Super Wednesday: Join our BTN live blog

Tonight on BTN/BTN2Go: It’s our weekly Super Wednesday doubleheader, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. In the first game, No. 17 Michigan State held off Penn State (recap). Live, Nebraska hosts Purdue.

As always, we’re live blogging throughout the action. Join BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina and the Big Ten Geeks in this post.

 

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 201310:59 pm

Can’t wait for tomorrow. This is a nice win for Purdue. Gotta like how Nebraska plays. Tim Miles is doing a good job.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 201310:56 pm

Well, it was a fun Wednesday as always. Should be a great one tomorrow (Minnesota/Michigan). If the Gophers are going to make a run at the B1G title, they need to defend their home court.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 201310:49 pm

That’s the dagger. How is it teams are still letting Terone go to his right?

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 201310:41 pm

You shoot enough of them, you’re going to make a few.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 201310:41 pm

Gallegos is the worst shooting good 3-pointer shooter in recent memory.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 201310:39 pm

Remember: Purdue is a HORRIBLE free-throw shooting team. That will be key down the stretch, I think. Brick. Brick. Brick.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 201310:37 pm

This thing is going to the wire. I think it tightens WAY up. Too bad Brandon Ubel isn’t playing.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 201310:36 pm

A 7-point lead in this game feels like a 15 point lead.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 201310:36 pm

Why did Talley give that up? Why not dunk it, instead of giving it to Gallegos to lay it up?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 201310:36 pm

This is the time when stars must be stars. Byrd? T. Johnson? Gallegos? Talley? Who is it gonna be?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 201310:33 pm

Huskers have great fans in all sports.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 201310:32 pm

You have to give Nebraska fans credit–they show up. Every successful program needs a loyal fanbase.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 201310:29 pm

Huge 3 by Gallegos there. Need a few more of those to really make this a game though.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 201310:17 pm

Point-a-minute pace for Huskers. Woof.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 201310:13 pm

Ronnie Johnson is like Ferrell as far as a shooter. Neither is much of a threat to consistently pull up and hit a jumper. But each is good off the dribble.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 201310:07 pm

Shocked Gallegos and Talley are struggling like this. Purdue playing some good defense.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 20139:57 pm

Heh, Hulls was 40 percent. But most of those were 3s (he was over 40% on 3s). That’s a good shooter, albeit not the insanely accurate shooter he is now.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 20139:56 pm

Sometimes it takes freshmen a year to get it to translate on the court. He’s already really picky with his shots, and shooting poorly. It will come, but for now he’s probably a relative liability, considering the other options.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20139:55 pm

Huge difference, I know. But he’s also young. Heck, Jordan Hulls shot 40 percent as a freshman.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20139:54 pm

As for Ferrell, if teams continue not to defend him, he’ll start to hit the shots. I really feel that way. From everything you hear, he’s a great practice shooter.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 20139:53 pm

Even against smaller guys, he just goes up weakly. It’s like he had an older brother who used to torture him with blocked shots, so now he’s just assuming the worst.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20139:52 pm

He just looks old, slow and unathletic in the post. It’s weird. He should be dominating down low, or at the very least doing very well.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 20139:50 pm

I called Watford “maddening” in College Basketball Prospectus this year. He’s 6-9, athletic, long-armed, and has a nice touch. So why does he only convert 40% of his two-pointers?

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 20139:50 pm

That killed Indiana’s spacing, and allowed the defense to collapse on Zeller in the 2nd half.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20139:49 pm

Watford has to be the league’s most frustrating player.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 20139:49 pm

I think Ferrell needs to be brought off the bench. He’s not a real scoring threat, and we saw last night that teams will play off him and force Indiana to beat you 4 on 5.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 20139:48 pm

Yes, I’m still just not sold on a team that rebounds as poorly as they do on the defensive end. Just not a lot of B1G teams that have been able to contend for a title with those numbers.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 20139:48 pm

I still like IU, too. If all three teams are clicking on all cylinders, IU is the best. Gotta keep Oladip, Ferrell and Watford involved.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20139:48 pm

Bet that would be different if the Hoff was still around.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20139:47 pm

