Saturday night at Hoosier Hysteria, a concert broke out. No, Bloomington native and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp didn’t put on an impromptu show. Instead, it was sophomore Victor Oladipo showing off his pipes. The high-flying guard performed Usher’s “U Got it Bad” to a pumped up Assembly Hall crowd. Watch the whole video and compare it to Usher’s original version in this post.
Tonight is Midnight Madness, and so now is as good of a time as any to have our award-winning The Journey begin rolling out some really cool promos. Follow the show producers’ Twitter account @BTNJourney. You can find these clips on the YouTube page for The Journey, too.
According to an Indiana press release, junior guard Maurice Creek underwent surgery Monday to repair a torn Achilles’ tendon he suffered away from the basketball court in his left leg. His status for the upcoming season has not been determined.
For no particular reason, I got to thinking today about the best/coolest sporting event/moment I have witnessed in person. The first thing that came to mind was being at Wrigley Field for Game 7 of the 2003 NLCS. The prospect of watching the Cubs celebrate a long-awaited World Series berth right in front of me made this night extra special, and it only got better when my favorite player, Kerry Wood, drilled a three-run home run. We all know how that game turned out, though. No need to open old wounds. That said, see my Twitter followers’ answers in this post.
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Sporting News has released its annual Best Sports Cities: The list from 1 to 271, and Big Ten cities are very well represented. Three cities land in the top 15, headlined by Chicago, which includes Evanston, at No. 4, and 11 of the 12 schools land in the top 100. Dallas-Fort Worth came in at No. 1, while Boston, Philadelphia and New York round out the top 5. How’s the list constructed? Sporting News assigns point values to various categories, including but not limited to, won-lost records, postseason appearances, applicable power ratings, number of teams and attendance. See where all the Big Ten cities land in this post.
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.
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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