2012-13 College Basketball Preview #22 Baylor Bears

#22 Baylor Bears


The Bears finished the season at 30-8(12-6) and lost to the eventual national champions, Kentucky, in the south regional finals


Perry Jones III 13.5pts 7.6reb 1.3ast
Quincy Miller 10.6pts 4.9reb 1.4ast
Quincy Acy 12pts 7.4reb 1ast


Pierre Jackson 13.8pts 2.9reb 5.9ast
Brady Heslip 10.2pts 1.3reb 1ast
Deuce Bello 3.3pts 1.9reb .4ast


Isaiah Austin C 7’0″ 210lbs
Ricardo Gathers PF 6’7″ 240lbs
L.J. Rose PG 6’3″ 180lbs


The Bears lose three of their top four scorers from last season so I don’t expect them to be as good as last year but they return their leading scorer and assist man in Jackson who was also a big shot taker and maker. Bello came in last year highly recruited an a lot more will be expected of him this season along with the sharp shooter Heslip they have a solid trio on the perimeter. The question for the Bears is if the young bigs can step up and make an immediate impact and most of that responsibility will fall on what many considers the 2nd best center in this freshman class, Isaiah Austin. If he’s able to deliver inside the Bears should make a run at the Big 12 championship.

#23 Cincinnati Bearcats

2012-13 College Basketball Preview #23 Cincinnati Bearcats

#23 Cincinnati Bearcats


The Bearcats finished 26-11(12-6) and lost in the Regional Semis to Ohio St.


Dion Dixon 13pts 3.4reb 2.1ast
Yancy Gates 12.2pts 8.9reb .7ast


Sean Kilpatrick 14.3pts 4.6reb 2.1ast
Cashmere Wright 10.9pts 3.8reb 4.6ast
Justin Jackson 5.1pts 4.2reb 1.1ast


Titus Rubles (JC Transfer)


The Bearcats return a lot of talent led by Kilpatrick and Wright who will be the go to scorers. The Loss of Gates could be big but I don’t think that it will hurt them as much because at times last year they seemed to play around the big man as opposed to playing through so the same philosophy should work with Jackson as their primary inside threat. I like UC’s scrappy tough play and I expect them to compete for a top four spot in the Big East.

#24 West Virginia Mountaineers

Ohio players realize dreams during NFL Draft.

Since I’m from Ohio, I figured I’d do some research on the guys who are from my fellow state or played ball in my state who were blessed enough to get drafted. A lot of dreams were realized between April 26th-28th.

I have the schools and players that are Ohio in bold lettering, if they went to a Ohio school in got draft they will just have italic lettering and the same if for the non Ohio school that house Ohio players.

Ohio Schools
Round Position Team H/S
Derek Wolfe


DT/DE Broncos Beaver Local
Isaiah Pead


RB Rams Co. Eastmoor
John Hughes


DT/DE Browns Gahanna Lincoln
Adrien Robinson


TE Giants
Ohio State
Mike Adams


OT Steelers Dublin Coffman
DeVier Posey


WR Texans Cin. Lasalle
Dan Herron


RB Bengals Warren Harding
Nate Ebner


S Patriots Hilliard Davison
Miami of Ohio
Brandon Brooks


OG Texans
LaVon Brazill


WR Colts
Non Ohio Schools
Boston College
Luke Kuechly


LB Panthers Cin. St. Xavier
Michigan State
Jerel Worthy


DT Packers Day. Wayne
B.J. Cunningham


WR Dolphins Westerville South
Whitney Mercilus


LB Texans Ak. Garfield
Western Michigan
Jordan White


WR Jets North Ridgeville
Jeremy Ebert


WR Patriots Hilliard Darby
Florida State
Zebrie Sanders


OL Bills Day. Northmont
West Virginia
Najee Goode


LB Bucs Cle. Benedictine

There were 15 players from Ohio drafted this year, which is a large amount of players, if I say so myself. There were countless others who were signed as free agents who went to Ohio based schools or were from Ohio. I did this post to shout out all of those countless players hard work. Keep pushing you are making Ohio proud.

Why Jeremy Lin Should Sit Out Versus the Miami Heat?

