BTN set to debut two new documentaries on IU basketball
BTN will debut two new documentaries this week on IU basketball, including one with a focus on Christian Watford’s shot to beat Kentucky in 2011.
Inside the Hall photographer Jamie Owens is expected to be featured in the documentary on Watford’s shot, which will air Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET.
A second documentary, titled Not Pictured, will air Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET. It focuses on Beford native Bill Torphy, a member of Indiana’s 1940 national championship team.
Thursday will on BTN will feature all content related to Indiana. Here’s the full release from IU on the two new documentaries as well as a schedule for Thursday’s programming:
Bloomington, Indiana – Virtually all Hoosier Basketball fans know the name Christian Watford, and are well versed in his iconic IU Basketball moment. Very few know the name Bill Torphy, a former IU basketball player whose contributions to an NCAA Championship team were nearly lost to history.
This week, Hoosier fans will have the opportunity to learn about one, and discover more about the other.
Beginning at 6 a.m. ET Thursday, June 11, and continuing through 5 a.m. Friday, June 12, the Big Ten Network will devote its coverage to great moments, victories, and stories about IU sports as part of its Big Ten Network Takeover. Highlighting the 23 hours of coverage is the debut of two new documentaries about these former IU Basketball players.
The Blueline Pictures short documentary, Not Pictured, tells the story of Bedford’s Bill Torphy, a member of IU’s first National Championship team in 1940 who was not only lost too early, but whose presence on that ground-breaking team was all but forgotten for decades. The documentary will air for the first time Thursday at 7:30 p.m. EST.
At 9 p.m. Thursday, Watford will be featured in the BTN’s new documentary series, The B1G Moment. The new documentary series will provide a half-hour deep dive into the context and great stories that surrounded Watford’s unforgettable buzzer-beating 3-pointer that lifted the Hoosiers to a stunning upset win over No. 1 Kentucky in 2011, and announced IU Basketball’s return to national prominence.
In addition to those two documentaries, there will also be another opportunity to see Blueline Pictures documentary Worth the Wait, which chronicles IU Men’s Soccer’s eight-overtime win over Duke in 1982 that earned the program’s first-ever NCAA Championship. While the film is centered on that seminal event, it also details Coach Jerry Yeagley’s journey in building the program from an intramural sport to varsity status. It offers perspectives from Yeagley and many of the other influential individuals who helped build the program from the ground floor, and those who have subsequently maintained that level of excellence since Yeagley’s retirement. The film will air Thursday at 11 a.m.
Finally, Hoosier fans will also be able to enjoy numerous great victories and teams from IU men’s and women’s basketball, football, men’s soccer and baseball. Among the highlights are a re-airing of IU Football’s 1979 Holiday Bowl win over BYU; Men’s Basketball’s 1993 home court wins against Michigan’s Fab Five and Glenn Robinson’s Purdue Boilermakers; and the Women’s Basketball team’s four-overtime win against Michigan State in the 2018 Big Ten Tournament.
A complete listing of the BTN’s upcoming programing is:
Thursday, June 11
6 a.m., Baseball vs. Nebraska, 2013 B1G Championship
9 a.m., Men’s Soccer vs. Michigan, 2019 B1G Championship
11 a.m., Men’s Soccer, Worth the Wait
1 p.m., Football vs. Purdue, 2019
2 p.m., Football vs. Nebraska, 2019
3:30 p.m., Football vs. BYU, 1979 Holiday Bowl
4:30 p.m., B1G Video Recall: Women’s Basketball vs. Michigan State, 2018
5 p.m., Women’s Basketball vs. Purdue, 2020
7:30 p.m., Men’s Basketball, Not Pictured
8 p.m., Men’s Basketball vs. Kentucky, 2011
9 p.m., Men’s Basketball, The B1G Moment: Christian Watford
9:30 p.m., Men’s Basketball vs Kentucky, 1990
10:30 p.m., Men’s Basketball vs. Purdue, 1993
11:30 p.m., Men’s Basketball vs. Michigan, 1993
Friday, June 12
1 a.m., Men’s Basketball vs. Michigan, 1987
2 a.m., Men’s Basketball, Big Ten Elite: 1987 Indiana Basketball
3:30 a.m., Men’s Soccer vs. Michigan State, 2013 B1G Championship