Live blog: Track Super Wednesday games with BTN

Super Wednesdays on BTN is our weekly doubleheader of live men’s basketball games on BTN & BTN2Go. In the first game, No. 2 Michigan held off Nebraska and No. 10 Minnesota dropped No. 13 Illinois in the nightcap.

Online, track our in-game live blog in this post as BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina and the Big Ten Geek bloggers offer up their analysis. It will also be the first place BTN.com posts in-game video highlights, as well as selected tweets and photos.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 9, 201311:13 pm

Should be fantastic: Minnesota/Indiana, Illinois/Wisconsin. Huge games for all the teams involved.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 201311:10 pm

Hey, it was fun guys. An excellent doubleheader. Can’t wait for Saturday’s BTN doubleheader.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 9, 201311:05 pm

Great team, but notch below IU/Michigan.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 9, 201311:05 pm

Irrespective of this game, I think Minnesota’s outside shooting will hold them back. Normally not very good from deep.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 201311:03 pm

I don’t remember Drew Coleman, other than his last year, BTN’s first. But I assume Joe is the better Coleman?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 201311:00 pm

How does Coleman get THAT opening coming off a timeout????

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 201310:58 pm

So many guys who can score for Minnesota. What an array, just like Michigan and IU. SO many weapons for all three teams.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 201310:58 pm

And the backcourt is really, really good. Glad they’re making me look half smart.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 201310:57 pm

Minnesota is so physical that they could give Indiana troubles.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 201310:57 pm

3 for 19 on 3 pointers for Illinois so far. Woof.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 201310:57 pm

Agree, Josh. I think IU still is the best team in the Big Ten? What you think? Who is best?

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 9, 201310:54 pm

I think it’s likely they win at home against Michigan. I don’t think anyone but Indiana wins in Bloomington this year.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 201310:52 pm

Josh: You think Minnesota can win at IU? Win at home vs. Michigan?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 201310:50 pm

Yes, Josh. You would think Illinois would be equipped to get back.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 9, 201310:50 pm

This is starting to get ugly.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 9, 201310:49 pm

For a guard oriented team, you wouldn’t expect Illinois to have so much trouble getting back.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 201310:48 pm

Minnesota just killing it in transition. So many easy hoops. Illinois is getting nada in transition.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 9, 201310:47 pm

Minnesota has really quieted down the crowd over the past 3 minutes.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 201310:42 pm

I didn’t like it.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 201310:38 pm

I think it was definitely intentional. He was trying to stop easy bucket. Should have gone for swat from behind.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 9, 201310:36 pm

How do you guys feel about that intentional foul call?

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 201310:35 pm

Nnanna Egwu thinks he’s Serge Ibaka.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 201310:31 pm

Guys, do you think Hollins called glass?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 201310:27 pm

Game is entering a danger zone for Illinois. Where is Brandon Paul?

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 9, 201310:26 pm

They aren’t going to beat Minnesota on the interior.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 201310:15 pm

I guess Illinois will keep shooting … and shooting … and shooting. It’s who they are, right?

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 201310:03 pm

Halftime recap:

Trevor Mbakwe scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds for No. 10 Minnesota as the Golden Gophers lead No. 13 Illinois 34-30 at the half.

The Fighting Illini shared the ball, finishing with five assists on eight field goals in the first half.

The Golden Gophers hit four threes in the first half, shooting 50 percent from deep.

Nnanna Egwu is putting together a nice game so far for Illinois. The sophomore has four points and six rebounds.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 201310:00 pm

Illinois needs to keep Abrams on the court in the second half. Illini have no one like Mbakwe. Minny needs to feed him. He will score or get fouled or find an opener shooter with a pass.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 9, 20139:57 pm

Minnesota is 4-8 from 3, Illinois is 2-15. Illini lucky this is even a game.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20139:51 pm

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 9, 20139:48 pm

Illinois’ transition defense is terrible tonight. Minnesota getting a lot of runouts.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20139:43 pm

Sheehey might be up there, too. He gets around 26-28 minutes per, I think.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 20139:41 pm

So many quick, dumb, long shots by Illinois…

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 9, 20139:39 pm

Sheehey’s a good candidate too, but I think Bertrand will be one of the top 5 Illini in minutes during Big Ten play.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20139:37 pm

