The ‘David Kahn’ Era

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When Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor named David Kahn the president of basketball operations, he expected to have a playoff-contending team by now. Instead, in his four years on the job he has made more trades than times Dwight Howard has changed his mind about being traded, drafted more point guards than an apartment complex could support, and traded away more draft picks than Jarrod Saltalamacchia has letters in his last name. And now, the T’wolves are in another transition of which I am about to get to.  [Read more…]

How high is NBA Draft stock of Purdue’s Robbie Hummel? (Video)

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The Sports Bank’s Ngozi Ekeledo stopped by the 2012 NBA Draft Combine’s Media Day and talked to Purdue’s tough man Robbie Hummel about the Big Ten’s physical play serving as preparation for the NBA.

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Purdue’s Robbie Hummel wins top senior award

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Purdue All-American forward Robbie Hummel has been selected as the 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award winner. Hummel is Purdue’s first-ever winner of the award, given annually to the most outstanding senior in NCAA Division I men’s basketball.

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NCAA Tournament: Midwest Regional bracket breakdown

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Warning: I will not be responsible if you copy these brackets and are out of your NCAA Tournament pool by Sunday.  However, if you do listen to my college basketball wisdom and win some money, I want 20% of the pot or at least a shout-out on your twitter or facebook page.  North Carolina is the top seed in the Midwest Regional but Kansas figures to have a huge home crowd advantage in St. Louis that could propel them to the Final Four.

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2012 NBA Draft stock report (3/1/12)

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The NBA Draft Stock Report checks in on which college basketball players have made a name for themselves in the past week; either helping or hurting their future draft position.

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

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Purdue Deals Michigan its First Home Loss of the Season

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When Purdue coach Matt Painter dismissed junior Kelsey Barlow from the team last Friday due to an altercation at a bar, senior Ryne Smith called it “addition by subtraction.” That statement may have been validated Saturday night, as the Boilermakers went into Crisler Arena and thoroughly dominated the Wolverines, 75-61, sullying their pristine 15-0 home mark in the process.

Sophomore guard Terone Johnson had his best game of the season, going 9-12 from the field and scoring 22 points. Senior forward Robbie Hummel added 17 points.

It was senior night for the Maize and Blue, but Zack Novak and Stu Douglass were nowhere to be found. The two veterans shot a combined 8-17 from the field and 5-11 from beyond the arc. That’s not to say that the Wolverines’ underclassmen were any better. Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr., one of the most consistent scoring tandems in the Big Ten, struggled all night–especially Hardaway Jr., who went 0-6 from three.

So what does this loss mean for the Maize and Blue?

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Michigan Looks to Continue Home Dominance against Purdue

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One month ago, Michigan was still looking for its first conference road win of the season. The Wolverines had just lost by two at Arkansas, and a tough road trip to West Lafayette was just three days away.

The Maize and Blue played another two-point game against the Boilermakers, but this time they came out on top. Since that win at Mackey Arena, Michigan’s only losses have come at Ohio State and at Michigan State—two teams that will be vying for one seeds on selection Sunday.

Their impressive run culminated with an overtime win at Northwestern Tuesday night, which pushed the Wolverines’ conference record to 11-4. They are now tied with the Buckeyes for second place, just a game back of the Spartans.

Guest post from bigtenorbust.com.

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Can Michigan State be a NCAA Tournament #1 Seed?

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Watching Michigan State win decisively on national television Sunday had a distinctively March feel to it. Like a usual spring rite of passage, no doubt helped by the sound of the CBS college basketball theme song we’ve all become accustomed to. Once again, the Spartans look like a top line team on NCAA Selection Sunday.

And McDonald’s All-American Branden Dawson is helping to power them there.

The freshman dunk expert has a few creative slams in his arsenal, but his stellar dunk in the second half capped off his 15 points, 11 rebounds and two block effort against Purdue. A well-balanced green and white attack also helped Michigan State sweep their season series with the Boilermakers; Austin Thornton added a career-high 17 points, while center Derrick Nix tallied a twelve point effort. Michigan State’s senior warrior Draymond Green, posted his 33rd career double-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. [Read more…]

Purdue Boilermakers Tournament Resume: Strengths and Weaknesses

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In our latest NCAA Tournament projection, we have the Purdue Boilermakers as an #11 seed in the West Regional, out in Albuquerque. In other words, just a line or two above bubble status. And since February is here- time to think about who needs to shore up the old resume for selection time come March.

And given how dreadful the Boilers have been at Conseco Fieldhouse, don’t expect them to augment their tourney ready chops at the Big Ten Tournament. Even though the beautiful venue is just a short drive from their West Lafayette campus, Purdue fans will no doubt head into c0nference tournament weekend hoping to be rock solid enough that a one-and-done in Indy won’t have consequence.

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Purdue 58, Northwestern 56: Rapid Reaction

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In Tuesday’s 66-64 loss to Michigan, Purdue senior Robbie Hummel missed a big shot at the end of the game to send the Boilermakers to their second straight loss and third in the past four games.

(Guest post by Kevin Trahan of bigtenorbust.com, purplewildcats.com and the Daily Northwestern.)

On Saturday, he made sure he didn’t repeat that performance, sinking Northwestern with a tough floater with 8.1 seconds left en route to a 58-56 win.

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Michigan State Needs to Fix Defensive Lapses to Become Elite

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This what #9 Michigan State has given up in scoring in their four losses: 67 to North Carolina, 74 to Duke, 81 to Northwestern, 6o to Michigan.

In their 16 wins, they’ve held everyone under 70 with the exception of Lehigh; a game they won 90-81. The losses to the Wolverines and Tar Heels were much more on the offense than the D, but the pattern is still obvious: when the Spartans play defense like a traditional Tom Izzo team is known to do, they are elite.

They look like an Elite Eight, Final Four team. But when they have those occasional defensive lapses, which have been few and far between, they look like an ordinary team.

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Mich St Fans Get Repulsive; Draymond Tips Ball into Purdue Goal

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Michigan State may have absolutely slaughtered Purdue 83-58 yesterday, but the battle between the two traditional Big Ten powers still had some embarrassing, and down-right dark moments in the lop-sided win.

Spartans leader (in scoring, rebounding and emotion) Draymond Green accidentally stuffed the ball home for Purdue (watch video after the jump). But much worse, the Izzone, the MSU student cheering section went really low and class-less in heckling Boilermakers star Robbie Hummel.

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