Posted on: December 9, 2009 10:39 pm

We'll be Fine.....

I know....We just lost to fricking UW-Green Bay....A UWGB team that we should be beating by 15+.....A UWGB team that shot 50% from 3 point range, and 50%+ from the field.

But we'll be fine this season. It's just one game, people freak out over one like this all the time.The Badger have 20+ more to play, and we'll rebound from this. Just like we did when we lost to Missouri State, and at one point that season we were ranked #1. Just like when they lost to Pepperdine, we rebounded and won the Big Ten that season.

Give credit where credit it due though. UWGB played great, and they have a fantastic backcourt. Their frontcourt also played possibly their best game of the season. Also give credit to the UWGB fans who played a big part in the game giving UWGB another advantage.

Congrats UWGB you were the better team today, but we'll recover and still win 20+ games.
Posted on: January 25, 2009 10:30 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2009 10:34 pm

BB has lasted One year on Sportsline

I just checked the date, and I just realized that I made it one year on Sportsline. I still can't believe it. Arguing with people on the College Basketball Board, and College Football Board. I'm not going to give some speech to make people feel better, but I have noticed something. The only crappy thing about posting is that since I've started post Wisconsin has nearly sucked as much as King's crappy Aggies. Maybe I should stop posting on here, so my team won't be so crappy, oh well I guess the Badgers will be almost as crummy as the Texas A&M Aggies.Yell

Posted on: October 26, 2008 1:41 am
Edited on: October 26, 2008 1:48 am

Potential Cinderallas in the 2009 NCAA Tournament

<o:p>With College Basketball right around the corner, I was thinking about a few potential Mid-Major teams that could make some noise in the NCAA Tournament. Now I'm not going to list teams from Atlantic 10, Conference USA, MWC or teams that are getting consideration as a top 25 team because I don't consider those teams to be Cinderella teams as a lot of those teams have gotten some preseason hype. </o:p>


Cornell Big Red logoCornell Big Red(Ivy League)-This team has the potential to be the best team in the Ivy League since the great Princeton team of 1996. Cornell has a great backcourt led by guards  Ryan Wittman and Louis Dale. All of them are great 3 point shooters, and the 3 point line moving back shouldn't affect them at all. Losing center Jason Hartford will hurt, but Cornell has enough returning to offset that. Adam Foote should continue to improve, and he should be able to average close to a double-double. Marc Van Burck should also make an impact inside, but even without him this Cornell would be special. Right now, Cornell looks like the best in the Ivy League by far. The return of the 3 guards, and the development of Adam Foote give them a chance to suprise somebody in the 1st round of the NCAA Tournament. <o:p></o:p>

Siena Saints logoSiena Saint(MAAC)-Last season Siena was able to blitz Vanderbilt in the 1st round of the NCAA Tournament blowing them out 82-63. Eventhough they lost in the next round to Villanova 84-72 it showed that Siena has the potential to play with the best teams in the country. With the return of 6 of their top 7 players it looks like Siena should be even better this season. The biggest loss for Siena is the loss of 5th leading scorer Tay Foster, who was an excellent three point shooter, but the Saints have enough returning to make up for that loss. Kenny Hasbrouck, Alex Franklin and Edwin Ubiles all averaged over 10 points a game, and they all returns. All three of them are All-Conference players, and all 3 of them will be in the running for MAAC Player of the Year. Siena also returns point guard Ronald Moore, and forward Josh Duell. Moore should be better on his 2nd year of starting at point guard for Siena, and expect Siena to push the ball a lot this upcoming season. Overall, expect Siena to play tough against somebody in the 1st or 2nd round of the tournament. They have excellent shooters, and push the tempo. The key to beating this team it play good perimeter defense, and slowing down the tempo. <o:p></o:p>

