This just in from the Big Ten Basketball Media Day: Defending Big Ten Champion Ohio State has been chosen as the conference favorite heading into the 2011-12 season, as voted on by a panel of Big Ten media. The media also tabbed Buckeye sophomore Jared Sullinger as the Preseason Player of the Year. Wisconsin and Michigan State were selected to finish second and third, respectively. Joining Sullinger on the Preseason All-Big Ten team are Michigan State’s Draymond Green, Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe, Purdue’s Robbie Hummel and Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor.
The Big Ten Conference conducts the annual Big Ten basketball media day on Thursday in Chicago and BTN.com will stream live video of each individual men’s and women’s coach addressing the media from the podium beginning at 9 a.m. ET and running through approximately 11 a.m. To access the video player, go to our Big Ten Digital Network and the video will play once the event starts Thursday morning. Transcripts of each press conference will once again be made available on site and on www.bigten.org.
CHICAGO – America’s favorite play-by-play announcer, Gus Johnson, returns for his fourth basketball season on BTN. Johnson is scheduled to call nearly 30 men’s basketball games this season, including the network’s four Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament games, plus bitter rivalries like Indiana-Purdue and marquee matchups such as Butler-Indiana. (Watch and rate Gus Johnson’s 2010-11 BTN calls)
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More promos for The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2012! In this unforgettable moment, Evan Turner shocks the world with a buzzer beater to stay alive in the Big Ten Tournament and cement his status as a legend of Big Ten basketball. To experience The Journey 24/7 check back to this blog often and follow The Journey crew on Twitter @BTNJourney.
There are a few absolutes entering the 2011-12 Big Ten men’s basketball season: 1.) Reigning champ Ohio State is the Big Ten favorite; 2.) Jared Sullinger and Jordan Taylor are the Big Ten’s best players; and 3.) Thad Matta will win 20 games yet again. How about some bold predictions, though? Brent Yarina is here to offer one for every Big Ten team.
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A new season of BTN’s award-winning documentary series The Journey: 2012 returns in January. Here’s a quick promo of an Illinois moment to help you get hyped for the show! Be sure to check back often and follow us on twitter @BTNJourney to get the latest promos, bonus content, and info about The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2012!
A new season of BTN’s award-winning documentary series The Journey: 2012 returns in January, and we cannot wait. In the weeks leading up to the debut episode, we’re going to drop a few videos in here for you because you can never get enough Big Ten hoops. Read more to find out what we posted this week.
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