ACC Basketball Preview: #8 NC State Wolfpack


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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, Big 12, SEC, and AAC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look ACC.

While Mark Gottfried has taken the N.C. State Wolfpack to the NCAA Tournament in each of his three years as head coach, the program hasn’t been able to get out of the first round the past two seasons. They will likely be in a similar situation again this year. [Read more...]

ACC Basketball Preview: #9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish


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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, Big 12, SEC, and AAC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look ACC.

After suffering through their first losing season in the Mike Brey era, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are looking for a bounce back year. Getting their best player back should help in that effort. [Read more...]

Can Dez Wells lead Maryland back to the NCAA Tournament?


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When I first heard Maryland and Rutgers were added to the Big Ten, I was like “meh, whatever. At least Maryland basketball has a rich history. It’s pretty good.” Of course, then I realized the Terps have been pretty down, certainly by their standards, lately. (and the program always has players with really awesome names) Maybe things will be different this season? Perhaps we can say “Fear the Turtle again?

If so, Dez Wells (or Dezmine Wells) will be the most fearsome of the Terps.

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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...]

ACC Basketball Preview: #10 Clemson 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, Big 12, SEC, and AAC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look ACC.

Without a whole lot of offensive firepower, the Clemson Tigers must once again rely on their stout defense if they are going to finish in the upper half of the ACC standings. [Read more...]

ACC Basketball Preview: #11 Wake Forest Demon Deacons


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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, Big 12, SEC, and AAC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look ACC.

After four lackluster seasons as Wake Forest Demon Deacons head coach, Jeff Bzdelik was deservedly given the boot this off-season. The program seems to have made a slam dunk hire in Danny Manning who looks to get Wake back on track. [Read more...]

ACC Basketball Preview: #12 Miami Hurricanes


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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, Big 12, SEC, and AAC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look ACC.

With three of their top four scorers gone from a year ago, the Miami Hurricanes need to replace some key contributors. A pair of transfers should help in that process but there are still serious questions for Jim Larranaga entering this season. [Read more...]

ACC Basketball Preview: #13 Boston College Eagles


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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, Big 12, SEC, and AAC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look ACC.

With Steve Donahue getting the boot, the Boston College Eagles turn to Jim Christian of Ohio to lead the program into the future. Christian has his work cut out for him though since BC is coming off their worst season since joining the ACC nearly a decade ago and loses two key contributors via transfer. [Read more...]

ACC Basketball Preview: #14 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets


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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, Big 12, SEC, and AAC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look ACC.

Since being named head coach, Brian Gregory has yet to lead the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets to the NCAA Tournament. With four of their top five scorers gone from a year ago, there figures to only be more struggles this season. [Read more...]

AAC Basketball Preview: #1 UConn Huskies


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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, Big 12, and SEC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look AAC.

For the second time in four years, the UConn Huskies put together a remarkable run to claim the National Championship. The graduation of Shabazz Napier is a significant loss but Kevin Ollie returns enough talent for UConn to once again be a player on the national stage. [Read more...]

ACC Basketball Preview: #15 Virginia Tech Hokies


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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, Big 12, SEC, and AAC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look ACC.

One of the more surprising coaching changes of the college basketball off-season was the Virginia Tech Hokies luring Buzz Williams away from Marquette to Blacksburg. Williams has his work cut out for him though as the Hokies are almost starting from scratch. [Read more...]