On the first Saturday sans Big Ten football, BTN aired five consecutive men’s basketball games. It all started at noon ET and came to an end just before 10:30 p.m. There were too many highlights to count during the 10-plus hours of action, but it’s safe to say none were bigger than Victor Oladipo and Sam Thompson’s ridiculous dunks.
Brandon Paul scored 35 points to lead No. 13 Illinois over No. 10 Gonzaga 85-74 on Saturday in a matchup of unbeaten teams. Tracy Abrams added 14 points for Illinois (10-0) and new coach John Groce is off to the best debut for an Illinois coach in the team’s modern history.
Andrew Smith scored a season-high 24 points and Butler pulled away in the second half for a 74-65 win over Northwestern on Saturday night.
Christian Watford scored 21 points, Cody Zeller had 19 points and 19 rebounds, and No. 1 Indiana routed Central Connecticut State 100-69 on Saturday. The Hoosiers (9-0) dominated on both ends of the floor.
Indiana University’s unofficial First Couple took in Saturday night’s men’s basketball game vs. Central Connecticut State. Yes, we’re talking about John Mellencamp and wife Meg Ryan. The Hoosiers, in particular junior guard Victor Oladipo (Watch Oladipo’s dunk-a-thon), treated the two celebrities to quite the highlight show. It was almost difficult to keep up with all the slams (Watch all of them here). See our camera catch Mellencamp and Ryan now.
The Nittany Lion in a flight suit. The Nittany Lion balancing on a pair of rifles. The Nittany Lion marching and twirling a rifle. It was a special afternoon Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center, as Penn State hosted Army, on the same day the service academy played its annual rivalry game vs. Navy on the gridiron. And with the Black Knights in town, the Penn State mascot teamed with Army Cadets to provide the halftime entertainment. Watch the Nittany Lion entertain the crowd now.
Junior Cadougan scored 13 of his 18 points in the final 10 minutes and Vander Blue added 17 points to lead Marquette past rival Wisconsin 60-50 on Saturday night.