Super Wednesday featured nation's No. 1 & No. 3 teams

No. 1 Michigan took down Northwestern (recap) and No. 3 Indiana blew out rival Purdue (recap) in our latest Super Wednesday doubleheader, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. As we do for every Super Wednesday, we live blogged throughout the action. Catch up on what BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina and the Big Ten Geeks said right here.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 201310:34 pm

37-point win. Wow! Very impressive. IU heads into its big showdown playing well.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 201310:30 pm

Good points, Josh. He is a great player. 19/11 tonight!!!

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 30, 201310:19 pm

I do. Like I said, his defense is underrated. And he’s better on offense, once you consider how often he gets to the line.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 201310:16 pm

You really think Zeller is having a better year than Oladipo, Josh?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 201310:15 pm

Good points, Brent on Minn/Purdue first halves.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 30, 201310:06 pm

For player of the year, I think Cody Zeller still rates ahead of Oladipo, if just barely. Burke is probably still the frontrunner. Andre Hollins deserves a look, too.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 201310:06 pm

It’s only a matter of time before he becomes a quality shooter.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 201310:05 pm

Yogi!

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 201310:05 pm

I don’t know, I think I’d go with Minnesota game. A lot of damage tonight was from free-throw line.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 201310:05 pm

Was this IU first half better than their effort vs. Minnesota? I think this was a more impressive opening 20 minutes.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 20139:53 pm

Burke, and I like Deshaun Thomas, too. Adreian Payne is playing out of his mind right now, too.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20139:48 pm

Got to be Trey Burke. But Oladipo has to be right there for guys after Burke.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 20139:42 pm

Vic Oladipo B1G player of the year????

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 20139:34 pm

Good points. Time will tell. IU is very good and motivated.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 30, 20139:32 pm

Think about it this way–Michigan’s freshman class is the best we’ve seen since the Thad Five. But no one would trade Zeller, Hulls, and Watford for GR3, Stauskas, and McGary. The freshmen are good, but not that good.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 30, 20139:30 pm

I don’t know about that. IU has a couple of very good recruits for next season, but none of them will be as good as Zeller, Hulls, or Watford are now. And Oladipo, if he leaves.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 20139:29 pm

Yep, and 4-5 more 5 star studs will take their spots!!!

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 30, 20139:28 pm

Yep, Indiana could lose a lot of pieces that are very difficult to replace.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20139:28 pm

Ronnie, A.J., Terone, Davis might be better collection than what IU has.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 20139:28 pm

IU on an almost 100 point pace. Think about that…..

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20139:28 pm

Could be flipped as soon as next year, Tom.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 20139:27 pm

The talent difference between these teams is frightening.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20139:27 pm

Zeller going for the first-half double-double. Maybe a board short.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 20139:26 pm

Well, NU pushed IU to the wall…. Wisconsin won at IU .l… Butler beat IU … Purdue shouldn’t get crushed AT HOME by IU.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 30, 20139:24 pm

Indiana is pretty good, Tom.

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

Getting SMOKED…… At home…… not even halftime…..

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

Exactly what are the strengths of this Purdue team??????

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20139:22 pm

Maybe a very poor man’s Bo Ryan would have been a better way of putting it.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 30, 20139:22 pm

I don’t disagree with that, Brent. Painter’s been very good at adjusting to his roster’s strengths.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20139:19 pm

The Baby Boilers were great players, but he consistently gets more out of less. At least, he does in my mind.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20139:18 pm

I say that because they get a lot out of little.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 20139:15 pm

Bo Ryan until last game was No. 1 in Big Ten history in win percentage!!!! No WAY Painter is Bo Ryan Jr.!!!

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 20139:14 pm

Purdue should run EVERY time it can. I don’t see it getting anything good in the halfcourt. Dribble, pass, dribble, pass, turnover, forced shot….

