Illinois honored the 25th anniversary of the Flyin’ Illini at halftime of Saturday’s win vs. Penn State, and BTN analyst Stephen Bardo, one of the stars of the celebrated Final Four team, was there for the festivities. After being honored at midcourt of State Farm Center, Bardo interviewed former teammate Kendall Gill and legendary coach Lou Henson. Watch the interviews in this post.
It’s finally here: My first edition of Big Ten Three-Pointers, my weekly fun and informative look back and forward around the Big Ten hardwood. We offer up scoreboards and other features like BTN Connect daily, of course, but I like to take a concentrated look at the week in one special take. I also have a few notes for you to keep in mind before we dive in.
Illinois senior Joseph Bertrand has plenty of highlight-reel plays to his name. But none may be better than his reverse alley-oop in Tuesday’s Big Ten opener vs. Indiana. Now, Bertrand has slammed down a previous reverse alley-oop (watch it in this post), but this one was even better. Like, a lot better. See for yourself in this post.
That was a fun start to the Big Ten conference slate! No. 3 Ohio State held off Purdue, Illinois topped Indiana in overtime, No. 5 Michigan State rallied past Penn State, and No. 22 Iowa took down Nebraska. Catch up on all the action and get video highlight in this post.
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With the nonconference season now in the books, BTN.com’s basketball panel decided to release its best of the 2013 nonconference season. From superlative honors to All-Big Ten teams, our guys offer their picks. See it all in this post. Don’t agree? Feel free to leave your picks in the submission box at the bottom of the post.
There are 12 games this week to open the Big Ten season. And many of the matchups will go a long way toward shaping the race, with Iowa’s trip to Wisconsin being the headliner. In fact, it could be one of the better games of the season. Here’s a ranking of this week’s games.