Catching up with Indiana's Keith Smart

Keith Smart

Keith Smart on Indiana memories

Everywhere Keith Smart goes, it seems, someone wants to talk about “The Shot.” It’s to be expected, though. After all, Smart was the one who hit the memorable baseline jumper in the final seconds of the 1987 national championship game to lift Indiana past Syracuse. Watch Smart’s iconic play here. Since that day, Smart went on to play pro ball, including one season in the NBA, and now has entered the coaching ranks, most recently serving as the Golden State Warriors head coach last season. Watch now as we ask the former Hoosier about his greatest Indiana highlight, excluding the shot, and his best Bob Knight story.

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Sept. 24: In the Booth for BTN

Minnesota's MarQueis Gray

Big Ten Blast: Sept. 20th Afternoon Edition

 In a look ahead to this weekend’s football games, the Tuesday afternoon Big Ten Blast brings a few injury updates from Nebraska and Wisconsin. Also, looking for the weekly lineup of our TV broadcasting teams for this Saturday’s football games on BTN? Look no further…

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Big Ten Blast: Expansion Notes

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Big Ten Blast: Sept. 20th Morning Edition

In this morning’s edition of the Big Ten Blast, we take a look at the latest expansion news and tell you what Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said in his statement on why the Big Ten has not changed positions on this issue.  Remember: You can learn more about the Big Ten Blast weekday video update right here.

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Week 2 Big Ten NFL Stats

Week 2 of the NFL season is in the books, and just like last week, former Big Ten players compiled some very impressive days. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars performed each week. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday morning, Brent Yarina will single out the Big Ten’s best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus link to their NFL.com highlights. See the Week 2 winners inside.

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Mic'd Mondays: Brown, Bennett

Illinois' Jonathan Brown

Jonathan Brown Visits "The Pulse"

Monday night on BTN, we interviewed the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, Illinois’ Jonathan Brown, and the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week, Minnesota’s Duane Bennett. Brown met with “The Big Ten Pulse” to discuss the Illini’s big night against Arizona State and quarterback Brock Osweiler. The Illini sacked Osweiler six times, five more times than he went down in the first two games combined. How did Illinois do it? “It’s kind of hard to miss him when the guy’s 6-8, with those long legs. He can’t really go anywhere,” Brown said. Watch our interview with Brown now and click inside to see the Bennett interview.

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NYT: B1G Boasts 3 Most Popular Football Teams

Everybody knows Big Ten football is popular. Nate Silver, of The New York Times’ The Quad, puts it all in perspective. According to Silver’s The Geography of College Football Fans and Realignment Chaos blog post, Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State are the nation’s three most popular teams. Silver came to his results by considering the 210 television media markets in the United States, figuring out how many college football fans they have, and then allocating them between the 120 current Football Bowl Subdivision programs. Read more about the study inside.

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Pulse: What to Make of the Blackshirts?

Nebraska's Cameron Meredith

Big Ten Pulse - Sept. 19, 2011

Entering the 2011 college football season, Nebraska was the popular pick when it came to the Big Ten’s best defensive unit. With returning stars such as Jared Crick, Lavonte David and Alfonzo Dennard, among others, the Huskers boasted the talent, not to mention the coaching. Three games in, though, the Huskers have allowed 24.7 points per game (67th in FBS) and 1,094 total yards (77th). Yes, they have missed Dennard, who has been out with a leg injury, but where does Nebraska stand as a defense and as a team? That’s what “The Big Ten Pulse” crew discusses in this web-only segment.

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