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This week on “The Journey 2013″ presented by Chase Freedom our crew spotlights Indiana’s Maurice Creek and trace his path back from multiple major injuries into the Hoosier rotation. We also look at Ohio State’s Sam Thompson and Minnesota’s Rodney Williams, two of the best dunkers in the Big Ten.
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On Sunday night’s “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013,” we featured Michigan State’s Garry Harris, Michigan’s Maize Rage and Wisconsin’s Ben Brust. In this segment from the show, we take a look at Harris as he made his first visit to Purdue, the school where his mother starred, and go inside a Maize Rage meeting. Watch the segment now and check out bonus clips in this post.
This week’s episode of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013″ debuts at approximately 9:30 p.m. ET on Sunday right after the Illinois at Northwestern men’s basketball game.
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On Saturday night’s latest installment of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013,” we profiled Illinois, Michigan State’s Adreian Payne and Northwestern’s Jared Swopshire. Watch a segment from the show that spotlights Payne’s improvement as a player and maturation as a leader and Swopshire’s move from Louisville, a Final Four team last season, to Northwestern now. And jump inside for a couple bonus clips.
On Saturday night after the men’s basketball game between Michigan State and Purdue, BTN airs the next episode of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013″ around 9:30 p.m. ET.
January 2013 marked the Big Ten Network’s highest-rated month ever in primetime, according to Nielsen metered market data, fueled by high-quality men’s basketball matchups and strong performance of The Journey, which also set new ratings records. BTN’s average primetime men’s conference basketball rating was 0.87 in the network’s eight metered markets*. Among all national sports networks for the month, BTN trailed only ESPN in its eight metered markets.
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On Saturday night’s “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013,” we put the spotlight on Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas, Purdue’s Johnson brothers and Wisconsin’s new point guards. In this clip, you get a taste for all three of the latest episode’s storylines. Best of all: We have family video of Terone and Ronnie Johnson as youngsters, and it’s nothing short of cute. Check out the Johnson’s family footage from 1993 in this video.
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Last week “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013″ took you inside the Iowa Hawkeyes moving remembrance of former player Chris Street (watch the moment in this post). This week, the show explores how Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, has matured on and off the court. The show debuts Saturday at 9 p.m. ET after the Ohio State-Nebraska game.
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On Sunday night’s “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013,” we featured Tom Crean, Bacari Alexander and Chris Street. The latter was honored this past week, on the 20th anniversary of his death, and “The Journey” was there to give fans an all-access look at how the Hawkeyes honored their legend. We even had cameras in the locker room to capture Street’s family congratulating the Hawkeyes and Fran McCaffery presenting the Game Ball to the Street’s. Watch the segment now.
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BTN airs the next episode of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013″ around 8 p.m. ET immediately after Sunday’s men’s basketball game between Michigan and Illinois on BTN/BTN2Go.
At 10 p.m. ET tonight, “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013″ spotlights the Big Ten’s top point guards. The show airs immediately following the Wisconsin-Iowa game, and then airs again at 3 p.m. Sunday following the Indiana-Northwestern game and again at 8 p.m. Sunday.
Our first episode of “The Journey: 2013 Basketball” aired on Sunday and the next episode is coming up this Saturday at 10 p.m. We went ahead and scooped up some of the buzz around the first show and added it here. If you missed the show, the entire episode is available on BTN2Go.
BTN will be live from Bloomington this Saturday for a one-hour pregame show at 11 a.m. ET leading up to a Big Ten battle between No. 10 Minnesota and No. 5 Indiana at noon. BTN’s Dave Revsine and analyst Shon Morris will lead the show from courtside at Indiana’s Assembly Hall, then Gus Johnson and analyst Jim Jackson will call the game.
The Big Ten continues to lead all conferences with six teams ranked in this week’s AP and USA Today Coaches polls, including two top-five teams and five top-15 squads.
