In March of 2008, The Journey captured one of the most dramatic moments in Big Ten Tournament history – when Minnesota’s Blake Hoffarber, then a freshman guard, hit a buzzer-beater to defeat Indiana in one of the craziest finishes in years. The cameraman, Cody Shimek, told us after he shot this shot that it was one of the greatest pieces of footage he has ever captured — from following the pass, through the shot and his immediate reaction to get as close to the pile-up as possible. An amazing moment none of us involved with the show will ever forget. Watch the video clip once again inside on this post.
As host of this year’s event, GoPSUSports.com is also hosting the comprehensive Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament central page with scores, live stats and recaps. So far today, Ohio State won 2-1 win over Michigan State to advance to face the winner of Penn State-Northwestern on Friday at Noon ET. Earlier, Iowa advanced to the semifinal round with a 3-2 win over Indiana. Iowa will face Michigan in the first semifinal match on Friday at 10 a.m. ET.
Illinois basketball player Crandall Head has been suspended for four games of the season for violation of team rules. Also, Iowa running back Mika’il McCall will play in Saturday’s game against Michigan after the true freshman was out with a broken ankle suffered in the season opener. Watch the Big Ten Blast now.
Michigan’s trip to Iowa is without a doubt the biggest Big Ten clash of the weekend. It’s a key battle in a Legends Division race that is wide open and features four schools still in the thick of the hunt: Nebraska, Michigan State, Michigan and Iowa. Suffice it to say, neither the Wolverines nor the Hawkeyes can afford to lose. And the fact it’s a road game makes matters more difficult for Michigan, playing just its third game away from the Big House this season and in the midst of playing four road games in a five-game stretch.
November is here, and the Big Ten races are officially the most convoluted mess I’ve ever seen. Actually, I’m not sure there are official stats for that kind of thing – but, suffice to say, I didn’t see this coming. No fewer than eight teams head into the final month of the regular season with a shot at playing in Indy on Dec. 3. Crazy.
It hasn’t taken Greg Mattison long to revive the Michigan defense. And that’s a major reason why the Wolverines are in the thick of the Legends Division race as they travel to Iowa for a big game Saturday (noon ET, BTN). Defense had been a dirty word in Ann Arbor under the Rich Rodriguez regime the past three seasons. In 2010, Michigan hit a nadir, ranking last in the Big Ten in total defense (450.8 ypg), scoring defense (35.2 ppg) and pass defense (261.9 ypg). One year later, those numbers are now: 340.6, 15.3 and 196.3.
Tonight on Tailgate 48, we show you what our crew did last Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, other than attend Ohio State’s thrilling last-minute victory over Wisconsin. Tune in at 7 p.m. ET to see us interview Craig Krenzel, the quarterback of the 2002 Ohio State national championship team, and Archie Griffin, the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner. We also catch up with Ohio State hoops star William Buford to check in on the third-ranked Buckeyes before the season tips off. See everything we’ll feature on the show in this post.