Live blog: Track Super Wednesday games with us

Super Wednesdays on BTN is back, and the season’s first installment featured No. 8 Ohio State drilling Nebraska and Purdue upsetting No. 14 Illinois.

Catch up on our live blog in this post. The panel included BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina and Josh Reed, one half of the Big Ten Geeks.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 201310:42 pm

Well, it’s the “going out of bounds” thing. That’s a specific change in the rule. Either way, the sliding might be a travel, too.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 201310:42 pm

No diff from diving on the floor on your belly for a ball and calling a TO, is it?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 201310:41 pm

That, ladies and gentlemen, is why Lawson shouldn’t have even been in the game….

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 201310:40 pm

Was he falling out of bounds? If so, is that an allowed timeout?

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 201310:40 pm

Honest question: Shouldn’t that have been a travel?

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 201310:40 pm

Or he can just miss and have Byrd get the board.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 201310:39 pm

Lawson really needs this FT. Like real bad.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 201310:37 pm

Can now set up the press easily.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 201310:37 pm

Huge break for Illinois here. They were out of timeouts, so this is a free one.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 201310:35 pm

Terone, that is.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 201310:35 pm

Look at that–when Illinois makes Johnson stay left, he throws up an airball.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 201310:34 pm

Yes, I don’t think we will see Jacob Lawson on the court the rest of the game….

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 201310:33 pm

Normally I’d agree, but it seems like once Terone gets a couple FTs to go down, he’s money. 6 of 9 today. But I don’t think Illinois will try and foul here down 3 with almost 2 minutes left.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 201310:32 pm

Tip for Purdue Never–and I mean NEVER–pass the ball to Jacob Lawson. The guy is barely a basketball player. No need to guard him. And I mean EVER.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 201310:32 pm

Not a good sign for Purdue here. This team isn’t very good from the FT line, and may have to hit them to win this one.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 201310:32 pm

Geez, Paul finally shows up, and Illinois making a game of it again.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 201310:31 pm

Not the same ballhandling team of last year, for sure.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 201310:31 pm

How many turnovers has Purdue had in the last 2 minutes?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 201310:31 pm

Purdue is famous for its late-game collapses!!! You thinking what I am thinking????

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 201310:28 pm

Thanks, Tom. Blind squirrel at work here.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 201310:27 pm

A “regular man’s Northwestern/” That, my friend, is epic.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 201310:27 pm

I love your analysis, Josh!!! You are spot on with stuff!!

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 201310:26 pm

Now I’m starting to wonder if Illinois isn’t worse than a poor man’s IU from last year. Maybe a regular man’s Northwestern from last year.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 201310:26 pm

Not as bad as that game at Nebraska, but similar theme.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 201310:26 pm

Let’s be honest, this is the same kind of performance we saw from Illinois late last year.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 201310:24 pm

I am amazed how short Purdue’s bench is. There must be 3-4 who basically are non-factors–and probably always will. Painter has about 6-7 guys. That’s it……

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 201310:24 pm

Purdue has grabbed over 40% of their misses on the glass.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 201310:23 pm

They’re trying to hit 8-pointers right now.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 201310:23 pm

Illinois takes too many quick shots from WAY out….

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 201310:20 pm

Illinois is just terrible on the defensive glass, and it starts from their inability to control dribble penetration. Everyone collapses on the driver, and no one is left to clean up the mess.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 201310:16 pm

Hammons pushed off McLaurin to get that ball. Had to rewind the DVR–it seemed strange that he was able to go get that uncontested. McLaurin then fouled him after he caught it.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 201310:14 pm

Terone Johnson has totally taken Paul out of the game. MVP of the game so far.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 201310:10 pm

Maybe someday that will be the case, but he still seems a little raw. More of a guy who gets buckets off misses and easy dunks.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 201310:09 pm

I don’t know why Purdue couldn’t throw the ball into Hammons EVERY time down the court vs. Illinois’ big guys. He can turn, shoot– or kick it out. Am I missing something????

