Michigan’s Zack Novak has a knack for making the all-important plays for the Wolverines. Whether it’s taking a charge, throwing his body on the floor for a loose ball or grabbing a rebound, Novak is does all the little things to help Michigan. In Wednesday night’s game against Northwestern, he did all of the usual things, but he also added a not-so-common highlight-reel slam. In transition, Novak saw a hole in the Wildcats’ defense, and he took advantage with a powerful two-handed jam. Watch the big-time dunk now.
Considering the Michigan football team’s struggles the previous three years, no one could have expected a better result from the 2011 season. After all, in Brady Hoke’s first season at the helm, the Wolverines won 11 games, including their first BCS bowl victory since 2000, after going 15-22 the previous three seasons. The Wolverines, of course, beat Virginia Tech, 23-20, in overtime of the Sugar Bowl earlier this month. And during a break in the action of Wednesday’s men’s basketball game against Northwestern, the school honored its Sugar Bowl champions. Watch David Molk and company get honored now.
Jerel Worthy’s tattoo of a Spartan standing over a Wolverine was cool, but it may no longer be the coolest Spartan-themed ink out there. Michigan State running back Nick Hill has a tattoo on his entire right torso that you’ve got to see to believe. See the picture of Hill’s impressive tat in this post.
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Iowa’s men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery got a little upset during Tuesday’s basketball game between Iowa and Michigan State, and it drew a technical foul from the official with his Hawkeyes down 69-41 to the Spartans. Watch McCaffery’s passionate protest following the call and then see his demonstrative address to his team during the subsequent timeout in yet another installment of “Did You See This?”
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Illinois’ Brandon Paul had a night to remember Tuesday. The junior exploded for 43 points and eight 3-pointers, both career highs, in Illinois’ upset victory over No. 5 Ohio State. He also played his share of defense, with a career-high four blocks and two steals. Basically, he was a star on both ends of the floor. Never was that more evident than on a late sequence where he hit a fadeaway 3-pointer and stuffed preseason Big Ten Player of the Year Jared Sullinger on the ensuing play. Watch the sequence now. Also, check out another one of his blocks and the Twitter reaction to his big night in this post.
Michigan State senior captain Draymond Green doesn’t do a lot of his work high above the rim. No, most of Green’s damage on the offensive end is done with jumpers and inside post moves. That wasn’t the case late in the first half of Michigan State’s game against Iowa on Tuesday night, however. With just under three minutes remaining before halftime, Green ran the floor and got high up to connect with Brandan Kearney on a terrific alley-oop. Watch the alley-oop now and be sure to check out Green’s face on the way back down the floor.
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 of Rodney Williams’ big jam and see all of the announcer’s best calls from Sunday’s Purdue-Minnesota game in this post.
Indiana struggled to put away Penn State late in Sunday’s 88-82 decision. The Nittany Lions never gave up – even after star point guard Tim Frazier fouled out – and Jermaine Marshall was a big reason for that. The sophomore was driving and moving around constantly, and in the final minute he slammed home a powerful dunk, cutting the Indiana lead to four points. To make the dunk all the better, Marshall also posterized Indiana’s Matt Roth on the his way up. Watch Marshall’s slam now.
As part of our continuing series of video gems from around the Big Ten Conference, here’s another from Minnesota. During Wednesday’s home loss against Iowa, Minnesota junior Julian Welch took the ball down the floor and drew a foul on his shot attempt. What happens next in this short clip illustrates just how tough camera operators have to be when they take a position under the hoop. Want to see and share more clips like this? Of course you do.
Give Rodney Williams an inch anywhere near the rim, and he’ll make you look silly. The Minnesota junior has springs in his shoes, something Iowa witnessed in the second half of Wednesday night’s game at Williams Arena. On this particular play, Williams turned a Julian Welch missed 3-pointer into a gem of a highlight. The Hawkeyes forgot to account for Williams on the glass, somehow, and he made them pay with a powerful putback of the errant shot. And Williams hung on the rim for style — and to avoid landing on Zach McCabe, we suppose. Watch the play now.
It’s no secret that Illinois’ Meyers Leonard is blessed with a lot of athleticism. The 7-foot-1 big man moves and leaps unlike most guys his size, and he displayed it once again Wednesday at Northwestern. Late in the first half – a frustrating one for Leonard and the Illini – the breakout sophomore jumped out of the gym on a one-handed slam. Look at how high he got up there. And listen to that rim rattle! As BTN color commentator Shon Morris put it: “I think that rim is going to file assault charges.” Watch the dunk now and see his game-sealing block in this post.
In case you missed it, there was a thrilling and – depending on your allegiance – controversial finish to the Michigan State-Wisconsin men’s hoops game Tuesday night. Trailing by three in overtime, Ryan Evans banked in what looked like a game-tying 3-pointer just as the buzzer sounded. The officials reviewed the call for nearly five minutes, and they eventually waved the basket off, giving Michigan State the 63-60 victory. Watch the shot and all of its replays now.
