BTN’s Big Ten Elite features 2002 Indiana on Saturday night #iubb

A complicated period of Indiana basketball history will be the focus of a Big Ten Network special this weekend.

BTN’s Big Ten Elite will profile the converging paths IU and Maryland took to the 2002 national championship game during an episode scheduled to air Saturday at 9 p.m. The hour-long show will offer an extensive look at how the events of the previous season shaped the course of the next year for both programs.

On Indiana’s end, that means the aftermath of Bob Knight’s firing during the fall of 2000. Former IU athletic director Clarence Doninger discusses the fallout, while former coach Mike Davis and a list of prominent players from the 2002 team examine how they regrouped during a turbulent time for the program.

Dane Fife, Jared Jeffries, Tom Coverdale, Jeff Newton, A.J. Moye, Kyle Hornsby and Jarrad Odle are all featured, and each give a look into the games and moments that shaped an improbable run to the Final Four in Atlanta.

“With coach Davis, everything was a learning process,” Hornsby says on the show. “So things would change from week-to-week where he’d see something wasn’t working and he’d make a subtle change and we’d be doing something differently.”

The show looks at how those adjustments carried IU through the 2001 season, including the way Kirk Haston’s buzzer-beater to knock off No. 1 Michigan State served as the tipping point moving forward.

“We knew we could play with people and we knew we could play with other teams, but we didn’t know how to beat other teams,” Fife says on the show. “Once we beat Michigan State, we started to develop a different mentality.”

If you can’t catch the 9 p.m. airing on Saturday, the episode will air again on Sunday at 3 p.m. and Tuesday at 4 p.m.