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Wisconsin picked up an overtime win over Michigan in a contest with plenty of late-game drama. Wisconsin and Michigan both found themselves with plenty of fouls to give at the end of regulation on Saturday, but neither team opted to hack to deprive the opponent of a desperation heave.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years, huh? The 2012 ESPY Awards will mark the 20th installment of ESPN’s annual awards show. It all happens Wednesday, July 11 at 9 p.m. ET in Los Angeles. As is the case every year, Big Ten products are up for their share of awards. See all of the Big Ten nominees in this post. Also, you can vote on the ESPY Awards here.
That Kentucky-Indiana men’s basketball game in December was pretty memorable, wasn’t it? The guys over at SBNation.com thought it was so great, in fact, the game that forever cemented Christian Watford in Indiana lore claimed the No. 2 spot in the publication’s Top 10 Best College Basketball Games of 2011-12. The only game better than Indiana’s buzzer-beating upset of No. 1 Kentucky at Assembly Hall (AP recap): No. 1 Kentucky’s win over No. 5 North Carolina (AP recap). Another Big Ten team’s game landed on the list, and while Wisconsin’s Sweet 16 defeat to Syracuse (AP recap) didn’t produce a buzzer-beater, it took home the No. 6 spot.
While Thursday is the potentially big night for the Big Ten, with three schools looking to reach the Elite Eight, Friday night brings the enticing rematch of Indiana and Kentucky. The Hoosiers have surpassed all expectations by reaching the Sweet Sixteen for just the second time in 18 years, and they now have a golden opportunity to knock off most people’s national title pick. Let’s look at the match-up.
Illinois picked up a much needed victory at Northwestern, but they sure didn’t make it easy on themselves. The Wildcats came out executing their offense to the tune of 1.13 points per possession in the first half, a very solid showing against a good Illini defense. John Shurna was at the forefront of the attack, putting up 17 first half points. Northwestern built a double digit lead before a late Illinois run made it closer at the half.
There’s been no shortage of Indiana reaction since its upset of then-No. 1 Kentucky at the last second Saturday at Assembly Hall, and for good reason. It was an unreal game between two of the nation’s most prestigious programs, and it came down to a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that resulted in a crazy scene in Bloomington, Ind. Now, there’s a video that matches the memorable final 5.6 seconds and ensuing madness to the soundtrack of “Hoosiers.” Watch the video in this post.
No doubt that after the Hoosiers’ dramatic win over top-ranked Kentucky that the talk centers on whether Tom Crean’s rebuilding job of the once-proud program is complete. There are certainly a lot of reasons to think so, even aside from the whole just-beat-the-best-team-in-the-country thing. For one, let’s take a look at the talent on the roster.
The Big Ten Conference announced its weekly Men’s Basketball Players of the Week on Monday. A pair of forwards shared player of the week, while a standout point guard took home freshman honors. See the winners in this post.
In case you were busy preparing for the Heisman Trophy presentation or doing who knows what, Indiana upset No. 1 Kentucky on Saturday. Yes, Indiana, the same team that combined for two wins over ranked opponents the past three-plus seasons, upset the nation’s top-ranked team. But, as the Hoosiers’ 9-0 start would indicate, this isn’t the same Indiana team. For starters, they have the highly touted Cody Zeller in the fold, along with the most talent they’ve had since Tom Crean came to town. Get reaction, tweets, photos and video from the upset in this post. Speaking of video, watch Christian Watford’s game-winning shot at the buzzer now.
Down 72-70 to No. 1 Kentucky with 5.6 seconds left, Indiana had one last chance Saturday at Assembly Hall. Christian Watford inbounded to Verdell Jones, who drove the length of the court and kicked it back to a wide-open Watford for a potential game-winning 3-pointer. Watford, of course, drained the trey to give Indiana the big-time upset and send the Indiana faithful into an absolute frenzy. The fans stormed the court, making for one of the most memorable moments of the young season. Watch the entire play and celebration now.