Photo courtesy of USAToday.com. Kenneth Faried (pictured above) led the country in rebounds this past season. Our very own Nick Craddock thinks that Faried can one of the major steals of this year's lackluster draft class.
By Nick Craddock
As you’ve probably heard, the 2011 NBA draft is shaping up to be one of the weakest in years.
Rumor has it that one of the possible taglines the NBA league office considered to promote the event was: NBA draft 2011…where underwhelming talent happens.
In fact, if we likened all the hopeful hoopers waiting to hear their name called at the Prudential Center in friendly Newark, N.J. — Madison Square Garden is unavailable to serve as the venue this year because of scheduled renovations — to popsicles, then all the NBA teams have a disappointing box full of grape-flavored popsicles to select from (maybe there’s an orange or raspberry hidden somewhere in the box).
Just as any sane person should consciously avoid grape popsicles (I don’t care how hot it gets, I won’t settle for grape), if I’m an NBA GM, I’m avoiding taking these prospects: Continue reading
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I expect the clock to strike Midnight tomorrow night for the Jimmer Show.
The madness resumes tomorrow evening with 4 big time games. And it cannot come soon enough. Out of the 8 teams that play tomorrow, I correctly picked 6 of them in my bracket. Plus all 4 of the teams I predicted to move on to the Elite Eight in my bracket are still in tact. Here is a closer look into each of tomorrow’s matchups. Continue reading
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Tagged Arizona, Big East, Big Ten, Billy Donovan, Bo Ryan, Bobby Knight, Brad Stevens, Brandon Davies, Butler Bulldogs, BYU, Connecticut, Derrick Williams, Duke, Elight Eight, Florida, Isiah Thomas, Jimmer Fredette, Kemba Walker, March Madness, Michigan Wolverines, NCAA Basketball, Nolan Smith, Old Dominion, Pittsburgh, San Diego State, Sean Miller, SEC, Shelvin Mack, Sweet 16, Washington Huskies, Wisconsin Badgers
Duke has been pronounced as the favorite with the return of super freshman Kyrie Irving (pictured above). Irving is an outstanding player but I am still not entirely sold on the Blue Devils.
The 2nd and 3rd rounds sure have lived up to the hype this year. MoreheadState, Richmond, Butler and more. The upsets have been galore, and many games have come down to the final seconds. What more could you really ask for? Since my last update, here are my thoughts for the Saturday and Sunday games thus far. Continue reading
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Tagged Big Ten, Brad Stevens, Butler, BYU, Connecticut, Duke Blue Devils, Final Four, George Mason, Jimmer Fredette, Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving, March Madness, Michigan Wolverines, Morehead State, Nasir Robinson, NCAA Tournament, Ohio State Buckeyes, Old Dominion, Pittsburgh Panthers, Richmond Spiders, Shelvin Mack
At a school dance, you either get asked to dance or you do not. Those who are asked to dance are generally much happier than those who are not. Well 68 teams will be asked to dance come Selection Sunday (March 13th). 68 schools will be thrilled to accept the invitation. While 279 teams will be disappointed and pray to receive an invitation to either the NIT or the CBI. Only 19.6% of teams in the entire country get a shot to showcase their abilities on College Basketball’s biggest stage, and arguably the best sporting event in American sports. Continue reading
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Tagged Ben Gordon, Big East, CBI, Connecticut, Emeka Okafor, Final Four, Georgia Tech, March Madness, NCAA Tournament, NIT, Selection Sunday
Come Wednesday, College Basketball fans are in for a treat as they get to watch Jim Boeheim (left) and Jim Calhoun (right) lead their squads into another epic Big East battle. It should be a great one.
It is another Monday, and you all know what that means. Lets get the week started with a look at the top events coming up in the sporting world throughout the next 7 days. Continue reading
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Kemba Walker is my favorite for the National Player of the Year at this point. But Jimmer Fredette and Jared Sullinger are not far behind.
College Basketball has already delved into the wonderland that is conference play. Teams are beginning to gel. There are no more excuses for working out the kinks. Now is the time where you ride or die when building up that resume for the NCAA Tournament Committee. This is the point in the year where the boys get separated from the men. Over the next month and a half, bubbles will be formed and bubbles will burst.
So the question I pose to you all today. If the season ended today, who would be your National Player of the Year?
In my eyes, it is a 3 man race… Continue reading
The Under Armour Senior Bowl is set for Saturday. Derrick Locke (pictured above) is one of many players looking to wow the NFL scouts before the combine.
After the weekend “that was,” we are now heading full steam into another amazing week in the wide world of sports that “will be.” Saturday was arguably the best day of College Basketball we have had since last March and Sunday was just an outstanding day of NFL Football.
So whats in store for this week? Here is a closer look. Continue reading
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