardy this season though as Wisconsin loses four starters from last year’s National Runner-Up squad. [Read more…]

Matt Painter gives his take on who should succeed Bo Ryan

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Wisconsin Badgers Coach Bo Ryan released this statement in early July regarding his coaching future:

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Corey Clement injury, Cornhuskers issues make Big Ten West wide open

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Wisconsin Badgers tailback Corey Clement will be out for the next four-to-six weeks due to sports hernia surgery.

“Corey Clement has been dealing with some issues since before the Alabama game,” Wisconsin Head Coach Paul Chryst said. “He has been undergoing treatment since that time and has seen some progress but not to the point where our medical staff is satisfied. So after consultation with our medical staff, Corey has decided to have surgery for a sports hernia.”

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Corey Clement: Wisconsin is an iPhone, Nebraska is a flip phone

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Wisconsin Badgers running back Corey Clement had the runner-up for Big Ten Media Day “quote of the day.” (The winner is Ohio State Linebacker Josh Perry with his metaphor for the OSU-Michigan rivalry) Clement was referencing the 2012 Big Ten title game when Wisconsin SLAUGHTERED Nebraska 70-31.

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