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CHICAGO – Ohio State’s Jerry Lucas has been named Big Ten Icon No. 8. The countdown of Big Ten Icons, presented by Discover, continues at 9 PM ET on Sunday, with a profile of the Middletown, Ohio, native who was a three-time All-American, three-time Big Ten Most Valuable Player, two-time National Player of the Year and two-time Final Four MVP for the Buckeyes.  

The episode contains exclusive interviews with Lucas and other members of Ohio State’s 1958-59 dream recruiting class, including John Havlicek and Mel Nowell.

In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, former Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath wrote, “Before there was Bill Bradley, before there was Larry Bird, there was Jerry Lucas.”

To read the full essay on Lucas, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.

Lucas began turning heads at Middletown High School, where he won two state championships. A first-year Ohio State coach by the name of Fred Taylor won the recruiting battle for the two-time state player of the year, who had received more than 150 college scholarship offers.

In his first year on the varsity squad, Lucas led Ohio State to its first national title, defeating defending champion California in the 1960 NCAA Tournament. His performance caught the eye of Golden Bears’ coach Pete Newell, who added Lucas to the 1960 Olympic team that steamrolled to the gold medal in Rome.

Lucas finished his collegiate career averaging 24.3 points and 17.2 rebounds while leading the Buckeyes to an astounding 78-6 mark and three Big Ten titles. For his efforts, he was named Sports Illustrated’s 1962 Sportsman of the Year and selected to the all-century college hoops team in 1999. Lucas called his college years “the most memorable experience” of his life.

In 1973, Lucas won an NBA championship with the New York Knicks, becoming the first person to win a title at the high school, collegiate, Olympic and NBA levels.

Big Ten Icons is the network’s most ambitious multi-platform initiative to date, counting down the top 50 student-athletes in Big Ten history, based solely on their collegiate playing careers.  New episodes of the 20-episode series, hosted by legendary broadcaster Keith Jackson, debut at 9 PM ET every Sunday night for seven straight weeks through March. The No. 1 Big Ten Icon will be revealed in March 2011 in conjunction with the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Icons 50 through 21 can be found at BigTenIcons.com.

BIG TEN ICONS COUNTDOWN:

  • No. 20    Charles Woodson, Michigan football (1995-97)
  • No. 19    Suzy Favor Hamilton, Wisconsin track and field (1987-91)
  • No. 18    Jack Nicklaus, Ohio State golf (1959-61)
  • No. 17    Steve Alford, Indiana basketball (1983-87)
  • No. 16    John Cappelletti, Penn State football (1971-74)
  • No. 15    Dave Winfield, Minnesota baseball/basketball (1970-73)
  • No. 14    Otto Graham, Northwestern football/basketball/baseball (1940-44)
  • No. 13    Ron Dayne, Wisconsin football (1996-2000)
  • No. 12    John Wooden, Purdue basketball (1930-32)
  • No. 11    Mark Spitz, Indiana swimming (1968-72)
  • No. 10    Isiah Thomas, Indiana basketball (1979-81)
  • No. 9      Rick Mount, Purdue basketball (1967-70)
  • No. 8      Jerry Lucas, Ohio State basketball (1959-62)

Fans can visit www.BigTenIcons.com to see a complete roster of the top 50 Big Ten Icons, which also features essays, video and other key facts about each Icon’s career.

Big Ten Network SuperFans, here’s a chance for you to win a set of the Mini Big Ten ICON Bobble Heads, featuring legendary athletes from all 11 Big Ten schools. Just watch Big Ten ICONS every Sunday night, then go to superfans.bigtennetwork.com and correctly answer the question about the show for your chance to win. A total of 20 sets will be awarded each week.