VCU Rams logoVirginia Commonwealth Rams(CAA)-With the return of CAA Player of the Year Eric Maynor it looks like the Rams will once again be a force in the 3rd year for Coach Anthony Grant. Last year, VCU ran through the CAA with a 15-3 regular season record, but they were suprised by William & Mary in the Semifinals of the CAA Tournament, and they were left out of the NCAA Tournament. Losing Jamal Shuler will hurt, but the Rams are hoping for big seasons from two sophmores, who contributed in their freshman seasons. Sanders is one of the better defensive players in the CAA as a freshman, and he should continue to improve on that this season. Kearse has the potential to be a force on the offense, and he showed that at the end of the season last year. Also returning is guard Joey Rodriguez, who was the teams 4th leading scorer as a freshman. He likely won't start this year though because of the return of Maynor, but expect to see a lot of him playing the 1, and moving Maynor over to the 2. This VCU team looks like a force again. They'll be battle tested in the tough CAA with George Mason, Drexel, Hofstra, and Old Dominion all looking like they'll have solid teams this year. That being said, I do think two teams get into the NCAA Tournament from this conference. <o:p></o:p>

Belmont Bruins logoBelmont Bruins(Atlantic Sun)-Last time we saw the Bruins they were challenging Duke in the 1st round of the NCAA Tournament, and they were one score away from pulling off a huge upset. With the return of 4 starters it looks like Belmont will be dangerous again. Losing Justin Hare will be tough, but Belmont has enough to make up for the loss. Shane Dansby is the top returning scorer and rebounder. He will be Belmont's best player this season, and he'll get the ball in the clutch. Also returning is forward Matthew Dotson, and guard Andy Wicke. Both are great three point shooters, and they combined for nearly 150 three pointers last season. Belmont should also be very deep with the return of their top 3 players off the bench and all three averaged at least 6 points a game. With the return of 7 of their top 8 players Belmont will be the team to beat in the Atlantic Sun. Jacksonville may challenge them, but I see Belmont pulling it off. Coach Rick Byrd is one of the best in the buisiness, and expect Belmont to be playing in March again. <o:p></o:p>

American Eagles logoAmerican Eagles(Patriot League)-Early on it looked like American was going to go through a struggle, but they were to get hot late, and then sweep through the Patriot League Tournament on their way to the NCAA Tournament. With the return of Garrison Carr and Derrick Mercer in the backcourt expect American to have the best backcourt in the conference. Both guys can defend, and they also are deadly from the outside. Bryce Simon returns at the Small Forward position, while Brian Gilmore should break in at the other forward position after serving as the 6th man last year. The big loss for this team is the loss of forward Cornelio Guibunda, but many feel that South Florida transfer Frane Markusovic. American has the tools that most Mid-Majors need to upset higher seeded teams, and thats a good backcourt. Look for this team to possibly give a 5th seed or a 4th seed a tough game in the 1st round, but they do need to get past Navy first in the Patriot League. <o:p></o:p>

Creighton Bluejays logoCreighton Blue Jays(Missouri Valley)-Creighton was extremely young last year, but they were still able to put together a solid team. With the return of 4 out of 5 starters expect Creighton to be the best team in a weaker Missouri Valley Conference. P'Allen Stinnett was the top scorer for Creighton last season as a freshman, and he should put up bigger numbers in his 2nd year of college basketball. Booker Woodfox, Josh Dotzler and Cavel Witter also return in the backcourt giving  Creighton the best backcourt in the Missouri Valley. Kenny Lawson Jr. returns up front,  and he should be able to improve in his sophmore season. The bench was also solid last season, and they should be very good as well. The biggest losses this team endured was the loss of guard Nick Bahe, and Dana Watts, but expect Dana Altman to have another good team in Creighton, and expect another tournament berth. <o:p></o:p>

Western Mich. Broncos logoWestern Michigan Broncos(Mid-American Conference)-Western Michigan was able to win the MAC West last season, and with the return of MAC Player of the Year David Kool it looks like they should win it again. The big loss for WMU is the loss of center Joe Reitz. Donald Lawson is expected to replace Reitz inside, but he doesn't need to put up huge numbers because of the experience the Broncos have returning. Western Michigan returns 5 of their 6 top players, and 4 of those guys are seniors telling you that this team not only is extremely hungry and talented, but experienced as well. As I look more at this team, the more I like. Many are saying that Kent State, Miami(OH), Akron or Eastern Michigan should win this conference, but I go to disagree with them and take this Western Michigan team. <o:p></o:p>

