On the first Saturday sans Big Ten football, BTN aired five consecutive men’s basketball games. It all started at noon ET and came to an end just before 10:30 p.m. There were too many highlights to count during the 10-plus hours of action, but it’s safe to say none were bigger than Victor Oladipo and Sam Thompson’s ridiculous dunks.
Brandon Paul scored 35 points to lead No. 13 Illinois over No. 10 Gonzaga 85-74 on Saturday in a matchup of unbeaten teams. Tracy Abrams added 14 points for Illinois (10-0) and new coach John Groce is off to the best debut for an Illinois coach in the team’s modern history.
Andrew Smith scored a season-high 24 points and Butler pulled away in the second half for a 74-65 win over Northwestern on Saturday night.
For a remarkable fifth time in the last six years, the Penn State women’s volleyball team has advanced to the national semifinals. The Nittany Lions dropped Big Ten rival Minnesota, 3-1, in the regional finals Saturday night. Nebraska wasn’t as lucky, though, as it lost its regional final to Oregon, 3-1. Michigan plays Stanford later tonight.
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There are posterizing dunks, and then there is Victor Oladipo’s in-your-face slam from Saturday night. Oladipo, he of several highlight-reel dunks in his two-plus seasons (remember this one?), threw down perhaps the best poke of his career in the first half against Central Connecticut State. In transition, no one accounted for Oladipo, and he drove to the rim, where Terrell Allen went for the block. Needless to say, Allen didn’t get it.
Christian Watford scored 21 points, Cody Zeller had 19 points and 19 rebounds, and No. 1 Indiana routed Central Connecticut State 100-69 on Saturday. The Hoosiers (9-0) dominated on both ends of the floor.
Indiana University’s unofficial First Couple took in Saturday night’s men’s basketball game vs. Central Connecticut State. Yes, we’re talking about John Mellencamp and wife Meg Ryan. The Hoosiers, in particular junior guard Victor Oladipo (Watch Oladipo’s dunk-a-thon), treated the two celebrities to quite the highlight show. It was almost difficult to keep up with all the slams (Watch all of them here). See our camera catch Mellencamp and Ryan now.