CHICAGO – BTN will televise 67 men’s basketball conference matchups, including four Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament games and an additional number of non-conference games, the network announced Wednesday. Gus Johnson, one of America’s favorite sportscasters, returns to BTN for his fifth season. For 10 straight weeks during conference play, BTN will air doubleheaders as part of its “Super Wednesdays” lineup. The network will also have games on most Tuesdays and Thursdays and frequent doubleheaders on Saturdays and Sundays. Also built into the schedule are three wildcard dates late in the season as teams compete for the Big Ten title.
If you’ve watched Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State or Purdue basketball recently, you may have noticed their jerseys have a large, yet faint, design on the back. It’s a Nike thing, and it’s called the Aerographic design. Add Minnesota to the club. Sophomore Joe Coleman tweeted a picture of the new jersey Wednesday. [Related: See Williams Arena’s new scoreboard] The Gophers’ design features Williams Arena, Minnesota’s block “M” logo and “1851,” the year the University of Minnesota was founded. Here’s what the back of the jersey used to look like. [Related: Wildcats put Northwestern Stripe to practice jersey] Call me
The Big Ten’s oldest basketball arena won’t look all that old – at least in the scoreboard department – when the 2012-13 season tips. That’s right, Williams Arena’s new and improved scoreboard has been installed and is ready for Minnesota basketball. Coming in at 11 feet, seven inches by 13 feet, eight inches, the high definition scoreboard is a big addition to an arena that opened in 1918. And it figures to be a huge hit among players and fans. The project was part of an $8 million upgrade that also included a new scoreboard at Mariucci Arena and a
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The Big Ten Conference announced the 2012-13 Big Ten men’s basketball schedule Thursday. The conference season begins on New Year’s Eve and culminates in March with the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament at the United Center in Chicago. The conference slate tips off Monday, Dec., 31, with Iowa hosting Indiana and Minnesota welcoming Michigan State. Games continue Wednesday, Jan. 2 (lllinois-Purdue and Nebraska-Ohio State), while the remaining four teams open their conference slates Thursday, Jan. 3 (Michigan-Northwestern and Penn State-Wisconsin). [PDF: View the complete 2012-13 Big Ten men’s basketball schedule] The 2013 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will tip off
It’s the middle of August, the college football season hasn’t started, and ESPN.com’s Joe Lunardi has released his first Bracketology. All kidding aside, Big Ten fans will like Lunardi’s prognostications, as he has seven Big Ten teams dancing, which ties the Big East for the most in the field. [ESPN.com: Bracketology with Joe Lunardi] Indiana paces the Big Ten as the lone No. 1 seed. The rest of the Big Ten field: Michigan and Michigan State at No. 2 seeds, Wisconsin No. 3, Ohio State No. 4, Minnesota No. 7 and Purdue No. 12. That’s a lot of high seeds,
The start times for each game of the 14th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge, presented by DICK’s Sporting Goods, to be played Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 27 and 28, were announced Tuesday morning. See when every game will be played in this post. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27 IOWA at Virginia Tech, ESPNU, 7:15 p.m. No. 25 MINNESOTA at Florida State, ESPN2, 7:15 p.m. No. 6 NC State at No. 5 MICHIGAN, ESPN, 7:30 p.m. NEBRASKA at Wake Forest, ESPNU, 9:15 p.m. Maryland at NORTHWESTERN, ESPN2, 9:15 p.m. No. 13 North Carolina at No. 1 INDIANA, ESPN, 9:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Virginia
Minnesota director of athletics Norwood Teague announced Monday that Tubby Smith has agreed to terms on a contract extension through the 2016-17 season. “I am pleased to announce that Coach Smith and Gopher Athletics have agreed on a contract extension,” Teague said in a release. “Tubby took over our program at a difficult time and quickly got it headed back in the right direction, both athletically and academically.” [GopherSports.com: Tubby Smith, Gophers agree to contract extension] Smith and the Gophers are coming off of a 23-win season and an appearance in the 2012 NIT Championship game. The 23 wins are
TheBigLead.com’s Jason McIntyre posted his list of the 50 best players in college basketball for the 2012-2013 season Friday, and Indiana rising sophomore Cody Zeller topped the list. Zeller beat out highly touted UCLA recruit Shabazz Muhammad for the No. 1 spot and was one of seven Big Ten players who made the cut. See the entire Big Ten list in this post. [TheBigLead.com: 50 Best Players in College Basketball for the 2012-2013 Season] Here are McIntyre’s Big Ten players: 28. Brandon Paul, Illinois – “Awesome individual talent who, if he works on his 3-point shooting, could become a very,
Team USA tips off its Olympic training slate with its first exhibition game Thursday in Las Vegas. USA is stacked, per usual, and it’s the favorite to win gold next month in London. With the action about to start, I got to thinking: what if Team USA was comprised of only former Big Ten players, starting with the 2007-08 season (the BTN era)? See what my 12-man roster would look like in this post. Why only players who finished their careers between the 2007-08 and 2011-12 seasons? The reason is three-fold: 1. Team USA doesn’t use college players anymore; 2.