Kentucky vs. Louisville: rivalry t-shirt wars (photos)

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Don’t think Louisville vs. Kentucky is a hard-core rivalry? Check out the Final Four smack-talking t-shirts after the jump. This is NASTY. Brutal, like Duke vs. North Carolina.

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2012 NBA Draft re-do with 2013 hindsight

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It is an annual tradition here during the NBA All-Star break to re-do the NBA Draft lottery from the previous year.  The Sports Bank’s NBA Draft Nerd, David Kay and Peter Christian will alternate re-drafting the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft taking into account what they know about the rookies based off their performances so far this season.  They will factor in how each team’s roster looked at the time of the draft and give their reasons as to why the selection would be made.

Check out The Sports Bank’s 2013 NBA Mock Draft.

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Charlotte Bobcats: 2012-13 NBA Season Preview

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The Sports Bank will be counting down to the opening tip of the 2012-13 NBA season with team by team previews starting with the worst and working our way to the title contenders.  There is no lockout this time around so let’s get going.

After finishing with the worst winning percentage in NBA history, the Charlotte Bobcats have nowhere to go but up.  Their rise won’t be rapid but owner Michael Jordan made a couple of minor moves that should make the ‘Cats slightly more competitive this season although not likely enough to get them out of the cellar of the Eastern Conference.

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2012-2013 NBA Preview – 10 Questions

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It’s almost that time of year again. Wait, is it? But football hasn’t even started its regular season yet? In less than three months, the NBA will be tipping-off the 2012-2013 season when the Boston Celtics travel to Miami to take on LeBron James and the Heat. With all that said, let’s take a look at 10 questions surrounding next season.

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NBA Combine in Chicago: Anthony Davis unites local and national interest

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With the NBA Draft Combine rolling through Chicago this week, you probably saw a ton  of very tall young men strolling down Michigan Avenue. Or at least more near-seven-footers than usual; especially on the Magnificent Mile, where the draft combine’s media activities were held.

No doubt the star of this year’s session is Anthony Davis, the Chicago product who dominated for the national champion Kentucky Wildcats. The man with the unibrow took home all the major individual college basketball awards, and will soon go #1 overall to the New Orleans Hornets.

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2012 NBA Lottery Mock Draft 5/16

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This is my first mock draft, post-NCAA tournament. Keep in mind that none of this official and the lottery draft order has not been determined yet. All of these opinions are my own, but feel free to leave a comment if you agree or disagree. Let me know what you think. Thanks!

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The Michael Kidd-Gilchrist profile

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I am back with my “Player Comparisons”. After taking a few weeks off, I thought it would be smart for me to start doing this because I know a lot of people are looking forward to the June draft. Today I am focusing on Kentucky’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Take a look at his profile!

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NBA Draft: Where Do The Charlotte Bobcats Go From Here?

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The Charlotte Bobcats could not have had a worse season. Actually, if winning 7 of 66 games isn’t embarrassing enough, it would be even more embarrassing if the Bobcats didn’t end up getting the #1 pick in the June draft. This team has a lot of improving to do and it starts with cleaning house.

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How good might Harrison Barnes be in the NBA?

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There wasn’t a more highly touted recruit coming out of high school, other than LeBron James, than Harrison Barnes. People thought so highly of him that college basketball tabbed him as a preseason first team All-American. But his first few months of his freshman season were anything but All-American-esque. [Read more…]

#1 Kentucky Wildcats vs. #4 Louisville Cardinals: everything you need to know

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It’s a bluegrass, bourbon, basketball battle. The biggest meeting ever between the two rivals from the state of Colonel Sanders’ fried chicken and his secret recipe. It’s the Kentucky Wildcats vs. the Louisville Cardinals at the Final Four in New Orleans. Sounds very Southern (and drunk) to me.

Let’s get to it!

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More Kentucky Wildcats tourney wins=more emphasis on one-and-done prospects

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There aren’t many songs about Kentucky. However, Elvis (Presley, not Costello, Grbac or Dumervil) did sing about “the cold Kentucky rain.” But with the way Kentucky’s college basketball team whipped Baylor today, and how convincing they look as the favorite to cut down the nets in New Orleans, and it’ll be “Kentucky reign.”

And Kentucky reign is based on John Calipari buying recruiting the top-of-the-line prospects; the one-and-done to the NBA guys. Big Blue has become the destination for blue-chip recruits, year-in and year-out, they keep replenishing them. And if UK wins it all this year, expect more teams to copy their style.

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2012 NBA Draft Stock Report (12/18/11)

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The NBA Draft Stock Report checks in on which players have made a name for themselves in the past week; either helping or hurting their future draft position.  Kentucky‘s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Will Barton of Memphis have really caught my eye as of late.  Check out whose stock I am buying and selling.

Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2012 NBA Mock Draft.

Take a crazy early look at The Sports Bank’s 2013 NBA Mock Draft.

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