It's been an emotional last two weekends for Eron Harris. Last Saturday, the Michigan State senior suffered a scary season-ending knee injury in his home state in a loss at Purdue. Eight days later, on Sunday night, he was celebrating Senior Day at the Breslin Center.
If one hasn't been paying attention, Big Ten men's basketball postgame press conferences have become appointment viewing. The last few days, we've had drama, emotion and humor highlight what can often be boring TV.
We here at BTN always enjoy a good shoe highlight. There's something funny about a player blowing a tire, and seeing how he reacts. Some continue to play like nothing happened. Some pick up the shoe and tie it. And some pick it up and hold it in their hand until the next whistle.
The Big Ten knows how to entertain fans. Between the product on the court and the countless timeout/halftime festivities, a night at a Big Ten arena won't disappoint.
Michigan State couldn't top No. 20 Purdue on Tuesday night, but no one can blame Miles Bridges. The super freshman turned in his best all-around game, registering a career-high 33 points, on 12-of-17, seven rebounds, four blocks and one steal in the 84-73 loss.
The 2015 Wisconsin basketball team is one that Badgers fans never will forget. Maybe some Big Ten fans, too. Not only does it own the second-best season in program annals, advancing to the national final, one year after making the Final Four, one would have a hard time finding a more charismatic group.
Before Matt Painter and Patrick Chambers faced off Saturday afternoon, the two head coaches had a fun interaction. While waiting for their customary pregame BTN interviews, the former began interviewing the latter, when BTN analyst Stephen Bardo handed Painter the mic to make it real. Painter knew what to do, and asked Chambers, “What would you think are going to be the keys against Purdue today?” Chambers’ response: “We’re going to need a good whistle today.” The interview had both coaches laughing out loud. Also: It sure looks like Painter is comfortable on the other end of the mic. Watch
It's easy to enjoy those touching walk-on-receiving-scholarship viral videos. It's even easier when a team does it in a way that you've never seen. Michigan did just that with Andrew Dakich.
The biggest game of the Big Ten men's basketball season was treated as so. Purdue and its fans made sure of that. The atmosphere was unbelievable for the No. 13 Wisconsin-No. 20 Purdue game Sunday at Mackey Arena - and that includes before the tip.
Troy Fumagalli is one of the Big Ten's elite tight ends, so it's no surprise when he makes a highlight-reel catch. Monday, in the Cotton Bowl, Fumagalli might have hauled in the best reception of his career.