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 201310:09 pm

Big sequence for Purdue. They’re just playing a lot harder than Illinois.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 201310:05 pm

Yeah, IU’s offense was much better. Bertrand could end up being close to Hulls’ % however. Not as good a shooter, though, because he’s pickier about his 3s.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 201310:03 pm

Yep. Emphasis on the poor. Illinois lacks a big man anything near Zeller and a shooter anything close to Hulls.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 201310:02 pm

I love the orange blazer. I think coaches should wear their school color more often. Great look.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 201310:02 pm

Just like that, Purdue closes the gap again. This Illinois defense is going to prevent them from being great this year. Kind of like a poor man’s Indiana from last season.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20139:59 pm

I think it’s criminal for any Illinois coach to wear the orange sport coat but Lou Henson. They should have retired it when Lou-Do left.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20139:58 pm

That is Gary area/Region area. Purdue usually owns that area. But, alas, it whiffed on Branden Dawson. Also on Glenn Robinson III.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20139:57 pm

Well, E’Twaun Moore was from East Chicago, about 20 miles from the Loop. But he was the exception. It’s kind of like Illinois and high school players from Indiana. Just seems to be a 50-foot wall on the border.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20139:56 pm

it’s pretty obvious which team has more talent. This is where Illinois begins to build some distance and show why it’s Illinois and Purdue begins to show why it is, well, Purdue….

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20139:54 pm

It’s this simple, Josh: Anthony Johnson isn’t a Big Ten player. Belongs at Loyola. Purdue hardly EVER gets players from the Chicago area. If AJ was good, he never would have picked up the phone the first time Purdue called.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20139:54 pm

It’s amazing to me how many players in college basketball don’t get to the free throw line extended to make a post entry pass.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20139:52 pm

You and me both, Tom. He can play PG in a pinch, but he’s been pretty bad this year.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20139:52 pm

A teardrop every now and then.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20139:51 pm

I’m still trying to figure out what exactly Anthony Johnson brings to the table……

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20139:50 pm

Yep, Illinois desperately needed that.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20139:50 pm

Wow, that’s a great shot by Abrams. He hardly even had ball in his hands before putting it up.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20139:48 pm

Ronnie goes left. Terone goes right. Illinois hasn’t figured that out.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20139:47 pm

Give him time. Still early. The guy can score, and get to the line.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20139:46 pm

If Brandon Paul is the Big Ten Player of the Year kinda guy, doesn’t he begin to assert himself at some point? You know, take over the game, like stars do?

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20139:45 pm

Illinois is lucky to be tied right now. They can’t guard their shadow right now, and sloppy on offense.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20139:41 pm

Typical Purdue play.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20139:41 pm

Purdue’s guards are all over Illinois right now. Illini clearly out of sync.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20139:41 pm

Terone Johnson having himself a game, huh?

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20139:39 pm

And his offense is really just triggered by Purdue missing a shot.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20139:39 pm

Well, Hammons did sit most of the first half with foul trouble.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20139:38 pm

How many times have people harped on Illinois’ bad frontcourt? I have lost count. Now, how many times has big A.J. Hammons touched the ball or been involved in the offense? Exactly.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20139:37 pm

Agree that Illinois is better offensively. But they are a bad defensive team.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20139:37 pm

I mean, look at the legit offensive options for Illinois Paul, Richardson, Abrams, Bertrand, Griffey. Now, compare that to Purdue…..

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20139:24 pm

First-half recap:

A close first half that saw the lead switch hands five times ended with No. 14 Illinois on top of Purdue, 33-31.

The Fighting Illini led 21-15 when the Boilermakers went on a 7-0 run to take a one-point lead.

Seven Purdue players scored in the half, led by Terone Johnson’s 13 points. The junior also added four rebounds.

Illinois’ Joseph Bertrand already has 12 points and four rebounds. Brandon Paul scored seven points despite battling foul trouble.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20139:22 pm

Scoring calmed down a lot. Both teams hit 1.0 PPP, but not by much (31 possessions in the half).

