Paul Chryst can’t be announced as new Badgers coach until Wed


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With the Paul Chryst deal done, that was a really, really quick coaching search by Wisconsin. It’s not a home run hire by any means, but it’s a perfect fit. He’s from Madison, he was the offensive coordinator for a very long time under Bret Bielema and it makes total sense. You would have to think that this might be a dream job for Chryst.

However, this won’t be made official and Paul Chryst won’t be formally introduced as the new coach in Madison until Wednesday December 17th, at the earliest.

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B1G Basketball power rankings: the “we apologize” edition


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There are certain B1G basketball teams that owe an apology right now. Sure, one team nationally ranked in the preseason losing to a low-major that you’ve never heard of is excusable although unexpected. Upsets happen. However, two preseason AP top 25 teams losing to low-majors on two separate occasions? That’s kind of embarrassing. Plus the B1G hasn’t had a whole lot of signature wins to really counter-act those ugly losses.

Hey, at least they won the challenge versus the ACC

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Top eight Wisconsin Badgers head coaching candidates


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There must be something about that Wisconsin Badgers job Gary Andersen knows, and Bret Bielema knew, that we don’t. And whatever that something is, likely won’t be made public knowledge for a long time. Bielema moved laterally at best, but at least you could understand the move. He had been there for awhile and it is a huge step up in conference. Andersen made a significant step down in heading to Oregon State.

And the “be closer to his family” excuse doesn’t pass the smell test as an explanation. Utah was Andersen’s dream job; not Oregon State. But hey, at least we now know why the Wisconsin Badgers didn’t show up for a second of the Big Ten title game; their coach already had one foot out the door. I guess that explains a four point favorite losing 59-0.

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Wisconsin Badgers football: worst. episode. ever.


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This B1G Title game didn’t have as many compelling story lines as previous years. It certainly didn’t have the sizzle or steak of last year’s #2 vs #10, 24 game unbeaten streak on the line, Rose Bowl berths hang in the balance affair. With the Wisconsin Badgers qualifying for the third time in the four years that this event has been in existence; and the Ohio State Buckeyes making their second consecutive appearance, it felt like a “re-run.”

It had some San Antonio Spurs vs Miami Heat, “been there, done that” feel, just with more red. So while it was less exciting than in years past, it still had potential given that Wisconsin was favored by just 4.

How wrong we were.

B1G Championship Game: Worst. Episode. Ever.

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Melvin Gordon to Seattle Seahawks idea gains more validity


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Within a week, a record belonging to Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon was gone.

Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine, with 427 yards rushing against a Kansas team that has packed it in for the season. (Actually, I’m not sure KU even really tried that hard at the beginning of 2014). Gordon held the single-game FBS rushing record for seven days. However, he has something Perine does not- a near certain invitation to the downtown athletic club in New York City.

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Seahawks looking at drafting Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon


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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.

That leaves Melvin Gordon all alone as the top amateur back in the country.

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Wisconsin Badgers Sam Dekker: ’15 first-round or ’16 lottery?


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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. 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.

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2015 NCAA Tournament Bracketology


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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.

UPDATED: 10/10/14
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B1G Basketball preseason rankings; Bo Ryan supreme overlord


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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.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (10/30/14)


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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…]

2015 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (10/30/14)


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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…]

Frank Kaminsky sets record straight on “NBA is boring” blog (exclusive)


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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.

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