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NBA Award Predictions

As the regular season winds down, it’s time to predict the NBA regular season awards. Here are our predictions:

Rookie of the Year: Ben Simmons

While the race has mainly been between Simmons and Mitchel (along with Jayson Tatum and Lauri Markkanen), we believe the late season push by Simmons has separated him from the pack. Averaging a triple-double during their 14-game win streak, Simmons has proven to be a great rookie and a future all-star.

Most Valuable Player: James Harden

The time has finally come for Harden to win this award. He’s finished top 5 in MVP voting the past 3 – 4 years, and it seems to have motivated him to only get better. This year, he’s been the best player on the best team record wise. Although LeBron James has been nothing short of spectacular, we believe this will be James’ time.

Defensive Player of the Year: Rudy Gobert

Rudy has done it before and can do it again. Being one of the biggest defensive forces in the league night in and night out, we see him winning this award again.

Sixth Man of the Year: Lou Williams

Williams has had one heck of a year. Averaging a career high 22 ppg and just over 5 assist while coming off the bench, this is a no brainer.

Most Improved Player of the Year: Victor Oladipo

No one saw this one coming before the start of the season. Oladipo improved his game tremendously. Hitting career highs in ppg, assist, and rebounds, Oladipo proved he can be the lead man on a winning team. In addition, he lead the league in steals, averaging 2.5 steals per game.

Coach of the Year: Dwane Casey

Toronto has had great regular seasons the past few years, and Dwane Casey is one of the reasons why. He has the best scoring bench in the league, which has helped Toronto earn the number 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. With the depth that they have, look for Toronto to make a deep run in the playoffs.

 

 

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The impact of sports design

Two words: Sports Design. We see them on Instagram, Facebook, everywhere on social media honestly. Sports Edits of many players are made by graphic designers all around the world. Graphic designs have become so popular that even some professional teams have created art pages. Teams such as Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors have art pages due to the major popularity of the graphic edits.

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People make names for themselves because of their edits. Some edit pages become very popular because users may like the style that a designer uses. In addition, some edits include players that have on a different team’s jersey, which creates hypothetical scenarios for fans to debate.

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With the new wave on social media, even companies such as Champs and BleacheRreport are hiring popular designers to design post for them. While sports design may seem like a “trend”, it’s probably not going away anytime soon.

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Purdue University Engineers working on making brace for Isaac Haas!

This past weekend, the Purdue Boilermakers advanced to the Sweet 16 in the Men’s March Madness tournament. With that being said, they lost one of their best players in Isaac Haas. Haas is a 7’2 290 ILB center who has been key for Purdue this year, averaging nearly 15 points per game to go along with 6 rebounds. Haas suffered a fractured elbow injury, which normally wouldn’t allow anyone to play for at least a few months. Purdue engineers are working to change that.

Engineers from the school are working this week to develop a brace for Haas’ elbow that will allow him to play without causing too much additional damage to his elbow. The NCAA will allow for the school to make one as long as it’s deemed “acceptable” by their standards. Will the engineers be able to accomplish in time for this Friday’s game? What will the brace look like? Only time will tell.

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Biggest upsets thus far.

March Madness is here now! And as most of our brackets are busted, we should learn this one lesson: expect the unexpected. Here are a few of the biggest upsets:

13th seeded Buffalo defeats 4th seeded Arizona:

This one came as an early shock. Arizona came in having one of the most talented teams in the tournament, in which many people believed that Arizona was seeded too low. With 2 or 3 NBA type talents, it was amazing to see this defeat. With that being said, Buffalo simply out hustled Arizona. They went after every loose ball, every rebound, and simply played with more hunger and heart.

16th seeded UMBC defeats 1st seeded Virginia:

This is by far the biggest upset in tournament history. For the first time ever, a 16th seed beat a 1st seed. UMBC did it in a amazing fashion, defeating Virginia by 20 pointa. Similar to the Buffalo/Arizona game, UMBC outworked Virigina. In addition to the hustle, UMBC hit over 10 3’s in the game. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

 

 

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March Madness is here!

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This is the time that college basketball fans have been waiting for: March Madness! While conference tournaments are taking place, rankings for the big dance are being decided upon. The NCAA basketball tournament consist of 68 teams. After the  First Four games are played that number dwindles down to 64. This single-elimination tournament consist of teams seeded between 1 – 16 in four different regions: South, East, Midwest, and West. With this year’s current top four ranked teams being Virginia, Villanova, Xavier, and Michigan State, they are expected to have the easiest road to the Final Four. With that being said, it only takes one loss to be out of the tournament. Let us know you think will win it all!

 

 

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NBA All-Star Saturday Night Predictions

Tonight will arguably be the most anticipated night during the NBA All-star weekend. Tonight’s events include: The Taco Bell Skills Challenge, the JBL Three-Point Contest, and the Verizon Slam Dunk contest.  Below are our predictions of tonight’s winners:

Taco Bell Skills Challenge Winner: Lauri Markkanen 

Markkanen has the skills to win this event, as this event has two important aspects: efficiency and time. Being a  rookie, we believe he will perform with something to prove.

JBL Three-Point Contest Winner: Wayne Ellington

In this star-studded contest, Ellington is not the first person that comes to mind with the likes of Klay Thompson, Eric Gordon, and Bradley Beal in the mix. However, Ellington is having a career year in points in which most of them come from 3’s. He has lit it up in multiple games this year, proving he is more than capable of winning this contest.

Verizon Slam Dunk contest Winner: Larry Nance Jr.

With Dennis Smith , Donavan Mitchell, and Victor Oladipo in the mix, this should make to be an interesting dunk contest. With that being said, we believe that Larry Nance has the highest bounce of the bunch which might give him the best chance to pull of some amazing dunks.

 

Here are our predictions, let us know what you think.

 

 

 

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And then there were two…

After a close victory, the New England Patriots come back from being down 14-3 to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20. Tom Brady did what he normally does, and led the Pats to scoring 14 points in the 4th quarter.

For the NFC, the Eagles easily took care of buisness as they went on to win by 31 points. The Eagles defense looked very good, and Nick Foles threw for 3 touchdowns. They were clearly the better team in this contest.

 

These two past matchups setup for what should be an interesting SuperBowl LII. The Pats will seek to win back to back championships, and the Eagles will look to win since the last time they were in the Superbowl; and that lost came to the Patriots. This matchup will contain a great defense and an explosive offense in Philly, facing a solid defense and a Tom Brady led offense where as we learned from last year: never count the Pats out.

 

How the Pats can win:

Control the game offensively. Don’t do anything different. Run the ball effectively and use alot of play action to keep the Eagles defense on their toes. Time of possession will be an important factor, especially if the game is close in the 4th quarter. If the Pats do these things, they can definitely win.

How the Eagles can win:

They must win the line of scrimmage. This is a battle they must win on both sides of the ball. If not, big bad plays are bound to happen. They also must win the time of possession. The longer Brady is off the field , the more effective he is. They must score at least 30 points. I believe that if they reach 30, they will have a much better chance against the Pats. They will want to avoid a low scoring game if possible.

Who do you guys think will win? Let us know.