What about Will Sheehey?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 20139:37 pm

Can Illinois stop Mbakwe? I think not. I would run each possession through him.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20139:36 pm

I give you the crazy Brandon Paul slam

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 9, 20139:36 pm

Joe Bertrand is the James Harden of the Big Ten. He’s a 6th man in name only.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 9, 20139:28 pm

Minnesota having some turnover issues.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 20139:24 pm

Minnesota needs to slow it down, play halfcourt game. Don’t run with Illini. Make Illinois play defense for a while. And feed Mbakwe.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 9, 20139:21 pm

It doesn’t make any sense.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 9, 20139:21 pm

My only guess is that the ref was planning on waving it off, but was swayed by how impressive the dunk was.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20139:20 pm

Late on this, Josh, but I don’t understand that call, either. How can the bucket count on a charge like that?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 20139:18 pm

To Brent’s early comment: correct, Minnesota must win this game. Don’t see them winning at Indiana. Could beat Michigan at home. I’m not sure how tough Michigan is.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 9, 20139:14 pm

I don’t understand that call. Would be one thing if it was a floater, but a dunk? Strange.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 20139:13 pm

This may come down to which team’s stars play the best.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 9, 20139:12 pm

Wait, did they count the basket on that Paul dunk?

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 9, 20139:09 pm

A lot of quick 3s, but I think some of that might be intentional–shoot it before they can turn it over. Wisconsin also shoots a lot of 3s, but they obviously take their time.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20139:08 pm

Feel like Wisconsin does the same thing, often times.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20139:08 pm

Yes. And it just seems like they settle for them a lot of times.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 9, 20139:07 pm

Too many 3s?

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20139:07 pm

I’m not a fan of Illinois offense.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 9, 20139:00 pm

Expect Assembly Hall to be loud tonight. Students are probably back against a top 10 team.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20139:00 pm

With schedule ahead, including this one tonight, Minnesota really needs to win.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20138:49 pm

No one, probably not even Tim Miles, thought this one would be so competitive for so long.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20138:49 pm

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 20138:46 pm

I never thought Michigan would get a “workmanlike” victory vs. Nebraska. But, that’s what it has been. Well, a win is a win.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 20138:44 pm

Yes, Minnesota can crash the glass life few other teams.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20138:39 pm

Will Minnesota top that number at Illinois later tonight? Best in the nation.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 20138:38 pm

16 offensive rebounds for Michigan….. nuff said.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 20138:30 pm

Michigan gets easy hoops. Nebraska does not.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20138:27 pm

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20138:26 pm

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 9, 20138:23 pm

So GR3 can dunk.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20138:23 pm

Mitch McGary will be (is) a good big body.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 20138:20 pm

But there are so few big bodies who are good. They are usually at Duke or UCLA.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20138:20 pm

Huskers won’t go away. But then Stauskas shows his penetration skills.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20138:19 pm

Coaches love big bodies.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 9, 20138:19 pm

He’s normally better than this. Probably their best rebounder, and he shoots 57% on 2s.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 20138:19 pm

I don’t see the point of playing big guys cause they are big. Height is overrated. Just play guys who hustle and work hard.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 20138:17 pm

Honestly, what does Andre Almeida bring to the court? Just play a 6-5 guy who can move/hustle.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 9, 20138:16 pm

Ubel makes a desperation save, and it goes right to Michigan player. Stauskas does the same thing–in a crowd of red shirts–and the ball finds a teammate.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20138:16 pm

Floorburns tonight: McGary 11, Everyone else 0.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 20138:16 pm

Nebraska is absolutely pathetic on the boards.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 9, 20138:11 pm

A big problem with Nebraska’s offense tonight is just how bad they’ve been at screening. Watch them make their cuts–it’s rare for a Wolverine to actually run into the screener. Guys aren’t running off of shoulders, just not crisp out there.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20138:08 pm

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20138:07 pm

Particularly solid on the offensive glass, too. Think he led the Big Ten in that category last year.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 9, 20138:07 pm

Ubel has really developed in Lincoln. Started out as a pretty bad freshman that couldn’t rebound. Now he’s solid on the boards and can score.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 20138:06 pm

I didn’t know Stauskas could work off the dribble so well. He has done it a couple times tonight.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20138:06 pm

