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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SEC Basketball Preview: #1 Kentucky Wildcats


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12 and Big 12 now we turn our attention to the SEC.

With nine McDonald’s All-Americans, the Kentucky Wildcats are the obvious choice for the preseason #1 ranked team and the most likely to cut down the nets at the Final Four. The biggest challenge for John Calipari is finding a balance among his wealth of riches and keep everyone happy. [Read more...]

SEC Basketball Preview: #2 Florida Gators


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12 and Big 12 now we turn our attention to the SEC.

After running the slate in the SEC and earning the number one overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Florida Gators figure to take a small step back this season as they look to replace four starters. [Read more...]

SEC Basketball Preview: #3 Arkansas Razorbacks


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12 and Big 12 now we turn our attention to the SEC.

If any team is poised to supplant Kentucky or Florida in the top two of the SEC, it is the Arkansas Razorbacks. Heavily reliant on a deep rotation, the Hogs bring back six of their top seven scorers from last year’s team that missed out on the NCAA Tournament. [Read more...]

SEC Basketball Preview: #4 Ole Miss Rebels


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12 and Big 12 now we turn our attention to the SEC.

With the graduation of Marshall Henderson, it could actually be addition by subtraction as the Ole Miss Rebels who return a solid core and bring in a pair of key graduate transfers. [Read more...]

SEC Basketball Preview: #5 Georgia Bulldogs


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12 and Big 12 now we turn our attention to the SEC.

Despite a second place SEC finish, the Georgia Bulldogs failed to advance to the NCAA Tournament. With four of their five leading scorers back in the fold, a tourney berth is definitely a realistic accomplishment.

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SEC Basketball Preview: #6 Tennessee Volunteers


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12 and Big 12 now we turn our attention to the SEC.

Even with their NCAA Tournament run, Cuonzo Martin headed west to Cal and Tennessee Volunteers hired Southern Miss head coach Donnie Tyndall. He must replace four starters and mix seven new faces into the lineup but has the talent to get the Vols back to the Big Dance. [Read more...]

SEC Basketball Preview: #7 LSU Tigers


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12 and Big 12 now we turn our attention to the SEC.

In losing four of their top six scorers from a year ago, the LSU Tigers have plenty of key pieces to replace as they look for their first trip to the NCAA Tournament in six years. [Read more...]

SEC Basketball Preview: #8 Alabama Crimson Tide


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12 and Big 12 now we turn our attention to the SEC.

After last season’s below five hundred finish, the seat is starting to warm up for Anthony Grant as Alabama Crimson Tide head coach. With only one NCAA Tournament in his five years at ‘Bama, another mediocre season could cost Grant his job. [Read more...]

SEC Basketball Preview: #9 Mississippi State Bulldogs


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12 and Big 12 now we turn our attention to the SEC.

After last season’s last place finish in the SEC, there is nowhere to go but up for the Mississippi State Bulldogs. With six of their top seven scorers returning, Rick Ray’s team should be improved this season. [Read more...]

Barack Obama’s bro-in-law, Craig Robinson, hired by ESPN


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Craig Robinson has friends in high places. Unlike myself, and Garth Brooks, who have friends in low places. However, Robinson’s political connections weren’t enough to save his job in Corvallis, Oregon. Sometimes it’s actually NOT about who you know (shocking, revolutionary concept I know) but more about the results you can produce.

Robinson didn’t produce many results with the Oregon State basketball team, and the University has terminated his employment on Cinco de Mayo. But now he has a new cushy gig with Bristol.

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SEC Basketball Preview: #10 Texas A&M Aggies


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12 and Big 12 now we turn our attention to the SEC.

While the Texas A&M Aggies have already landed two highly-touted recruits for their 2015 class, this upcoming season figures to be a bit of a struggle until a key transfer becomes eligible. [Read more...]