Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle Seahawks are parting ways; that’s the conventional wisdom. The Hawks will need to find his replacement and the draft could be the place to do it. Seattle could likely end up drafting a lot higher up than previously thought. This draft class is a great one for running backs, and Todd Gurley might not be in play now. With the torn ACL, Gurley could be best served returning to Georgia for his senior season.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
It is tip-off week for the 2014-15 college basketball season. 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.
Bo Ryan and the Badgers rule the Big Ten basketball roost this preseason and then there’s a whole bunch of teams below them in the NCAA Tourney and NIT mix in in the second tier. The league has six teams ranked in the top 25 polls and I wouldn’t be surprised if the league landed eight teams in the big dance. Then there’s a third tier of teams that won’t be going to the post season. After #11, the talent level drops off considerably.
So enjoy it Bo Ryan, you’re in the penthouse.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
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