It’s no secret that Indiana’s Victor Oladipo is a human highlight-reel, and the high-flying sophomore proved it again Saturday against No. 1 Kentucky. Oladipo, who always knows how to excite the crowd with impressive dunks, did it all by himself versus the defensive-minded Wildcats. From behind the arc, Oladipo drove the lane, blew by a couple defenders and threw down a powerful one-handed jam, posterizing Kentucky’s Darius Miller in the process. Watch the explosive dunk here. In a word, wow!
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.
Purdue freshman Anthony Johnson brought down the house at Mackey Arena on Saturday afternoon. With Purdue leading overmatched Eastern Michigan in the second half, the exciting young guard threw down a huge dunk off of a Robbie Hummel missed 3-pointer. Perhaps the most impressive part of the play, Johnson sprinted in from outside of the arc to send Hummel’s shot down with authority. Watch Johnson’s big-time dunk now.
Just as we did in 2010-2011, we’re archiving Gus Johnson’s greatest calls this season. Johnson called the Big Ten Football Championship for Fox and will call men’s basketball for the Big Ten Network this winter. We will clip and post his best calls and archive them here, so bookmark Johnson’s page and come back all season right up through the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. Here, watch the popular announcer’s calls from Wisconsin’s victory over UNLV.
During Saturday afternoon’s telecast of the Eastern Michigan-Purdue men’s hoops game, former Purdue standout and current NBA player Brian Cardinal joined the BTN telecast. Cardinal, who won the NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks this past season, joined the guys to talk about his successful Purdue career, his future in the NBA and his recent role with his old school, among other things. Watch our entire interview with Cardinal now. As for the game, the Boilermakers drilled EMU, 61-36.
When it comes to the Big Ten’s biggest surprises this men’s hoops season, it doesn’t get much bigger than Wisconsin’s Ben Brust. The sophomore, who managed just 45 minutes last season, was averaging 11.9 points per game entering Wednesday night’s contest against Green Bay. And on Wednesday, Brust ended the first half with a terrific buzzer-beater. Not only did the shot beat the horn, it also was from a highly difficult angle, practically behind the backboard. Watch the shot now.
At halftime of Sunday’s game against Stetson at Assembly Hall, Indiana honored its 1987 national championship team. Star and Big Ten icon Steve Alford was there, as was Keith Smart, the man who hit the game-winning jumper against Syracuse to clinch the national title, among others. Watch now as the school introduced its popular champions to the Assembly Hall faithful Sunday night. And the current Hoosiers treated the 1987 team to an easy 84-50 win. Check out the AP story from the game.
One of the Big Ten’s most underrated stars, Penn State’s Tim Frazier is quietly making a name for himself. The junior point guard entered Sunday night’s game against Mississippi averaging 19.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 2.5 steals per game – all team highs – and he provided two of the louder and more impressive points of his season on a highlight-reel alley-oop. Watch the 6-foot-1 Frazier soar and throw it down against the Rebels now.
Just as we did in 2010-2011, we’re archiving Gus Johnson’s greatest calls this season. Johnson called the Big Ten Football Championship for Fox on Saturday night and will call men’s basketball for the Big Ten Network this winter. We will clip and post his best calls and archive them here, so bookmark Johnson’s page and come back all season right up through the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Want to see an amazing 360-degree dunk off the turnover? Check out Rodney Williams throwing it down late in the first half Saturday against USC right here. Five of the seven Big Ten men’s teams in action won today. Click inside this post to get recaps and links to box scores, plus more video highlights.
Everything went Ohio State’s way in Tuesday night’s 85-63 win over No. 4 Duke in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge (recap). At one point even, point guard Aaron Craft attempted to pass to Jared Sullinger through an opponent’s legs, only to have it deflect off Miles Plumlee’s leg and go right to himself in rhythm for a layup. If you didn’t watch it closely, it almost looked like Craft went five-hole to set himself up for the easy bucket. Either way, it was a great play on a night where it was all Buckeyes.
Indiana freshman Cody Zeller is off to a fabulous start to his college career. The highly touted Mr. Basketball has won each of the conference’s first two Freshman of the Week honors and a third could be on the way when the latest honors are released Monday morning. In Sunday night’s game against back-to-back national runner-up Butler, Zeller went for 16 points, two of which came on this emphatic reverse slam, eight rebounds, two blocks and three steals. It’s easy to see why Indiana fans are so excited about this kid. Watch the big-time dunk now.
