Just as we did in 2010-2011, we’re archiving Gus Johnson’s greatest calls this season. Johnson called the Big Ten Football Championship for Fox and will call men’s basketball for the Big Ten Network this winter. We will clip and post his best calls and archive them here, so bookmark Johnson’s page and come back all season right up through the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. Here, watch the popular announcer’s calls from Wisconsin’s victory over UNLV.
Wednesday night brought a slew of closer-than-expected games for Big Ten teams. Most were able to escape without deflating losses, but the way they played may tell us more than the final result. Let’s dive right in. Fresh off a rollicking defeat of Gonzaga that pushed them into the Top 25, the Illinois Fighting Illini squared off against a sneaky good St. Bonaventure squad. Things started out well enough, with Illinois scoring 17 points on their first 11 possessions, but what followed was some of the worst offensive basketball you are ever going to see. Points Efficiency First 11 possessions
When it comes to the Big Ten’s biggest surprises this men’s hoops season, it doesn’t get much bigger than Wisconsin’s Ben Brust. The sophomore, who managed just 45 minutes last season, was averaging 11.9 points per game entering Wednesday night’s contest against Green Bay. And on Wednesday, Brust ended the first half with a terrific buzzer-beater. Not only did the shot beat the horn, it also was from a highly difficult angle, practically behind the backboard. Watch the shot now. Read about Wisconsin’s easy win over Green Bay.
It was a struggle for the Big Ten on Wednesday night. The conference eked out several wins against inferior opponents, including Illinois over St. Bonaventure (box), Nebraska over Florida Gulf Coast (recap) and Purdue over Western Carolina (recap), while Penn State lost to Lafayette (recap). There were a couple drama-free games, though, as Wisconsin drilled Green Bay (recap) and Michigan State blew away CCSU (recap). Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard. In women’s hoops, Illinois and Minnesota carded victories, while Iowa and Indiana lost. Read all about the games with our women’s recap. Michigan State 89,
Roughly halfway through the nonconference basketball season, CBSSports.com’s Jerry Palm decided to take another look at what the NCAA tourney bracket looks like. First impression: Jerry really likes the Big Ten. Nine teams make the field, more than any other conference, including Northwestern (No. 10), which eyes its first NCAA berth, and Indiana (No. 7), which hasn’t made the tourney since 2007-08. See all the Big Ten teams Palm included in this post. Big Ten seeds No. 1. Ohio State No. 3. Illinois No. 4. Michigan No. 5. Wisconsin No. 6. Michigan State No. 7. Indiana, Purdue No. 10. Northwestern
It’s been a quiet week so far in Big Ten land, but we did get two interesting games last night. Let’s review the light slate, as well as a couple noteworthy performers to this point of the season. The Iowa Hawkeyes got off to a near-perfect start in their trip to Northern Iowa. Fran McCaffery’s team jumped out to a 10-0 lead after five possessions, forcing Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson to use a timeout even before the first media break. It looked like the Hawkeyes had truly come to play, and a road win over a good Panthers squad would
Nearly a month into the men’s hoops season, it’s clear the future of the Big Ten is in good hands. I say this because of the conference’s loaded sophomore class, one headlined by possible NBA departures Jared Sullinger and Tim Hardaway Jr. This class is so good, so deep and so talented, it would give a team comprised of the Big Ten’s best seniors (Jordan Taylor, William Buford, John Shurna, Robbie Hummel and Draymond Green) a run for its money. It might win, actually, due to its depth, athleticism and Trevor Mbakwe’s injury. Sullinger, Hardaway Jr. and Aaron Craft received
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 at that time. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina or leave your comments below. The week ahead pits Big Ten teams against two of the nation’s best programs, No. 1 Kentucky and No. 13 Kansas. Indiana hosts Kentucky at 5:15 p.m. ET Saturday, while Ohio State plays at Kansas at 3:15 p.m. Saturday. Check out Brent’s latest power rankings
Want to see an amazing 360-degree dunk off the turnover? Check out Rodney Williams throwing it down late in the first half Saturday against USC right here. Five of the seven Big Ten men’s teams in action won today. Click inside this post to get recaps and links to box scores, plus more video highlights. Minnesota 55, USC 40: BOX | AP RECAP | FULL SCOREBOARD FINAL RECAP: A run lasting across the halftime break allowed Minnesota to defeat USC 55-40 on Saturday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. The Golden Gophers were winning 16-15 in the first before they went
Two nights does not a season make, but the Big Ten certainly boosted their reputation as the nation’s preeminent basketball conference by wrapping up the Big Ten/ACC Challenge by an 8-4 margin. But beyond the scope of the Challenge, there are resumes to be built here–let’s see who hurt and helped their cause this week. Wisconsin showed that their gaudy efficiency numbers aren’t just the result of smashing cupcakes in an impressive effort at North Carolina. Sure, the Badgers lost, but losing by one possession in Chapel Hill is about as encouraging as losses get. Bo Ryan’s team did a