I took my usual spin around the Internet this morning and found my five conversation starters for Thursday. Click inside for a look at those stories, my take on each, and more links to the Big ten stories you need to read today.
Wednesday was Senior Night at Mackey Arena, and that meant it was Purdue fans’ final chance to say goodbye to Robbie Hummel, as well as Lewis Jackson and Ryne Smith. As great as Jackson and Smith are, Hummel was the star of the festivities. The forward, of course, came to Purdue along with JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore, and the trio put Purdue back on the national map. Unfortunately, injuries plagued Hummel throughout his career and kept him off the court for a year and a half. I went to Twitter to ask Purdue fans for their favorite Hummel moment or memory. See the responses in this post.
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Throughout the 2011-12 Big Ten men’s basketball season, we’re spotlighting Gus Johnson’s best calls. The popular play-by-play announcer is calling men’s hoops for BTN all winter long, and we’ll clip and post his best calls and archive them here. Feel free to bookmark the page and come back all season right up through the Big Ten tourney. Right now, watch Johnson’s call of the exciting final sequence in Wednesday’s Ohio State-Northwestern game and get all of his calls in this post.
No. 11 Ohio State beat Northwestern in the final seconds (recap) and Purdue dropped Penn State (recap) in our Super Wednesday doubleheader, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. In other action, Iowa took down Nebraska (recap). Catch up on all three games on our BTN.com scoreboard and get immediate halftime and final recaps in this post.
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Michigan State recruit Gary Harris needs no introduction to die-hard Big Ten basketball fans. The five-star guard out of Hamilton Southeastern High School had a few Big Ten schools coveting his services, and it’s pretty easy to see why. Harris is an athletic guard who can do everything, including hit game-winning buzzer-beaters. That’s exactly what he did Tuesday night, banking home a halfcourt shot to send his team past North Central in sectional play. Watch the shot in this post
The Big Ten is in the final week of the regular season. Teams are battling to enhance their postseason resumes, jockeying for seeding in the Big Ten tourney, which starts March 8 in Indianapolis. And schools also have their eye on the NCAA tourney. I caught up with CBSSports.com NCAA bracketologist Jerry Palm to get his read on where the Big Ten schools sit in his latest bracket projections. Click inside to listen to our conversation this morning.
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It was just last week when many felt Northwestern played perhaps the biggest game in school annals. And it lost, 67-55, in overtime at home to Michigan. But the Wildcats rebounded to score a huge win at Penn State over the weekend. Now, comes yet another “biggest game in school history” for the Wildcats tonight when Ohio State visits. In the first of today’s five big links worth a look, Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune says Northwestern needs another big game from John Shurna if it wants to beat Ohio State.