This week we spoke once again with Julian Darnell, a BTN senior features producer who works on “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2012.” In the next episode on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET find out what drives Penn State’s first-year coach Pat Chambers and go behind the scenes at a Nittany Lion practice as well as at the Chambers household. (Watch a sneak peak now.)
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John Shurna knows time is running out. The Northwestern forward knows there’s a sense of urgency for the Wildcats to get on a roll. History is at stake. Specifically: The school’s first NCAA tourney trip.
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Minnesota survived a furious second-half comeback effort by Indiana in Bloomington to beat the Hoosiers 77-74 to win the Gophers’ first conference game of the season. Cody Zeller led Indiana with 23 points and eight rebounds. Have you seen our “Best of Gus Johnson” video calls yet? We’ve got some good ones from tonight. Earlier in another conference game, Ben Brust went 4-of-7 from the field and led five Wisconsin players in double digits with 13 points as the Badgers defeated Purdue 67-62.
Our TV team took a look at the latest press conferences held by your Big Ten men’s coaches and then compiled this fun montage of sound bites. Can you feel the intensity coming through in every comment? Watch it now and tell us below which part you liked best. And remember: Each week we post the Big Ten men’s basketball coaches teleconferences for your convenience. Listen to your coaches talk with reporters from around the Big Ten.
During Thursday night’s game between Indiana and Minnesota at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana, our BTN cameras caught two celebrities with some pretty good seats. Musician John Mellencamp and actress Meg Ryan were watching the game and BTN announcers Gus Johnson and Jim Jackson discussed it. Jackson: “I’m sure you got some of that John Mellencamp in your iPod, right?” Johnson: “I certainly do.”
Just as we did during 2010-2011 hoops season, we’re archiving Gus Johnson’s greatest calls this season. Johnson is calling men’s basketball for BTN all winter long. We clip and post his best calls and archive them here during games, so bookmark the page and come back all season right up through the Big Ten tourney. Johnson and Jim Jackson called Thursday night’s game in Bloomington.