NBA Lottery Sleeper Pick? Florida State’s Chris Singleton

This NBA Draft season look out for Chris Singleton. No, not the late ’90s/early ’00s Chicago White Sox position player turned ESPN analyst, but one of the best defenders in college basketball this past season. If you’re looking for a lottery sleeper pick, then focus on the junior from Canton, Georgia

The Seminoles specialized in defense, leading the nation in points against average and their main weapon and leader Chris Singleton. The 6-9 forward is the ACC’s Defensive Player of the year.

“I’m one of the most versatile guys, and I feel like I can do whatever any team wants me to do. I feel like I can fit every system. Wherever you want to put me, I can play, I just want to win” Singleton said at the Draft Combine in Chicago.

Singleton had interviews with 15 teams during the combine sessions including: New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, Minnesota Timberwolves, Indiana Pacers and Golden State Warriors.

By Paul M. Banks

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Florida State’s Killer Defense Makes them Dangerous NCAA Tourney Team

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VCU may be America’s lovable underdogs, but their opponent Friday night in San Antonio, the Florida State Seminoles, are probably the college basketball team no one wants to play right now. The Florida State defense, led by Peter Boulware, Derrick Brooks, Deion Sanders and Terrell Buckey (whoops, force of habit, sorry wrong FSU defense) is the best in the nation.

They held Texas A&M to 50 points and 31% shooting in their first tournament game. Then they dominated a high-scoring, hot shooting Notre Dame Fighting Irish team; holding them to 31% shooting, 23% from three.

The scary part? They did it all with jsut minimal minutes from their best player and defender, the ACC defensive player of the year Chris Singleton.

By Paul M. Banks

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#10 Seed Florida State Upsets #2 Seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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You could say this was payback for the storied 1993 #1 vs. #2 college football game of the century between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Florida State Seminoles. It was the first ever ND-FSU meeting in college basketball, and the ‘Noles ran away with it 71-57. In a game that was never really ever in doubt after the first ten minutes.

The east coast really smacked up the hoosier state in this United Center double dip as the VCU Rams beat the Purdue Boilermakers 94-76 in the first game of the Chicago NCAA doubleheader.

By Paul M. Banks

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Florida State’s Chris Singleton one of Nation’s Best Defenders

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Look out for Chris Singleton. No, not the late ’90s/early ’00s Chicago White Sox position player turned ESPN analyst, but one of the best defenders in college basketball.

The Seminoles specialize in defense, leading the nation in points against average and they have their main weapon back in Chris Singleton. The 6-9 forward is the ACC’s Defensive Player of the year, and a likely NBA Draft pick. Singleton had 5 points in 16 minutes in FSU’s 57-50 opening round win over Texas A&M. It was his first action in more than a month.

By Paul M. Banks

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Big Ten Looking To Repeat Against ACC In Annual Challenge

Tom Izzo Final Four

The ACC-Big Ten Challenge has not been much of a challenge at all as the Atlantic Coast Conference has won ten of the eleven years since its inception in 1999.  The only time the Big Ten conquered this match-up was last season; as the Midwest’s premiere conference won six of the eleven games including Wisconsin’s home upset of then sixth ranked Duke.

This week, the Big Ten should be the favorite.  If they are able to once again take down the ACC, in the words of Cleveland Indians manager Lou Brown in Major League, “that’s called a winning streak.”  Here is a breakdown and predictions for the 2010 ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

By: David Kay

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College Hoops 101 (11/29/10)

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If you are unfamiliar with College Hoops 101, it is a weekly feature here at The Sports Bank that runs every Monday and breaks down everything you need to know going on in the world of college basketball.  I will look back at the previous week and peak ahead to some of the key match-ups in the next seven days.

By: David Kay
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NBA Draft Stock Report (11-17-10)

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Our first NBA Draft Stock Report of the 2010-2011 college basketball season checks in on which players have made a name for themselves early in the season; either helping or hurting their future draft position.  Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2011 NBA Mock Draft.

By: David Kay
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