March 16, 2008
Welcome to the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Blog.
TOURNEY PREVIEW: BTN's Dave Revsine, Gene Keady and Jim Jackson
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT BRACKET: Updated
LIVE POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE: Courtesy Big Ten Network
Drew Neitzel, Michigan State
Demetri McCamey, Illinois
Shaun Pruitt, Illinois
Michael Flowers, Wisconsin
Marcus Landry, Wisconsin
MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER: Marcus Landry, Wisconsin
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT ATTENDANCE
Session 1: 13,852
Session 2: 15,355
Session 3: 18,691 (SELLOUT)
Session 4: 17,520
Session 5: 14,579
HELLO ONE MILLION! After welcoming 969,038 patrons in its first decade, the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament broke the one-million barrier in total attendance with a sellout crowd of 18,691 during Friday night's session at Conseco Fieldhouse. Through three sessions of this year's event, the Big Ten has welcomed 47,898 fans to boost the all-time tournament attendance to 1,016,936. MORE>>>
FRIDAY CHAT WITH FORMER BT TOURNEY STANDOUT LUKE RECKER
Luke Recker began his Big Ten career at Indiana, but joined the Iowa Hawkeyes late in his collegiate career. In 2002, Recker hit game-winning buzzer-beaters against Big Ten co-champs Wisconsin and Indiana on consecutive days of the Big Ten Tournament to lead No. 9 seed Iowa to the championship game. On Thursday we asked Big Ten blog followers to submit some questions for him to answer. Recker was kind enough to take time out of his busy professional career in Spain to join us today. Click here for his conversation with bigten.org.
HOFFA FOUND...AGAIN! In what will go down as the shot of the Big Ten basketball season, Minnesota's Blake Hoffarber has found himself the hero yet again. Hoffarber, a freshman guard from Minnetonka, Minn., is known for making incredible shots. In 2005, he made this game-winner from the seat of his pants in what was called the "most amazing basketball shot ever." He won an ESPN ESPY Award for "Best Play of the Year" for his shocking shot. Here is the description from ESPN.com:
His Hopkins High School team was trailing by three points with 2 seconds left in overtime of the Class 4A title game when Hoffarber fell during a fight for a loose ball. It landed square in his hands, and -- sitting on his rear near the baseline -- he hurled a 3-pointer from the floor and tied the game. Hopkins won in double overtime.
Now he has added another thrilling game-winner to his resume. Check out this one from the Big Ten Network recap. Wow, what a shot!
FORMER GOPHER TONY DUNGY IN ATTENDANCE: Former Minnesota Golden Gopher quarterback and current Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy was in attendance Saturday with his son. In 2007, Dungy was Minnesota's representative for the Big Ten's Black History Month campaign. That feature can be found HERE.