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About the Big Ten Network: A joint venture between the Big Ten Conference and Fox Networks, the Big Ten Network is the first internationally distributed network dedicated to covering one of the premier collegiate conferences in the country. With approximately 350 live sporting events, and nearly all of them in HD, the network is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans and alumni across the country, allowing them to see their favorite teams, regardless of where they live. The network operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, showcasing a wide array of classic-to-current sports and televising more Olympic sporting events and women’s sports than has ever been aired on any other network. Original programming highlights activities and accomplishments of some of the nation’s finest universities. Each year, the network offers between 35 and 40 football games, 105 regular season men’s basketball games; 55 women’s basketball games; dozens of Big Ten Championship events; studio shows; coaches’ shows; and classic games. The network is available to more than 75 million homes across the United States and Canada, and currently has agreements with more than 300 affiliates, including AT&T U-Verse, Atlantic Broadband, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox (Cleveland, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Omaha, Las Vegas and Northern Virginia), DirecTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Rogers Cable (Canada), Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct (Canada), Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS. For updated information on the Big Ten Network, go to www.BigTenNetwork.com.

Contact: Elizabeth Conlisk

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BIG TEN NETWORK ADVANCE PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

Tuesday, Jan. 11 – Sunday, Jan. 23

– SATURDAY, JANUARY 15 –

12:30 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
BIG TEN TIP-OFF SHOW (live)
Dave Revsine – host; Tim Doyle and Jim Crews – analysts

1 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
NORTHWESTERN AT MICHIGAN STATE (live)
Tom Hart – play-by-play; Greg Kelser- analyst

3 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
ILLINOIS AT WISCONSIN (live)
Brian Anderson- play-by-play; Shon Morris – analyst;

5 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
BIG TEN GAME BREAK (live)
Dave Revsine – host; Tim Doyle, Shon Morris and Jim Crews – analysts

 5:30 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
PENN STATE AT OHIO STATE (live)
Tom Hamilton – play-by-play; Jim Jackson – analyst; Charissa Thompson – sideline

7:30 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
BIG TEN GAME BREAK (live)
Dave Revsine – host; Tim Doyle, Shon Morris and Jim Crews – analysts

8 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
MICHIGAN AT INDIANA (live)
Eric Collins – play-by-play; Quinn Buckner- analyst

10 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
THE FINALE (live)
Dave Revsine and Rick Pizzo – hosts; Tim Doyle, Jim Crews and Shon Morris – analysts

– SUNDAY, JANUARY 16 –

NOON ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
MICHIGAN STATE AT OHIO STATE (live)
Leah Secondo – play-by-play; Stephanie White – analyst

2 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
INDIANA AT IOWA (live)
Mike Wolf – play-by-play; Patricia Babcock McGraw – analyst

2 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
WISCONSIN AT MICHIGAN (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

2 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
NORTHWESTERN AT PURDUE (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

3 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY
ST. CLOUD STATE AT WISCONSIN (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

6 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
IOWA AT MINNESOTA (live)
Tom Hart – play-by-play; Shon Morris – analyst

8 PM ET / BIG TEN ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
THE JOURNEY: BIG TEN BASKETBALL 2011

8:30 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
BIG TEN BASKETBALL AND BEYOND
Dave Revsine – host; Jim Jackson and Mike DeCourcy – analysts

9 PM ET / BIG TEN ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
BIG TEN ICONS NO. 8 – Jerry Lucas (Ohio State)
Keith Jackson – host 

– MONDAY, JANUARY 17 –

2 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
IOWA BASKETBALL WITH FRAN MCCAFFREY

5 PM ET / BIG TEN ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
THE BIG TEN’S GREATEST GAMES
MINNESOTA VS. PURDUE (02-26-2005)

7 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
THE BIG TEN PULSE
Rick Pizzo and Tim Doyle – hosts

– TUESDAY, JANUARY 18 –

7 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
GEORGE MASON AT OHIO STATE (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

9 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
MICHIGAN AT NORTHWESTERN (live)
Dave Revsine – play-by-play; Shon Morris – analyst

11 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
THE FINALE (live)
Rick Pizzo – host; Kerry Sayers and Jim Crews – analysts 

– WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19 –

2 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
WILDCAT FAST BREAK

6 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
BIG TEN TIP-OFF SHOW (live)
Dave Revsine – host; Jim Jackson – analyst

6:30 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
IOWA AT OHIO STATE (live)
Gus Johnson – play-by-play; Shon Morris – analyst

8:30 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
PENN STATE AT PURDUE (live)
Eric Collins – play-by-play; Tim Doyle – analyst