Wright St. Raiders logoWright State Raiders(Horizon League)-The past few years the Horizon League Champions have made some noise in the NCAA Tournament with Butler, and Wisconsin-Milwaukee both making runs in the NCAA Tournament. The Raiders return two seniors in the backcourt in Vaughn Duggins, and Todd Brown. They also return guards Will Graham, and Troy Tabler so the backcourt should be set, and have no problems. Up front they lose Jordan Pleiman, and they're counting on two seniors. Cory Copperword, and Scott Grote are two highly thought of transfers, and they'll be the key to how good Wright State is. If they are able to contribute I do think Wright State will be the best team in the Horizon. If not, then Wright State will likely go to the CBI or the NIT, and finish behind UW-Green Bay, and Cleveland State. Still this team is dangerous, and could make some noise in March. <o:p></o:p>

San Diego Toreros logoSan Diego Toreros(West Coast Conference)-Okay I lied a little bit, San Diego is getting some top 25 consideration, but I still think this team is running under the radar. Remember this team knocked off Preseason Top 5 UConn last season in the NCAA Tournament. If I'm not mistake San Diego doesn't lose single player from last season's team so experience won't be the issue. Brandon Johnson is one of the best guards you've never heard of, and had his best games against big name opponents(UConn, Kentucky). Gyno Pomare had a huge game against UConn last year, and was able to play brillantly against Hasheem Thabeet. Rob Jones had a really good freshman season, and he returns as well. De'Jon Jackson was the guy, who hit the stunner to beat UConn, and should continue to be a solid contributer. Overall, San Diego is probably the best of the bunch I just listed. I do think they are the 2nd best team in the WCC, and Gonzaga should watch out because this team will challenge them. <o:p></o:p>

Other Teams to Watch: South Alabama(Sun Belt Conference), George Mason(CAA), Cleveland State(Horizon League), Drexel(CAA), Kent State(Mid-American Conference), Oakland(Summit League), Gardner-Webb(Big South)

Posted on: July 7, 2008 9:29 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2008 4:15 pm

Graystork did it, Best Damn Poll in the Land

Well, Graystork another one of those pollsters in the "Best Damn Poll in the Land" released his top 25, I'll do it as well. It's a bit different from my rankings in my Breakdown of College Football, and it's not indepth.

Badgers Ballers Preseason Top 25 for the "Best Damn Poll in the Land"

  1. Georgia-They in my opinion have the most talent, I think they lose one game, but they'll still win the National Title.
  2. Ohio State-Return a lot of talent from two straight BCS Bowl Game Appearences.
  3. USC-They continue to reload and have the easiest of any of the schedules of teams in the top 5.
  4. Oklahoma-They might be Chokelahoma, but they still have loads of talent.
  5. Florida-I don't trust that defense, yet. If that defense improves this team could easily run the table.
  6. Missouri-Can they beat Oklahoma this season?
  7. Auburn-This team will have a smashmouth defense and an improved offense.
  8. LSU-They would be top 5 with an experienced quarterback.
  9. WVU-They still have Pat White and that in my opinion still makes them a top 10 team.
  10. Wisconsin-Return 18 starters from a 9 win team, and they have a favorable schedule.
  11. Texas-Can Will Muschamp turn around an awful pass defense?
  12. Clemson-Will this be the year that Clemson doesn't choke and they can finally win the ACC?
  13. Texas Tech-Is this the year that Texas Tech breaks through with an extremely potent offense?
  14. Virginia Tech-They continue to win even without elite talent, it helps that they play in the worst BCS Conference.
  15. Oregon-My suprise team of this year. They'll have a very good defense with an elite secondary and Chip Kelley will produce a quarterback that can run his spread.
  16. Arizona State-Can they do it again this year with a harder schedule?
  17. Penn State-Likely JoePa's last year, but can they overcome the off field problems?
  18. BYU-Best Non-BCS Team in my opinion, Max Hall is the best quarterback you've never heard of.
  19. Illinois-Can the Zooker produce another Rose Bowl bid at Illinois?
  20. Fresno State-They play a super tough non-conference schedule, if they go 3-0 with it they deserve a BCS Bid.
  21. Tennessee-How will the lose of Erik Ainge and David Cutcliffe affect this team?
  22. Kansas-Will they be able have another great year with a real schedule?
  23. Cincinnati-If they can find a quarterback watch out Oklahoma this team could catch you off guard.
  24. Pitt-This team has a great running back and a good defense, now if only the Porn Stache could coach?
  25. Michigan State-They have one of the best running backs in the country in Javon Ringer and they have a very good coach in Mark Dantonio.

