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 Victor Oladipo’s drive and highlight-reel jam and get all of his call from Sunday’s Purdue-Indiana game in this post.
(AP) Michigan State standout freshman Branden Dawson is out for the rest of the season after injuring his left knee against Ohio State. Dawson limped off the court with 10:16 left in the first half of Sunday’s 72-70 loss to the 10th-ranked Buckeyes, which left the No. 5 Spartans in a three-way tie for the Big Ten title with Ohio State and Michigan. After the game, Michigan State said Dawson has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound forward ranks third on the team in scoring (8.5) and is second in rebounds (4.6).
Winning on the road in the Big Ten is never easy. Doing it in back-to-back games is even tougher. Doing it with game-winning shots in the final seconds twice, that’s incredibly rare. Ohio State would know. The Buckeyes needed Jared Sullinger’s bucket with less than four seconds left to win at Northwestern on Wednesday and William Buford’s ridiculous jumper with one tick left Sunday at Michigan State. The late wins were as clutch as any this season, as they helped Ohio State claim a share of the Big Ten crown, along with Michigan and Michigan State. Watch Buford’s shot now and see Sullinger’s in this post.
This week on “The Journey,” you got to experience Senior Night with some of the Big Ten’s biggest stars, including Michigan seniors Zach Novak and Stu Douglass, Ohio State’s William Buford, Purdue’s Robbie Hummel and Iowa’s Matt Gatens. It was moving footage, to say the least. Watch a segment from Sunday night’s show now and catch three terrific bonus clips inside this post.
Indiana’s legendary Bob Knight, who led the Hoosiers to 11 Big Ten titles and three NCAA Championships in 29 seasons as the head men’s basketball coach, was profiled Sunday in a new episode of Big Ten Icons, presented by Discover. Hosted by Hall of Fame broadcaster Keith Jackson, the show included new one-on-one interviews with former Indiana first -team All-Americans Steve Alford and Isiah Thomas; Big Ten coaches Tom Izzo and Bruce Weber; award-winning journalists Jack Ebling and Mike DeCourcy, and others.
Nebraska is very proud of its state-of-the-art Pinnacle Bank Arena, scheduled to open for the 2013-14 basketball season, and it’s easy to see why. The $179-million facility is a significant upgrade from the Huskers’ current home, the Bob Deveaney Sports Center. Among the perks, it includes 36 Founders and Executive Suites, 900 club seats and 73 concession points of sale. Read more about the arena at Huskers.com. Said Nebraska Associate Athletic Director Paul Meyer: “I think this gives us a chance, as a basketball program, to put ourselves on the map.” Watch a N’Side Nebraska feature on the arena now.
Following the Purdue-Indiana men’s basketball game Sunday night on BTN/BTN2Go, we live streamed the Senior Night festivities from Assembly Hall. The honorees included Kory Barnett, Verdell Jones III, Daniel Moore, Tom Pritchard and Matt Roth. It was a special ceremony as these guys were a part of the first team that took the floor in the wake of Kelvin Sampson’s dismissal. In their first three seasons, Indiana went 28-66, but now they’ll forever be remembered as the class that helped bring back one of the nation’s proudest programs. Read the AP feature story on Indiana’s seniors.