Gus Johnson Makes 'Barn' Debut Thursday for Illinois-Minnesota
Jan. 29, 2009
Chicago, Ill. - In his prolific broadcasting career, one historic college basketball venue that Gus Johnson has never visited is Williams Arena, better known at the University of Minnesota as "The Barn." That streak ends on Thursday night for the Big Ten Network play-by-play announcer. Johnson will team with Shon Morris to call the Illinois-Minnesota game at 9 PM ET on the Big Ten Network.
"I've always found it interesting to watch (Minnesota's) games on TV because the crowd always seems so electric. Then they have that raised court - I've seen that for many years and have always been intrigued by that set-up," Johnson said. "This is a game for both teams to see how good they actually are. Both teams have five (conference) wins and you need nine, 10 wins in the conference to earn an at-large bid [into the NCAA tournament], so this is a huge game for both teams."