Just days away from the Big Ten tournament, each team is looking to either make their case for the NCAA Tournament, or ruin someone else’s chance at glory. This conference is built on pride and tradition, and no matter how a teams’ season has gone, they will be diving for every ball, and playing until the final whistle. Here’s a look at the favorites and sleepers for the B1G tourney!
The young, run-and-gun Spartans are not only the best team in the Big Ten, but the best team in the country. Averaging about 5 blocks a game, the lengthy Michigan State Spartans are hard to score on. With four freshmen and one sophomore starting, the Spartans are young and fast, always looking to push the tempo. With future lottery pick Miles Bridges, the Spartans could be scary not only in the Big Ten Tourney, but in March as well. Read Full Article Here!
The National Basketball Association has constantly grown in revenue since its birth in 1946. It is now at an all-time popularity peak, and not just in the U.S. The NBA is increasingly growing in international coverage and attention partly due to the increase in number of international players entering the league. In the season of 91-92, the NBA featured only 23 international players from 18 countries. Now, recorded on opening day of this season, the international player numbers have skyrocketed to 108 players across 42 different countries.
So what? Well, due to this growth in international numbers, the television ratings for the NBA have stretched all across the world. The NBA finals have turned into a global event, which featured 265 journalists from 35 different countries during the 2017 year according to Kevin Wang, ESPN. As a matter of fact, I found my own self watching game 4 of the most recent finals in a hotel lobby in London, England, at 3:00 A.M. accompanied by a crowd of other tourists, most of which were European. That was the first time that I truly understood the global stretch of influence that the sport had. Read Full Article Here!
CLEVELAND-Although he had only played in 15 games, the Isaiah Thomas experiment clearly didn’t work out in Cleveland. The Cavs looked to improve their team chemistry by dumping off Thomas, while getting younger and more athletic in the process. Clarkson will serve as a much better defender than Thomas and will provide more length in the backcourt as well. Larry Nance Jr., returning to the organization in which his father’s #22 hangs in the rafters, will provide rim protection that the Cavs have so desperately needed. On the other end of the floor he is a highlight waiting to happen, as he will appear in the slam dunk contest over All-Star weekend.Read Full Article Here!
In September of 2017, Arizona basketball assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson was arrested following a two-year corruption and bribes investigation. Richardson reportedly accepted $20,000 in bribes and paid for a recruit to sign with Arizona. In exchange, Richardson agreed to encourage Arizona players to sign with Christian Dawkins and financial advisor Munish Sood. Dawkins worked for Andy Miller, an ASM Sports agent. Richardson has since been charged with six felonies, facing up to 60 years in prison as well as $1.5 million in fines.
In October, Arizona head coach Sean Miller denied being aware of the alleged scheme. However, recent findings imply that Miller was not only aware of the scheme, but involved.Read Full Article Here! ->