2015 College Basketball transfers list


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College basketball transfers are becoming a growing trend.  Here is a list of players from the marquee conferences who are transferring out of their respective programs after this past season and a list of college basketball transfers who will be eligible to play at their new school for the 2015-16 season.  Bookmark this page as we will continue to update the list as the off-season progresses.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (4/21/15)


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Here is the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades 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.

Click here for a list of early entries into the 2015 NBA Draft.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (4/21/15)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have 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.

Check out a list of who has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft.

Be sure to check out our 2015 NFL mock draft as well.

And our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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2016 NBA Mock Draft (4/11/15)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely early 2016 NBA Mock Draft.  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.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FIRST ROUND OF OUR 2015 NBA MOCK DRAFT.

Be sure to check out our 2015 NFL mock draft as well.

And our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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2015-16 Michigan St. basketball season preview


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Michigan St. basketball has absolutely nothing to apologize for. MSU lost their first game versus a real team this past season to national champion Duke in a very lopsided fashion. It happened in Indianapolis in late November.

The Spartans lost their last game of the 2014-15 season in Indy (at a much bigger venue) to Duke in even more lopsided fashion. Although it sounds counter-intuitive, Michigan St. basketball made tremendous strides in between those two games.

Tom Izzo‘s side grew by leaps and bounds this season (teams that lose at home to Texas Southern don’t typically go to the Final Four) State’s growth and development, as well as the exciting recruits coming to East Lansing next season, make them the #8 team in our exceedingly early 2015-16 preseason rankings.

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Michigan St. “2nd Round St.” might continue with Dawson, Valentine


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The “2nd round state” label is often applied to Michigan St. basketball as a pejorative. Although there is an air of condescension surrounding this concept, it’s not actually a negative. Because after all, who, outside of Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and a select few in this rarified are, can claim to be “1st round state?”

Or “NBA Draft Lottery State?”

Michigan St. Coach Tom Izzo said last season, “now anyone who stays all four years, people look at you like you’re diseased or something.”

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2015-16 preseason Top 25 college basketball rankings


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Yes, I know the college basketball season just ended but it is still the perfect time to reveal my insanely early 2015-16 Top 25 college basketball rankings.  There are still a ton of x-factors as guys are deciding on whether or not they are going to enter the NBA Draft, players are transferring, and seven McDonald’s All-Americans have yet to make their college decision so consider these rankings a rough draft and expect an update in a couple of weeks.

Here is a list of which players have already announced they are transferring and where. Here’s a list of underclassman who have declared for the draft.

Leave a comment below if you think a team is too high, too low, not getting enough respect, or otherwise have an issue with something.

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Deyonta Davis: Michigan St.’s next Adreian Payne


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Michigan State bound Deyonta Davis doesn’t seem to be a very verbose guy. At McDonald’s All-American Game Media Day, he gave short and sweet answers.

And that could be why Deyonta Davis might be the best interview of all- he’s efficient. He gets right to the point.

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Michigan State “team stream” details for Final 4 unveiled


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A lot of people couldn’t understand the simple concept of the “team stream” at this time last year. They were confused as to why the people calling the Final Four on a certainly channel were so brazenly homerific. Of course, these same people wouldn’t know what the word “brazen” means anyway.

Despite the fact that the team stream designation was right there on the screen the entire time, people seemed to be very confused.

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Why does Tom Izzo always succeed in March? Scheduling


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It’s a familiar script- a traditional rite of passage each March. As flowers begin to blossom so does the Michigan State basketball team coached by Tom Izzo.

Maybe Izzo was right after all when he put the national networks on notice following his team’s win at Illinois on February 23rd. Izzo won a pivotal game that held huge consequences for both teams. Izzo then called out the national media that night for their depiction of the Big Ten as mediocre.

As Tom Izzo said, the Big Ten isn’t very top heavy, but they do have a bunch of solid, competitive teams. Most people would agree with that sentiment.

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Michigan State a trendy elite 8 pick again this year


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It’s fitting that Michigan State fans and St. Patrick’s Day partygoers wear the same exact color. They’re both known for “having a good time,” if you will, and especially so at this time of year.

This is the time of year that they both come out in full force. For MSU, the NCAA Tournament is just part of the schedule. Michigan State’s current streak of 18 consecutive NCAA Tournaments ranks third nationally.

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Michigan State basketball getting hot in March, as is tradition


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Michigan State basketball has now officially escaped the dreaded #8 vs #9 game with convincing wins over Ohio State and now a signature win over Maryland, an RPI top 10 team that had beaten them both times this season. Sparty couldn’t finish off the #1 seeded Wisconsin Badgers, but they showed some ability to close during the Big Ten Tournament.

In our final bracketology we had the Spartans as a #7 seed, and that’s what they received. It’s the same exact seed they had when State reached the Elite 8 in 2003.

The Michigan St. Spartans are 24-11 and enter the NCAA Tournament having won ten of their last 14 games.

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