Other Considered: Wake Forest(ACC), USF(Big East), Rutgers(Big East just for you Graystork), South Carolina(SEC), Boise State(WAC) Alabama(SEC)

Posted on: April 14, 2008 5:33 pm

My Way too Early Player of the Year Predictions

I made a Bracket and then a Top 25. Now I'll make my Player of the Year Favorites


  1. Tyler Hansbrough-I think he'll be coming back because he loves college basketball so much and he'll have a great chance to become the first person since Ralph Sampson to be the a Player of the Year back to back years. He'll give you a double double every night and he plays for a title contendor. Seems like the right formula to me.
  2. DJ Augustin-After the first few months of the year he was the favorite by far. He had done this by having a great game against Tennessee and following that up by leading his team to a win in Pauley Pavilion. He has a great supporting cast like Hansbrough and he's team will be a title contendor.
  3. Luke Harangody-He's the Juniors version of Tyler Hansbrough. A tough white guy that plays super hard and doesn't project to be a great pro. But he has a great chance to win a National Title and be Player of the Year this year for the Irish.
  4. Stephen Curry-He became a houshold name after he torched Wisconsin and Georgetown, two teams that are known for playing good defense, and he nearly led Davidson to the Final 4. It'll be tougher this year with the loss of Jason Richards and he'll certainly have the stats, but the question is, will his team be good enough?
  5. Demar DeRozan/Davon Jefferson-I could really see either of these guys to become a Player of the Year candidate. Both are extremely talented, but unexperienced. And both will play for a team that many will pick to win the Pac 10.
  6. Mario Chalmers-He became a Kansas legend when he sunk the fadeaway shot in the Title Game, but Mario might not be done yet. That game put him into the spotlight and turned him into a guy that could be a Preseason All American next year
  7. AJ Price-His team fell apart after he got injured and he was the main reason why UConn was able to rebound after a disappointing year. He'll play on a very good team next year, but also watch out for Hasheem Thabeet from UConn as well.
  8. Blake Griffin-He had a fabulous freshman year as he helped turn around the Sooners. Expect him to take his game to another level as he'll have some help from 5 Star Freshman Willie Warren. OU this year should make great strides from last year.
  9. James Harden-He was another one of those excellent freshman last year. He had a great freshman year averaging around 17 a game and that should get better with a better team around him.
  10. Robbie Hummel-Okay so I shocked some people(groan from readers) but I really feel Hummel could have a shot. He plays on a good team that could make the Final 4. And he should improve his stats from last year, and his stats last year were pretty good. All I'm saying watch out for him.

              Other Guys to Watch: Greg Monroe, Raymar Morgan, Levance Fields, Austin Daye, Brandon Jennings

Posted on: April 11, 2008 8:04 pm
Edited on: April 14, 2008 9:18 am

My way too early top 25

I'm going to make one finally and not quit at it.

1. North Carolina-This is quite simple why I think they'll be #1 they return Tyler Hansbrough. I also feel that nearly all the relevent pieces will return, the only difference is that I don't think that Ty Lawson will be the the man running the show, but I feel Larry Drew and Bobby Frasor will make a very good combo at the point.



2. Texas-This is once again assuming that everybody comes back, and I really think that DJ Augustin will be coming back, Texas with Augustin will have one of the best guard combinations in the country. They will also have a very solid front court led by Damion James.



3.UConn-This could be a very special season for the UConn Huskies, a year after missing the NCAA Tournament Jim Calhoun proved that it won't be a yearly thing leading his team to the Big Dance, and even though they were sunk by Gyno Pomare and San Diego I still think it was a sucess. The one thing that could change this is who's playing the back of the defense for UConn next year is it Hasheem Thabeet or is it that other guy........I think it'll be Thabeet.


4. USC-Uh Oh I'm disagreeing with DanTheMan again. Well this is why I feel that USC can be so good, they return 4 of their 5 starters. They have a very good college coach that was able to win at Iowa State, and finally they replace one and done guy in OJ Mayo with another one in Demar Derozan. Derozan should have a great year at USC and that's no wonder that rank him as the #1 pick for next year.



