B1G Basketball power rankings: Black Wednesday edition

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“Wisconsin should be the pick of the litter, they have everybody back from a Final Four team, but two through ten, you’re going to be able to flip coins,” said the dean of B1G coaches, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo.

Yeah, pretty much! So let’s go make the argument for each one, 2-10.

As well as 11-14 too.

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UCLA basketball (not Kentucky) is the #1 NBA factory


These days everyone seems to regard the Kentucky Wildcats as college basketball’s NBDL franchise. It’s understandable as Big Blue Nation has a huge presence in the NBA Draft lottery each year. As UK continues to win draft night each June, and people associate the rhyming phenomenon of “1-and-done” with John Calipari, UCLA basketball gets a bit overlooked. Kentucky is in second place when it comes to being a component of the NBA assembly line. UCLA is actually first.

The Bruins are the bluest of all basketball blue bloods when it comes to being a pipeline to the league.

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Wichita State, KC Royals among most surprising teams

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Bruce Springsteen wrote and sang about the “Glory Days” of a high school buddy who was a huge baseball star. Of course, the glory days of the Kansas City Royals were back at almost the exact same time of the Springsteen single by the same name. KC last won the World Series in 1985, back when the Giants’ Tim Lincecum was still in diapers.

The Royals aren’t the first team to rise from obscurity and regain national headlines. Look back at some of the “really?” teams of sports in recent years. One team, Wichita State is right in there home state.

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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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No Aircraft Carrier College Basketball this year, here’s why


We have so many Aircraft carriers in this country that we use them as tourist sites and college basketball courts. It reminds me of when a stand-up comedian, who’s name I can’t recall, made this crack about the Dutch and their windmills:

“oh, you have windmills in Holland. We have windmills in America too- we use them for miniature golf.”

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Syracuse Orange won’t be an ACC title contender

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In losing three big-time players who combined to average 61% of their team’s offensive production, the Syracuse Orange are undergoing a bit of a rebuilding year. They will once again be a stout defensive team but finding scoring is going to be a concern. [Read more…]

Villanova’s Jay Wright compares Big East hoops to SEC football

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Villanova Head Coach Jay Wright analogized Big East basketball to SEC football. Seriously, he did.

Maybe Wright should see the ESPN Films 30 for 30 “Requiem for the Big East” (review here). Or perhaps he’s seen only the beginning and middle of the documentary. The Big East is a shell of what it was once, which makes Wright’s comments below a bit absurd.

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Texas Longhorns basketball: much more relevant than UT football

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The Texas Longhorns were one of the surprise teams in college basketball last season. With everybody returning and the addition of one of the top recruits in the 2014 class, the ‘Horns won’t sneak up on anybody this year. [Read more…]

Can the UConn Huskies defend their national title?

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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…]

UCLA Bruins basketball won’t be “UCLA basketball” this year


In losing five of their top eight scorers from a year ago, three of which were first round picks in the NBA Draft, the UCLA Bruins have a very young though talented squad. Steve Alford faces the challenge of blending the new pieces together in trying to keep UCLA one of the elite teams in the Pac-12. [Read more…]

Arizona Wildcats basketball: your national title favorite?

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Even though the Arizona Wildcats lose the Pac-12 Player of the Year and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, Sean Miller’s team will be among the elite in the country. The challenge for this season’s team; help Miller get over the hump and to his first ever Final Four. [Read more…]

Team approach key if Virginia Cavaliers to compete for another ACC title


Coming off their ACC regular season and conference tournament titles, the Virginia Cavaliers are poised to make another serious run at the league championship. In order to do so, defense must once again be the name of the game. [Read more…]