College hoops in the state of Illinois unfathomably AWFUL

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Tomorrow begins the month of February, meaning there’s at least six more weeks of pain and tedium this college hoops season for the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois overall. The season is already just about lost for every team in the second city.

In the Land of Lincoln overall, only Southern Illinois looks poised to contend for a NCAA Tournament berth. Illinois State has a decent conference record, but their overall mark is so bad that they need to run the conference tournament table to become relevant.

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Zach Randolph tops 10 best interviews of 2015

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As we continue our 2015 “best of” series, The Sports Bank counts down the ten best interviews we did this past year. As I’ve said repeatedly, 99% of media interviews and press conferences are utterly worthless and completely pointless.

However, I probably did well over a thousand or two thousand media opps this past year because everything that follows is pure gold.

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Bo Ryan retires Effective IMMEDIATELY

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We knew Wisconsin Badgers Coach Bo Ryan was going to be done with college basketball after this season. Then he left the door open to returning for next year and beyond. Turns out, he won’t be coaching anymore at all. You won’t even get to see him for Big Ten play in 2016.

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Illini Fans: What Providence Basketball Brings to the Table

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With arguably the best point guard in the country, the Providence basketball team will rely heavily on Kris Dunn this season as their roster goes through a significant amount of turnover. Can Dunn’s skill and leadership lead the Friars back to the Big Dance? That’s the question. [Read more…]

DePaul, UIC, Loyola, Chicago St season previews

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Chicago college basketball has lately been, well there’s absolutely no way to put this delicately, so why even try. You know how bad it’s been, for all the small schools in Chicago this past decade or so.  Is this is the year someone finally breaks through and returns to relevance?

We did a season preview for RedEye and you can check that out at this link.

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Georgetown basketball ready to be nationally relevant again

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Since advancing to the Final Four in John Thompson III’s first season in 2006-07, the Georgetown basketball team has seen plenty of success, just not when it matters most. They haven’t advanced beyond the round of 32 since that magical season.

The Hoyas have a talented, albeit young roster this year, but are certainly capable of making some major noise beyond the Big East. [Read more…]

Villanova basketball to rule Big East again

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Coming off a school record 33 win season, the Villanova basketball program is the unanimous favorite to claim their third straight Big East title. [Read more…]

2016 NCAA Tournament Bracketology

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The 2016 college basketball tournament tips off this week.  Here is a pre-season 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 five of the past six years. [Read more…]

Highly-touted freshmen class to get Marquette basketball back on track

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As expected, year one of the Steve Wojciehowski era was rough for the transitioning Marquette basketball program as they finished tied for last place in the Big East. Wojo has hit the recruiting trail hard though and brings a top ten class to Milwaukee this season which is part of the reason Marquette is expected to have a bounce back year. [Read more…]

Experience should serve Butler basketball well

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After a rough inaugural year in the Big East, first year head coach Chris Holtmann got the Butler basketball program back on track last season. With their top three scorers returning and the addition of a former McDonald’s All-American, the Bulldogs should once again be a major factor in the conference race. [Read more…]

Balanced attack will once again carry Xavier basketball

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The Xavier basketball program has quietly put together a quietly impressive string of success, having made the Sweet 16 in five of the past eight seasons. Chris Mack once again has a balanced attack that should help the Musketeers remain a factor not only in the Big East, but on the national level as well. [Read more…]

Transfers to play major role for Creighton basketball

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As expected, the post-Doug McDermott era got off to a rough start for the Creighton Bluejays as they finished tied for last place in the Big East.  While the team loses five key contributors from last year, the addition of a pair of transfers should provide a needed boost this season. [Read more…]