You’ve seemed to be low on Minnesota since preseason, Josh.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 20139:47 pm

Minnesota’s good, but not that good. I still think it’s Indiana, despite yesterday’s loss.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20139:46 pm

The deeper into the season we get, I’m not so sure it’s not Minnesota.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20139:46 pm

So who’s the best team in the Big Ten? Guessing we’ll find out a lot more tomorrow night.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 20139:44 pm

This team looked so good at Michigan State. Need to shoot better. And defend, as Josh said.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 20139:40 pm

Nebraska is 32% on 2s, 33% on 3s tonight. U-G-L-Y.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 20139:34 pm

Tim Miles can’t be happy with the transition defense right now. That’s a big point of emphasis for him.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 20139:26 pm

Amazing. The ONLY thing Terone Johnson can do is drive … and Huskers let him drive.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 20139:25 pm

Eurostep = when you do the 2 steps after picking up your dribble, the second one goes in a different direction than the first.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 20139:21 pm

If Byrd is not shooting well, Purdue has NO shooters. I mean NO shooters. It is amazing. Not sure how this happened.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 20139:20 pm

This is a game Nebraska obviously can win. Would nice if the Huskers can do it.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20139:19 pm

Gallegos might be challenging Byrd for that title, Tom. Or Jordan Hulls from last night alone.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 20139:19 pm

What is a Eurostep?

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 20139:16 pm

I swear, no team in the B1G takes more Eurosteps than Purdue, especially where the shot is missed.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 20139:15 pm

D.J. Byrd has to lead the Big Ten in bad shots. He has to.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20139:13 pm

So Almeida gets Hammons to the bench. I’m on fire tonight!

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 20139:13 pm

Nebraska is going with a small lineup and having some success. But can they rebound vs. Purdue?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 20139:11 pm

Purdue has too few scoring options. Terone Johnson is the lowest scoring leading scorer on any Big Ten team.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20139:06 pm

I was very impressed with Nebraska playing with Michigan State. I just don’t see Rivers and Shields shooting like that again.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 20139:06 pm

Hammons is good, but still just a freshman. Only 2 points against Illinois, and that frontline has been lit up a lot this year.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 20139:04 pm

I don’t know–it’s two struggling offenses. Winning team might not score 50.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20139:04 pm

No, I don’t see any Nebraska guy being able to stop Hammons. Almeida has no vertical leap, no chance.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20139:04 pm

Ray Gallegos has to get hot at some point, right?

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 20138:59 pm

Who do you guys like in the Purdue/Nebraska game? While I normally would say Purdue (even on the road), I was really surprised at how well Nebraska played against MSU and Wisconsin. I’m going with the upset.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 20138:46 pm

True, but this is something we’ve heard about Payne for a couple seasons. He just doesn’t bring it every game (but he’s still very good overall).

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20138:44 pm

Very well could be. I’m telling you, when Payne plays how he’s capable, he’s scary good.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 20138:43 pm

This may end up being one of those games that galvanizes MSU and it looks back on as a key moment in the season….

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 20138:37 pm

I was shocked Appling split the double team–that was two *guards.* Not a guard and some loafing center.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 20138:36 pm

That Payne three means MSU is gonna win, right?

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 20138:28 pm

I should be noted how outstanding the defensive rebounding is in this game. MSU’s offensive rebounding percentage is under 20 (they average 36%), and Penn State’s is 5.6%.

Five. Point. Six.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 20138:28 pm

Nix is a massive presence inside. But, as you guys said, Payne is more skilled, especially defensively.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 20138:26 pm

I also wonder why a lineup with both of them out there couldn’t work. Dawson is quick enough to defend the 3. Valentine is also really struggling in B1G play.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20138:23 pm

Payne. And if he played like he’s capable, he’d be one of the best players in the Big Ten.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 20138:22 pm

Honestly I think Payne is the better player. Much better finisher inside, and he’s miles ahead defensively.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 20138:21 pm

I think Payne is on a mission. Who do you guys like better: Payne or Nix?

