When BTN basketball announcer Gus Johnson makes a great call Friday night during the Big Ten Men’s basketball Tournament, we posted it here as fast as possible. How exciting was Johnson? The term “Gus Johnson” was trending on Twitter worldwide for parts of the night. We did the same thing Thursday, so go have a look. And as many of you know, we did this all year so look back at every game Johnson has called. Then dive in for the latest calls from Indianapolis.
Throughout BTN’s televised coverage of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, our TV producers will monitor Twitter for the best Big Ten tweets and air the top ones on TV. Some of you may recall we’ve done something like this before. How do you get your fantastic tweet in front of our eyes? Use the hashtag #B1Gtourney. See how others are using it right now and send us your tweets all tournament. And if you don”t know by now, BTN is all over Twitter.
What’s going on around the Big Ten tournament? You know, aside from the exciting games? BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina is in Indianapolis for the 15th annual Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, and he filed a notebook. From food to spottings to uniforms, you’ll find it in this post.
Andre Hollins had a career-high 25 points and Austin Hollins finished with 12, leading 10th-seeded Minnesota to a 75-68 overtime win over Northwestern in the first round of the Big Ten tournament Thursday. The loss may end the Wildcats’ slim hopes of getting an NCAA bid for the first time in school history. Get BTN.com Senior Writer Tom Dienhart’s take on the game from courtside inside this post plus full recaps, videos, and more.
Josh: It’s time to reflect on another season of Big Ten hoops. I think the rest of college basketball has finally taken notice of something that’s been true for the past 18 months or so–the Big Ten is the best conference in college basketball. Still, you look at the conference today, you see two great teams, 3 pretty darn good teams, a team good enough to make the Dance, and then mediocrity. Heck, even a couple of pretty bad teams. I mean, it’s hard to say the conference underachieved, but here goes–the conference underachieved. Sure, this is still the best action you’ll find, and it’s not close, but we’re still talking about a league that’s probably going to get 6 bids, with only a couple of standout teams. Does that sound much different than the past decade, when the Big Ten wasn’t measuring up to the likes of the ACC and the Big East?
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