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Saturday was a big day at Ohio Stadium. Not only did Ohio State beat heated rival Michigan to clinch a perfect 12-0 season, the school celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the 2002 national championship team. And yes, the festivities included Jim Tressel, the former coach responsible for the current team’s NCAA probation. That didn’t matter on this day, as the Ohio State faithful gave Tressel a rousing ovation. Watch the fans shower Tressel with love now.
Entering the season, we heard a lot about how Michigan State big man Adreian Payne had extended his range. That may be true, but Payne spends most of his time down low, and for good reason. In Sunday’s 69-41 victory over Texas Southern, the 6-foot-10 junior threw down two highlight-reel dunks. Watch his alley-oop on the inbound pass now and see his athletic and powerful putback of a missed 3-pointer in this post.
Saturday was a special day at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. Not only was it Senior Day, the game marked the 500th, and final at Memorial Stadium, of Tom Osborne’s career at Nebraska. The former head coach and current athletic director will retire Jan. 1, 2013, and the school honored him and the team’s seniors Saturday. Watch the school’s halftime tribute to Osborne now, plus see the day’s other tributes in this post.
BTN color analyst Chris Martin asked for it, and he got it on the very next play. After Indiana running back Stephen Houston received two carries in the first half of Indiana’s game at Penn State on Saturday, Martin begged for Houston to get involved prior to a 1st-and-10 play early in the third quarter. And guess what happened seconds later?Yep, Houston scored. See exactly what Martin said in this video.
This is not the way Penn State’s Michael Mauti wanted to leave Beaver Stadium, perhaps, for the final time in his career. Already having suffered a pair of knee surgeries, Mauti left Saturday’s game on a cart after injuring his left knee. Mauti is a fan favorite, both for his incredible play and leadership, so it’s no surprise the Penn State faithful gave him a standing ovation and chanted his name as he left the field. Watch the ovation now and see the injury in this post.
By all accounts, few things went wrong for No. 1 Indiana during its blowout win over Sam Houston State on Thursday night. In Tom Crean’s postgame interview with BTN’s Jim Jackson, the Indiana coach stressed how his team him with the sustained effort from his team for the entire game. That’s why we hope his players didn’t give their coach a hard time about one specific mishandling of the gum near the end of the win.
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There were plenty of highlights during No. 5 Michigan’s 91-54 victory over IUPUI on Monday night at Crisler Center. One would be hard pressed to find two better ones than Tim Hardaway Jr.’s coast-to-coast slam dunk or Jon Horford’s powerful two-handed flush. Watch Hardaway’s dunk now and see Horford’s in this post.
No matter what happens from here on out, Michigan wide receiver Roy Roundtree will be remembered for his catch in Saturday’s game vs. Northwestern. The 53-yard tip reception was jaw-dropping regardless of the game situation, but it was all the more ridiculous because it set up Michigan’s game-tying field goal with two seconds left at Michigan Stadium. The Wolverines, of course, went on to win the game in overtime.
Wisconsin running backs Montee Ball and James White torched Indiana’s defense in Saturday’s 62-14 win, to the tune of 359 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Ball and White had their share of help on the ground, too, as the Badgers racked up a school-record and Memorial Stadium-record 564 yards, not to mention seven rushing touchdowns. Watch every one of Wisconsin’s rushing scores in this video.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 25 points – including career point No. 1,000 – and grabbed 10 rebounds and Trey Burke added 21 points as they teamed up to lead No. 5 Michigan to a 100-62 victory over Slippery Rock on Friday at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor.
Few things in sports top the reaction to a goal in soccer. From Andres Cantor’s iconic call to the players’ funny, creative and, at times, embarrassing celebrations, it’s plenty of reason to watch. Indiana’s Eriq Zavaleta came up with quite the celebration following his goal in Thursday’s double-overtime draw with Northwestern. We’re not going to spoil the surprise, so go ahead and be delighted by Zavaleta’s celebration in this video.
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Coaches will go to extreme measures to pump up their players. We saw a perfect example of it prior to Saturday afternoon’s Penn State-Purdue football game. There, on the sideline of Ross-Ade Stadium, Penn State strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald took off his shirt and did a belly flop, of sorts, to get his players excited. It seemed to work, as Penn State cruised 34-9. Watch Fitzgerald in action now.
Here are a few individual highlights from Michigan’s exhibition game on Thursday night, including Glenn Robinson III with the steal and coast-to-coast drive for the jam against Northern Michigan. There was also an alley-oop from Tim Hardaway Jr. to Robinson. Michigan won the game 83-47 and Spike Albrecht led the Wolverines with 16 points. For game stats and notes, check out the GameTracker on MGoBlue.com.
