Analyzing Soccer’s Crowded Positions: Mexico’s Forwards

Mexico’s World Cup squad appears inked in through the midfield, but the North American nation showcases astounding depth in attack. After the Whistle picks the Mexican forwards who will make El Tri‘s 2018 World Cup squad.

The Contenders

Javier Hernandez, West Ham

Hirving Lozano, PSV

Carlos Vela, Los Angeles FC

Giovani dos Santos, LA Galaxy

Jesus Corona, Porto

Javier Aquino, Tigres

Oribe Peralta, Club America

Raul Jimenez, Benfica

Elias Hernandez, Club Leon

Alan Pulido, Guadalajara

That group is stacked. From an array of young talent to aging stars, Mexico boasts 10 incredible forwards that could make El Tri dangerous this summer.

2018 World Cup Starters

Assuming Mexico plays a 4-3-3 or 3-4-3, Juan Carlos Osorio has a headache of a decision.

LW Hirving Lozano

The 21 year-old phenom tore up Liga MX before earning a high-profile transfer to PSV, and Lozano isn’t stopping there. The winger appears entrenched as a starter for Mexico after notching an assist against Iceland.

ST Javier Hernandez

Although “Chicharito” is on the other side of 30, the West Ham star continues to improve, and should head to Russia as a starter.

RW Carlos Vela

Vela was a terrific player for Real Sociedad, and his move to Los Angeles FC hasn’t affected the winger’s brilliance. Carlos Vela beats out a charging Javier Aquino for the final starting place.

The Rest of the Squad (in order from most to least likely to earn a trip to Russia)

Javier Aquino

Jesus Corona

Giovani dos Santos

Raul Jimenez

 

 

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2018 NBA Mock Draft 1.0

The top two picks have cemented themselves. DeAndre Ayton and Luka Doncic will go 1-2 in either order. After that is absolute chaos. After the Whistle’s first mock draft attempts to order the most loaded draft class in years.

The mock draft!

1. Phoenix—Luka Doncic, Real Madrid
2. Memphis—DeAndre Ayton, Arizona
3. Orlando—Marvin Bagley III, Duke
4. Atlanta—Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State
5. Dallas—Trae Young, Oklahoma
6. Sacramento—Mohamed Bamba, Texas
7. Cleveland (via BRK)—Michael Porter, Missouri
8. Chicago—Mikal Bridges, Villanova
9. New York—Miles Bridges, Michigan State
10. Charlotte—Wendell Carter, Duke
11. Philadelphia (via LAL)—Collin Sexton, Alabama
12. LA Clippers (via DET)—Robert Williams, Texas A&M
13. LA Clippers—Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky
14. Denver—Kevin Knox, Kentucky
15. Phoenix (via MIL)—Zhaire Smith, Texas Tech
16. Phoenix (via MIA)—Daniel Gafford, Arkansas
17. Washington—Dzanan Musa, KK Cedevita
18. Utah—Jontay Porter, Missouri
19. Indiana—Troy Brown, Oregon
20. Atlanta (via MIN)—Shake Milton, SMU
21. Philadelphia—Anfernee Simons, IMG Academy
22. Chicago (via NOP)—Mitchell Robinson
23. San Antonio—Lonnie Walker IV, Miami
24. Minnesota (via OKC)—Chandler Hutchinson, Boise State

25. LA Lakers (via CLE)—Jacob Evans, Cincinnati
26. Portland—Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State
27. Boston—Khyri Thomas, Creighton
28. Brooklyn (via TOR)—Gary Trent Jr., Duke
29. Golden State—Jalen Brunson, Villanova
30. Atlanta (via HOU)—Landry Shamet, Wichita State

 

Doncic #1

Although DeAndre Ayton remains a strong candidate for the first pick, Luka Doncic has been tearing up professional competition in Europe for Real Madrid. The rest of the draft class can’t  match the Slovenian’s ball-handling and explosive shooting.

Zhaire Smith’s Rise

Behind the highlight reel dunks, the Texas Tech shooting guard has been a consistent scorer for one of college basketball’s best teams. Zhaire Smith also averages a steal and a block per game, providing versatility on top of his 11.3 points per game.

Draft Day Steal from Wichita

Landry Shamet isn’t the most heralded of prospects, but the 6’4″ point guard boasts incredible 3-point shooting (44% 3PT) and distributes 5.2 assists per game on a 20.7% usage rate.

