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Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo responds to latest rumors

It was not a big grand gesture or riveting press conference, but Milwaukee Bucks fans are certainly pleased with their rising star Giannis Antetokounmpo and his latest response to rumors he could be on the way out of Milwaukee at the end of his contract. The report was triggered by the latest NBA free agency move, with Gordon Hayward leaving the Utah Jazz to reconnect to his old college coach Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics. Hayward had a history of insisting Utah was his home for his entir

Milwaukee Bucks' Malcolm Brogdon wins Rookie of the Year

The Milwaukee Bucks continue to get production and recognition from their budding, young talent. On Monday night at the NBA Awards Show, Bucks rookie Malcolm Brodgon was honored with the Rookie of the Year honor, the first ever second-round pick to be awarded this recognition in the modern are. Overall, he was the first former second round pick to win the accolade since Woody Sauldsberry Phila in 1957. Speaking of “Phila,” Brodgon beat two of his fellow draftees, who were both members of the P

Milwaukee Bucks select D.J. Wilson with No. 17 overall pick

The Milwaukee Bucks took the NBA world by storm for the second consecutive year by taking a player that was projected to go later, this time drafting the former Michigan Wolverines forward D.J. Wilson with the No. 17 overall pick. Forecasted by many to go late first round or even early second, the Bucks took the versatile forward after a breakout year with the Wolverines. Listed as a power forward on the official draft, Wilson played a majority of his time as a wing player for the Wolverines,

De'Aaron Fox could emerge as best point guard in NBA Draft

The NBA Draft is a glorious times where reporters and fans come up with hot takes and extreme analysis, nitpicking their way to find out who will be the best player when it is time for the season to start. This year’s 2017 NBA Draft is loaded with highly skilled talent, specifically the point guard position. Recently, the Philadelphia 76ers, who previous held the No. 3 pick in the Draft, gave it all up and then some to acquire the No. 1 overall pick from the Boston Celtics, all so that they can

Big Ten Conference looking to expand league schedule

In an order to increase fairness and equality in scheduling, the Big Ten Conference is looking to increase the amount of conference games played for their men’s basketball teams. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany has recently spoke out about the ongoing discussions to move the current conference structure of 18 games up to 20, giving more teams a chance to play each other more than once. Of course, the more games listed on the league slate means more opportunities for teams to play a balanced sch

Milwaukee Bucks looking at Becky Hammon for vacant GM position

Fresh off their first season over .500 since the 2009-10 season, the Milwaukee Bucks are continuing to move in the right direction, backing up their franchise mantra of “Own the Future.” While a group of young, budding stars progressively improve on this Bucks roster, the organization took a step backwards recently as former general manager John Hammond left and took the same position with the Orlando Magic. A somewhat odd move by Hammond considering the Bucks seem to be in a better position fo

NBA Finals: staff predictions and more

NBA fans have been waiting all season for this rematch, a rubber match between two teams that have won that last two NBA Finals. For the first ever, two teams will meet in the championship for the third straight year- making this meeting between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors one of the most anticipated, yet expected, matchups in recent memory. The series will tip off Thursday, June 1- leaving nearly a week for the Warriors and Cavaliers to rest and prepare for their newfound

College Basketball: Gavitt Games announce 2017 matchups

The third annual edition of the Gavitt Games will take place this upcoming college basketball season, with the round of matchups being announced this past week. In a meeting between Big East and Big Ten teams, the Gavitt Games feature early season clashes that give the front end of the non-conference schedule a bit more excitement. Last season, many teams were playing their game of this event as early as the second game of the season. The Gavitt Games, formed in 2015, is an eight-game series b

Five-star guard Trevon Duval commits to Duke Blue Devils

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke Blue Devils continue to reload, this time landing the No. 2 point guard in the country and five-star prospect Trevon Duval. Duval, a 6-foot-3 dynamic guard out of Florida, announced his decision via The Players’ Tribune on Twitter. The Blue Devils were facing some, but not major, questions heading into this offseason already having lost Luke Kennard and Jayson Tatum to the NBA Draft. The team did recover from that quickly as their leading assist man and

James Blackmon Jr. signs agent, will not return to Hoosiers

The Indiana Hoosiers will have a new look next season. First, their long-time head coach Tom Crean was not-so-surprisingly let go by the athletic department and now their leading scorer from last season has made it official he will not be returning to Bloomington. James Blackmon Jr. announced on Sunday that he will remain in the NBA Draft process and will sign an agent, making it impossible for him to return to school, per NCAA rules. The newly acquired regulations set in a few seasons ago has