There has been speculation about Jeremy Lin returning to the court for game five against the Miami Heat. It is a very high chance that the Knicks will lose game five so it is not like that the Knicks are waiting on Willis Reed to return. Though the Knicks are in need of a point guard due to the recent injury of Baron Davis it would be best for Lin to stay in a business suit rather than returning to the hardwood.

We all remember how Linsanity played during his highly anticipated match up against the Miami Heat prior to the playoffs. The Miami Heat sent the wolves towards Lin and he was exposed. Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole hounded him for 48 minutes and Lin had one his worst games of the season.

In sports the “what have you done for me lately” slogan becomes truer by the day. The lasting images of Jeremy Lin were a good one in the mind of basketball fans and NBA Executives. This is a guy who was a feel good story that had a nice run that helped fuel the Knicks into playoff contention. With Lin being a free agent it will be smart for him to sit out the playoffs and to cash in on a big payday this summer. By Lin sitting he is still looked at as the feel good story of the NBA. If he comes to play, but not in the way that we all remember it can raise question marks about his ability to play and how he returns from injury.

Not playing is the best business move for Linsanity and his camp. Professional sports are ruthless so it is important to cash on a paycheck while you are relevant. Lin may not be worth a big payday, but it ensures his financial security if he is really a one-hit wonder.

2012-13 College Basketball Preview #24 West Virginia Mountaineers

#24 West Virginia Mountaineers


The Mountaineers finished 19-14(9-9) while losing in the East 2nd round to Gonzaga.


Kevin Jones 19.9pts 10.9reb 1.2ast
Darryl Bryant 16.9pts 3.1reb 2.7asf


Deniz Kilcli 10.7pts 5.3reb 1.5ast
Jabarie Hinds 7.4pts 2.5reb 3.3ast
Gary Browne 6.5pts 3.9reb 3.0ast


Aaric Murray (10-11) 15.2pts 7.7rebs 2.3blk
Juwan Staten (10-11) 8.5pts 2.1reb 5.4ast


West Virginia was a hard team to watch last with their inability to score the ball. The Mountaineers were Jones or bust last season and its surprising they won as many games as they did. The season should be a lot different as WVU will depend on the help of two transfers in their first season in the Big 12. While at Lasalle Aaric Murray was considered an NBA prospect at center. He’s a great rebounder and shot blocker with the ability to dominate inside and shoot outside. Him and Kilcli should form a formidable duo inside. Staten is the other transfer who was one of the nations best assist man as a freshman and gives WVU the facilitator that they haven’t had in the Bob Huggins era. The Mountaineers will still need to find some consistent scoring on the perimeter but you can guarantee that they will play hard. This is a tournament team that just might be a year away from being a final four team.

#25 Wisconsin Badgers

2012-13 College Basketball Preview #25 Wisconsin Badgers

#25 Wisconsin Badgers


Wisconsin finished 26-10(12-6) and lost in the East Regional Semis to Syracuse.

Key Losses

The Badgers suffers a major blow with the lost of Jordan Taylor who was the Badgers do all point guard. Taylor was one of the best guards in the country and it will be hard to replace him.

Key Returners

Ryan Evans-11pts 6.8reb 1.6ast
Jared Berggren-10.5pts 4.9reb 0.8ast
Josh Gasser-7.6pts 4.2reb 1.9ast


Sam Dekker SF 6’7″ 195lbs.
A versatile wing with the ability to score inside and out. Very athletic and can handle the ball as well as pass. Reminds me of Mike Dunleavy.


You can expect Wisconsin to slow the tempo, play good D and execute in the half court. Bo Ryan is one of the best coaches in college basketball and always gets the best of the talent he has. This season should be no different as the Badgers will attack inside with Berggren and look to Evans to step up and be more of a leader. Gasser has the toughest job in replacing Taylor but he is just as physical and should make a smooth transition running the show. The Freshman Dekker could be the x-factor with his natural ability to score the ball if the moment isn’t to big for him. The Badgers will be a tournament team that competes for a Big 10 championship.

Front Office weekly rundown: 5/4/12

With so much going on in the sports world lately it made me think I should start a weekly post to roundup all of the impactful things that happened during the current week. Today’s post will be the first of this weekly installment, bare with me I’ll try to be consistent as possible.