 

 

 

 

2018 Selection Sunday Bracketology

The final day before the Madness will feature the selection show at 6:00 ET, but let’s speculate first! The top seeds seem cemented, but beyond that is rather confusing. In addition, Davidson’s upset of Rhode Island earns Stephen Curry’s alma mater an automatic bid to the tournament, popping Nebraska’s bubble.

Virginia
Villanova
Kansas
Xavier

2 seeds (#5-8)
Cincinnati
Duke
North Carolina
Tennessee

3 seeds (9-12)
Michigan State
West Virginia
Michigan
Purdue

4 seeds (13-16)
Texas Tech
Wichita St
Auburn
Gonzaga

5 seeds (17-20)
Clemson
Arizona
Houston
Kentucky

6 seeds (21-24)
Ohio St
Rhode Island
Arkansas
Miami

7 seeds (25-28)
TCU
Florida
Butler
Texas A&M

8 seeds (29-32)
Missouri
Seton Hall
Creighton
Alabama

9 seeds (33-36)
USC
St. Bonaventure
Kansas St
Virginia Tech

10 seeds (37-40)
Florida St
NC State
Providence
Nevada

11 seeds (41-45)
Loyola-Chicago
South Dakota St
Davidson
Middle Tennessee*
Oklahoma*

12 seeds (46-50)
Baylor*
Texas*
Buffalo
New Mexico St
Charleston

13 seeds (51-54)
Bucknell
Marshall
UNC Greensboro
Murray State

14 seeds (55-58)
San Diego State
Montana
Georgia State
Pennsylvania

15 seeds (59-62)
Lipscomb
Wright State
Iona
Radford

16 seeds (63-68)
SF Austin
UMBC
CS-Fullerton*
NCCU*
LIU-Brooklyn*
Texas Southern*

*denotes play-in game

First four out. . .

Nebraska
Notre Dame
Syracuse
Marquette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seven Days of Bracketology 5+6: Upsets, Blowouts, And A New #1

With a massive win over Duke, North Carolina jumps to the top line.

Of the top 45 teams in the nation, 17 play today. For now North Carolina is a top seed, while Tennessee jumps to #8 overall, good for a two seed. Providence’s unbelievable run to the Big East Championship has them up to #39 overall and a 10 seed. Oh, and Louisville loses their spot due to Nevada’s 17 point loss to San Diego State. This crazy sport. The top seeds continue below.

Virginia
Villanova
Kansas
North Carolina

2 seeds (#5-8)
Cincinnati
Duke
Xavier
Tennessee

3 seeds (9-12)
Michigan State
West Virginia
Michigan
Purdue

4 seeds (13-16)
Wichita St
Texas Tech
Auburn
Gonzaga

5 seeds (17-20)
Clemson
Arizona
Houston
Ohio St

6 seeds (21-24)
Kentucky
Arkansas
Rhode Island
Miami

7 seeds (25-28)
TCU
Florida
Butler
Texas A&M

8 seeds (29-32)
Missouri
Seton Hall
Creighton
USC

9 seeds (33-36)
Alabama
St. Bonaventure
Kansas St
Virginia Tech

10 seeds (37-40)
Florida St
NC State
Providence
Nevada

11 seeds (41-45)
Middle Tennessee
Loyola-Chicago
South Dakota State
Oklahoma*
Baylor*

12 seeds (46-50)
Texas*
Nebraska*
Vermont
New Mexico St
UL-Lafayette

13 seeds (51-54)
Buffalo
Charleston
Bucknell
UNC Greensboro

14 seeds (55-58)
Western Kentucky
Murray State
New Mexico
Montana

15 seeds (59-62)
Wright State
Pennsylvania
Lipscomb
Iona

16 seeds (63-68)
Radford
UC Irvine
SE Louisiana*
Hampton*
LIU-Brooklyn*
Ark-Pine Bluff*

*denotes play-in game

First four out. . .

Marquette
Notre Dame
Syracuse
Louisville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seven Days of Bracketology 4: The Power Conference Tournaments Begin

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Hmm. . .

Now the real tournaments begin. The Big East, Pac 12, SEC, and Big 12 tournaments all start today. The ACC’s predictable first round has concluded, and Louisville-Florida State begins the wild day at 11:00.

