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Sports Talk Podcast: Early tournament reaction, Bulls win second straight

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Sports Talk Podcast: Early tournament reaction, Bulls win second straight

Hub Arkush, Chris Bleck and Gabe Ramirez join Kap on the panel.

0:00- Bradley gives Michigan State a huge scare. Tom Izzo gets angry. And did Bradley help its brand by hanging with the Big Ten champs?

12:20- The Bulls win their 2nd straight game to avoid getting closer to the Bottom 3 in the NBA standings. Are they better off focusing on player development instead of trying to get better lottery odds?

19:00- Ichiro retires in his home country. Will he be a unanimous Hall of Famer?

21:30- Will Eloy Jimenez be able to handle the pressure that will come with his new contract?

25:30- Will the Cubs get in on extension season and extend either Kris Bryant or Javy Baez soon?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Early tournament reaction, Bulls win second straight

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Early tournament reaction, Bulls win second straight

Hub Arkush, Chris Bleck and Gabe Ramirez join David Kaplan on the panel.

0:00- Bradley gives Michigan State a huge scare. Tom Izzo gets angry. And did Bradley help its brand by hanging with the Big Ten champs?

12:20- The Bulls win their 2nd straight game to avoid getting closer to the Bottom 3 in the NBA standings. Are they better off focusing on player development instead of trying to get better lottery odds?

19:00- Ichiro retires in his home country. Will he be a unanimous Hall of Famer?

21:30- Will Eloy Jimenez be able to handle the pressure that will come with his new contract?

25:30- Will the Cubs get in on extension season and extend either Kris Bryant or Javy Baez soon?

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:

Sports Talk Live Podcast

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Mychal Mulder helps the Windy City Bulls secure 1st playoff berth in franchise history

Mychal Mulder helps the Windy City Bulls secure 1st playoff berth in franchise history

Mychal Mulder is a 6-foot-4 wing player who has adjusted his game in Year 2 with the Windy City Bulls program. The 24-year old Mulder is averaging 13.5 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.5 APG and shooting 40.7 percent from the 3PT line.

Mulder averaged 17.5 PPG over his last 12 contests before Tuesday’s loss to the Lakeland Magic, with Windy City going 10-2 over that span. His great stretch offensively helped the team secure their first playoff berth in franchise history.

Over the aforementioned 12-game stretch, the Bulls have the 4th highest offensive rating (112.0) and best assist-to-turnover ratio in the league (2.06). Mulder developed into a solid 3PT shooter over his two seasons under John Calipari at Kentucky but he has taken that to the next level over his two years in the G League.

Through 45 games in the 2018-19 season, Mulder is up to just under seven attempts per game from 3PT range.

His willingness to present a real threat from the perimeter provides a ton of space on the floor scorers like CJ Fair, JaKarr Sampson and Walter Lemon Jr.. These players find seams in the defense that largely exist because opponents have to pay attention to Mulder outside.

Fair (3.8 FTA per game), Lemon (3.7 FTA) and JaKarr Sampson (FTA 3.8) have been solid all season in terms of getting to the line, despite Windy City not ranking very high as a team in terms of trips to the charity stripe.

But that has changed as of late and as a result the team is 7th in the league in FTA per game (24.0), 1st in AST/TO ratio (1.95) and 14th (out of 28 teams) in offensive rating (112.7) over the last five games.

Heading into Friday morning, the Windy City Bulls are 27-21 and are only two games back of the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference with two games left to play in the regular season.

It is only fitting that the same year the (Chicago) Bulls take a big step forward in their rebuild, the Windy City Bulls finally reached their goal of qualifying for the NBA G League postseason.

The NBA G League playoffs start on March 26 (at the earliest) and things will be high-pressure from the start with three single-elimination games preceding a best-of-three format in the NBA G League Finals.

When it comes to the development of the young players on the Bulls and the direction of the Windy City G League program, things are definitely looking up and all the credit in the world deserves to go to head coach Charlie Henry and the Bulls organization.

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