Down 72-70 to No. 1 Kentucky with 5.6 seconds left, Indiana had one last chance Saturday at Assembly Hall. Christian Watford inbounded to Verdell Jones, who drove the length of the court and kicked it back to a wide-open Watford for a potential game-winning 3-pointer. Watford, of course, drained the trey to give Indiana the big-time upset and send the Indiana faithful into an absolute frenzy. The fans stormed the court, making for one of the most memorable moments of the young season. Watch the entire play and celebration now.
Purdue freshman Anthony Johnson brought down the house at Mackey Arena on Saturday afternoon. With Purdue leading overmatched Eastern Michigan in the second half, the exciting young guard threw down a huge dunk off of a Robbie Hummel missed 3-pointer. Perhaps the most impressive part of the play, Johnson sprinted in from outside of the arc to send Hummel’s shot down with authority. Watch Johnson’s big-time dunk now.
Just as we did in 2010-2011, we’re archiving Gus Johnson’s greatest calls this season. Johnson called the Big Ten Football Championship for Fox and will call men’s basketball for the Big Ten Network this winter. We will clip and post his best calls and archive them here, so bookmark Johnson’s page and come back all season right up through the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. Here, watch the popular announcer’s calls from Wisconsin’s victory over UNLV.
There were six Big Ten women’s hoops games Saturday, including a top 15 matchup between instate rivals No. 12 Purdue and No. 3 Notre Dame. The Irish cruised to a 66-38 victory at Mackey Arena. Another ranked Big Ten team, No. 13 Ohio State, had better luck Saturday, posting an 84-41 rout of Canisius. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get recaps and stats in this post. Ohio State 84, Canisius 41 BOX
During Saturday afternoon’s telecast of the Eastern Michigan-Purdue men’s hoops game, former Purdue standout and current NBA player Brian Cardinal joined the BTN telecast. Cardinal, who won the NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks this past season, joined the guys to talk about his successful Purdue career, his future in the NBA and his recent role with his old school, among other things. Watch our entire interview with Cardinal now. As for the game, the Boilermakers drilled EMU, 61-36.
There was an iconic Hail Mary pass, a brand new championship game, a new school in the club, Legends and Leaders, a smashing debut by a coach, a touchdown machine named “Ball,” and a sordid off-field scandal the likes we never have seen in the history of college sports. Welcome to Big Ten football 2011.