NBA Playoffs: Round Two officially set following Jazz victory

Round two of the NBA Playoffs tipped off Sunday night, but before the bracket was officially set. In the first wave of second round games, the Boston Celtics continued their hot play, making it five straight wins since falling down 2-0 to the Chicago Bulls- defeating the Washington Wizards 123-111 behind Isaiah Thomas’ 33 points and nine assists. Following the conclusion of the Celtics and Wizards game, the Utah Jazz defeated the Los Angeles Clippers in the lone Game Seven of round one by a sc

Russell Westbrook delivers rant following Game Four loss to Houston Rockets

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook snapped on a reporter during the team’s press conference following their loss on Sunday to the Houston Rockets in Game Four of the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs. Throughout the entire season and his MVP campaign, Westbrook is almost always the center of conversation when it comes to the Thunder and their performance, and with reason. The team performs significantly better when the NBA’s leading scorer is on the floor, and much

Milwaukee Bucks win tiebreaker, secure No. 17 pick in upcoming NBA Draft

The Milwaukee Bucks continue to win this postseason- first on the court with their Game One victory on the road over the Toronto Raptors, and now off the court as well. On Tuesday afternoon, the NBA finalized their non-lottery draft order as well as broke ties within the qualified lottery teams. Since the Bucks made the playoffs, they were able to learn their fate in the draft order. Tied with the Indiana Pacers at 42-40, the two teams were given a tiebreaker to decide who would have the highe

Milwaukee Bucks look to secure winning record vs. Charlotte Hornets

The Milwaukee Bucks will be looking to do something on Monday night that they have not accomplished since the 2009-10 season: Finish the year above .500. Visiting Milwaukee will be the Charlotte Hornets, who were recently knocked out of playoff contention, but will have a major say in how the final Eastern Conference playoff bracket shapes out. The Bucks currently sit in the six seed in the East, one game behind the No. 5 Atlanta Hawks and one game ahead of the No. 7 seeded Indiana Pacers. Milw

Milwaukee Bucks look to stay hot against Dallas Mavericks

The Milwaukee Bucks had one of their best months in franchise history, finishing the March frame with a record of 14-4- their highest winning percentage in a single month since the 1972 season, when they finished 16-2. Of course, that was the year they won the NBA Title. Today, the Bucks enter the month of April riding high on confidence and ever-so-close to a playoff berth. The team currently sits in fifth place in the log-jammed Eastern Conference and, if the season ended today, would be head

Milwaukee Bucks peaking at right time, inching towards playoff berth

When Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker went down in February with his second torn ACL injury in three years, the Bucks were in the midst of a rough stretch and watching their current playoff standing slip away. It was supposed to be a positive turnaround to the season when the Bucks hosted the Miami Heat on February 8th. Losers of 10 of 12, Milwaukee was welcoming back last year’s leading scorer Khris Middleton- who missed the entire first half to the season due to a hamstring injury he suf

NCAA Tournament 2017: Big Ten Conference silencing critics

The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament is in the books and the Sweet 16 has been finalized. After a season-long analysis of which conferences are the best and which are struggling, the representatives in the round of 16 have come as a surprise to many. Unlike recent years, this season’s Sweet 16 gives us an even mixture of the Power conferences, with the lone school from a mid-major league being the No. 1 seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs, who have just one blemish on their record. Perhaps the biggest

NCAA Tournament staff predictions

March Madness is upon us and The Sports Blaze is proud to present to you their predictions and picks for the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Play will begin on Tuesday in Dayton with two of the four play-in games set to tip off, with the other two following on Wednesday. The round of 64 will officially begin action on Thursday, with the first game being the No. 5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. No 12. Princeton Tigers. Here’s where our team sits on the fun part of the tournament: making picks and pred

Jacksonville State Gamecocks, Winthrop Eagles secure first NCAA Tournament bids

On Saturday, the Jacksonville State Gamecocks became the first team to officially clinch a spot in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. The Gamecocks defeated the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks 66-55 in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament final on Saturday, securing the first of 32 automatic qualifying bids for the NCAA Tournament. The Gamecocks were the fourth seed in the OVC Tournament and needed to go through the one seed (Belmont) and two seed (UT Martin), which they did. It is the first NCAA Tournament

NCAA: Purdue Boilermakers clinch share of Big Ten title

In a year where no one seems to want to win the Big Ten title, the Purdue Boilermakers clinched at least a share of the regular season title on Tuesday after their home win over the Indiana Hoosiers. Following a week that saw the big dogs of the conference fall repeatedly, the Boilermakers responded strongly from their weekend loss at Michigan, defeating their in-state rival 86-75 in a game that was never really close. Entering Tuesday, the Boilermakers held a one-game lead over the Wisconsin
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