Yes it's only the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, yes it's not March Madness... but still, how great is it to hear Gus Johnson call a buzzer-beater in March once again? Brandon Paul hits this shot at the buzzer on Thursday to send Illinois into the Big Ten quarterfinals and defeat Minnesota 51-49 and Gus into his trademark histrionics with a great call. ("WELCOME TO THE BIG TEN!") Gus Johnson has been in Europe the past month launching his career as a soccer announcer, and I admire his boldness in going on a completely new and challenging journey (although he admits he misses calling the NCAA Tournament)... but this is where his true calling lies.
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...
John Groce's teams have a way turning it on for the postseason.
In Groce's four seasons at Ohio, the Bobcats went to the NCAA tournament twice, racking up wins over Georgetown in 2010 and Michigan in 2012 before losing a close one to North Carolina in the Sweet 16.
He's about to find out if his Illinois Illini have that kind of postseason fire in them.
Now this is Big Ten basketball. With his Illinois’ Fighting Illini team being tied up with the Minnesota Golden Golphers, Brandon Paul decided to take over the game and end it all with a buzzer beater. With the first game of the Big Ten tournament ending in classic fashion, I’m excited to see how the [...]
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