'Elite' profiles Indiana's 1981 hoops squad

In our season’s first basketball episode of “Big Ten Elite” on Friday at 10 p.m. ET right after the Indiana-Bryant men’s basketball on BTN/BTN2Go, we take a close look at at the second Bob Knight’s three national championship teams at Indiana. Just two years prior, Indiana didn’t qualify for the NCAA Tournament. But with the arrival of star point guard Isiah Thomas the Hoosiers were back among the nation’s elite.

The Hoosiers finished the season with a 26-9 overall record and a 14-4 mark in the league for a Big Ten title. In the NCAA Championship game, the Hoosiers beat North Carolina, 63-50, led by 23 points from Thomas, 12 points and six rebounds from Landon Turner and 11 boards from Ray Tolbert.

The show will re-air at 2 a.m. Saturday. Use our BTN TV schedule to find future showings, too.

So far this season “Big Ten Elite” has profiled a number of Big Ten football teams. Use the links below to watch the full episodes on BTN2Go. The entire  Indiana basketball episode will be posted on BTN2Go soon, too.


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Ron Schneider on 12/9/2012 @ 5:34pm EDT Said:

When is the next airing of the “Big Ten Elite” show “‘Elite’ profiles Indiana’s 1981 hoops squad” on the Big Ten Network? I do not get the BTN2Go


    BTN Communications on 12/10/2012 @ 2:19pm EDT Said:

    Hi Ron – The Big Ten Elite episode that profiles the 1981 Indiana basketball team will air Dec. 20 at 9:30 AM ET, Dec. 28 at 7 PM ET and Dec. 29 at 6 AM ET. Hope this helps!

Dave McHarry on 2/20/2013 @ 6:37pm EDT Said:

When will BTN produce an “Elite” program for the unbeaten 1976 Indiana BB team?