BTN Communications, January 8, 2015


CHICAGO - BTN?s Emmy-nominated signature series, The Journey, returns for its sixth basketball season to provide fans an unprecedented behind-the-scenes view of the conference?s brightest stars. The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2015 debuts at 10:30 PM ET Sunday, immediately following the Illinois at Nebraska men?s basketball game.

Over the past few seasons, The Journey team has shared a number of incredible stories, including the surprise surprise heartfelt reunion of former Illinois center Meyers Leonard with his brother Bailey, a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, and Iowa?s tribute to the late Hawkeye great, Chris Street.

?The Big Ten is full of compelling and inspiring stories, and we look forward to another exciting season of Big Ten Basketball,? said Bill Friedman, coordinating producer of BTN Originals. ?We are extremely proud of the features we have aired through the years, and feel privileged to have the chance to tell the stories of the student-athletes and coaches that make Big Ten basketball special.?

On the season premiere, fans will find out how Wisconsin?s Frank Kaminsky has emerged into one of the nation?s elite. The show will also feature Nebraska?s Terran Petteway and Shavon Shields as the Huskers look to build on the success of last year, and will profile Maryland?s Melo Trimble, a standout freshman who elected to stay close to home and has spearheaded the Terrapins strong start.

The 10-episode series culminates with a one-hour special dedicated to the 2015 Big Ten Men?s Basketball Tournament in March.  For more information on upcoming episodes, visit Fans can also follow The Journey: Big Ten Basketball on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Following Sunday?s season premiere of The Journey is the debut of episode two in BTN Originals newest show, A Taste of Coaching with Seth Davis. The episode features Iowa?s Fran McCaffery, Notre Dame?s Mike Brey, Baylor?s Scott Drew and Oklahoma?s Lon Kruger.


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