Live blog: Track Super Wednesday games with us

In our latest Super Wednesday doubleheader, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings, Northwestern upset No. 14 Minnesota and No. 8 Indiana blew out Penn State.

As always, we live blogged throughout the action – look back at our previous conversations here. Join BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina and the Big Ten Geeks here every week. And use BTN Connect to track the chatter surrounding your men’s basketball team.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 201311:18 pm

Yep. Three losses in a row, and now they travel to Wisconsin.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 201311:12 pm

Well, it was nice knowing you, Gophers. But, it’s time to leave the Big Ten contender’s suite.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 201311:06 pm

Agreed. Make them mean something.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 201311:06 pm

Swopshire and Hearn had great games. Andre Hollins and Rodney Williams? Not so much so.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 201311:04 pm

Yes, 5 timeouts is WAY too many.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 201311:00 pm

Here’s the Rodney Williams alley-oop:

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 201310:55 pm

No doubt about it, Northwestern has played a lot better recently. Reggie Hearn is in the convo for most underrated B1G player.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 201310:54 pm

Give NU credit. Getting some timely shooting and lots of contributions from many people.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 201310:54 pm

Who did? I thought the Gophers seniors would play better. Dre Hollins and Rodney Williams have disappointed. Too bad.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 201310:49 pm

Didn’t see this coming.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 201310:45 pm

How about throwing the ball into Mbakwe? Gophers are setting for bad jumpers.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 201310:36 pm

Ladies and gentlemen, THAT is your slam of the night. Thanks you, Rodney Williams.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 201310:34 pm

Only Northwestern. TCU hasn’t had anyone good since Lee Nailon. Before him, Kurt Thomas.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 201310:34 pm

Andre Hollins is 1-of-7 for 3 points. What’s up with that?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 201310:24 pm

By the way, who takes a hoop transfer from TCU?!?!? LOL

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

I’ve seen 2-3 NU guys I never have even heard of…..

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 201310:22 pm

With all the foul trouble, it’s only a matter of time.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 201310:22 pm

Yes, it does seem like Minnesota should be winning this game by a LOT more.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 201310:00 pm

Halftime recap:

No. 14 Minnesota has the lead at the break, 27-24, as well as the rebounding edge, which the Golden Gophers dominated by a 28-15 margin.

Tre Demps hits a buzzer-beater out of a timeout to end the half and make it a three-point game. Northwestern has neutralized Andre Hollins (14.3 ppg), Minnesota’s leading scorer, limiting him to three points.

Jared Swopshire led the way for the Wildcats in the first half, with 10 points. Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe already has seven points and eight rebounds.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 23, 20139:55 pm

Big shot. Northwestern doesn’t seem like they should only be down 3, but that’s where we are.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 20139:55 pm

Rodney Williams has one point. Hope he doesn’t Tweet at halftime.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20139:55 pm

Demps makes Carmody look like a genius!

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20139:54 pm

At least they didn’t go with the all-purple court.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20139:53 pm

I hope Northwestern changes its floor sooner rather than later.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 20139:51 pm

A physical and athletic team.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 23, 20139:49 pm

I still don’t love Minnesota’s defense, largely because they don’t rebound on defense. It’s inexplicable, really.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 20139:46 pm

That is too funny! Gotta like the Minny defense so far. I wonder if Minny plays too many guys. Is that possible?

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 23, 20139:44 pm

Minnesota is rebounding nearly 70% of their misses. That basically means that a missed shot is literally as good as a pass.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 23, 20139:39 pm

Not since Carmody’s been the coach. They always have interior issues.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 20139:37 pm

Has Northwestern ever been able to rebound?

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20139:32 pm

Michigan almost has to be No. 1 if it wins. It’s been more impressive than Kansas, as far as one-loss teams go.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 20139:30 pm

Some think Michigan is poised to be No. 1 if it beats Purdue and Illinois this week.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 20139:30 pm

Wichita State game is close.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 23, 20139:26 pm

By the way, a lot of weird results tonight. Miami destroys Duke, Butler loses to La Salle, and Creighton is getting beat pretty bad by Drake right now.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20139:24 pm

Not too many easy wins at the top of the conference, so you can’t afford losses where everyone else is getting wins.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20139:23 pm

I almost think every game against the lower-tier teams is a must-win this year.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 23, 20139:23 pm

