Men's Basketball

Nine Big Ten Stars Named to Wooden Award Watch List

Nine Big Ten men’s basketball players were named to the John Wooden Award Watch List, released Monday afternoon. Three Buckeyes, including sophomore sensation Jared Sullinger, headline the Big Ten representatives on the preseason list for the nation’s most outstanding player. William Buford and Aaron Craft are the other Buckeyes joining Sullinger, while Michigan’s Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan State’s Draymond Green, Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe, Northwestern’s John Shurna, Purdue’s Robbie Hummel and Wisconsin Jordan Taylor also make the list.

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Catching up with Indiana's Keith Smart

Keith Smart

Keith Smart on Indiana memories

Everywhere Keith Smart goes, it seems, someone wants to talk about “The Shot.” It’s to be expected, though. After all, Smart was the one who hit the memorable baseline jumper in the final seconds of the 1987 national championship game to lift Indiana past Syracuse. Watch Smart’s iconic play here. Since that day, Smart went on to play pro ball, including one season in the NBA, and now has entered the coaching ranks, most recently serving as the Golden State Warriors head coach last season. Watch now as we ask the former Hoosier about his greatest Indiana highlight, excluding the shot, and his best Bob Knight story.

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BTN Catches up with Robbie Hummel

Purdue's Robbie Hummel

Robbie Hummel on the Sidelines

A special guest visited BTN during our telecast of the Purdue-Southeast Missouri State game on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium. It was Purdue basketball standout Robbie Hummel. Hummel, who is recovering from his second season-ending knee injury, stopped by to chat with BTN sideline reporter Lisa Byington. So, how’s the knee? “It’s been positive, I haven’t had any setbacks,” Hummel said. Saturday’s game had to make Hummel feel pretty good, too, as the Boilermakers thumped SEMO, 59-0.

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Willie the Wildcat Gets Costume Tweak

If you watched the Northwestern football game against Eastern Illinois last weekend, you noticed the Wildcats added a patriotic look to their helmets and midfield logo to honor the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. Something you probably didn’t notice was the jersey patch sponsorship on Willie the Wildcat’s left shoulder. It’s innocent enough, but it’s also something that prompted CNBC’s respected Darren Rovell, a Northwestern graduate, to ask: “The Next Frontier?”

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Rivals.com Spotlights Big Ten Coaches

The Big Ten has no shortage of respected and successful football and men’s basketball coaches. Both of the conference’s sports boast a who’s who of the modern day coaching world. From Tom Izzo to Joe Paterno, the names are legendary and iconic. But what about when you consider the nation’s best football and men’s basketball coaching duos? The Big Ten is deep there, too. Rivals.com considered the topic Sunday, and all four writers mentioned Big Ten duos in their answers. Read the article here.

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BTN To Air 64 Big Ten Hoops Games

For the fifth consecutive season, every regular-season Big Ten men’s hoops conference game will be nationally televised. On Wednesday, the Big Ten office released that BTN will air 64 men’s conference games, to go along with what CBS and ESPN will carry. All together, it means Big Ten fans can once again catch every Big Ten game. See the entire schedule inside and get Brent Yarina’s top 5 Big Ten games.

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Big Ten Releases CBS, ESPN Hoops Slate

The college football season just kicked off this past week, but there’s some college basketball news to report. On Tuesday, the Big Ten announced that 44 men’s hoops conference games will be televised on CBS Sports or an ESPN network.

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