Michigan State sophomore Branden Dawson suffered a season-ending knee injury in the final week of the regular season last year. How does he look on the surgically repaired knee? Well, if Michigan State’s exhibition opener against Northwood on Tuesday night is any indication, Dawson will be just fine. Watch the Spartan throw down on the opening tip now and see a couple of his other highlight-reel slam dunks in this post.
You may never see a more awkward buzzer-beater than the one Ohio State’s Aaron Craft hit at the end of the first half in Tuesday’s exhibition win over Walsh. Consider the mess that occurred before Craft beat the buzzer: There was a loose ball following an errant 3-pointer, which led to Walsh attempting to save the ball from going out of bounds, which led to Sam Thompson trying to do the same before finding Craft, who dribbled backward, to the left and then to the right before finally getting a shot off that touched seemingly every part of the rim before falling.
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Halloween is Wednesday, so we can expect to see a bunch of fans dressed up in costume during Week 9 across Big Ten stadiums. At Penn State, one fan is headed to the game as the Joe Paterno statue that used to sit outside Beaver Stadium. The statue, plus the entire memorial to the former coach, was removed in the wake of the child sex abuse case.
During Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day, first-year Nebraska men’s basketball coach Tim Miles had a playful moment with the press. He took out his phone and took a panoramic photo of the media in the room, then posted it to the Internet via his Twitter account @CoachMiles. See the picture and the tweet in the rest of this post.
We met him as Mon-TEE Ball. He corrected us this summer and said it’s Mon-TAY. Now, he’s back to Mon-TEE, the pronunciation we used last year when he tied the single-season FBS record for touchdowns (39) and was a Heisman finalist. To be clear, the whole thing is more superstition than anything. After a slow start, Ball is running like the Mon-TEE of old. So coaches and players joke they don’t want to see Mon-TAY again. Ball is just playing along.
If you’re an Indiana basketball fan, you’ll love the IUAthletics YouTube video in this post. Even if you don’t like Indiana, you’ll enjoy the editing and execution. The video is called “Then and Now,” and as the fans who saw it tip off Saturday’s “Hoosier Hysteria” can attest, it blends Indiana’s rich history with the current roster, in photos and video. Cody Zeller and Will Sheehey on the bench as Bob Knight tosses the chair? Check. Damon Bailey passing to Victor Oladipo? Check.
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If you haven’t heard, there’s a pretty big game at Ryan Field this afternoon. Northwestern (6-1, 2-1) hosts Nebraska (4-2, 1-1) at 3:30 p.m., and the Wildcats can’t wait for the huge Legends Division battle to arrive. In fact, the guys over at NUAthletics YouTube page published a really cool video of the sunrise at Ryan Field early Saturday. Watch the full timelapse video in this post.
How are you carving your pumpkin this Halloween? A couple of dedicated Ohio State fans may have an idea for you. During the Ohio State-Indiana game on Saturday night, BTN cameras spotted two Buckeye fans wearing pumpkins on their heads that they carved and decorated as Ohio State helmets. It was pretty awesome. Check out the picture in this post.
Minnesota running back Donnell Kirkwood is a powerful runner, and he showed it Saturday afternoon. In the second quarter of Minnesota’s home game against Northwestern, Kirkwood delivered such a blow to a defender that his helmet decal came flying off. It’s something you have to see to believe. Watch the rare equipment malfunction now.
Purdue basketball fans were treated to a surprise musical performance at Friday night’s Tip-off Before Kick-off. The “performer” was Dirk Hunter. Actually, it was Purdue senior D.J. Byrd, in costume, acting as a fake country artist. Byrd pulled off the alias for about four minutes before he took off his shirt and revealed a No. 21 Purdue jersey. He then took off his cowboy hat and wig, and Purdue fans erupted when they noticed it was Byrd. Watch Byrd entertain the crowd at Mackey Arena now
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The “Midnight Madness” event at Michigan State has become an entertainment spectacle each year, and this season was no exception. For Friday night’s event, Michigan State’s coach Tom Izzo makes his latest dramatic entrance after an introduction where his daughter pleads, “This year, you cannot embarrass me.” Let’s hope she’s a fan of “The Avengers.” Watch this video to see how Izzo (with a little help) saves a kidnapped Sparty before landing in Michigan State’s arena to the dulcet tones of Black Sabbath: “I am Iron Man/ Has he lost his mind/ Can he see or is he blind/ Can he walk at all/ Or if he moves will he fall?” Well done, Michigan State. Well done. But does Izzo get to keep the suit? Watch more highlights from Friday’s events at Michigan State, Purdue, and Minnesota.
On tonight’s episode of “The Big Ten Pulse” at 6:30 p.m. ET, Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle discuss Ohio State’s 63-point outburst against Nebraska and why Rackley thinks Ohio State might be capable of even more. Speaking of Ohio State, did you see the viral video of The Ohio State Marching Band from Saturday? We’ve added it in this post below, as well as more details about tonight’s TV show.