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20139:19 pm

Probably right, Tom. Too bad that one didn’t count.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20139:19 pm

I figure Purdue will keep most games close at home. Will likely get smoked in every road game.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20139:19 pm

Even so, Brent, both teams leaving points on the floor. Combined 10-21 on layups.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20139:18 pm

Groce is from Danville, IL?? Nice. Home of Robin Yount and the Van Dykes.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20139:18 pm

Didn’t see this one being this competitive or this high scoring.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20139:17 pm

And now he calls a timeout. I bet we’ll see Paul come back in.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20139:17 pm

Nice move by Groce. Brings Paul in for offense, sits him for defense.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20139:14 pm

I would still error on the side of caution–especially vs. Purdue. Illinois can hang with this team w/o Paul for an extended stretch.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20139:13 pm

Exactly. I’d rather have my best player on the floor than force him out of the game. You never know, he may not commit another foul.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20139:12 pm

The problem with it is that every coach benches every player once they get 2 fouls in the first half, but every player does not foul at the same rate. Some players are better at not fouling than others. You wouldn’t tell every player to stop shooting 3s after they miss 2. You’ll let a guy like Jordan Hulls miss 15 before telling him to stop.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20139:11 pm

He had him back in there for a couple of minutes, but I agree. The autobench is a terrible thing.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20139:10 pm

Groce has to bring Paul back at some point in first half, right? I mean, if he gets to 3 fouls, then it’;s real trouble. Two, not so much. You’re on the road.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20139:05 pm

Purdue with just 1 turnover so far. That, plus the rebounding, has given them 9 more shot attempts than Illinois.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20139:01 pm

Yeah, nothing against Ferrell, but he’s got the easiest job in college basketball.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20139:00 pm

Biggest difference between Ferrell and Johnson, though, is that the former has weapons at his disposal. Who wouldn’t want to be the PG for Indiana?

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20139:00 pm

Well, Tom, Illinois’ zone isn’t exactly imposing. Leaky, is how I would describe it.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20138:59 pm

Paul with 2 fouls and he gets an Autobench. I hate the autobench.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20138:59 pm

Zone alert! Who is gonna bust it for Purdue? I would zone these guys…

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20138:57 pm

I think Ronnie Johnson is key for Purdue. The frosh PG must be smarty with the ball and be a creator. He could be a lesser version of Yogi Ferrell.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20138:51 pm

Purdue already dominating on the glass early. Getting half their misses back.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20138:50 pm

What was that, a six point swing?

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20138:50 pm

Yeah, he is just not comfortable with all this defensive attention. He’s a great complementary player, but he’s not a centerpiece. What a terrible play by Abrams. Needs to go hard at the rim there.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20138:49 pm

Man, we might need to check the backboard after D.J. Byrd’s last two shots.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20138:48 pm

I like Illinois going after Purdue on a backscreen. They have to stop Purdue from closing out so hard on shooters.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20138:48 pm

ANOTHER horrible foul call…

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20138:47 pm

That didn’t look like a foul either. Let’s see it.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20138:47 pm

The first Travis Carroll sighting….. uh-oh

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20138:45 pm

My point is the ratio, Josh. Is there any sport with a ratio like 3:10????? The court isn’t that big. These guys get paid $1,500 a game. And you make THAT call? Just inexcusable…

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20138:44 pm

Hey, it’s not easy, Tom. I umpired exactly one Little League game, and had parents booing at me after 2 innings. And that was over 10-year olds playing baseball.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20138:43 pm

3 refs and just 10 players …. and they still miss stuff. Amazing.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20138:42 pm

What a joke foul…

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20138:42 pm

Uh, oh, Brandon Paul hits a wacky shot. This is usually a precursor to him going off.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20138:42 pm

That’s not a foul.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20138:41 pm

Was just thinking same thing, Tom.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20138:40 pm

If Illinois is legit, it HAS to win this game.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20138:40 pm

Illinois’ 3-point attempts have come from well off the line. Good sign for Purdue, who guards the arc very well.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20138:39 pm

D.J. Byrd has shown his true colors this year. He isn’t a No. 1 option. Teams have him figured out. He’s just a shooter, 2-3 option.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20138:39 pm

Looking at you, D.J. Byrd.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20138:38 pm

I don’t mind it in the non-conference. That’s the time to experiment. But you have to get consistency now.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20138:37 pm

6 different starting lineups so far for Purdue!? There comes a time when then tinkering has to stop, right?