The Journey 2012
The last episode of “The Journey 2012″ airs tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET with an inside look at last Saturday’s Big Ten Football Championship where Wisconsin won the school’s second straight football title game. Our show crew went wall-to-wall with their coverage, and then show the Badgers locker room celebration, too.
Our documentary-style show ‘The Journey 2012″ is in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Football Championship, and they’ll be capturing the action all day Saturday right through the game. But you”ll also want to check out the Instagram account run by the crew from “The Journey 2012″ this weekend, too. They’re posting some cool shots today. We’ve gathered a few in this post, but find the rest on Instagram.
On tonight’s episode “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2012″ at 7:30 p.m. we featuring several more rich stories about Big Ten football, including a look at Ohio State’s Zach Boren, the senior fullback-turned-linebacker who played in his final Michigan-Ohio State game.
On Wednesday night’s “The Journey: Big Ten Football,” BTN sat down with Wisconsin running back Montee Ball to talk to him about the bittersweet night that left him thinking about a move to linebacker. It was the 2010 Ohio State game, the one in which the Badgers took down the nation’s No. 1 team, but Ball didn’t see the field in the upset. Watch the clip, which also feature Le’Veon Bell and Denard Robinson, now. Also, see several Robinson bonus clips in this post.
You’ll want to see how “The Journey 2012″ covers Montee Ball’s historical TD last Saturday on tonight’s episode of the show at 7:30 p.m. ET. Ahead of the show we’ve posted two highlight reels, one from Ohio State vs. Wiscosnin and the other from Iowa vs. Michigan. As part of our ongoing coverage of the various Senior Day celebrations our crew tracked Ball and Michigan’s Denard Robinson.
On Wednesday night’s “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2012,” we featured Indiana’s Will Matte and Northwestern’s Venric Mark. Watch a clip from the show here. In it, BTN goes behind the scenes with Matte’s family for a special surprise hours before Indiana’s Senior Day game vs. Wisconsin, and take viewers inside the secret behind Mark’s breakout season. Also, check out a couple bonus clips in this post.
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The next episode of “The Journey 2012″ presented by Best Buy airs at 7:30 p.m. t0night and features looks at three more Big Ten football stories: Ohio State’s Braxton Miller, Northwestern’s Venric Mark, and Indiana Senior Day. Watch a short preview here and find bonus clips for tonight’s episode in this post.
On Wednesday night’s “The Journey 2012: Big Ten Football,” we featured Minnesota wide receiver Connor Cosgrove and Iowa linebacker Anthony Hitchens. Both players have emotional stories, as the former’s battling leukemia and the latter’s mentor recently needed a liver transplant. Watch a clip from Wednesday’s show that tells the powerful story of each Big Ten personality now and catch a couple bonus clips in this post.
On tonight’s episode of “The Journey 2012″ presented by Best Buy at 7:30 p.m. ET, our crew continues to chronicle the Big Ten football season while telling the stories of Iowa linebacker Anthony Hitchens, Illinois cornerback Terry Hawthorne, and Minnesota’s Connor Cosgrove, who is battling leukemia.
The next episode of “The Journey 2012″ presented by Best Buy airs Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. ET and our crew spends time with Nebraska wide receiver Kenny Bell (see the bonus video clip in this post). Of course, you already know that if you’re on social media and follow the Instagram account BTNJourney, which is where our TV show crew shares lots of really great photos as they travel around the Big Ten. See some really good ones in this post.
On Wednesday’s episode of “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2012″ at 7:30 p.m. ET we take you inside the Saturday’s Michigan State-Michigan game and track Denard Robinson quest for his first win in this heated in-state rivalry. Plus, find out why every time Minnesota wide receiver A.J. Barker takes the field, he is playing for both himself and his brother. “The Journey’ also delivers some amazing highlights just like the ones in this bonus clip from Michigan State-Michigan and another from Minnesota-Wisconsin in this post.