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 30, 20139:13 pm

High praise, Brent, but I don’t know if I’d go that far.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20139:12 pm

Matt Painter is Bo Ryan Jr.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 30, 20139:12 pm

Well, he looked great there. Fantastic hands by Hammons to catch the ball and score it so quickly.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 20139:12 pm

Purdue needs more than Hammons to beat any team that is halfway decent. The lack of good shooters is absolutely stunning. And the backup big men?????

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20139:12 pm

Like all frosh, Hammons is going to have his bad games. But this kid is going to be something special. Doesn’t even have to score. Like at all.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 30, 20139:10 pm

Hammons is not on his game tonight, and Purdue needs his offense.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 20139:10 pm

Indiana is rolling. Watching Purdue run halfcourt offense is just brutal.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 30, 20139:05 pm

Yes, that’s very good for a college player, especially one that finishes at the rim as well as Oladipo. But that probably translates to something like a 30% 3P shooter at the NBA level. Is that good enough for a 2-guard? I think that’s really the main concern scouts might have.

But at the collegiate level, there aren’t many holes in his game.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20139:04 pm

Well, sure, he’s going to regress. But I don’t think he’ll all of the sudden not be able to make a 3. Even 35 percent range is OK.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 30, 20139:02 pm

Well, he’s not really a 55% 3P shooter. No one is. Everyone who shoots it that well almost inevitably regresses.

Another data point is his FT shooting, which is around 70%. Generally that translates into something closer to a 33-35% 3P shooter.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20139:01 pm

I don’t know if Oladipo’s shooting can be an aberration. I mean, isn’t this too long of a stretch to be a fluke?

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 30, 20138:57 pm

Look at Taco, draining another jumper. Very un-Taco-like.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 30, 20138:48 pm

Taco was running at the rim as soon as he shot that. Not the most confident player.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20138:47 pm
Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 30, 20138:46 pm

To his credit, he does use screens well off the ball.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20138:45 pm

I don’t know how he gets so wide open so often, considering he can’t do much else. And it’s not like Purdue boasts some killer scorer everyone must help on, either.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20138:45 pm

Where is DJ Byrd? That’s a sentence we could use a lot this season. He’s a one-dimensional guy.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 20138:43 pm

Purdue’s lone chance to hit shots. Where is DJ Byrd? Is T. Johnson gonna drive the lane?

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 30, 20138:43 pm

These teams have really scouted each other well. You see IU close out hard on Byrd, because he’s not a great shooter off the bounce.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20138:42 pm

And No. 2 on Hammons. To the bench he goes.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 30, 20138:42 pm

Not a bad comparison, Brent, but Brewer is a couple inches taller.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20138:41 pm

Oladipo = Ronnie Brewer?

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 30, 20138:40 pm

I don’t understand why anyone fouls Watford on the interior. He’s just such a poor finisher at the rim.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 30, 20138:39 pm

Yeah, but is he really going to stick around a year so he can lift weights? They have those in the NBA too. Another year adds to his age coming out, and that’s going to be used against him.

With Oladipo, the question I have is what position does he play? Can he shoot well enough for the 2? He’s shooting very well this year, but is that an aberration?

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20138:38 pm

And there’s foul No. 1 on Hammons.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20138:37 pm

Different people, different players, but both would benefit from being bigger, stronger.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20138:37 pm

Maybe his brother’s lack of success in the NBA this year will keep him one more year.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 30, 20138:36 pm

The question I have is whether Oladipo tests the waters.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20138:36 pm
Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 20138:36 pm

Yes, Josh. Zeller probably gonna bolt after this season.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 30, 20138:35 pm

Definitely. All of which makes me think this is his last year on campus. But who knows?

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20138:35 pm

And he’s improved as a rebounder, too.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 30, 20138:34 pm

He’s much, much improved over last season.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 30, 20138:34 pm

Zeller is actually a really underrated defender now. Only 5 fewer steals than Oladipo in conference play, he’s also got 11 blocks and just one fewer defensive rebound than Watford.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20138:33 pm

I just see Zeller getting Hammons in early foul trouble and having a big game.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20138:32 pm

I don’t see an upset happening here tonight. Purdue just doesn’t have the offense to hang with Indiana. Yeah, I know, neither does Wisconsin.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 20138:32 pm

Back in March 1992, unranked Purdue topped No. 4 IU in Mackey. Could it happen again?