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20138:05 pm

Yep. I’m a big fan of Ubel, which I’ve mentioned several times. Like how he plays.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 20138:03 pm

Talley and Ubel can play for me any day.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 20138:02 pm

Michigan is WAY off its scoring pace. Need to get out in transition and maybe pick up Nebraska dribble earlier with some pressure.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20138:00 pm

Here’s the video of Ed Hightower falling on the scorer’s table in the first half.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20137:46 pm

First-half recap:

No. 2 Michigan leads 25-20 at halftime after locking down Nebraska’s offense, holding the Cornhuskers to 32 percent shooting and just eight field goals. The Wolverines, who only registered two assists and shot 1-of-10 from distance, are winning the rebounding battle (24-17).

Michigan and Nebraska traded the lead eight times in the first half. The Cornhuskers led 12-11 when the Wolverines went on a 7-0 run to take a six-point lead.

Glenn Robinson III has eight points and three rebounds to lead Michigan. Shavon Shields already has six points and five rebounds.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20137:42 pm

Mitch McGary gets another nice swat. Kid is all heart, hustle.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 9, 20137:42 pm

Well, Michigan probably won’t get to 90 points tonight.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 20137:41 pm

Exactly.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20137:38 pm

You kind of get the feeling it’s a matter of when Michigan will go on one of its incredible runs.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 20137:35 pm

It is too easy for Michigan to get to the rim.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 20137:34 pm

Huskers lack size, strength, toughness on the glass.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20137:33 pm

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20137:32 pm

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 20137:31 pm

Huskers have to hope Gallegos and Talley stay hot!!

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20137:31 pm

I did not see this happening. Anyone else?

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20137:29 pm

https://twitter.com/BTNDaveRevsine/status/289167065250676738

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20137:27 pm

My bad, other than Tim Hardaway Jr.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20137:27 pm

All of the best players are soph or younger.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 20137:26 pm

Michigan is the youngest team in the Big Ten?!

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20137:25 pm

Michigan fans, here’s parts of Taylor Lewan’s presser

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20137:23 pm

I’m just saying he could.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 20137:22 pm

GR IIII? I think he will need another year. Can he handle the ball well enough to be a 2 guard in the NBA?

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20137:20 pm

I think both of those guys will leave. Maybe GRIII, too.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 20137:19 pm

Burke and Hardaway probably will turn pro, right?

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20137:19 pm

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20137:18 pm

With Lewan news on the mind, it’ll be interesting to see how many of these Michigan studs return next season.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20137:17 pm

You can’t.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 20137:17 pm

So many skilled players for Michigan, guys who can shoot AND get their own shot. How do you defend all of it? You don’t.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20137:15 pm

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20137:13 pm

I stand corrected. Huskers lead again, 8-7.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20137:12 pm

As will be the case in pretty much every Nebraska game, Gallegos needs to hit like 5-to-7 3-pointers to keep Huskers in it.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20137:08 pm

Remember, Michigan only had like 17 points late in the first half vs. Iowa. And then it went crazy en route to scoring 95 points.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 20137:07 pm

Shots not falling–take it inside. Michigan can’t fall in love with its jumpers if they aren’t falling.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 20137:05 pm

It will be interesting to see if Michigan takes care of business like it should.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20137:05 pm

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20137:04 pm

I think Nebraska just lost its first and only lead.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 9, 20137:02 pm

David (Nebraska) meet Goliath (Michigan).

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20137:00 pm

Michigan has been very consistent – not to mention dominant – in its first two Big Ten games. Look at these similar scores: 94-66 at NU; 95-67 vs. Iowa.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20136:57 pm

“You probably can’t.” – John Beilein, on keeping up team’s crazy offensive effort (94.5 ppg in first two games).

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20136:55 pm

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20136:54 pm

Tim Miles is an entertaining guy. In our pregame interview, on the topic of his struggling offense, he said: “We’ve been offensive. Sorry, that was a bad joke.”

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 9, 20136:52 pm

BTN.com staff January 9, 20132:29 pm

We’ll be kicking this off right before the first game tonight.

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drewstic on 1/9/2013 @ 7:15pm EDT Said:

Look for #Michigan to speed this game up and extend the lead real soon