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20138:36 pm

Interesting to see Lawson get the start over Anthony Johnson. Can’t say I disagree, Anthony has really struggled with his shot at Purdue. He was once regarded as one of the best, if not the best, outside shooters in Chicago.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20138:15 pm

Looks like this is mercifully coming to an end. A 26-point win for Ohio State, and it wasn’t that close.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20138:12 pm

So, Rodney Williams no longer is the Big Ten’s “Sky King”?

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20138:11 pm

I repeat, I love Sam Thompson!

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20138:11 pm

Can only help, right Tom? Wisconsin went from bad program to good one, so maybe it will happen in Lincoln. It’ll be tough, though.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20138:09 pm

I wonder what impact the new arena will have on Nebraska. Such a big hill to climb in the Big Ten.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20138:09 pm

So we witness a bit of history, Josh?

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20138:08 pm

I love Sam Thompson. Old school peeps will say keep it in bounds, but he was going for effect.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20138:07 pm

Nebraska still below 0.70 points per possession. This might be the worst offensive Big Ten effort we’ll see all season. Nice to get it out of the way, I guess.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20138:03 pm

Me too. He’s so exciting, and you knew at some point he’d become smarter and more careful with the ball. The shooting, that must be all about his time in Cook Hall that we hear so much about.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20138:01 pm

You know I’ve always loved his game, since early in his freshman year. It’s nice when those predictions work out.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20138:01 pm

Ask IU watchers, and they will tell you Oladipo has been the Hoosiers’ best player.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20138:01 pm

The fact that he has a jumper this year is scary.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20137:58 pm

Agree, Josh, Oladipo might be ahead of Zeller right now. Victor is playing out of his mind.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20137:57 pm

Right now, Burke has played the best. But Zeller isn’t far behind. Neither are Paul or Oladipo. Even someone like Berggren has a chance, if he keeps it up.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20137:56 pm

I like Burke for Player of the Year. His award to lose. Yes, even over Zeller.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20137:54 pm

Absolutely, people like scoring. It’s Trey Burke’s award, right?

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20137:53 pm

Can DeShaun Thomas win Player of the Year while playing mediocre (charitably) defense?

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20137:50 pm

Yes, they beat Butler, too. I failed to mention that. I’m just not sold on a team with little to no inside game. We’ve seen Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson for three years, and we know they aren’t consistent shooters.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20137:49 pm

Illinois has also needed last second threes to beat Gardner Webb and Hawaii. Those are bad teams. If those shots miss, it’s still basically the same team, but no way are they in the top 25.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20137:47 pm

Illinois beat Butler.

I think Ohio State is overrated…

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20137:46 pm

Agree, Brent. Illinois has a really bad frontcourt, and the Big Ten figures to expose that.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20137:46 pm

I think Illinois is overrated. The Gonzaga win was terrific, but teams that rely on jump shots are going to be inconsistent, especially in rugged Big Ten.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20137:46 pm

Illinois OWES Purdue, which has had the upperhand for a while in the series. Groce will remind them. And the crowds at Mackey are, um, bad…

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20137:46 pm

They lost a lot off a team that wasn’t exactly dominant last year. They’re also relying on a lot of freshmen. I don’t think this is too unexpected.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20137:45 pm

Do you know how bad Eastern Michigan is? Oregon State? Almost lost to William and Mary and Ball State, too……

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20137:45 pm

Purdue isn’t at their best, but I think they defend well enough to get 6-7 wins in conference, which would put them in the NIT, without the bad non-conference losses. I like Illinois, but I think it will be close. Purdue matches up very well with the Illini.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20137:44 pm

I said ONE of the worst. And the program was at an entirely different point than it is now. NO excuse for this stuff.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20137:43 pm

