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2:30 PMBig Ten Women's Basketball: Quarterfinal #2 Purdue vs. Iowa
Quarterfinal #2 Purdue vs. Iowa
4:30 PMThe Journey: Big Ten Basketball
Profile on Michigan's Derrick Walton who has tackled the task of filling Trey Burke's shoes, see the special bond between Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery and his brother, & why Indiana basketball plays such a big role in John Mellencamp's life. Plus game highlights from Wisconsin/Iowa and MSU/Michigan
March 26, 2005, forever will hold a special place in Illinois men’s basketball fans’ hearts. It was on this day, after all, that the top-ranked Illini pulled off one of the more memorable comebacks in NCAA tourney history (AP recap). Down 15 points with four minutes left in the Chicago Regional final against No. 3 seed Arizona, Illinois rallied all the way back to force overtime, where it carded an unforgettable 90-89 victory. Watch a video of the unbelievable comeback in this post.
Ohio State’s Lenzelle Smith Jr. took a shot to the face in Saturday night’s Elite Eight win over Syracuse (AP recap), and the eye looks a lot worse than one that required only three stitches. See a picture of Smith’s swollen eye, courtesy of @OSUADAthComm, plus photos of the injury, in this post.
Indiana commit Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, a five-star point guard and the No. 17 overall player in his class, according to Rivals, had quite the (lucky) play in a recent state semifinal game for Park Tudor HS (Ind.). Let’s just say it was a heady pass, in that Ferrell left his feet, threw the ball off an opponent’s forehead, right to a teammate under the basket for an easy lay-up. Just as he planned it, right? Watch the video in this post.
It’s been a while since Indiana made it to the Sweet 16. The year was 2002, to be exact, and the Hoosiers advanced all the way to the national title game, where they lost to Maryland. Considering that, plus the program’s recent struggles, it comes as no surprise that Indiana was in the celebrating mood following its exciting comeback victory over VCU on Saturday night (recap). Watch the Hoosiers celebrate their long-awaited Sweet 16 berth in this post.
The goal of Big Ten football teams every season is simple: Play in the Rose Bowl. Wisconsin and Bret Bielema have had the honor of playing in the “Granddady of Them All” each of the past two seasons. While neither visit to Pasadena yielded a win, the lure of the rose is impossible to resist. As you can see from this photo, Bielema and his better half, Jennifer Hielsberg, incorporated his favorite flower into their wedding cake following Saturday’s private ceremony. Look at all those roses!
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 Victor Oladipo’s drive and highlight-reel jam and get all of his call from Sunday’s Purdue-Indiana game in this post.
Winning on the road in the Big Ten is never easy. Doing it in back-to-back games is even tougher. Doing it with game-winning shots in the final seconds twice, that’s incredibly rare. Ohio State would know. The Buckeyes needed Jared Sullinger’s bucket with less than four seconds left to win at Northwestern on Wednesday and William Buford’s ridiculous jumper with one tick left Sunday at Michigan State. The late wins were as clutch as any this season, as they helped Ohio State claim a share of the Big Ten crown, along with Michigan and Michigan State. Watch Buford’s shot now and see Sullinger’s in this post.
Nebraska is very proud of its state-of-the-art Pinnacle Bank Arena, scheduled to open for the 2013-14 basketball season, and it’s easy to see why. The $179-million facility is a significant upgrade from the Huskers’ current home, the Bob Deveaney Sports Center. Among the perks, it includes 36 Founders and Executive Suites, 900 club seats and 73 concession points of sale. Read more about the arena at Huskers.com. Said Nebraska Associate Athletic Director Paul Meyer: “I think this gives us a chance, as a basketball program, to put ourselves on the map.” Watch a N’Side Nebraska feature on the arena now.
Put Minnesota’s Rodney Williams in a dunk contest against pretty much anyone, and he’s going to hold his own. What about 2011 NBA Dunk Contest winner Blake Griffin? Who knows how the Minnesota junior would fair against arguably the best dunker, but BTN color commentator Eddie Johnson made this interesting comment about one of Williams’ two highlight-reel jams Saturday: “That had Blake Griffin written all over it.” You know what? It did — only Williams actually dunked it. Watch Williams’ ridiculous jam now and compare it to Griffin’s in this post. Also, watch Williams’ alley-oop Saturday in this post.
Right before halftime of Nebraska’s game against Iowa in the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament on Friday, Nebraska’s Lindsey Moore brought the fans to their feet with a nifty last-second shot as the Huskers cut the Hawkeyes’ lead to 36-33. The junior guard took an Iowa turnover, dribbled up the floor and past defenders, then headed toward the center of the court before launching a long bomb to beat the buzzer. We’ve been building up our “Did You See This?” archive all year. If you liked Moore’s fantastic shot, you’ll want to see all of the others.
We’ve all been to sporting events where entertainers show of their skills during short breaks in the action or at halftime. During the halftime break of Thursday’s Big Ten Women’s Tournament game between Nebraska and Northwestern, one entertainer’s performance veered a little off course. Watch the video here. That disc-catching dog missed one deep throw and veered off into the Wildcat cheerleaders, who were seated on the baseline of the court. But as you can see, the dog was all business and went right back out on the court to finish the show.
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.
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.
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.