BTN producers followed around popular broadcaster Gus Johnson during a recent trip to Chicago for Northwestern’s upset victory over Michigan State. From the time he got off the plane to the final whistle at Welsh-Ryan Arena, BTN cameras were there to offer a brief glimpse into the life of one of the nation’s busiest game-callers. Not only is the footage terrific, it’s informative. For example, did you know Gus has a locker room to use to get ready before the game, or that he prefers to steam his gameday attire in the shower? Watch Gus’ arrival into Chicago now and check out a clip of him preparing for the game and another calling the action in this post.
A day after Iowa sent No. 17 Purdue to its first Big Ten defeat, there were a pair of upsets in the Big Ten on Sunday. Behind Rachel Banham’s 20 points, Minnesota took down No. 9 Ohio State, 76-65, and Michigan State took down No. 19 Penn State, 83-73. In other action, No. 21 Nebraska toppled Illinois, 61-47, and Northwestern downed Indiana, 68-61. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats and recaps in this post.
“Chip Armelin is suddenly Steve Nash.” That’s what our resident Big Ten Geeks (@bigtengeeks) tweeted Saturday night following the Minnesota guard’s fancy pass to set up a transition bucket against Illinois. The pass was worthy of the high praise, too. Not only did Armelin fake a behind-the-back pass, he threw the ball right through D.J. Richardson’s arms, hitting Oto Osenieks for an easy bucket. Speaking of the Gophers, Rodney Williams had another huge dunk Saturday, much to the delight of BTN announcer Tom Hart. Watch Armelin’s pass now and Williams’ dunk in this post.
A month after losing in double overtime at Assembly Hall, Minnesota topped Illinois in overtime Saturday night (recap). In other action, Robbie Hummel hit the game-winner in the final seconds to lift Purdue past Northwestern (recap | watch the shot!). Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post.
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Six of the Big Ten’s wrestling teams took to the mat on Friday night. In one of the night’s earlier matches, Illinois welcomed in-state rival Northwestern to Huff Hall and captured a 26-10 dual win. Watch the highlights now and jump inside for more on Nebraska-Michigan State and Michigan-Minnesota.
Minnesota beat in-state rival St. Cloud State 2-1 with goals by Jake Hansen and Nick Bjugstad. The teams conclude the home-and-home series Saturday in St. Cloud.
Minnesota’s legendary Herb Brooks, who coached the 1980 Olympic hockey team’s “Miracle on Ice” after leading the Gophers to three national titles, was profiled Friday in the return of Big Ten Icons, presented by Discover. Hosted by Hall of Fame broadcaster Keith Jackson, the first of six new episodes airs at approximately 10:30 p.m. ET, following the Minnesota-St. Cloud State hockey game.