Throughout the 2011-12 Big Ten men’s basketball season, we’re spotlighting Gus Johnson’s best calls. The popular play-by-play announcer is calling men’s hoops for BTN all winter long, and we’ll clip and post his best calls and archive them here. Feel free to bookmark the page and come back all season right up through the Big Ten tourney. Right now, watch Johnson’s call of Melsahn Basabe’s thunderous putback and get all of the announcer’s best calls from Sunday night’s Indiana-Iowa game in this post.
Former Iowa football players LeVar Woods and Brian Ferentz have been named full-time Iowa assistant coaches, head coach Kirk Ferentz announced Saturday. Woods will coach linebackers, while Ferentz, the coach’s son, will direct the offensive line.
It has been an interesting week, with the league title chase coming into sharper focus with Michigan State’s big win at Ohio State. It will come down to Sparty vs. Brutus for the title, which is what we thought would happen back in October. So, it looks like the other Big Ten teams are relegated to a chase for third place.
Purdue picked up a huge victory for their at-large profile at Illinois on Wednesday. This game was mostly decided in the first half, as the Boilers jumped out to a 13-point lead after 16 minutes. Bruce Weber’s team couldn’t stop the smaller Purdue lineup, and it failed to take advantage at the other end by getting the ball to Meyers Leonard. From that point forward, the Illini played much better, even using a triangle-and-two to good effect in the second half, but the Boilers would never fully relinquish their lead. The split of the efficiencies tells the story of too little, too late:
Draymond Green scored 22 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out five assists as No. 8 Michigan State defeated No. 17 Wisconsin 69-55 on Thursday. Keith Appling had 20 points and Derrick Nix added 12 (see full box score). The Spartans (21-5, 10-3 Big Ten) have won four straight – the longest active streak in the conference – and six of their last seven games. After building an early cushion, Penn State needed to hold off a late charge by Iowa to win 69-64. Tim Frazier sparked Penn State (12-15), as he scored 18 points (see full box score). Dive into this post for more details and links.
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It was a battle of Top 25 opponents as No. 17 Penn State beat No. 19 Purdue, 74-63. Maggie Lucas scored 28 points to lead the Nittany Lions in the win. Watch the highlights now and follow our scoreboard for other results from around the conference. Also, dive inside for an interview with Lucas from earlier in the day and much more.