This weekend: Hoosiers vs. Gophers & 'The Journey'

BTN will be live from Bloomington this Saturday for a one-hour pregame show at 11 a.m. ET leading up to a Big Ten battle between No. 10 Minnesota and No. 5 Indiana at noon. BTN’s Dave Revsine and analyst Shon Morris will lead the show from courtside at Indiana’s Assembly Hall, then Gus Johnson and analyst Jim Jackson will call the game.

BTN/BTN2Go will also air No. 13 Illinois at Wisconsin at 2:15 p.m. Then on Sunday, BTN/BTN2Go airs the debut of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013″ presented by Chase Freedom this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.

On the season’s first episode of “The Journey,” we look at Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, Ohio State’s Thad Matta, Michigan State’s Keith Appling and a Nebraska trip to Michigan.

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Coaches Rankings (as of 1/7/13)
Rank School Votes Prev Rank
1 Duke 15-0 774 (30) 1
2 Michigan 16-0 744 (1) 2
3 Arizona 14-0 691 3
4 Louisville 14-1 677 4
5 Indiana 14-1 649 5
6 Kansas 13-1 640 6
7 Syracuse 15-1 585 7
8 Gonzaga 15-1 511 10
9 Florida 11-2 496 9
10 Minnesota 15-1 488 13
11 Creighton 15-1 469 11
12 Missouri 12-2 447 12
13 Illinois 14-3 366 14
14 Ohio State 12-3 355 8
15 San Diego State 13-2 314 17
16 Notre Dame 14-1 285 19
17 Butler 13-2 274 20
18 Michigan State 12-3 190 18
19 UNLV 13-3 170 24
20 Cincinnati 13-3 165 15
21 North Carolina State 13-2 153 25
22 Georgetown 10-3 138 16
23 Kansas State 12-2 131 NR
24 Virginia Commonwealth 13-3 85 NR
25 Wyoming 13-1 70 NR
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The crew that puts together “The Journey” each week is very active in the social media world. Follow BTN’s popular documentary-style show on Twitter via @BTNJourney and check them out on Instagram (BTNJourney), too. We also just launched a Facebook page for the basketball-only show, and it’ll be a good place to get photos, videos and updates on the show. Want an RSS feed for show updates? Subscribe now.

On Sunday’s show, Oladipo draws praise from one of Tom Crean’s former great players. Also, we take a look at Matta’s hometown of Hoopeston, Illinois, and see Matta make his yearly return to Illinois’ Assembly Hall in Champaign, site of Matta’s greatest moment as a high school basketball player.

The Spartans’ Appling has grown into a team leader this year, and we look at his development. And new Nebraska coach Tim Miles and his Cornhuskers takes us along on their trip to Ann Arbor to play the No. 2 Michigan Wolverines.

Other upcoming show dates (all times ET):

  • Saturday, Jan. 19 at 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 2 at 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 17 at 9:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 2 at 9:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 10 at 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 20 (time TBD)

Also, use the comment box below to tell us how you think the Big Ten basketball season will shake out.

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