5. Purdue-Damn, I hate doing this I'm picking against my Badgers and picking Purdue to win the Big Ten. Purdue has there nucleus back from last year's team that nearly won the Big Ten. Though they lose Scott Martin, I think they'll be fine with who they have coming back.



6. Duke-The Dukey nation and Dick Vitale must be hurting from the past two bad tournament performances, but Coach K is still one of the best in the buisiness. Though they lose one of their best players, one of their leading rebounders and their leader DeMarcus Nelson, I think that they can replace him with incoming recruit Elliot Williams. They did a bit of depth with the transfer of Taylor King, which I was shocked that happened considering that he played a decent amount.


7. Georgetown-The Hoyas lose their 7 foot center Roy Hibbert, but don't cry for the Hoyas because they replace him with the #1 recruit Greg Monroe. They have a solid core of players returning in Summers, Macklin, Freeman and Jessie Sapp. This could be a special year for Georgetown, we shall about the Hoya Paranoia.



8. Pittsburgh-Pitt is always a super physical team and this team should be no different. They play in the rugged Big East and that should help in the NCAA Tourney. They return a solid core of players led by Levance Fields and Sam Young. They also have a very good big man in Dajuan Blair who should be better in his sophmore year.



9. Tennessee-They lose there guards in JaJuan Smith and Chris Lofton, but they can replace them with Scotty Hopson and JP Prince, they also return Ramar Smith. That's a very good backcourt and they return a solid, but undersized frontcourt led by Wayne Chism. The fans from Tennessee should be singing Rocky Top all year long.



10-Notre Dame-They return mostly everybody from last years team led by All American Luke Harangody. They will be jacking up some three's and will be winning plenty of games at home. It should be interesting if Notre Dame can make it to the next level.



11. Gonzaga-Gonzaga should make a run this year this simple. They are the best chance for a team outside of the Major Conferences to make the Final 4. They have a good set of guards led by Jeremy Pargo and Matt Bouldin. They also have a good frontcourt led by Josh Heyvelt and Austin Daye. They have an experienced coach to in Mark Few.



12. Kansas-I rank the Jayhawks so low because I really feel that Brandon Rush and Darrel Arthur will be going to the NBA. The Jayhawks will still have a very good set of guards in Sherron Collins and Mario Chalmers. We'll see if the Morris twins can help out a frontcourt that could be depleted. They'll be doing plenty of Rock Chalk Jayhawk for sure.



13. Syracuse-I really feel that Johnny Flynn will make a huge transition to his Sophmore year, they also return Paul Harris as well. They might lose Donte Green, but they return a lot of players and will have good depth, expect this to be the year that Syracuse is not "On the Boeheim."



14. West Virginia-West Virginia would be top 10 if I knew Joe Alexander was coming back. Even if Alexander decides to play in the NBA WVU should still have a good team that has a good coach in Bob Huggins and a good player in Alex Ruoff.



15. Memphis-It appears that Memphis will lose Derrick Rose and CDR early to the NBA. But Memphis still has Calipari as coach and they bring in another solid recruiting class that could be better if they are able to add Tyreke Evans or Devin Ebanks.



16. Michigan St.-They lose Drew Neitzel, and that's a bad loss, but THIS IS SPARTA and they'll be fine. They still will have a good backcourt with Kalin Lucas and most likely Chris Allen starting. Raymar Morgan should take another step on becoming a good basketball player. They also have Delvin Roe coming in and Goran Sutton playing up front.



17. Wisconsin-People will say I'm being biased, but I think Wisconsin will be top 20 again. They return a good guard in Trevon Hughes and a good forward in Marcus Landry. They also return plenty of role players, expect another 25 win season.



18. Davidson-They lose one their excellent guards in Jason Richards, but they return Stephen Curry who should be scoring plenty of points. They also return Andrew Lovedale up front, they should be having a very good team this year.



19. Florida-They return everybody from last year except for Speights{could return}, they do have a great guard in Nick Calathes. They have a good recruiting class coming in and they have a great coach in Billy the Kid. Expect a much better year then last year and expect a better record as well.