10:30 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
THE FINALE (live)
Dave Revsine and Rick Pizzo – hosts; Jim Jackson – analyst

– THURSDAY, JANUARY 20 –

6 PM ET / THE BIG TEN WOMEN’S SHOW
Lisa Byington, Brittney Payton and Stephanie White – hosts

6:30 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
MICHIGAN STATE AT INDIANA (live)
Tom Hart – play-by-play; Theresa Grentz – analyst

6:30 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS EDWARDSVILLE AT NORTHWESTERN (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

7 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
PENN STATE AT PURDUE (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

8 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
OHIO STATE AT ILLINOIS (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

  
8:30 PM ET
/ BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
WISCONSIN AT MINNESOTA (live)
Marney Gellner – play-by-play; Mary Murphy – analyst

9 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
MICHIGAN AT NORTHWESTERN (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

11 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
BIG TEN BASKETBALL WRAP-UP (live)
Rick Pizzo and Lisa Byington – hosts; Tim Doyle and Stephanie White – analysts

– FRIDAY, JANUARY 21 –

6 PM ET / BIG TEN WRESTLING
PITTSBURGH AT PENN STATE (live)
Steve Jones – play-by-play; Ken Chertow – analyst

7 PM ET / BIG TEN WRESTLING
MINNESOTA AT PURDUE (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

7 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S HOCKEY
NOTRE DAME AT OHIO STATE (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

8 PM ET / BIG TEN WRESTLING
SOUTHERN ILLINIOS EDWARDSVILLE AT ILLINOIS (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

8 PM ET / BIG TEN WRESTLING
NEBRASKA AT WISCONSIN (live)
Tim Johnson – play-by-play; Lee Kemp – analyst

– SATURDAY, JANUARY 22 –

NOON ET / BIG TEN WOMAN’S GYMNASTICS
ILLINOIS AT OHIO STATE (live)
Mike Leiderman – play-by-play; Elise Ray – analyst

4 PM ET / BIG TEN WRESTLING
OHIO STATE AT IOWA (live)
Tim Johnson – play-by-play; Jim Gibbons – analyst

6:30 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
BIG TEN TIP-OFF SHOW (live)
Dave Revsine – host; Shon Morris and Jim Crews – analysts

7 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
MINNESOTA AT MICHIGAN (live)
Eric Collins – play-by-play; Jim Jackson – analyst; Charissa Thompson – sideline

7 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S ICE HOCKEY
NOTRE DAME AT OHIO STATE (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

7 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
SPRINGFIELD AT PENN STATE (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

7:30 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S ICE HOCKEY
ALASKA AT MICHIGAN (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

  
9 PM ET
/ BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
THE FINALE
Dave Revsine and Mike Hall – hosts; Shon Morris and Jim Crews – analysts

11 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
BIG TEN BASKETBALL WRAP-UP (live)
Dave Revsine and Mike Hall – hosts; Shon Morris and Jim Crews – analysts

– SUNDAY, JANUARY 23 –

11 AM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S WATER POLO
UCLA AT MICHIGAN (live)
Nara Weng – play-by-play; Garrin Klopecky – analyst

1 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
WISCONSIN AT NORTHWESTERN (live)
Wayne Larrivee – play-by-play; Shon Morris – analyst

1 PM ET / BIG TEN WRESTLING
PENN STATE AT INDIANA (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

2 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
INDIANA AT PENN STATE (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

2 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
MINNESOTA AT MICHIGAN STATE (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

2 PM ET / BIG TEN WRESTLING
MINNESOTA AT ILLINOIS (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

3 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
INDIANA AT IOWA
Tom Hart – play-by-play; Kenyon Murray – analyst

5 PM ET / BIG TEN ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
THE JOURNEY: BIG TEN BASKETBALL 2011

5:30 PM ET / BIG TEN ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
BIG TEN ICONS NO. 7
Keith Jackson – host 

6 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
ILLINOIS AT WISCONSIN (live)
Jay Wilson – play-by-play; Stephanie White analyst

8:30 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
BIG TEN BASKETBALL & BEYOND (live)
Dave Revsine – host; Jim Jackson and Mike DeCourcy – analysts