Big Ten Tournament: Sights and Sounds

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Despite IU’s 3rd-round exit, the Big Ten Tournament at the United Center in Chicago is always a spectacle to behold. Within five days, 14 teams come and go with only one hoisting the trophy on Sunday.

The first three days, the games are rapid fire, one after another, giving fans plenty of basketball to take in.

Through the thousands of fans that walk through the United Center turnstiles, to the hundreds of media members and UC workers who roam the undercarriage of the arena, there’s a lot to take in–here are some of the highlights.

 

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Here’s WIUX’s view of the court from our broadcast position. Clearly, it was a great, unobstructed view. We broadcasted from the radio booth where the hockey announcers normally sit for Blackhawks games.

 

 

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Seats from press row, however, were a bit closer. Media members were lucky enough to have two rows to themselves right on the floor. This provided an unobstructed view of all the games and allowed us the best seats in the house.

 

 

 

Wisconsin warming up before the championship

Wisconsin warming up before the championship

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Press row put you right at the action.

Sometimes, you’d see some familiar faces:

Former NBA and Duke player, and current CBS announcer, Grant Hill

Former NBA and Duke player, and current CBS announcer, Grant Hill

Grant Hill, Tom Izzo, and Bill Raftery before the Championship game

Grant Hill, Tom Izzo, and Bill Raftery before the Championship game

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halftime shows were all over the board in talent:

Fluffy dogs doing tricks

Fluffy dogs doing tricks

The world famous firecrackers.

The world famous firecrackers.

Some artifacts from the Chicago Blackhawks:

The organ played during Blackhawks games

The organ played during Blackhawks games

 

There were only two locker rooms, so teams came right from their hotel to the stadium before their game:

 

Here’s our view of the last second shot of MSU’s Branden Dawson before overtime of the championship game:

At the end of the championship game, confetti rained down:

Confetti to celebrate a Wisconsin win

Confetti to celebrate a Wisconsin win

At the end of the tournament, the United Center sits and waits in the dark, eager for its next event to begin.

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