The Internet’s hockey fans are abuzz today because it’s the 32nd anniversary of the day the U.S. Olympic hockey team beat the Soviet Union on the way to winning the gold medal (USA Hockey is doing a number of things on their Facebook page). The observation of the anniversary reminded us of two things related to the Big Ten. First, we recently profiled the late Herb Brooks on “Big Ten Icons” and you can watch the clip in this post.
The Indiana men’s basketball team is playing a rare nonconference game at 7 p.m. ET tonight, against North Carolina Central, and you can watch it live on the Big Ten Digital Network. Rates apply, but BTN also will televise the game on delay at 10:30 p.m. ET tonight, immediately following the Michigan State-Minnesota game.
Both all-session and single-session tickets for the 2012 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. ET on Monday, Feb. 27. You can buy them through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com /800-745-3000) and through the Bankers Life Fieldhouse box office. The tourney runs March 8 -11 and all of the games are at the Fieldhouse.
It was looking like it would be an historic night in Evanston. In front of a sold-out Welsh-Ryan Arena, the Northwestern Wildcats were locked in a tight battle with the visiting Michigan Wolverines. With a win, Northwestern would move one step closer to the 9-9 conference record that would almost certainly earn the program its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. As a cherry on top, the Wildcats’ signature nonconference win was looking even better as Seton Hall had just finished off an impressive win over Georgetown. If Bill Carmody’s team could just pull out this victory, it could be argued that it would be the most important night in Northwestern basketball history.
In the latest installment of “I Hit It To Win It,” BTN’s Jordan Cornette sits down with former Ohio State player Matt Sylvester to discuss his buzzer-beating shot that handed the 2004-2005 Illinois team their only regular season loss. This is an ongoing series of interviews and we store them all in our “I Hit IT To Win It” section. Previously, Cornette spoke with Nick Anderson, who hit an incredible shot against Indiana to win the game at Assembly Hall in Bloomington. Watch the video of the shot and Cornette’s interview with Anderson now right now.
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Just got off the phone with CBSSport.com’s Dr. of Bracketology Jerry Palm, as I do each and every week. His latest bracket doesn’t include any Big Ten teams as No. 1 seeds, but there’s still time for that to change. Minnesota and Northwestern still cling to Big Dance hopes, but Palm has only one of those two in his bracket.
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