Rejoice, basketball fans. BTN is dedicating Friday’s programming to men’s basketball. Starting at 10 a.m. E.T., we’re re-airing a trio of exciting 2011-12 games, including Indiana’s memorable upset of No. 1 Kentucky, all of which precede a marathon of our award-winning “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2012,” which tips off at 3:30 p.m.
CHICAGO – The Big Ten has always been a steady contributor to the NBA, and this year is no different with plenty of Big Ten student-athletes officially entering the NBA Draft. BTN will help tell their stories when it airs a special NBA Draft Preview edition of the Big Ten Basketball Report at 9 p.m. ET Friday. The 30-minute special will include interviews with some of the Big Ten’s top draft entrants and also will give viewers an inside look at the draft process.
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Other than similar team colors, the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Chicago Bulls have very little in common. Actually, there is another thing: Eric Piatkowski played for both teams. In all seriousness, though, it probably surprises all that the Bulls, an NBA championship franchise, would consult the Huskers, a team without a conference title in more than six decades, about anything basketball related. They did, and it has to do with Nebraska’s impressive Hendricks Training Complex.
BTN’s Jim Jackson caught up with six Big Ten names working out at the NBA’s pre-draft combine in Chicago. Jackson talked to Jared Sullinger, William Buford, Draymond Green, Jordan Taylor, Meyers Leonard, and Robbie Hummel. If you’re running games down at the gym, that’s a pretty good first six right there.
Iowa basketball legend Don Nelson made a name of for himself in the NBA but he was back at school on Saturday to accept his college degree at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. We touched on this story earlier this week but it’s worth revisiting. Nelson left Iowa in early summer 1962 to pursue his dreams as a professional basketball player but he left 10 credit hours short of a degree in physical education.