Brutally honest B1G Basketball rankings; Bo Ryan supreme overlord

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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.

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Melvin Gordon could break Badgers rushing record Saturday


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.

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VIDEO: Wisconsin Badgers upset at Northwestern; field storming ensues


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.

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Wisconsin shuts down starting QB Joel Stave indefinitely

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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:

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Ohio State once again Big Ten favorite, MSU not far behind


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. 

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Badgers’ Camp Randall Stadium will simulate terrorist bombing

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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.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft (6/30/14)

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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.

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UPDATED: Complete 2014 College Basketball transfers list


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: 6/3/14

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Wisconsin Badgers basketball: naming/building the all time team


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 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…..

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Become our Wisconsin Badgers writer; here’s how to apply


We need a new Wisconsin Badgers contributor. If you have talent, and can handle Word Press I’d like to see your writing samples and and your CV.

Plus, you can cover Wisconsin Badgers football with media credentials.

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Frank Kaminsky says NBA looks “Flat Out Boring”


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.

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UPDATED: 2014-2015 preseason top 25 college basketball rankings

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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.)

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