If you’re fielding a dunk contest of only 7-footers, there might not be a better contestant than Illinois’ Meyers Leonard. The 7-foot-1 sophomore is an absolute freak of an athlete. People his size aren’t supposed to run the floor and move as smoothly and easily as he does. See what we’re talking about in this video of Leonard bringing down the house at Assembly Hall with a rim-rattling slam. Pretty impressive, huh?
Joe Girardi has had his share of success since leaving Northwestern, the school at which he was a standout baseball player. He has four World Series rings, after all, in addition to playing in one All-Star Game and winning one Manager of the Year award. On Saturday, Girardi was back in Evanston as Northwestern’s honorary captain for the Wildcats’ season finale against Legends Division champ Michigan State. Watch our sideline interview with Girardi now and track the Michigan State-Northwestern game here.
Wisconsin point guard Jordan Taylor is no stranger to making highlight-reel plays, but Friday night the preseason All-America compiled one of the better sequences of his fantastic career. It started with a steal that he converted into a layup, then he stole the ensuing inbound pass and dished to Jared Berggren for a big slam. So, in a matter of 10 seconds, Taylor picked up two steals, two points and an assist. Watch the outstanding sequence here.
Purdue point guard Lewis Jackson stands 5-foot-9, a generous figure to many people who know him. So it comes as no surprise that the senior entered Wednesday’s game with no career dunks. That all changed against Western Michigan, though, as Jackson threw down for the first time in a game. And what a first jam it was. Something tells us Jackson won’t soon forget this poke. Watch the powerful dunk now.
Batman. Spiderman. You name it, there were costumes all over Assembly Hall on Saturday night. Halloween may have been a few weeks ago, but Indiana held “Superhero Night” for its game against Savannah State. The Hoosiers, behind freshman Cody Zeller’s 23 points, cruised to a 94-65 victory in front of the fun atmosphere. Watch a quick montage of some of the best costumes in Assembly Hall now.
At halftime of Purdue’s victory over High Point on Monday night, we aired a quick feature that gave Big Ten fans a behind-the-scenes look at the newly renovated Mackey Arena. From the court to the weight room to the locker room, among several other things, there have been a number of improvements made to Purdue basketball’s home. Everything looks really good, too. Watch the feature, which also includes Boilers talking about Robbie Hummel’s return, now.
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Saturday’s annual Wisconsin-Minnesota game was decided rather early – the Badgers won 42-13 – but there was plenty of late action worth watching on BTN. For example, Goldy the Gopher and Bucky the Badger did a little WWE stunt that delighted the crowd. Oh, and Wisconsin’s Montee Ball set the Big Ten record for touchdowns in a season. Watch the mascots get after it here and see Ball put his name atop the Big Ten record book in this post.
Indiana rolled out the ball on Saturday and coasted to an easy 90-72 victory over the University of Indianapolis. Will Sheehey paced the Hoosiers with 18 points and freshman Cody Zeller added 16 points and eight rebounds. Watch now as former Hoosier and current Los Angeles Clipper Eric Gordon break down the game results. Read the full game recap from IUHoosiers.com.
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There was an unforgettable scene in Iowa City prior to Saturday night’s game against Northwestern, and BTN cameras captured it in its entirety. During the National Anthem, fans at Kinnick Stadium did a card stunt that went from the fans honoring the Red, White and Blue to showing school spirit with “Go Hawks” and Black and Gold. And how appropriate for it to happen with former Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi on the sideline. Job well done, Iowa.
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In case you haven’t gotten a chance to watch the speech that Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins gave at the Media Day Luncheon, here you go.
Learn more about the story of Brock Mealer, who is learning to walk again after being paralyzed in a car accident.
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Luke Rasmussen’s baseball career at the University of Minnesota may be over, but the left-handed pitcher certainly went out on a high note. If you didn’t catch his hilarious lineup introductions during the 2011 Big Ten Baseball Tournament on BTN, you probably don’t know what I’m talking about. Well, here’s the video of it. Pretty classic, huh? Clearly, Rasmussen has a bright future beyond the baseball diamond.
In 2010 and coming off the success of the movie “300,” actor Gerard Butler showed up at Michigan State’s Midnight Madness to rally the Spartan faithful with Tom Izzo.