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Big Ten Elite: '89 Michigan hoops show airs tonight

Tonight at 10 p.m. ET BTN Originals presents a new episode of Big Ten Elite presented by Chase featuring the 1989 National Champion Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball team. The show looks back at an unforgettable season in Ann Arbor that saw the Wolverines, led by Glen Rice, overcome the adversity of head coach Bill Frieder leaving to take the Arizona State head job just prior to the start of the 1989 NCAA Tournament. The show will also be available live on BTN2Go. Interim head coach Steve Fisher rode the hot hand of Rice throughout a remarkable run to the Final

Tonight on BTN: 'Big Ten Elite: 2005 Illinois Basketball'

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. [ MORE: Track Wednesday night’s Big Ten hoops action ] Illinois enters tonight’s game with a 2-0 record, having dropped Alabama State and Jacksonville State to open the season. View Illinois’ team stats and 2013-14 schedule.

Big Ten Elite Q&A: Chuck Long & Ben Clymer

This weekend, BTN Originals rolls out two new episodes of Big Ten Elite. Highlighting some of the most legendary Big Ten teams in history, tonight’s episode will profile the national champion 1979 Minnesota Gopher hockey team and Saturday night will feature the 1985 Rose Bowl-winning Iowa Hawkeye football team. “There are a lot of memorable teams to choose from, and there is no exact formula, but we like to profile teams that even years later fans will say, ‘Oh yeah I remember that great team,’ and then they can instantly rattle off three of the top players, and three of

Big Ten Elite profiles 1985 Iowa football

On Saturday right after Iowa’s football game against Northwester, BTN airs the latest “Big Ten Elite,” which profiles the 1985 Iowa Football team. Led by Head Coach Hayden Fry and senior quarterback Chuck Long, the Hawkeyes won their second Big Ten Title in a five-year span and headed to the Rose Bowl. The one hour show included extended interviews with Fry, Long, linebacker Larry Station, then assistant coaches Kirk Ferentz and Bob Stoops, and kicker Rob Houghtlin among others. In the clip in this post, watch several people describe Iowa football before Fry arrived and then hear Fry himself describe

Next on Big Ten Elite: 1979 Minnesota hockey

On Friday night at 10:30 p.m. ET BTN airs “Big Ten Elite: 1979 Minnesota hockey” right after the Boston College-Minnesota men’s hockey game at 8 p.m. ET. Watch it to learn more about Minnesota coach Herb Brooks and one of the best college hockey teams ever to take the ice for Minnesota’s storied program. Brooks had a roster full of homegrown Minnesota players – several of whom would play key roles on the 1980 US Olympic hockey team – and the 1979 Gophers team skated to a third national title in a six-year span. This one-hour show includes extended interviews

Next on Big Ten Elite: 2000 Purdue football

Drew Brees is one of the most popular NFL quarterbacks of this generation. But Brees first made a name for himself during his record-setting college career at Purdue. On Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, “Big Ten Elite” profiles the 2000 Purdue football team. In this documentary program, we look back at all the unforgettable moments that led to the Boilermakers’ Big Ten Championship season, the program’s first since 1966. Brees led Purdue to an 8-4 record in 2000, including a perfect 7-0 mark at home. He closed out his career at Purdue with 11,792 passing yards and 90 touchdown passes,

Next on Big Ten Elite: 1986 Penn State football

Penn State has one of the most storied football programs not only in the Big Ten, but throughout the entire country. On Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, “Big Ten Elite” profiles the 1986 Penn State national championship team. In this documentary program, we look back at all the unforgettable moments that led to the Nittany Lions’ perfect 12-0 season. Senior captain Shane Conlin, a two-time All-American, led Penn State’s dominant defensive attack that year. The Nittany Lions’ senior captain recorded two interceptions in Penn State’s unforgettable 14-10 victory over Miami in the Fiesta Bowl. That Miami team featured former Heisman

'Elite' profiles Indiana's 1981 hoops squad

In our season’s first basketball episode of “Big Ten Elite” on Friday at 10 p.m. ET right after the Indiana-Bryant men’s basketball on BTN/BTN2Go, we take a close look at at the second Bob Knight’s three national championship teams at Indiana. Just two years prior, Indiana didn’t qualify for the NCAA Tournament. But with the arrival of star point guard Isiah Thomas the Hoosiers were back among the nation’s elite. The Hoosiers finished the season with a 26-9 overall record and a 14-4 mark in the league for a Big Ten title. In the NCAA Championship game, the Hoosiers beat

'Elite' profiles 1995 Wildcats football team

Tonight’s episode of “Big Ten Elite” at 8 p.m. ET (and again at 10 p.m.) profiles of one of the greatest rags-to-riches stories in recent college football history. When Gary Barnett arrived on campus and announced that Northwestern fans and players should “expect victory,” few thought he could live up to that proclamation. But in 1995 the Northwestern Wildcats authored a season for the ages. Beginning with a season-opening upset of Notre Dame in South Bend, the Wildcats continued to surprise week after week to finish the Big Ten season undefeated and earn their first trip to Pasadena since 1949.

Next 'Elite' episode profiles 1994 Nebraska football

In 1994, Nebraska was years away from joining the Big Ten. On Tuesday, “Big Ten Elite” celebrates the history of the Big Ten’s newest member by profiling Tom Osborne’s first national championship football team. In this look back, we see how this ended years of near misses for the Big Red. Tommie Frazier was the spark plug that ran the Nebraska offense but an injury sidelined him during the season. Backup QB Brook Berringer filled in admirably and kept the Cornhuskers marching toward a perfect season. Riding the explosive combination of a dynamite run game and a speedy Blackshirts defense,