Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio State honored their men’s basketball seniors on Sunday with special ceremonies, the latest in the annual series of Senior Days.
On the next episode of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2015,” debuting Sunday at 9:30 PM ET, our crew continues our tradition with the annual Senior Day show.
Iowa, Michigan and Purdue honored their men’s basketball seniors on Saturday with special ceremonies, the latest in the annual series of Senior Nights.
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Illinois, Michigan State and Penn State honored their men’s basketball seniors on Wednesday night with special ceremonies, the latest in the annual series of Senior Nights.
If you watched the latest episode of “The Journey: 2014 Basketball” this past weekend, you got an inside look at three stories. The show’s crew went behind the scenes on the Senior Nights at Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan State where they tracked Tim Frazier, Ben Brust, and Adreian Payne, respectively. Watch a portion of that episode in this post.
Mike Peltz will never forget Sunday night. Not only was it his Senior Night at Nebraska, the Huskers reserve also got engaged. Yep, Peltz closed our his Senior Night speech by proposing to his girlfriend, Shelby, at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Hate to spoil the surprise, but she said, “Yes.” Congrats! Watch Peltz’s proposal in this post.
Ohio State honored a pair of special seniors prior to Sunday night’s win over No. 22 Michigan State in the season finale at Value City Arena. Those seniors, of course, would be guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith, who have, at worst, led the Buckeyes to the Sweet 16 every year in Columbus. Watch the Ohio State fans show their respect to Craft and Smith Jr. in this post.
Minnesota honored its senior players prior to Sunday night’s game vs. Penn State. The Williams Arena faithful showered Maverick Ahanmisi, Austin Hollins, Oto Osenieks and Malik Smith with plenty of love. Ahanmisi and Hollins were the lone four-year players, while Osenieks played three years and recently decided to call it a career and Smith was a one-year reserve. Watch the Gophers honor their senior in this post.
Following Sunday’s season-finale loss to Northwestern, Purdue honored its four senior players, including Terone Johnson, at Mackey Arena. Johnson and Travis Carroll helped Purdue make the NCAA tournament in each of their first two seasons, in 2011 and 2012, the Boilermakers’ last NCAA appearances. Watch the seniors get introduced in this post.
Melsahn Basabe, Devyn Marble and Zach McCabe all were freshmen in Fran McCaffery’s first season. That being the case, along with McCaffery, they have played an instrumental role in making Iowa competitive again. Since an 11-20 campaign as freshmen, the trio has helped the Hawkeyes compile a 63-40 clip, including a run to last season’s NIT title game. Before Saturday night’s game the trio was honored on Senior Night. Watch the ceremony in this post.
Jordan Morgan has helped Michigan raise a few banners at the Crisler Center. Michigan fans were able to formally thank him for his efforts prior to Saturday night’s game vs. Indiana. The lone senior on the 2014 Big Ten champions, Morgan was showered with love during his Senior Night ceremony. The appreciation meant a lot to him, too, evidenced by his eyes getting a little watery.
Michigan State honored its three seniors, including Keith Appling and Adreian Payne, following Thursday night’s 86-76 win over Iowa. The senior class has helped lead the Spartans to a Big Ten championship, two Sweet 16 appearances, and a fourth NCAA bid on the way this season.
It’s a story that can make just about anyone tear up. Several years ago, there were worries about whether 8-year-old Lacey Holsworth would ever walk again. Tonight, she did just that, with her hero, Adreian Payne, right by her side.
The star player of Indiana’s senior class usually has so many people to thank and so many great memories to share during the team’s annual Senior Night ceremony. On Wednesday night, Sheehey, the star of Indiana’s 2014 senior class, spoke for 56 seconds. One longtime Indiana scribe thinks it might have been the shortest such speech. Either way, Sheehey made the most of the 56 seconds and left with a bang.
Prior to Sunday’s devastating 72-71 loss to Indiana, Michigan honored its seniors at the Crisler Center. On a team that relies on a host of talented young players, Michigan’s seniors accepted their roles and provided leadership throughout the season. Watch the Wolverines honor seniors Josh Bartelstein, Blake McLimans, Corey Person and Matt Vogrich here.
Following Saturday afternoon’s 89-73 victory over Minnesota, Purdue held its Senior Day to honor Dru Anthrop and D.J. Byrd. Both players received framed personalized jerseys and delivered a speech to the Mackey Arena faithful. Head coach Matt Painter also talked about the seniors and their impact on the program. Watch Purdue honor its seniors now.
Prior to Saturday’s season-finale victory over Nebraska, Iowa honored two-time captain Eric May and walk-on Christopher Rickert on Senior Day. May, the lone player left from the Todd Lickliter regime and a crowd favorite, grabbed six rebounds, dished out six assists and had a steal Saturday to help the Hawkeyes claim their first 20-win season since 2005-06 and their first .500 conference clip since 2006-07. Watch Iowa honors its seniors here.
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This Sunday at 8 p.m. ET “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013 presented by Chase Freedom” takes you behind the scenes at three different ceremonies honoring senior Big Ten men’s basketball player. The show airs right after the Northwestern-Michigan State game on BTN/BTN2Go.
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Jordan Hulls grew up a few miles from Indiana and his grandfather was an assistant on Bobby Knight’s staff, so it was only fitting that he would wear the candy stripe pants one day. Four seasons of sweet shooting later, the hometown kid couldn’t help but get emotional following his final game at Assembly Hall. Watch Hulls let the emotions flow throughout his memorable Senior Night speech Tuesday here.
Prediction: Indiana’s 2013 senior class will hold a special place in Hoosiers fans’ hearts. This is a group, after all, that committed to Tom Crean following the painful 6-25 2008-09 campaign, the team’s first in the wake of the Kelvin Sampson NCAA violations. It’s also a group that took its lumps before helping turn Indiana around and catapulting it back to the top of the sport.
At approximately 11 p.m. ET Tuesday, right after the Ohio State-Indiana game, BTN/BTN2Go will have live coverage of the Hoosiers’ Senior Night festivities from Assembly Hall. The honorees include Derek Elston, Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford. On Sunday, Indiana clinched at least a share of the Big Ten Championship, its 21st overall and first since 2002.
So many of us have seen basketball players go to their knees and kiss the center court logo as they exit for the final time on Senior Day. But what about hockey players kissing the logo at center ice? It’s a Michigan State tradition, and thanks to @MSU_Hockey, there’s an outstanding photo of this year’s senior class continuing the tradition Saturday night.
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While the score didn’t allow John Groce to give Illinois’ seniors the appropriate curtain call Saturday, the Illini faithful was able to give its favorite seniors a standing ovation during the pregame Senior Day festivities. Watch Illinois honor Tyler Griffey, Sam McLaurin, Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson now.