20. Arizona St.-The Sun Devils should make the tourney this year and they made a great hire when they got Sendik. They have one of the best freshman returning from last year in James Harden and a very good forward in Jeff Pendergraph returning. They should also benefit from a weaker Pac 10.



21. Miami (Fl)-Miami returns nearly everybody from last year's team that nearly beat Texas in the 2nd round. They also have a very good guard in Jack McClinton and James Dews as well. I expect this team to be very good next year.



22. Louisville-It appears that they could be losing Earl Clark(NBA), Derrick Caracter(NBA) and Edgar Sosa(Transfer) before there senior years. They still have Rick Pitino and also return Terrence Williams and a very good recruiting class led by Samardo Samuels and Terrence Jennings.                                                                                                                                                             



23. Virginia Tech-This could be a very intriguing team, they lose Deron Washington from last year's team, but they return pretty much else. They seem like the only viable threat to possibly challange UNC and Duke. AD Vassillo is one of the better players in the ACC



24. Oklahoma- Oklahoma fans can breath easy Jeff Capel and Blake Griffin are staying at OU. They along with Willie Warren coming to OU should guarantee that this be a special year for the Sooners, and they'll be doing plenty of Boomer Sooner this year.


25. UNLV-They return pretty much return everybody from last years NCAA Tourney team.

UNLV Rebels logo


Teams I think that could choke and make me look dumb: Syracuse,  VT, Duke and Louisville

Teams that could make me look smart: UNLV, Gonzaga, Davidson, Wisconsin, Memphis, Oklahoma.

Teams on the edge: Wake Forest, Baylor, BYU, Villanova and Ohio St.

2008-2009 Player of the year candidates:Tyler Hansbrough,  Luke Harangody,DJ Augustin,Stephen Curry,Demar Derozan,Hasheem Thabeet.


Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 9, 2008 8:23 pm
Edited on: April 10, 2008 10:44 pm

My way too early NCAA Tournament teams

These teams are in no particular order

ACC:UNC, Duke, Miami,  Clemson, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest

America East:Hartford

Atlantic Sun:Belmont

Atlantic 10:Xavier,

Big East:Pitt, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Louisville, UConn, WVU, Marquette, Villanova, Syracuse

Big Sky:Portland St.

Big South:Winthrop

Big Ten:Wisconsin, Purdue, Michigan St., Ohio St.

Big XII: Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas A&M

Big West: UC Santa Barbara

Colonial Athletic:VCU, NC Wilmington

Conference USA:Memphis

Horizon:Wright State


MAC:Western Michigan,Kent St.

MEAC:Morgan St. Bears logoMorgan St

Missouri Valley:Creighton, Drake




Ohio Valley:Murray St.

Pac 10:UCLA, USC, Arizona St.,  Arizona


SEC:Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, Miss St.,Alabama


Southland:Stephen F. Austin


Sun Belt:Arkansas Little Rock

SWAC:Alabama A&M

WAC:Utah St.

West Coast:Gonzaga, Saint Mary's, San Diego

Posted on: April 7, 2008 8:41 pm

Memphis vs Kansas: The Title Game

Finally we have a Title game where we can disagree, and it's not a game where we fully expect one team to win. Like last year with Florida-OSU, or UCONN-GT in 04 or MSU-Florida in 2000. We have a game like UNC-Illinois from a few years back and we all remember what a good game that was. In this game we have Memphis who a lot of people had losing to Texas in the Elite 8 and even after they did that losing to UCLA in the Final 4. Then on the other side we have Kansas the team that is known for choking especially recently. It's considered one of the Elite Programs, but unlike the other Elite Programs it only has 3 titles to show for it. What a game this should be! Two teams that most people didn't have playing in this game, but are. I think Memphis is going to win, and I'm going to be blunt about it, and not work around it, they'll win because they have the best player in the tournament in Derrick Rose, Who because of this tournament some are now projecting over the invincible Michael Beasley to go #1 in the draft. Imagine telling someone that 3 weeks ago? If Kansas can contain Rose they'll win, the problem is they can't. In fact no one can and that is why Memphis will win. It'll be close, but the Tigers will win as long as they don't bomb shooting Free Throws!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The whole enchilada

What a game it should be, unlike past title games there isn't a clear favorite

Category: NCAAB
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