There is NO excuse for Purdue being THIS bad in Year Eight under Matt Painter. He has ALL his resources,no key injuries. How can you lose to Eastern Michigan, bad Villanova and Oregon State teams? Xavier is average. Bucknell….. C’mon. This team may be lucky to win 4 Big Ten games.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20137:43 pm

You don’t think they’re worse than the year where Landry was hurt, do you? I think they went 9-19 then, in Painter’s 1st year.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20137:43 pm

Got to like Illinois. Purdue looks bad. Then again, Purdue always plays hard and it’s never easy to win at Mackey.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20137:41 pm

I like Illinois. It may be close for a while. But this is one of the worst Purdue teams of the past 25 years. Other than the fact Purdue can’t shoot or dribble, they are great…..

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20137:40 pm

Well, with this one all but over already, who do you guys like for the second game–Purdue or Illinois?

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20137:38 pm

Nebraska now 0 for 9 on two point jumpers, and just 6-16 on layups.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20137:37 pm

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20137:36 pm

No, Josh: A long, long, LONG … and cold … year ahead in Lincoln. The countdown to spring football has begun, I’m guessing.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20137:34 pm

This is about the time the guys at the end of the Buckeye bench start looking at each other, wondering when they will get in.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20137:34 pm

Too much of Nebraska’s offense has been long two-point jumpers. Long, long year ahead in Lincoln.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20137:32 pm

Funny, Josh: If Ohio State isn’t even playing well and is doing this to Nebraska, …. I’m not even gonna go there.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20137:32 pm

We have ourselves a football score, 41-17.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20137:30 pm

Huskers need to work ever possession, extend the possessions. Defense? Maybe a box-and-one on Thomas?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20137:29 pm

Huskers not even on a point-a-minute pace. Can this game get uglier? Hmmm.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20137:25 pm

Here’s Tim Miles laying into his team:

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20137:18 pm

Overall, Nebraska at about half a point per possession. That’s pretty terrible.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20137:17 pm

First half recap, courtesy of Narrative Science:

Deshaun Thomas scored 18 points and grabbed three rebounds for No. 8 Ohio State in the first half to carry the Buckeyes to a 36-17 lead over Nebraska. Lenzelle Smith Jr. added eight points and five rebounds for the Buckeyes, who held Nebraska to 26 percent from the field.

Leading 11-7, the Buckeyes went on a 7-0 run to open up a 11-point advantage.

Ohio State hit four threes in the first half, shooting 44 percent from deep. After already giving up eight offensive rebounds to the Buckeyes, Nebraska will have to keep Ohio State off the boards in the second half. The Buckeyes shared the ball, finishing with nine assists on 15 field goals in the first half.

Dylan Talley and Ray Gallegos carried the Cornhuskers in the first half with 13 of their team’s 17 total points. Talley has scored seven and Gallegos has added six.

Nebraska’s Brandon Ubel had four points and three rebounds.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20137:17 pm

Nebraska shooting under 25% on two-pointers.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20137:14 pm

Well, I guess this was the expected result. But Ohio State isn’t even playing very well.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20137:13 pm

16-2 run to end the half for OSU….

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20137:12 pm

I think they will be lucky to combine for 3 wins.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20137:12 pm

I would put the O/U at 3.5 wins combined.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20137:11 pm

20-15, I mean.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20137:11 pm

OK, here’s a question for you guys: How many wins will Nebraska and Penn State account for, not counting games against each other?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20137:11 pm

This was 25-20 not long ago..

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20137:10 pm

Six-point swing right there. Talley misses three freebies, Thomas drains 3.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20137:06 pm

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20137:05 pm

This zone is really confusing Ohio State. I think getting Thomas the ball in the middle of the zone will help them out.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20137:04 pm

Guy looks like he was pulled from some factory league that plays on Tuesday nights.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20137:04 pm

But yes, it always hurts when a team loses a big body.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20137:04 pm

I don’t know, he’s really struggled since that Wake game. Not so sure he’d be able to do much in Big Ten play.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20137:03 pm

This is a terrible turn if Almeida is seriously hurt. One of the few Huskers that can score.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20136:59 pm

I really had higher hopes for Amir Williams. He can be a defensive beast, but he’s just too raw right now.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20136:59 pm

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20136:58 pm

Tim Miles is getting AFTER it. Fran McCaffrey would be impressed….