1 seeds (#1-4)
Virginia
Villanova
Kansas
Xavier

2 seeds (5-8)
Duke
Cincinnati
Michigan State
North Carolina

3 seeds (9-12)
Auburn
Tennessee
Michigan
Texas Tech

4 seeds (13-16)
Gonzaga
Purdue
West Virginia
Wichita State

5 seeds (17-20)
Clemson
Arizona
Houston
Ohio St

6 seeds (21-24)
Kentucky
Missouri
TCU
Miami

7 seeds (25-28)
Florida
Texas A&M
Arkansas
Nevada

8 seeds (29-32)
Virginia Tech
Rhode Island
Seton Hall
Creighton

9 seeds (33-36)
NC State
Oklahoma
Butler
Florida St

10 seeds (37-40)
Arizona St
USC
St. Bonaventure
Middle Tennessee

11 seeds (41-45)
Alabama
Kansas St
Baylor
Providence*
Louisville*

12 seeds (46-50)
Texas*
Nebraska*
Loyola-Chicago
South Dakota State
Vermont

13 seeds (51-54)
New Mexico State
UL-Lafayette
Buffalo
Charleston

14 seeds (55-58)
UNC-Greensboro
Murray State
Montana
Bucknell

15 seeds (59-62)
UC Davis
Wright State
Pennsylvania
Lipscomb

16 seeds (63-68)
Iona
Radford
Nicholls State*
Hampton*
LIU-Brooklyn*
Ark-Pine Bluff*

*Denotes play-in game

First four out. . .
Syracuse
Washington
Saint Mary’s
Marquette

Seven Days of Bracketology 3: West Coast Chaos

It was a quiet Monday for power teams, but some mid-major shuffling flew under the radar. In between the two lies West Coast chaos, as BYU upset Saint Mary’s 85-72, putting the latter’s tournament hopes on life support.

The pros of the Gaels’ resume are limited to a win at Gonzaga and a 28-5 record. However, Saint Mary’s lost to Washington State (12-18, 4-14 Pac 12), Georgia (16-14, 7-11 SEC), and San Francisco (18-15, 9-9 WCC). The Gaels are in the First Four Out, and need some help to participate in the Madness.

1 seeds (#1-4)
Virginia
Villanova
Kansas
Xavier

2 seeds (5-8)
Duke
Cincinnati
Michigan State
North Carolina

3 seeds (9-12)
Auburn
Tennessee
Michigan
Texas Tech

4 seeds (13-16)
Purdue
West Virginia
Wichita State
Gonzaga

5 seeds (17-20)
Clemson
Arizona
Houston
Ohio St

6 seeds (21-24)
Kentucky
Missouri
TCU
Miami

7 seeds (25-28)
Florida
Texas A&M
Arkansas
Nevada

8 seeds (29-32)
Virginia Tech
Rhode Island
Seton Hall
Creighton

9 seeds (33-36)
NC State
Oklahoma
Butler
Florida St

10 seeds (37-40)
Arizona St
USC
St. Bonaventure
Middle Tennessee

11 seeds (41-45)
Alabama
Kansas St
Baylor
Providence*
Louisville*

12 seeds (46-50)
Texas*
Nebraska*
Loyola-Chicago
New Mexico St
UL-Lafayette

13 seeds (51-54)
South Dakota State
Vermont
Buffalo
UNC-Greensboro

14 seeds (55-58)
Murray State
Charleston
Montana
Bucknell

15 seeds (59-62)
UC Davis
Wright State
Pennsylvania
Lipscomb

16 seeds (63-68)
Wagner
Iona
Radford*
Nicholls State*
Hampton*
Ark-Pine Bluff*

*Denotes play-in game

First four out
Washington
Syracuse
Saint Mary’s
Marquette

Analyzing the Offseason of the Minnesota Twins

Photo source: MLB.com

With all the hype surrounding the Yankees and Red Sox, not much thought is put into the race for the second wild card (preseason projections, of course). The Minnesota Twins claimed the spot last year, and blew the doors off any competition’s offseason.

The first issue to address was the pitching rotation. Jose Berrios is a budding ace, but Ervin Santana will miss Opening Day. The addition of Jake Odorizzi creates a trio of terrific pitching, while allowing Santana’s recovery to ease along. Add in Phil Hughes throwing like a decent pitcher to Kyle Gibson at the back of the rotation.

The only remaining problem was infield depth. Joe Mauer’s regression requires another first baseman capable of replacing the Minnesota legend. Meanwhile, off-the-field issues plague Miguel Sano, which bumps Eduardo Escobar up to third base, so the Twins needed a DH. It came in the form of Logan Morrison, signed for a measly $6.5 million from the stagnating free agent market.

For all the hype surrounding the AL East, the Central boasts more than just the Cleveland Indians. The Minnesota Twins are coming back to the playoffs.