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Day 2 of Big Ten Tournament action here in Chicago was another entertaining affair. With the Top 4 teams all in action, there was sure to be high-powered drama at the United Center.
The first game of the day put the top seed in the tournament, the Indiana Hoosiers, against the Illinois Fighting Illini, who made it to Friday thanks to Brandon Paul’s heroics. On this day however, things would shake out just a little bit differently. Paul finished with 16 points, but only went 2-of-13 from the field. Led by First Team All Big Ten forward Cody Zeller, the Hoosiers looked solid throughout the day. To their credit, Illinois would not go away as Tracy Abrams had 16 points for the Illini. Zeller finished the day with 24 points and nine rebounds and National Player of the Year candidate Victor Oladipo finished with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds as the Hoosiers downed the Illini 80-64.
In the second game of the day, the Michigan Wolverines went up agains...
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It wouldn't be March without a classic freak out by college basketball announcer Gus Johnson and a first-round game of the men's Big Ten basketball tournament provided us with another classic Gus moment.
With Minnesota and Illinois tied up at 51, Illinois Brandon Paul hit a fadeaway jump shot to win the game for the Fighting Illini.
Then, Gus did usually magic to make...
March Madness is here, and we get a little taste of Gus Johnson, thanks to Big 10 Network. The Illinois Fighting Illini and the Minnesota Golden Gophers are both on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament and battled today in the first game of the Big 10 Conference Tournament. It was tied 49-49 as time was ticking down and Brandon Paul launched a fadeaway jumper as the clock ticked down...
There were no thrills from Brandon Paul in this one, no last-second jumpers to send Illinois to the next round.
The Fighting Illini bowed out of the Big Ten tournament. Now, they'll wait to see where the NCAA sends them.
Cody Zeller scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead No. 3 Indiana past Illinois 80-64 Friday in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament....
Tied at 49-49, Brandon Paul had his chance to be a hero for the Fighting Illini. After dribbling down the clock to about four seconds, Paul broke down his Minnesota defender, crossing over to his left before pulling up for about a 15-footer — of course, it was nothing but net. Gus Johnson had the call — here’s a video: Brandon Paul buzzer-beater! 51-49 Illinois final. Fitting...
CHICAGO - Cody Zeller scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead No. 3 Indiana past Illinois 80-64 Friday in the Big Ten quarterfinals.
CHICAGO — Tom Crean, Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo and Christian Watford met with the media following Indiana’s 80-64 win over Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals at the United Center.
Watch the complete press conference below and read a complete transcript after the jump:
THE MODERATOR: We’ll go ahead and get started with an opening statement from coach.
Cody Zeller scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead
No. 3 Indiana past Illinois 80-64 Friday in the Big Ten
Christian Watford, Cody Zeller, Jordan Hulls and Victor Oladipo met with the media on Sunday evening at Assembly Hall to discuss the Hoosiers’ selection as the No. 1 seed in the East region for the NCAA Tournament.
Watch and listen to their comments in the embedded media players below:
CHICAGO — Indiana advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 2006 with an 80-64 win over Illinois on Friday afternoon at the United Center.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from IU’s comfortable win over the Fighting Illini:
· Indiana’s balance reigns supreme: When the Hoosiers are at their best offensively, the ball is moving and that...
By Cakes Fisher
Big 10 Bureau Reporter
The Chicago river is getting greener, and hoops action continues in the Windy City, quarterfinals action tips off today at Noon (EST) on ESPN. Yesterday, The first game in afternoon and evening session provided the best action. Eighth seed Illinois beating ninth seed Minnesota on a last second Jordanesque fade away by Brandon Paul in the afternoon...
Photo via Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Thoughts on a 68-56 loss to the Badgers:
CHICAGO — Another shot at the Badgers for Tom Crean’s Hoosiers, and a frustratingly familiar result. Indiana had its chances to finally put together the Wisconsin puzzle, but it still remains unsolved with Indiana left picking up the pieces.
Jared Berggren worked hard and denied Cody Zeller...
Indiana's coach believes his team has already made a definitive claim to receive a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Even if that's true, the third-ranked Hoosiers still need two more wins this weekend if they want to add their first-ever Big Ten tournament championship to a season that has seen the school's first outright conference title in 20 years.
One of those...
CHICAGO — The mood was somber in IU’s locker room following the Hoosiers’ 68-56 loss to Wisconsin in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals on Saturday afternoon.
Inside the Hall caught up with Christian Watford, Cody Zeller, Jordan Hulls, Remy Abell, Victor Oladipo, Will Sheehey and Yogi Ferrell following IU’s exit at the United Center for postgame reaction.
Watch and listen...
Indiana is standing tall again as the top seed in the Big Ten tournament after winning its first outright conference title in two decades.
In order to continue their quest of winning the conference tournament for the first time since the Big Ten started holding the event in 1998, the third-ranked Hoosiers must get past a team that handed them one of their four league losses this...