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Best of Gus: No. 11 Ohio State at NU

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Gus Johnson: Sullinger for two and the win

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 the exciting final sequence in Wednesday’s Ohio State-Northwestern game and get all of his calls in this post.

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Green, Oladipo, Zeller rattle rim

Indiana's Victor Oladipo

Cody Zeller gets to the rim

There were some rim-rattling slams on the hoop going to the right on your TV screen in Indiana’s victory over Michigan State on Wednesday. Draymond Green started it with a steal that he turned into a powerful And-1 in the first 20 minutes; in the second half, Victor Oladipo added a thunderous dunk, and Cody Zeller matched Green’s steal and slam. As they say, things come in threes. Which dunk was the best? Watch Zeller’s slam now and see the other two in this post. Then, cast your vote for the top dunk. Prediction: It’s going to be a close one.

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Best of Gus: Minnesota at No. 15 Wisconsin

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Gus Johnson: Andre Hollins Drive

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 Andre Hollins’ driving bucket and get all of the announcer’s best calls from Tuesday’s Minnesota-Wisconsin game in this post.

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Best of Gus: Iowa at Illinois

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Gus Johnson: Meyers Leonard Blocks

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 Meyers Leonard’s back-to-back blocks and get all of the announcer’s best calls from Sunday’s Iowa-Illinois game in this post.

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Green grabs milestone 1,000th rebound

Michigan State's Draymond Green

Draymond Green 1000th Career Rebound

There’s no debating Draymond Green‘s across-the-board contributions, and they were on display again in Saturday’s easy win over Nebraska. The Michigan State senior captain posted his 16th double-double of the season, with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and also grabbed his 1,000th career rebound. In doing so, he became the fourth Spartan to reach the mark and the third member of Michigan State’s 1,000-point, 1,000-rebound club. Oh, and he’s a member of the 100-block club, to boot. Watch Green’s milestone rebound and his reaction now.

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Best of Gus: Purdue at No. 13 Michigan

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Gus Johnson: T. Johnson And-One

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 Terone Johnson’s late and-1 and get all of the announcer’s best calls from Saturday’s Purdue-Michigan game in this post.

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Michigan honors Novak, Douglass on Senior Night

Stu Douglass

Michigan Seniors Honored

Prior to Saturday’s game against Purdue at the Crisler Center, Michigan honored its seniors, including captains Stu Douglass (two-time) and Zack Novak (three-time). The maize and blue faithful gave the seniors a rousing standing ovation, and rightfully so. Novak and Douglass, after all, helped turn a previously struggling Michigan program, which went 15-17 in 2009-10, into the Big Ten contender it is now. The two Indiana natives went highly unheralded out of high school and made Big Ten foes pay throughout their careers. Corey Person and Ben Cronin also were honored. Watch the Senior Night ceremony now.

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Best of Gus: No. 6 Michigan State at Minnesota

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Gus Johnson: Austin Hollins "Is Officially Warm"

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 Austin Hollins hitting a 3-pointer and get all of the announcer’s best calls from Wednesday night’s Michigan State-Minnesota game in this post.

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Jim Harbaugh gets to work at Indiana game

Jim Harbaugh

Jim Harbaugh at the Indiana Game

In his first NFL season, former Michigan QB Jim Harbaugh turned the San Francisco 49ers from a 6-10 team into a unit that was one game away from the Super Bowl. The success shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering what he accomplished at his previous stop: Stanford. So what does the reigning NFL coach of the year do when he finally has free time? Well, when your brother-in-law is Tom Crean and you’re visiting Assembly Hall — which he was Wednesday — you sit in on huddles and run the players’ stools on and off the floor during timeouts. Watch Harbaugh work as a team manager now.

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Did You See This? Richardson goes into stands

Nebraska's Brandon Richardon

Brandon Richardson Dives Into Railing

Brandon Richardson isn’t the first player to go into the expensive seats at Mackey Arena this season, and he might not be the last. In the first half of Nebraska’s game at Purdue on Wednesday night, Richardson went to save a ball near the sideline and had to jump the Huskers bench in the process. Once in the air, Richardson realized he had nowhere to land and finally came down on a railing. It looked painful, but luckily he was OK. Watch Richardson’s hard landing now. Earlier in the season, Terone Johnson went into the seats, as did Dru Antrhop.

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Sam Thompson adds to highlight reel

Ohio State's Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson Dunk Against Illinois

By now, every Big Ten team knows that Ohio State’s Sam Thompson is a highlight waiting to happen. And yet, the freshman seems to consistently find open spaces around the rim, which, more times than not, leads to a jaw-dropping alley-oop. Thompson struck again in Tuesday night’s win over Illinois. This time, the pass came from Shannon Scott, not the usual Aaron Craft, but it was just as nice. And for good measure, Thompson also had a great block in the revenge win. Watch Thompson’s alley-oop now and see the terrific block in this post.

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Wisconsin honors 2002 Big Ten title team

At halftime of Sunday’s game against Penn State, Wisconsin celebrated the 10-year anniversary of its 2002 Big Ten title team. The team, of course, was Bo Ryan’s first in Madison, Wis., and it wasn’t expected to compete for the Big Ten crown. The Badgers entered Big Ten play with a mediocre 7-6 clip, although they did upset Dwyane Wade and Marquette. Wisconsin figured things out, though, and went on to split the title with Illinois, Indiana and Ohio State, its first Big Ten crown since 1947. Watch the WisconsinAthletics YouTube video tribute in this post.

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Best of Gus: No. 20 Indiana at Iowa

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Gus Johnson: "BasabeSpicy"

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 Melsahn Basabe’s thunderous putback and get all of the announcer’s best calls from Sunday night’s Indiana-Iowa game in this post.