If they want to win the Big Ten, probably. NU is a bottom-3 team. Can’t lose those.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 20139:22 pm

If it wants to win the Big Ten?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 20139:22 pm

So, is this a must-win for the Gophers?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 20139:16 pm

It wasn’t as fleeting as the Ryan-Crean shake.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20139:15 pm

Haha, I actually didn’t see it. I flipped over to Minn-Nu.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 20139:13 pm

Grade that Crean-Chambers handshake, Brent.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 20139:12 pm

Just needs to sharpen his shot.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20139:05 pm

Yogi Ferrell with a career-high 15 points tonight. This kid will be something special.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 23, 20138:57 pm

But there’s no way IU can completely replace all 4, probably not even 3 of them. That kind of efficiency doesn’t grow on trees.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 23, 20138:56 pm

I think Hollowell has a good shot. He’s just a freshman, and most improvement tends to come after the freshman season. The fact that he’s able to get some floor time in competitive games, with this roster, speaks to his potential.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20138:50 pm

If Oladipo leaves, Indiana could be in trouble. Sheehey would be No. 1? Maybe Hollowell and Abell make big strides, but I doubt it.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20138:49 pm

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 23, 20138:48 pm

IU’s top 4 shot takers have efficiencies over 120. With that kind of weaponry, it’s hard for me to quibble with the shot distribution.

(Zeller, Watford, Hulls, and Oladipo. Incidentally, IU will lose at least 2, and maybe all 4, of those players after the season. Thus, Indiana could take a couple of steps back next year)

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 23, 20138:45 pm

It’s about 20

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 23, 20138:45 pm

Wait, not 50

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 23, 20138:45 pm

Well, Zeller is IU’s #1 option. He has more than 50 FGAs than anyone else on the team.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 23, 20138:44 pm

Penn State out of timeouts with 8 minutes left. Ridiculous.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 20138:44 pm

To me, Zeller is IU”s best option and should be treated thusly. He is unique and special, unlike any other Big Ten player. Why not feature him?

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 23, 20138:42 pm

I don’t know–he has the talent to put up 20/10, but Indiana has so many options. Usually you see numbers like that in the college game with teams that lack solid secondary options. Guys like Brandon Paul, Tim Frazier, and Deshaun Thomas score about 20 a night, but that’s as much a reflection of their teammates as anything else.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 20138:40 pm

Zeller should be 20-10 each night.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 23, 20138:40 pm

It’s actually pretty weird, considering this is Penn State. They foul a ton, and Zeller lives off of free throws.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 20138:40 pm

Purdue always will have a shot to beat IU in Mackey. I have seen some average Boiler teams beat good IU teams in WL. Just the rivalry deal….

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20138:39 pm

He’s a mid-60 percent shooter, be aggressive!

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20138:39 pm

He doesn’t demand the ball, for one. There’s no excuse for him only having four field goal attempts.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 20138:38 pm

What is up with Zeller? Why isn’t he dominating?

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 23, 20138:38 pm

They could have a shot, depending on how much Indiana loses, of being close to equal. If both Oladipo and Zeller head to the NBA, IU will have a lot of high efficiency players to replace.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20138:36 pm

I think it’s going to be a couple years before Purdue beats Indiana.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20138:36 pm

They go at least 3-2. You heard it hear first.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 20138:34 pm

And look at IU’s next five games: MSU; at Purdue; Michigan at Illinois; at Ohio State. Could IU go 2-3 in that stretch?

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 23, 20138:32 pm

This game should be a lot worse, by the way. Indiana is shooting just 35% on 2s.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 23, 20138:31 pm

I think 7 will get in, provided Iowa takes care of business. I think Illinois will be left out.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 20138:27 pm

OK, Josh: How many B1G teams do you have in the tourney right now?

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20138:26 pm
Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20138:20 pm

That personalized FatHead, however, is not bad.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20138:20 pm

It was bad.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 20138:17 pm

Nice flop there. Getting tired of the flops. You see Marble flop the other night vs. Craft? Just shameful.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 23, 20138:16 pm

I don’t get why people even try anymore. This guy won: http://deadspin.com/5885404/this-alabama-fan-holds-a-giant-bug+eyed-cutout-of-his-face-at-games-and-it-scares-us

It’s over, folks. You’ll never top that.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 20138:15 pm

When I was in Assembly earlier this year, they had a face of Kim Jung Ill. It was beautiful!

