Who Could Indiana Basketball Potentially Get to Replace Tom Crean?

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There is an entire website devoted simply to the current amount required to buyout Indiana basketball Coach Tom Crean. As tomcreanbuyout.com tells us, that amount is currently $4,000,000,000; and on July 1, 2017, the sum drops to $1,000,000.

The fact that a URL of this sort even exists, tells you what a strong level of discontent is present within the Hoosier nation.

Dick Vitale’s unprofessional info-mercials for Crean while he was calling the Purdue-Indiana telecast is yet another indicator that Crean could be nearing the end of his rope. This Indiana basketball team is 15-12, 5-9 in the league, with an RPI of 90.

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2017 NCAA Tournament Bracketology (Bracket Projection)

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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2017 NCAA Tournament Bracketology.  Check back for bi-weekly updates on our bracketology, which has been more accurate than Joe Lunardi’s entry.

Enjoy! If you have issues with something here, let it out in the comments section below.

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Purdue Basketball Will Carry the B1G Flag Come March Madness

With both of the B1G’s banner basketball programs (from a traditional sense) down this season, someone else needs to step up this March Madness. This Purdue basketball team has the best chance of rising to that occasion.

Indiana, the league’s most storied program to Gen-Xers and everyone older, is way down this season, especially so by their very lofty standards.

Unless they pull off a miracle B1G Tournament run, they’re not dancing this year.

Michigan State, the B1G juggernaut to Millenials and younger, is substantially down from their usual high standard of quality. The Spartans are a bubble team, and not many really expect them to do a whole lot in the big dance next month, should they qualify.

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Michigan State Basketball: Update on Eron Harris Knee Injury


It’s been a very rough season for Michigan State basketball, and today it only got worse.

Injury was added to insult as redshirt senior guard Eron Harris went down midway through the second half of another blowout road loss. MSU fell 80-63 at #16 Purdue in a game that wasn’t as ugly as the rout at Michigan, but it wasn’t that much prettier either.

Take a look at the Harris play, which resulted in what Michigan State basketball personnel officially called a “right knee injury,” before the game had concluded.

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Maryland Basketball: Melo Trimble NBA Draft Mocksourcing


Maryland Terrapins point guard Melo Trimble is an elite college player with NBA Draft stock that fluctuates wildly. Every college player sees their draft stock rise and fall, but with #StayMelo there’s always been an added layer of over-analysis. At the beginning of his sophomore season, he was named B1G preseason player of the year.

The Terrapins were a trendy national title pick that preseason. Obviously, it didn’t work out that way, on either the individual or team level. Last season saw the narrative shift from “Melo Trimble has had a couple off nights” to “Melo Trimble is in a prolonged shooting slump” to “Melo Trimble just isn’t as elite as the media have made him out to be.”

It’s not Trimble’s fault he was named All-Big Ten first team and preseason player of the year. He can’t control how he’s covered, and he certainly didn’t ask to receive any added hype.

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Michigan State Basketball: Win at Purdue Badly Needed for Tourney Resume


This is not your older brother’s Michigan State basketball team. It’s not even your upperclassman’s Michigan State basketball team. The Spartans are almost never traditionally a bubble team, so this season does feel a bit bizarre.

This past Saturday brought us the first early bracket reveal (of the top 16 seeds anyway) in history and the B1G was a major talking point. That’s because no one in the league had a top four seed in any region. That’s where we stand right now and if that holds until Selection Sunday, it would be the first time it has happened since 2003.

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Wisconsin Basketball: Ethan Happ Breaks Social Media Every Game

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Ethan Happ is the next chapter in the Wisconsin basketball story that we’ve all come to known- big, tall white guy who was lightly recruited develops into an elite on the national level player. Happ, just like his Badgers predecessors before him, has developed a versatile game that works both inside and on the perimeter. After all, he is the protege of Frank Kaminsky.

As such he’s found himself a finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award, as well as the Wooden and Naismith Player of the Year awards.

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Purdue Basketball: Strongest Postseason Resume in the B1G

There’s a reason many, if not most, Big Ten power rankings have the Boilermakers at #1.

Your 2016-17 Purdue basketball team currently has the highest RPI of any B1G team at #18. While Wisconsin is ahead of them in the AP poll (Badgers are #11 while the Boilers are #16), Purdue has a much more impressive resume for the NCAA Tournament committee.

Purdue is ahead of Wisconsin in the Sagarin #11 vs #13, and in KenPom (#11 vs #15). This past Saturday brought us the first early bracket reveal (of the top 16 seeds anyway) in history and the B1G was a major talking point.

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Chicago Bulls Must Realize Where Denzel Valentine Fits, at Point Guard


NBA Draft Lottery picks are not meant to be sent back and forth between the parent club and the D-League franchise. Denzel Valentine, the 2016 College Basketball Player of the Year Award winner, does not belong at the Sears Center.

Unless suburban big box mart shopping is his thing, the 14th overall selection in the NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls should not be spending substantial time near the giant IKEA in Schaumburg, or the homogenized office parks that dominated the edge city landscape of Hoffman Estates.

Zel has fallen so far down Coach Fred Hoiberg’s rotation that the Bulls second round pick, Paul Zipser, has a much better and more defined role with the team.

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2017 NFL Mock Draft 2-14-17


Time for another 2017 NFL mock draft update, as the NFL offseason is officially here.

The Sports Bank is the only independently owned, mom and pop on the internet with a mock draft for the top four American professional sports leagues. Be sure to check out our 2017 NFL mock draft, 2016 NBA mock draft, 2016 MLB mock draft and 2016 NHL mock draft.

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Wisconsin Basketball: Greg Gard Understands Definition of “Adversity”

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Wisconsin basketball Coach Greg Gard is an exceedingly rare breed; a sports personality who understands the meaning of the word adversity. Losing IS NOT adversity. Losing playing time IS NOT ADVERSITY. It’s amazing how almost the entire sports-industrial complex and media-industrial complex can’t seem to understand a simple definition to this one single word.

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B1G Hoops El Clasico: Indiana Hoosiers vs Purdue Boilermakers

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El Clasico is the name given to the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona; the two sides that traditionally rule La Liga, Spain’s top futbol/football/soccer division. In recent years, Atletico Madrid have risen up and inserted themselves into the conversation, essentially breaking up the usual duopoly.

The first meeting, in Barcelona on December 3rd, ended in a 1-1 draw. The next edition, in Madrid, will be on April 23rd. Real are currently top of the table, with Barca just point behind them. Sevilla, another Spanish club consistently relevant near the top, are just three points out of first place.

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