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Minnesota survived a furious second-half comeback effort by Indiana in Bloomington to beat the Hoosiers 77-74 to win the Gophers’ first conference game of the season. Cody Zeller led Indiana with 23 points and eight rebounds. Have you seen our “Best of Gus Johnson” video calls yet? We’ve got some good ones from tonight. Earlier in another conference game, Ben Brust went 4-of-7 from the field and led five Wisconsin players in double digits with 13 points as the Badgers defeated Purdue 67-62.
Our TV team took a look at the latest press conferences held by your Big Ten men’s coaches and then compiled this fun montage of sound bites. Can you feel the intensity coming through in every comment? Watch it now and tell us below which part you liked best. And remember: Each week we post the Big Ten men’s basketball coaches teleconferences for your convenience. Listen to your coaches talk with reporters from around the Big Ten.
During Thursday night’s game between Indiana and Minnesota at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana, our BTN cameras caught two celebrities with some pretty good seats. Musician John Mellencamp and actress Meg Ryan were watching the game and BTN announcers Gus Johnson and Jim Jackson discussed it. Jackson: “I’m sure you got some of that John Mellencamp in your iPod, right?” Johnson: “I certainly do.”
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. Johnson and Jim Jackson called Thursday night’s game in Bloomington.
Michigan’s Zack Novak has a knack for making the all-important plays for the Wolverines. Whether it’s taking a charge, throwing his body on the floor for a loose ball or grabbing a rebound, Novak is does all the little things to help Michigan. In Wednesday night’s game against Northwestern, he did all of the usual things, but he also added a not-so-common highlight-reel slam. In transition, Novak saw a hole in the Wildcats’ defense, and he took advantage with a powerful two-handed jam. Watch the big-time dunk now.
You have more questions, and I have more answers in this week’s mailbag. With the basketball season heating up, readers wonder who the best team is in the Big Ten, what’s wrong with Wisconsin, and who have been the top freshmen. But also: Did Montee Ball make the correct decision to come back for his senior year? I’ll tell you what I think but then you can tell me what you think about that question and others in the comments box at the end of my post.