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20136:58 pm

Um, Tim Miles is not happy. Not at all.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20136:56 pm

How this is a 5-point game is beyond me.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20136:56 pm

They have a lot of talent, but it doesn’t fit that well together. But I still think it’s hard to give them anything less than 11 wins.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20136:55 pm

Josh, where would you put the Buckeyes in the Big Ten? Just seems like they have some big issues that will be hard to overcome in loaded top of B1G.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20136:55 pm

He does not much care for my thoughts on Craft :).

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20136:54 pm

And here we go…. Where’s Decourcy so we can talk Craft’s defense?

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20136:53 pm

Agreed, Tom. Craft has been struggling on offense lately.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20136:53 pm

That Andre Almeida reminds me of ex-Atlanta Braves pitcher Terry Forster.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20136:52 pm

He reminds me of the fat teammate from Teen Wolf.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20136:52 pm

Of all the Buckeyes, I think Craft has been most impacted by Sullinger’s departure. Not getting the same open looks w/o the big fella.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20136:51 pm

Hey, Josh! Plus, you get to see a huge Andre Almeida go to work. BIG body.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20136:51 pm

And right as I say that, Gallegos hits a 3. BTG reverse jinx strikes again.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20136:51 pm

There we go! Come on, Gallegos, make this thing interesting.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 2, 20136:51 pm

Hey guys, glad to join you. Nebraska games are always fun because you see all kinds of different ways a ball can carom off the rim.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20136:49 pm

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20136:48 pm

He’s much more likely to do so on the defensive end, if you ask me. O needs a lot of work.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20136:47 pm

I wonder if Amir Williams ever will develop into a force. He was a touted recruit.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20136:45 pm

I don’t think there’s a single Big Ten coach who wouldn’t want Brandon Ubel on his team. He’d be an excellent piece on a strong contender.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20136:44 pm

If Sam Thompson continues to develop, he could be that man.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20136:44 pm

Lenzelle Smith is probably the best candidate. We’ve seen him score, and score a lot, in some games, but he hasn’t been consistent.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20136:43 pm

Correct, Brent. Who in your mind needs to step up and fill that role?

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20136:42 pm

Not just that, Tom, but a second reliable/consistent scorer (like 12-16 ppg). Need someone to do it every game.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20136:41 pm

OK, this one is going to get real ugly if Nebraska doesn’t hit a shot soon. Bad shooting team vs. good defense team = no bueno.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20136:40 pm

No, Dan Bonner: Ohio State does NOT have all the pieces to the puzzle. Look at the interior….

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20136:38 pm

Good point. To be fair, you could probably say that for Deshaun Thomas just about every time out.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20136:37 pm

Don’t know if the Huskers can guard DeShaun Thomas. He could go off for 30 tonight.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20136:37 pm

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20136:36 pm

Huskers/ only shot is to shoot lights out, probably.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20136:35 pm

Dan Bonner just took the words out of my mouth. For Nebraska to even stay close in this game, Gallegos needs to hit 5 or 6 treys.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20136:35 pm

I did! You can watch all of them, over and over, here: http://btn.com/big-ten-dunk-archive/

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20136:34 pm

Did you see those Sam Thompson dunks in the pregame? Holy-Moly!!!

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 2, 20136:32 pm

Ler’s see how Nebraska fares in this environment.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20136:30 pm

I’m interested to see how Aaron Craft plays tonight. He isn’t a great scorer, of course, but Ohio State needs him to be more active. Drive, create fouls, kick it out to open shooters.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20136:26 pm

FWIW, Ohio State beat Nebraska 71-40 and 79-45 last season. We all hope for a closer one tonight.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20136:21 pm

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 2, 20136:21 pm

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Steve "MN" Millet on 1/2/2013 @ 7:48pm EST Said:

You guys keep nattering on about powers Indiana, Michigan and Illinois, skipping over #9 Minnesota. Is this no respect for the Gophs? What gives?