Gus Johnson was scheduled to call tonight’s 6 p.m. Iowa-Michigan basketball showdown on the Big Ten Network, but Winter Storm Janus kept him from making the trip to Ann Arbor, Mich.
Instead, Eric Collins will fill in as the play-by-play man.
But it was another nationally known broadcaster from another network that made headlines, especially among Hawkeye fans Wednesday, more than five hours before tip-off.
ESPN’s Jay Bilas tweeted that he thought the 10th-ranked Hawkeyes could win it all. Not just the Big Ten – the NCAA championship.
I've just watched every Iowa game since December. The Hawkeyes are as good as ANYONE. This is an underrated team good enough to win it all.— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) January 22, 2014
That’s high praise. BIlas is one of college basketball’s most respected TV analysts.
Iowa, which is off to a 15-3 start and its highest ranking since Jan. 1, 2002, hasn’t won a Big Ten title since 1978-79. Its last trip to the Final Four was in 1980. The Hawkeyes have never won the NCAA basketball tournament.
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