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Did You See This? Dawson windmill dunk

Michigan State's Branden Dawson

Branden Dawson Windmill Dunk

There are few Big Ten players more exciting in the open floor than Michigan State’s Branden Dawson. The freshman doesn’t get a clear lane to the hoop very often, but he makes the most of the opportunity when it presents itself. With his athleticism and repertoire of slams, it’s anyone’s guess what dunk he’ll pick in the open court. Well, the opportunity presented itself in Sunday afternoon’s win at Purdue, and Dawson delighted with a powerful windmill slam. The dunk wasn’t his only highlight, however, as he also posted his third double-double of the season. Watch the windmill slam now.

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Shurna breaks Northwestern scoring record

Northwestern's John Shuna

Shurna Makes History "1902"

Sitting just 17 points behind Billy McKinney on Northwestern’s all-time scoring list, John Shurna was a great bet to make history Saturday night against Minnesota. The senior star did just that in the double-digit victory, hitting a 3-pointer midway through the second half to put his name atop the program’s scoring list. Watch Shurna set the record and see the reaction from the Welsh-Ryan Arena faithful now. From all of us at BTN.com: Congratulations, John!

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Nebraska's Walker throws down one-handed alley-oop

Nebraska's Caleb Walker

Caleb Walker Slam

For a day, Nebraska did it all and showed what kind of team it can be when everything comes together. It came in Saturday’s decisive victory over struggling Illinois, and Caleb Walker’s ridiculous one-handed alley-oop highlighted it all. The thunderous second-half  jam — listen to the rim! — was a thing of beauty.

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The Joseph Bertrand highlight reel

Illinois' Joseph Bertrand

Gus Johnson: "Bertrand Jumped to the Heavens"

If you missed the nightcap of our BTN Super Wednesday doubleheader, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings, you missed quite the display from Illinois’ Joseph Bertrand. On a few occasions, it was as if he was putting on his own dunk contest. Two of Bertrand’s better dunks can be seen in this post. As for the one posted here, well, let’s just say the Illinois sophomore nearly jumped out of the gym. BTN announcer Gus Johnson loved it so much, he was going crazy during the replays. It was that good – even though it came in a 67-62 home loss. Don’t miss Bertrand’s other nice slam, a putback of a missed jumper, in this post.

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Best of Gus: Purdue at Illinois

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Gus Johnson: "D.J. Byrd shooting like Larry"

Just as we did during 2010-2011 hoops season, we’re archiving Gus Johnson’s greatest calls this season. Johnson is calling men’s basketball for BTN all winter long. We clip and post his best calls and archive them here during games, so bookmark the page and come back all season right up through the Big Ten tourney. Right now, watch Johnson’s call on one of D.J. Byrd’s three 3-pointers and get all of the annonuncer’s best calls from Wednesday night’s Purdue-Illinois game in this post.

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Gophers' Williams slams home missed 3-pointer

Minnesota's Rodney Williams

Rodney Williams Left-Handed dunk

It came in a losing effort, but Minnesota high-flyer Rodney Williams struck again Tuesday night. The Gopher junior put back a Julian Welch missed 3-pointer in a way only Rodney Williams can in Minnesota’s 78-68 defeat against No. 6 Ohio State. The left-handed rebound-throwdown came in the final minute with Ohio State up 11 points, so it’s very possible Williams caught the Buckeyes thinking about everything but boxing out on a late trey.

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Did You See This? "I Love You Denard"

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson has a love song: “I Love You Denard.” Seriously. The song was written by Pat Stansik and performed by Ann Arbor band Mind’s Eyes. Robinson has endured his share of struggles during his time in Ann Arbor, from losing records to injuries to passing struggles, but this proves how much Michigan fans adore their exciting quarterback. Hear the song and see the lyrics in this post.

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Best of Gus: Northwestern at Purdue

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Drew Crawford Jam

Just as we did during 2010-2011 hoops season, we’re archiving Gus Johnson’s greatest calls this season. Johnson is calling men’s basketball for BTN all winter long. We clip and post his best calls and archive them here during games, so bookmark the page and come back all season right up through the Big Ten tourney. Right now, watch Johnson call Drew Crawford’s powerful one-handed slam and get all of his best calls from Sunday night’s Northwestern-Purdue game in this post.

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Purdue's Johnson goes into stands, hits teardrop

Purdue's Terone Johnson

Terone Johnson Save and Bucket

Purdue’s Matt Painter has been challenging his players to show more effort. Terone Johnson exhibited just the kind of hustle his coach is seeking Sunday night. On one particular play, Johnson went into the crowd to save a loose ball and suffered a pretty nasty spill in the process. After a few seconds on the ground, Johnson got up and found his way back on the court. Making the play even better, Johnson got the ball back, drove the lane and hit a teardrop. It was quite a sequence. Watch it here. If you’re thinking you’ve seen a Boiler make a similar play, you’re right. Dru Anthrop put on a balancing act there in December.

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Payne propels No. 12 MSU past No. 3 OSU

Michigan State's Adreian Payne

Adreian Payne Stuffs It

In one of the biggest tests of his career, Adreian Payne played his best game as No. 12 Michigan State upset No. 3 Ohio State on Saturday at Value City Arena (AP recap). The sophomore big man scored a career-high 15 points, including 11 in the first half, went a perfect 6 of 6 from the field and frustrated Ohio State star Jared Sullinger. The 15-point night marked Payne’s first consecutive double-digit games — he tallied 12, which matched a career-high, Wednesday against Penn State. Watch two of Payne’s most impressive points, as he slams home Draymond Green’s missed shot. Speaking of Payne, he had a nice alley-oop in the aforementioned Penn State win.

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