One of our favorite things about The Journey is that we get a chance to introduce you to more than just the stars of the Big Ten Conference. For anyone that watched our senior night episode of The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2010, this was an unforgettable moment. The story of Mark Titus remains a favorite for all of The Journey crew.
In March of 2008, The Journey captured one of the most dramatic moments in Big Ten Tournament history – when Minnesota’s Blake Hoffarber, then a freshman guard, hit a buzzer-beater to defeat Indiana in one of the craziest finishes in years. The cameraman, Cody Shimek, told us after he shot this shot that it was one of the greatest pieces of footage he has ever captured — from following the pass, through the shot and his immediate reaction to get as close to the pile-up as possible. An amazing moment none of us involved with the show will ever forget. Watch the video clip once again inside on this post.
Sophomore Meyers Leonard poured in a team-high 18 points in Illinois’ 79-51 exhibition win against Wayne State on Tuesday night at the Assembly Hall. Brandon Paul (15), D.J. Richardson (11) and Nnanna Egwu (10) also scored in double figures for the Illini, who used a 22-1 second-half run to cruise to victory. Watch now as Spencer Turkin talks with head coach Bruce Weber following the victory. Dive inside for a full wrap-up from our Student U crew that called the game.
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The Minnesota men’s basketball team opened its season with a 71-58 exhibition win against Bemidji State on Tuesday night at Williams Arena. Trevor Mbakwe had 17 points and a game-high 11 rebounds and Ralph Sampson III added 15 points and four rebounds to pace the Gophers. Freshman Andre Hollins dished out eight assists without a turnover and scored six points. Watch a wrap-up of the action from Matt Nelson and Quincy Lewis now, and then jump inside for a postgame interview with Mbakwe, the preseason first-team All-Big Ten honoree.
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Last week in Chicago, Big Ten basketball coaches and players gathered for their annual meet and greet with the national media. Producers from BTN’s award-winning series The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2012 attended and sat down with the conference’s movers and shakers as a new season of Big Ten hoops approaches.
It’s always fun trying to predict the next breakout players, the Trevor Mbakwes and Darius Morrises of last season. To me, those are the true breakout players, the guys who didn’t do much of anything the previous season(s) before figuring things out and making a name for themselves. How about possible 2011-12 Big Ten breakout players? See my five candidates in this post.
Expectations were already sky high for Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger and Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor entering the 2011-12 men’s basketball season. The pressure is on even more now that they will have AP preseason All-America attached to their names all season long. Both players made the annual publication’s first team, released Monday, with Sullinger being a unanimous pick. Yes, the Buckeye sophomore was listed on all 65 ballots from a national media panel.