Leading up to both mens’s basketball games on BTN/BTN2Go tonight, we’re launching another installment of Court Pass, our live online camera delivering exclusive pregame video. Thirty minutes before Minnesota at Penn State tips off at 7 p.m. ET, we turn on our cameras at the arena. We do it again at 8:30 p.m., or thirty minutes before Wisconsin takes on visiting Illinois at 9 p.m. ET.
Tonight the University of Illinois episode kicks off the 2014 LiveBIG season after Coach John Groce’s Fighting Illini take on the Wisconsin Badgers. In the episode you’ll learn more about astronaut Mike Hopkins, who was once the captain of the Illinois football team, and the largest supercomputer in the world (aka “Blue Waters”).
On Monday, the 12 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches joined the Big Ten teleconference to take questions from the media. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here, and will do so every Monday throughout the basketball season.
One week of Big Ten action is in the books, as Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State continue to lead the way. Illinois is a surprising 2-0 and thinking big, while Michigan has overcome injuries to forge a 2-0 start. Minnesota may be better than expected, while 1-1 Iowa is still formidable after a tough loss at Wisconsin on Sunday.
The easy narrative for Wisconsin’s win over Iowa is that Fran McCaffrey was hit with a double technical foul when his team held a 2-point lead, and that those four points gave Wisconsin the lead, the momentum, and the margin of victory.