Hey, Illinois basketball fans, we hope you don’t have any plans tonight. Why? Because we’re airing the Valparaiso-Illinois game at 7:30 p.m. ET. And following the final buzzer, at approximately 9:30 ET, it’s the debut of “Big Ten Elite: 2005 Illinois Basketball.” Yeah, that was kind of a fun season. Watch a preview clip to the show now.
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Tonight on “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013” presented by Best Buy our crew continues to take you inside Big Ten football programs with exclusive looks at the players and the coaches. Find out how Nebraska quarterback Ron Kellogg’s life changed forever with one throw – you remember it, right? – and experience the meeting room where Indiana plans it’s high-powered offense. Plus, we’ll also show you a special Wisconsin Badgers football helmet and our weekly highlights from BYU-Wisconsin and Illinois-Indiana.
The college hoop season opened last Friday, but it REALLY opened last night with that big double-header that featured No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 2 Michigan State. Let’s start daily links there. The Spartans delivered a nice salvo to the rest of the nation with their victory over the mighty Wildcats. What did the win mean? Well, it’s November, so not much. But MSU will become the No. 1 team in the nation. And, the victory showed the preseason hype is justified.
On Tuesday night’s #BTNLive, hosted by Mike Hall, Stanley Jackson and Jon Jansen, former Ohio State quarterback Cornelius Green (once “Greene”) talked about his perspective on the 1973 Ohio State-Michigan game, which will be featured in the upcoming BTN Originals documentary “Tiebreaker.” Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and Iowa running back Jordan Canzeri also joined the show. Aranda told Hall who the unsung heroes of the Wisconsin defense are and talked about the challenge the unit faces this weekend against Indiana. Canzeri discussed his breakout performance against Purdue. Listen to all three interviews in this post.
College basketball took center stage in the sports world Tuesday night as four of the nation’s top five teams were in action at the Champions Classic in Chicago. Michigan State edged out Kentucky in the first game of the night, 78-74, while Kansas got the best of Duke in the nightcap, 94-83. Let’s go ahead and point out the top moments from what was an unforgettable night of college hoops.
There is no doubt Michigan State is one of the top teams throughout college basketball this season. But that dosen’t mean there weren’t plenty of questions surrounding the Spartans heading into this season. Who would fill the role of departed center Derrick Nix? Will either of the two freshmen make an impact? How will the new rules implemented play into the way Tom Izzo wants to play defensively?