Tim Hardaway’s son may star in Ann Arbor, but there’s a point guard in East Lansing who can cross it over well enough to make the elder Hardaway smile. Michigan State’ Keith Appling showed off his killer crossover in Tuesday’s thrilling victory at Wisconsin, and he didn’t need the usually required two hands, either. Appling used his left hand only to break ankles and drop jaws – although some people will argue it was a travel. To make the crossover even better, Appling parlayed the move into a driving layup. Watch the move and bucket now.
During Monday’s highly entertaining Rose Bowl, Wisconsin running back Montee Ball attempted a potential highlight-reel hurdle of an Oregon defender. He didn’t fully leap over Oregon’s John Boyett and he wasn’t able to continue running when he landed, but the great effort made for a really cool picture. See a series of photos, courtesy of US Presswire’s Richard Mackson, from the hurdle in this post. Also, read the Rose Bowl game recap.
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 of Tim Hardaway’s clutch shot and see all of his best calls from Sunday’s Minnesota-Michigan game.
There’s a reason Thad Matta says Sam Thompson may be the best athlete he’s ever coached. The freshman has unreal athleticism, and he showcased it in Saturday night’s contest at Indiana. On an inbound play, Thompson broke for the hoop, seemingly jumped out of the gym and completed the alley-oop with a vicious throwdown. You may not see a better dunk all season. Seriously. Check out the ridiculous slam now. Those replays are beautiful, aren’t they?
Indiana’s Victor Oladipo has made himself a regular on our latest feature, “Did You See This?” Well, the Indiana sophomore was at again in Indiana’s upset of No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday night (AP recap), tallying back-to-back steals that led to a pair of easy baskets, including a powerful dunk of his own on the second poach. Watch the terrific 20 seconds of game action from the Indiana sophomore right here. Think he enjoyed hanging on the rim there? We sure think so.
During Saturday afternoon’s Michigan State-Nebraska men’s hoops games, BTN cameras gave viewers a behind-the-scenes look at Nebraska’s new Hendricks Training Complex. The 84,000 square-foot facility is home to the men’s and women’s hoops teams and wrestling team, and it is remarkable. Watch our quick feature of the impressive complex that cost nearly $19 million now. It’s safe to say the Huskers are taking basketball, both men’s and women’s, very seriously after watching this piece.
We post plenty of videos here at BTN.com ranging from TV show excerpts and bonus Web-only clips to game highlights and interviews. We even started some very popular sections called “Did You See This?” and the “Best of Gus Johnson.” As 2011 winds down and 2012 warms up in the bullpen, we dove into the last 12 months of videos to find the most-watched pieces from the past calendar year.
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Any trip to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex these days must include a detour to Cowboys Stadium. Now in its third season, the world’s largest domed stadium cost $1.3 billion to construct, and it used every single penny. The place is impressive on TV, so just imagine what it’s like in person. The Penn State football team knows how majestic the place is, as it toured the famous stadium Wednesday. Penn State faces Houston in the TicketCity Bowl at noon ET Monday at the Cotton Bowl. Watch the team’s tour, courtesy of GOPSUTV’s YouTube page, in this post.
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 of Michigan State big man Derrick Nix leading the Spartans on a fastbreak and catch all of his best calls from Wednesday’s Indiana-Michigan State game in this post.
Everyone’s heard of Alcatraz, but have you ever toured the San Francisco landmark? Illinois football players did just that while in California preparing for Saturday afternoon’s Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl versus UCLA. Go behind the scenes with the Illini as they tour the famous military prison in an IlliniProductionsHD YouTube video in this post.
Michigan State sophomore Keith Appling compiled the greatest game of his young career Wednesday night, tallying a career-high 25 points, six rebounds and seven assists in No. 17 Michigan State’s 80-65 victory over previously undefeated No. 15 Indiana. In addition to the across-the-board excellence, Appling had a couple highlight-reel plays. Watch the guard finish a ridiculous, off-balance and-1 now and check out his emphatic block in this post.
Illinois sophomore Meyers Leonard has been turning heads all season long, but now that the Big Ten season underway, the rest of the Big Ten is about to see what this guy is all about. In Tuesday night’s Big Ten opener against Minnesota, the athletic 7-footer flashed his unusual skills on a highlight-reel alley-oop. Leonard set a pick, rolled to the hoop, and threw down a perfect pass from guard Brandon Paul with relative ease. Watch the play now.
Prior to Tuesday night’s Big Ten opener at Assembly Hall, Illinois coach Bruce Weber allowed BTN cameras inside the Illini locker room for his pregame speech. The behind-the-scenes access resulted in some terrific footage. Watch Weber’s motivational words moments before Illinois took the court against Minnesota in the first Big Ten game of the season. As for the game, the Illini topped the Gophers in double overtime.