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 20138:20 pm

I mean, they’re shooting well from the outside, but this strikes me as running a different offense.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 20138:19 pm

Almost 40 percent of MSU’s shots have been 3s. Considering MSU normally doesn’t take a lot of threes (that’s almost double their normal rate), and PSU’s overmatched front line, this makes no sense.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 20138:15 pm

When do we see Payne and Dawson? Ten-minute mark?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 20138:10 pm

Penn State has to like this pace.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20138:01 pm

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20138:01 pm

Tonight’s halftime entertainment coming up next in a tweet.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20137:54 pm

Halftime recap:

No. 17 Michigan State leads 29-25 over Penn State at the half thanks to a nice start from Gary Harris, who has nine points on 3-5 shooting.

The Nittany Lions have been effective inside, making 8-of-15 two-point field goals, but they’ve hit just 1-of-7 from distance.

Meanwhile, the Spartans hit 42 percent (5-of-12) of their three-point attempts and accounted for nine assists on 10 field goals.

D.J. Newbill led the way for the Nittany Lions in the first half, with nine points.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20137:52 pm

Tim Frazier looked good here on the sideline. Finally shed the walking boot recently.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20137:51 pm

Wrong, like usual.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20137:48 pm

I think Travis Trice is going to hit another trey to take us to the half.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 20137:41 pm

It is an uphill battle at places like PSU. Winning will help, obviously.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20137:39 pm

And it’s not like we’re talking about a Northwestern-sized school here.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20137:38 pm

I remember that, too. They don’t even have seats right behind baskets filled. Like at all.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 20137:37 pm

I still remember Jamelle Cornley saying he wanted PSU to get enough fans so they wouldn’t have to use the curtain they put over the empty upper levels. Sad.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 20137:34 pm

I think they are all studying,

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20137:33 pm

Serious question: Does volleyball at Rec Hall draw better than BJC? Where are the fans?!

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 20137:31 pm

PSU’s defense still has a ways to go. I don’t love Chambers’ approach of letting the other team shoot so many 3s.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 20137:29 pm

Nice point, Brent. I wonder if Chambers is bringing any talent. He’s a good coach.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20137:25 pm

Speaking of which, it sounds crazy, but I think Penn State could be OK next year. Frazier, Newbill, Marshall, Travis & Taylor ain’t such a bad lineup. Frazier makes all of them much better.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20137:24 pm

I haven’t said it in a while: I LOVE Tim Frazier. Glad he’ll be back next year.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20137:23 pm

He has best chance – most opps – to put up the best numbers. The other guys all have a lot more talent around them.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 20137:22 pm

Good call on Hammons. He might be Purdue’s best player by the end of the season.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 20137:21 pm

Probably Harris….

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20137:21 pm

Don’t sleep on A.J. Hammons. He seems to be finding his groove.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 20137:20 pm

I think GR3 and Dekker will be candidates, too.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20137:19 pm

A week ago, I would have said Stauskas. Now, I’m not so sure.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 20137:18 pm

How good is Gary Harris? Who is your guys’ frontrunner for B1G frosh of the year?

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 20137:17 pm

Is Gary Harris the frontrunner for Freshman of the Year?

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20137:16 pm

But it is a road game and Michigan State has played some closer-than-expected games this season.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20137:15 pm

Valid point. I kind of thought he might make a statement and suspend them for the game, seeing as it’s Penn State.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 20137:14 pm

I wonder if their punishment would have been different if MSU was playing at, say, IU or Wisconsin or Michigan ….

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20137:13 pm

Not doubting they aren’t great friends, but it’s hard to view it as 100 percent natural.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20137:13 pm

I’m sure they know the cameras will be on them.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 16, 20137:10 pm

I like how Payne and Dawson are standing on the sidelines next to each other. Like how my dad used to make me and my brother shake hands after we got into a fight.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20137:06 pm

And the way Penn State is shooting, something like 28 percent the last three games, it shouldn’t be an issue.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20137:05 pm

Michigan State just needs to avoid turnovers, and it will be fine.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20137:05 pm

I don’t think they’ll miss them that much.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 20137:05 pm

Appling is key for MSU tonight and for the rest of the season. He needs to be more aggressive on offense–and shoot better.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 16, 20137:00 pm

How much will MSU miss Dawson and Payne the first 20 minutes?

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20136:57 pm

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 16, 20136:54 pm

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