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We were all looking forward to Gus Johnson calling tonight’s first “Super Wednesday” game featuring Iowa at Michigan – fully expecting the “Law of Gus” to ensure an exciting finish. Call it a casualty of Winter Storm Janus or the Polar Vortex – we’re sad to report that Gus won’t be able to make it. Myriad flights from New York to Detroit were canceled, along with thousands others across the country in the wake of the storm, which so far has dumped nearly a foot of snow in New York City alone. Simply put, Gus wasn’t able to get here from there.
The midseason John Wooden Award watch Top 25 list is out. This is a big deal, as the Wooden often is considered to be the premier national player of the year honor.
Big game tonight, Hoop Heads: Iowa at Michigan. And the Hawkeyes’ Roy Devyn Marble has some extra motivation. “I’m trying to knock a couple of teams off the bucket list,” said Marble, a senior and Michigan native who has never won at Michigan or Michigan State during his Iowa career. “I got both of them at home. I want to get them (on the road). It’s an important game because it’s the next one. Each game is important when you’re in the race to win a Big Ten championship.”
Fifteen Big Ten players will participate in the annual Senior Bowl on Saturday. Our team, Lisa Byington, Gerry DiNardo and Russ Lande, is in Mobile, Ala., to cover the Big Ten contingent. On Tuesday, they took a look a close look at Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland and Northwestern quarterback-turned-receiver Kain Colter, in addition to a few other Big Ten products.
After the Golden Gophers take on Wisconsin on the hardwood, tonight’s University of Minnesota LiveBIG premiere details using wind to improve fertilizer and remarkable research being done into making clothes smarter.
Matt Painter addressed Tuesday’s tragedy at Purdue following the team’s frustrating double-overtime loss at Northwestern, and he put the wild day in perspective. Painter said: “I don’t think basketball really is that important when something that tragic happens. We weren’t on campus, we weren’t there. But it’s, you know, it’s really senseless. It makes absolute no sense.”