Facebook Live: We watched Indiana over No. 1 Kentucky with Verdell Jones
Our Facebook Live series presented by Auto-Owners Insurance continued Thursday with another former Big Ten athlete re-living a legendary game.
Former Indiana point guard Verdell Jones sat down with me to re-watch Indiana’s iconic win over No. 1 Kentucky from 2011. Jones was a senior on that team that officially put Indiana basketball “back on the map”, and he made the assist to Christian Watford for the game-winning shot at the buzzer to beat the Wildcats, 73-72.
Watch the original Facebook Live stream, complete with fan interaction and comments here.
We’ve now re-watched four old Big Ten basketball games and two football game with former Big Ten players on Facebook Live, and it’s been a lot of fun pulling them off.
BTN.com Senior Writer Tom Dienhart got this series started in January when he sat down with former Iowa player and current BTN analyst Jess Settles to watch an Illinois vs. Iowa game from 1996. I sat down with former Wisconsin Badger Ben Brust to re-live his 2013 half-court buzzer beater against Michigan back in February. Former Michigan hooper Zack Novak (who actually now works in the same office building that holds the BTN studios!) was kind enough to join us in March to take us through a pivotal Michigan vs. Michigan State basketball game from 2011. Former Nebraska wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp joined me to re-watch his miracle Hail Mary catch from 2013. Former Illinois linebacker and current BTN football analyst J Leman joined in April to re-watch Illinois’ win over No. 1 Ohio State in 2007, and former Flyin’ Illini Stephen Bardo sat down with me in May to watch Illinois’ 1989 2OT win over Georgia Tech.
We pulled some of the best snippets from Jones’ segment below. Follow Jones on Twitter @Vj3_217.
(Skip to 8:25) On hitting a game-winning three-quarter-court shot as a middle schooler that got him national recognition.
(11:35) Add this to the BTN Blooper Reel, as the Auto-Owner’s Insurance comes down on set.
(27:06) On conditioning drills, and having to literally drag 7-footer Tijan Jobe into those drills as an underclassman.
(37:06) On his thoughts on recently-fired Coach Crean and the impact he had on him at Indiana: “I’m forever grateful for what he did for me and allowing me to be a Hoosier.”
(45:15) On tearing his ACL during the Big Ten Tournament during his senior year and missing his only chance at the NCAA tournament: “I couldn’t stop crying.”
(52:07) On what he’s been up to since graduating from Indiana and leaving campus, including his experiences overseas.
(1:09:14) And finally, on the iconic last shot and his crucial assist to Christian Watford.