Just as we did during 2010-2011 hoops season, we’re archiving Gus Johnson’s greatest calls this season. Johnson is calling men’s basketball for BTN all winter long. We clip and post his best calls and archive them here during games, so bookmark the page and come back all season right up through the Big Ten tourney. Right now, watch Johnson’s call on one of D.J. Byrd’s three 3-pointers and get all of the annonuncer’s best calls from Wednesday night’s Purdue-Illinois game in this post. Johnson: “Watch Bertrand jump to the heavens!” Johnson: “Quick trigger! Pure!” Johnson: “Fresh Prince!” Johnson: “And 1!
No. 20 Indiana held off Northwestern (recap) and Purdue finished off a sweep of Illinois (recap) in our Big Ten Super Wednesday doubleheader, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. Catch up on all the action on our BTN.com scoreboard and get stats, recaps and video in this post. Have you entered for a chance to win a trip for two to the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament yet? Don’t forget about our Did You See This? archive, either. Also, Gus Johnson was on the call in Champaign, and here are his top calls. Indiana 71, Northwestern 66: BOX | AP RECAP |
Verizon and Big Ten Network (BTN) announced today that Verizon will begin offering BTN2Go, a live 24/7 multi-platform extension of BTN, to its FiOS TV subscribers beginning today. The announcement was made by Terry Denson, vice president of global content strategy for Verizon, and Mark Silverman, BTN President. Silverman said, “We’re very pleased to add Verizon FiOS to our growing list of affiliates offering BTN2Go. Verizon FiOS TV subscribers will now have access to the ultimate destination for Big Ten sports, including our extensive schedule of original and studio programming, wherever they go.” Denson said, “Big Ten Network is incredibly
As we hit mid-February, the thoughts of college basketball fans naturally turn to the impending NCAA Tournament, especially to that dreaded B-word that gives college coaches heartburn–bubble. The Big Ten is not immune to this syndrome; in fact, four conference members find themselves squarely on that bubble. One of them was in action last night, while the other three will play tonight. Let’s examine these squads that are teetering on the edge. Last night, Minnesota missed a golden opportunity in a 10-point home loss to Ohio State. From an early 12-12 tie, the Buckeyes went on a 20-0 run, putting
With three weeks left in the Big Ten men’s basketball season, five teams have all but locked up NCAA tourney bids: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin. At this point in the season, though, the intrigue centers around the dreaded bubble teams. There are four of them this Big Ten season: Illinois, Minnesota, Northwestern and Purdue. How many will make the field? Brent Yarina tries to break it all down in this post. Reminder: Four Big Ten teams made the tournament with at least 13 losses last season. That’s great news for the conference’s bubble teams, all of
Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger or Michigan State’s Draymond Green? Who is the best player? It may be neither. Perhaps it’s Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor or Indiana’s Cody Zeller. And how does it compare to my list from last week? I’m also interested in your rankings. Tell me what you think in the comments box or via my mailbag. I read all of your notes and respond to as many as I can. Or save your comments and bring them to our weekly Super Wednesday Live chat on Facebook. 1. Jared Sullinger, C, Ohio State, So. Yes, the big fella had a
News, notes and everything in betewen from the Big Ten as I prepare to join Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith on tonight’s Big Ten Football Report. Tune in at 7:30 p.m. ET! Illinois The Illini are trying to shore-up their once-tough defense, writes Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune. I hope it’s not too late. Meyers Leonard shows flashes of good and bad, says Loren Tate of the Champaign News-Gazette. But I say more good than bad. I still love the guy. Illinois’ NCAA chances? They look grim at this point, writes Paul Klee of the Champaign News-Gazette.
The roster of games this week is littered with some intriguing matchups that will go a long way toward determining the pecking order at the top of the Big Ten standings as we enter the final few weeks of the season. And no tilt on this week’s list of contests is bigger than Wisconsin’s visit to Michigan State on Feb. 16. Now that you know BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s No. 1 game for this week, what about the others? Dienhart ranks them all, from 1 to 11, in this post. 1. Wisconsin at Michigan State, Thursday, Feb. 16. These
It’s time to release my latest Big Ten men’s hoops power rankings. The rankings are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply my thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands right now and who would win on a neutral court. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina or leave your comments below. Also, did you see my top 10 Big Ten plays from the past week? Watch them and vote for your top play. 1. Michigan State (20-5, 9-3) – How impressive was Michigan State’s 58-48 win at Ohio State
With Michigan State’s huge—and surprisingly convincing–win at Ohio State on Saturday, the Big Ten title chase has become a jumbled four-team race (standings). The Spartans and Buckeyes are tied at the top with 9-3 league marks, while the Wolverines are one half-game behind, at 9-4, and the Badgers are one game behind, at 8-4. Wisconsin can take a big step toward the top when it visits East Lansing for an important showdown with Michigan State. Ohio State? It’s the team on the spot this week with two big road games. What’s the Buckeyes’ psyche? Illinois also is feeling the pressure