Last weekend the NBA PLAYOFFS started and by Saturday night two key clogs on two different teams tore their ACL both in the same knee. The two players were Iman Shumpert and Derrick Rose. The Knick and Bulls miss both players dearly, we all know Rose was the centerpiece in Chicago.

The Clippers came back from being down 27 points in the 2nd half to stun the Grizzlies in game 1 of the series. I personally think the Griz will still win the series but it was an amazing comeback to witness first hand.

Andrew Bynum of the Lakers had a triple double 10,13 and 10 in-game 1 vs the Nuggets. First Lakers to get a triple double in the playoffs since Magic Johnson in 91.

The Butler Bulldogs are leaving the Horizon league to join the Atlantic 10 in all sports starting 2013-14.

Last years Defensive Player of the Year DE/LB Terrell Suggs tore his Achilles tendon playing recreational ball. The Suggs lost is a big for the Ravens and great for the other teams in the AFC North. We at The Front Office wish you a speedy recovery T Sizzle.

The saddest news of the roundup is we lost an All time great in Junior Seau. He reportedly took his own life, we at The Front Office send our prayers out to his friends and family.

The Celtics Rajon Rondo got suspended one game for chest bumping a referee during the game he missed the Hawks Josh Smith sprained his knee (jumpers knee) and is currently doubtful for game 3. Amare Stoudemire of the Knicks after losing to the Heat took a double L as he messed his hand up punching through glass. I blame the braids for his injury, cloudy judgement maybe?

Angels Pitcher Jered Weaver threw a no-hitter on Wednesday. His 2nd no-hitter of his career. No hitters are a big deal so give that man props.

Conference USA will add North Texas, Louisiana Tech and Florida International .

Roger “Ironfist” Goodell threw the hammer down on a few Saints players for their part in the bounty situation. Jonathan Vilma is out for the season, Anthony Hargrove (Packers) is out for 8 games, Will Smith is out for 4 games and Scott Fujita (Browns) is out for 3 games. These players will be without pay during the games they are suspended.

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera tore his ACL in warm ups. Rivera is 42 years of age this could put his career in jeopardy. He is the all time saves leader in MLB history.

The Kentucky Wildcats and Indiana Hoosiers ended their home and home series because UK wanted to play at a neutral site. After the Watford shot last year Coach Crean might have Coach Cal scared huh? Please get this game back on the schedule guys with the talent at both schools the fans are the ones missing out.

San Antonio Spurs Gregg Popovich won Coach of the Year, New York Knicks Center Tyson Chandler won Defensive Player of the Year and Dallas Mavericks Guard Jason Kidd won the Sportsmanship Award.

That’s it for this weeks rundown, I know we missed a few things but this week has been a sprint. Drop a line and let us know how you feel about some of the things that happened this week in the world of sports.

Does the Media Undervalue Floyd Mayweather’s Greatness?

We all know that Floyd is brash, arrogant, and all of the above, but you cannot discredit what he does in the ring. Being undefeated in anything is admirable. From being undefeated in paper football to being the 1972 Miami Dolphins being undefeated takes focus, hard work, determination, luck, and skill.

Floyd faces Miguel Cotto this weekend in a highly anticipated fight. No, this is not the fight that America wanted, but it will be cool to see Floyd go for his 43rd win. The world wanted to see Floyd lose to Manny Pacquiao, but Miguel Cotto can be America’s hero if he defeats Mayweather this upcoming Saturday.

In my opinion I feel that the media does not give Floyd his credit for being one of greatest fighter’s of all time. His personality may turn people off, but Floyd the boxer is perfect. His record may be 42-0, but his greatness is beyond the numbers.  Mayweather has fought all of the top fighters in various weight classes to show that he is not afraid of a challenge. Popular boxing names such as Ricky Hatton, Oscar De La Hoya, Arturo Gatti, Juan Marquez, and Zab Judah all have fallen victim to Mayweather.

It’s no argument that the media is blind when it comes to “Money” Mayweather. You can blame it on his diamonds or his personality, but they are blind to the fact that we have had a chance to watch one of the greatest fighter’s in boxing history. Long term success is rare in boxing in this day and age. Floyd has been at the top of his game for a little over 15 years starting when he won the Bronze medal in the 1996 Olympics.