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20138:15 pm

Why wouldn’t there be a panda, Josh? Ha, I have no clue.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 23, 20138:14 pm

The IU students have taken this face sign thing to some ridiculous levels. Why is there a panda?

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20138:12 pm

Yep, we were saying same thing about Wisconsin prior to this week. Two straight losses, including one at home.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 23, 20138:11 pm

As Mike pointed out in today’s post, Michigan State has benefitted from some fortune by winning close games. Winning close games is usually a pretty good precursor for losing close games.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 20138:10 pm

This probably will end up being a “clear the bench” game for IU. Is that it needs before the MSU game? IU needs to get an edge to it.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20138:10 pm

That said, it doesn’t matter how you get it done.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20138:09 pm

Agreed, I think Michigan is the best team. I have questions about Michigan State. Good, for sure, but it hasn’t really been impressive.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 20138:02 pm

That visit by Michigan State to Indiana on Sunday is gonna be VERY interesting.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 20138:02 pm

Yes, since that torrid first half vs. Minnesota, Indiana has only looked really good for stretches. I keep saying this is the Big Ten’s best team. But I’m thinking that honor may go to Michigan.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20138:02 pm

The Jermaine Marshall block is above. Here’s that Hanner Mosquera-Perea swat:

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20137:59 pm

First-half recap:

No. 8 Indiana held Penn State’s offense to just eight first-half field goals, and the Hoosiers lead 33-19 at halftime. The rebounding edge belongs with Indiana, by a 24-18 margin on the boards.

The Hoosiers, who never trailed and led by as many as 15 points, hit 42 percent (5-of-12) of their three-point attempts and registered seven assists on 10 baskets. The Hoosiers also applied the pressure in the first half, earning second-chance opportunities with nine offensive rebounds, to just four for the Nittany Lions.

Penn State’s Jermaine Marshall led all scorers with nine points, while Will Sheehey broke out of his slump to lead Indiana with eight points. Victor Oladipo and Yogi Ferrell each chipped in with seven points.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20137:43 pm

Hoosiers have been different team since first half of the Minnesota game. Night and day.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 20137:40 pm

These may end up being one of those “workmanlike” victories.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20137:38 pm

Hoosiers look flat. When Assembly Hall isn’t rocking, you know the team isn’t giving them much to cheer about.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 20137:37 pm

Indiana averages over 80 points, and it has just 20 with 6 minutes left in the first half?!

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20137:35 pm
Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20137:31 pm

But yeah, it’s interesting to consider. Zeller and Oladipo are guarantees.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20137:31 pm

I don’t think Watford is a pro. I’d be shocked if he gets drafted. His stock has probably dropped since coming back.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 20137:30 pm

Don’t you wonder how many future pros are on IU’s roster? Zeller, Oladipo, Watford, Hollowell, Ferrell, Perea …

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20137:21 pm

He certainly has the body. He still has a lot to learn and is very raw. Just looks confused out there a lot of the time.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20137:21 pm
Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 20137:21 pm

How about Hanner Mosquera Perea?! Guy is gonna be a stud!

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20137:17 pm

Pat Chambers wasn’t lying when he said he’d have one of the best backcourts in the nation, had he had Frazier and Newbill. Newbill is as good as advertised.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 20137:16 pm

It is fun to watch the PSU backcourt of Newbill and Marshall.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20137:15 pm

I’ve got to believe they’ll clip someone. At least once.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 20137:14 pm

You think Penn State will win a Big Ten game this season?

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20137:07 pm
Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20137:03 pm

Yogi says, “Take that, Big Ten Geeks!” and nails an early trey.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20137:01 pm
Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20137:01 pm

And we’re underway. I don’t expect this first one to be close. At all.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 23, 20136:59 pm

Watch Indiana in the second half. In four of IU’s five conference games — including the last three — the Hoosiers have been outscored in the second half.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20136:54 pm
Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20136:52 pm

If a Big Ten fantasy league exists, D.J. Newbill would be a very nice undervalued player. He contributes across the board and gets plenty of opps.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20136:50 pm

“We have a lot of respect for this team.” – Tom Crean, on Penn State. Question: Does a coach ever say he doesn’t have respect for a team or that one won’t be a challenge?

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20136:48 pm
Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 23, 20136:47 pm

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