Of course it wasn’t the first time an athlete lost a shoe during a game. And it certainly won’t be the last time. But when Purdue’s A.J. Hammons lost is shoe on the offensive end of the court, then pulled down a defensive rebound while hold that same shoe in his hands … well, that’s a moment. “I was glad I got the rebound. My foot was slipping,” Hammons told the Lafayette Courier-Journal after the game. He thought about throwing it to the side but told reporters he wanted to get back. What did Coach Matt Painter say to him
In today's Big Ten headline roundup, we have one look at a critical stretch in Northwestern basketball's schedule. Are they tourney worthy? Meanwhile, Wisconsin needs to enhance their tourney credentials, too. Rutgers football got some good news. Minnesota basketball has some, too. Read these stories and others in today's digest.
The 100th episode of "The Journey: Big Ten Basketball" airs at 9:30 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN/BTN2Go. To help celebrate the milestone episode of our award-winning series, BTN.com caught up with Mark Titus, arguably the Big Ten's most popular benchwarmer of all time, a compelling "Journey" subject in 2010, and now an author. Among other things, Titus discussed his time at Ohio State, his moment on the show, and why he wore No. 34. "I was basically the Shaq of suburban Indianapolis youth rec league basketball," Titus said.
We have seen some bizarre plays this season. But what happened in Minneapolis on Wednesday night in the Purdue vs. Minnesota men’s basketball game takes the cake. With Purdue leading 59-54 late in the second half, A.J. Hammons lost his shoe at one end of the court, picked it up, then ran the distance of the court and grabbed a rebound for the Boilermakers before a timeout was called. Check it out in the video at the top of the post. Watch Purdue coach Matt Painter grab Hammons and give him a pat on the back following the incredible play.
We had two outstanding Big Ten men’s basketball games on Super Wednesday. [ MORE: Catch up on scores and stats on our college basketball scoreboard ] Michigan kicked off the action with an impressive 68-57 victory over Rutgers in the first game of the evening. Purdue followed that by beating Minnesota on the road, 68-64. With both games on BTN, we were able to capture all the top moments from Wednesday’s action. Here is a look at the best video highlights from Wednesday’s Big Ten men’s basketball games. Are you serious!? Watch @Boilerball's A.J. Hammons run down the court and
It’s time to vote for the best players in Michigan basketball history. Who gets your vote? We created a list of 13 Wolverine greats, and now it’s your job to rank them. Read each player’s bio below, then scroll down and rank them, 1-13. The results of the fan survey will be announced on TV’s “BTN Live” in February. After you vote, tune into tonight as Michigan takes on Rutgers at 7 p.m. ET on BTN. Watch on BTN2Go. We’re rolling out a survey per school throughout the coming weeks. Bill Buntin (1962-1965) – Two-time All-American selection (1964-65). One of
The subject in the photo above is Northwestern’s all-time leading scorer John Shurna. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] For real. The former baby-faced Big Ten star is playing overseas, and the now-famous beard was the catalyst for his Spanish Liga ACB team’s (Valencia) 28-game winning streak, which started in October and, amazingly, spanned six countries. Valencia finally lost last Tuesday, to Limoges of France, and the beard came off the following day. It took a half-hour to shave, if you were wondering. “My sister came to visit over the holidays, and she
Over the past nine years and 99 episodes, The Journey has told the story of hundreds of Big Ten athletes as they navigate the twists and turns of football and basketball season. In celebration of the 100th episode, 10 of the most successful athletes ever to appear on The Journey were selected as members of “Journey All-Stars.” Part One is here; Part Two is in this post. This week’s episode of “The Journey” airs Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET. Remember to find re-air times on our TV schedule page. Also, every episode of The Journey – this season and past – is available
Duncan Robinson has a story you won’t believe. It’s a tale of the rise of player from Division III obscurity to the big time. It’s the stuff of movies. [ MORE: Watch Rutgers at Michigan at 7 p.m. ET tonight on BTN2Go ] Just two years ago, he was averaging 17.1 points playing for Division III Williams College in Massachusetts. Now, Robinson is a key play for a rising Michigan team that’s looking to get back into the Big Dance after missing last season. Robinson is Wolverines’ top marksman, a deadly shooter from long range who can light up a
And then there was one. Nigel Hayes scored a game-high 31 points and added five rebounds as Wisconsin snapped No. 19 Indiana’s 12-game winning streak with an 82-79 victory in overtime on Tuesday night. With the Badgers’ victory over the Hoosiers, Iowa is now the only remaining unbeaten team in Big Ten play this season. Ethan Happ added 25 points and eight rebounds as the Badgers won their 14th straight home game against the Hoosiers, dating back to 1998. Yogi Ferrell scored 30 points, while Thomas Bryant added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Hoosiers. We made it a