No matter what the outcome of the fight is this Saturday I would like to see the appreciation of Floyd Mayweather the boxer rather than focusing on the persona of Floyd “Money” Mayweather.

Making a MVP case for Tony Parker

Today we are going to make a case for The San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker to win the MVP award this season. If you watch any sports show the only people  the analyst are talking about are LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Rightfully so these two players should get a lot of attention and defiantly should be in the running but the forgotten guy in this race is Parker.

Everybody respects Parker, the man was the MVP of the Finals ask LeBron, he’s been an All-Star and an integral part on his French national team, but I don’t think anybody has ever looked at Parker as a MVP type player. So if you were one of the people who didn’t give Parker his proper props, this year if you have watched him he had to change your mind. (Points to self)

During the lockout shortened season the Spurs tied the Bulls for the best record in the NBA at 50-16. The key reason for their great record is Parker. I know people will say he has Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili but if you do your research you will understand even more why Parker should be the MVP. Duncan is now 36 years of age, still a threat but he has seen his better days and Manu is 34 years of age himself and only played 33 games this year due to injury. Before the season started if you told anybody that Manu would only play half of the games in the Spurs would have the best record, everybody would call you crazy.

His stats this year 18.3 ppg, 7.7 apg (A career high), 48% from the floor, 1.0 spg and 80% at the line. Coach Pop turned the keys to the car over to Parker and he did a great job at driving the whip. Parker did a great job at making a lot of non household names very affective weapons this year. He has been shredding defenses like a gensu, picking and choosing his spots when to attack the rim, get others involved or display his much improved jump shot. Without Parker the Spurs wouldn’t have the best record in the NBA point-blank. So when you think about the other MVP candidates James and Durant mainly if they were hurt do you think their team would still be a threat? I believe so because they both have two other stars (Wade and Bosh, Westbrook and Harden) respectively. With that said the voters should have no choice but to give Parker the award but it probably won’t happen.

Is RGIII Set Up For Failure with the Washington Redskins?

Robert Griffin III is in line to resurrect a franchise that has not been relevant for quite sometime. Griffin may not have the pressure in replacing a legend in Peyton Manning like fellow rookie Andrew Luck, but he is now the commander and chief for a franchise that is in dire need of winning.

The Washington Redskins made a few playoff appearances in the mid-to late 2000’s with former head coach Joe Gibbs, but it was nothing to brag about. Joe Gibbs left the franchise and Shanahan was brought in to take the Redskins to the next step. After hiring former Denver Broncos Head Coach Mike Shanahan the Redskins have been on a downward spiral. I am still scratching my head why the Redskins went after Shanahan. When Daniel Snyder is the owner of your ballclub there will be more than a few head-scratching decisions.

To me Shanahan has been overrated outside of the John Elway and Terrell Davis era. For someone that has not been relevant since 1998 a lot is being placed on Shanahan to turn RGIII into a force to be reckoned with. I will say that Shanahan has a good track record with mobile quarterbacks.

Steve Young, Jake Plummer, and John Elway have played well under Coach Shanahan. With all of the guys mentioned above they had the supporting cast for them to succeed.

The new look Washington Redskins are not equipped with enough weapons to set off airport security so it will be hard to gauge the success of RGIII right off the bat. I feel bad for RGIII only because the Redskins spent a boat load of money on Pierre Garcon and Joshua Morgan to be his targets for years to come.

Garcon and Morgan are solid receivers, but they may turn into what Alvin Harper was to the Buccaneers in the mid 1990’s rather than turning into formidable receivers. I feel that the front office is already off to a bad start for not placing enough playmakers around RGIII. An aging Santana Moss and Chris Cooley may be helpful, but who’s to say that they will remain on the roster by the opening game.

One of few bright spots is Tight End Fred Davis, but he is not locked in for a multi-year deal meaning that he can leave after his one year contract is up.

The combination of Daniel Snyder and Mike Shanahan is frightening when it comes to the future of RGIII. I hope that RGIII can ball out on the field to make up for the blemishes by his Pinky and the Brain like front office and coaching staff that he has.

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