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 30, 20138:31 pm

Hammons, no question. Zeller fouls less, and draws more.

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

Who gets in four trouble first? Zeller or Hammons?

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks January 30, 20138:24 pm

The question I have on Michigan is whether they will beat the 2005 Illinois team’s PPP mark (1.21 in conference play). Coming into tonight, UM was at 1.19.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20138:22 pm

I’m not sure Mitch McGary wouldn’t give him fits. Only reason he comes off bench is for effort spark, much like Craft as a frosh.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20138:22 pm

Who knows with sprained ankles.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 20138:19 pm

Will Jordan Morgan play at IU? May need him vs. Zeller et al.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 20138:19 pm

So much for Michigan looking ahead to the Hoosiers. The Wolverines looked very good in going to 20-1 for first time in school annals.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20138:14 pm

We’ll learn a lot more about the Wolverines – I think they’ll still be REALLY good – after that stretch.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 20138:12 pm

Yes, Michigan’s upcoming sked is brutal:

at Indiana
OSU
at Wisc.
at MSU

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20138:03 pm

Man, it looked like Northwestern was going to make this a real game, but Sobo’s three missed FTs really changed it all.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 20138:01 pm

I wonder who will go pro for Michigan. GR3? Burke? Hardaway?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 20138:01 pm

Man, Michigan is putting the pedal to the metal.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20137:49 pm

But with both back next season, in addition to Sobo and Olah (who should be pretty good), this could be a surprise team.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20137:47 pm

They’d be a lot better, and dare I say, tourney worthy?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 20137:43 pm

How good would NU be if Crawford and Cobb were playing?

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20137:33 pm

Here’s something to keep you interested during commercial breaks:

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 20137:32 pm

Michigan looking a bit sleepy coming out in the second half. Burke needs to provide a spark. I’m guessing motivation is an issue.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20137:17 pm

Halftime recap:

Trey Burke has 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting to lead No. 1 Michigan to a 36-21 lead over Northwestern at the end of the first half. The Wolverines shot 61 percent (14-of-23), including 63 percent from downtown (5-of-8), and recorded 10 assists on their 14 field goals.

Nik Stauskas added night points and Glenn Robinson III chipped in eight for the Wolverines.

Dave Sobolewski, Reggie Hearn and Alex Marcotullio all scored five points apiece to pace Northwestern.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 20137:10 pm

For as loaded as Michigan is on offense, its defense is every bit as impressive.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20137:09 pm

Nik Stauskas drains 3, says, “I’m baaack.” Love it!

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20137:05 pm

So much motor.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20137:05 pm

He’s John Simon on a basketball court.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 20137:00 pm

How athletic is McGary?! Guy is gonna be really good.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20136:57 pm

Glenn Robinson III’s first dunk of the night:

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20136:56 pm

That’s what they need to do.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 20136:53 pm

NU takes “milking the clock” to new levels!!!

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 20136:50 pm

Alex Marcotullio is the microwave!!!

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20136:49 pm

He is cheesy! And he knows it.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 20136:43 pm

What did Bacari Alexander tell these guys!? LOL

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20136:40 pm

Michigan has 19 points in first seven minutes, and Tim Hardaway Jr. hasn’t taken a shot. #Deep.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20136:38 pm
Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20136:36 pm
Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20136:34 pm

I think they have a “shot.” But it’s going to take off nights from Stauskas, GR3 and Hardaway – like at Ohio State.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20136:34 pm

Something to consider: Northwestern’s Reggie Hearn vs. ranked foes – 51 percent, 16.5 ppg; vs. unranked foes – 29 percent, 8.7 ppg.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 20136:33 pm

I have a feeling this will be a 40-minute celebration of Michigan being No. 1.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer January 30, 20136:32 pm

Does NU have a shot?

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20136:31 pm

One thing I know about this game: Northwestern will play at a much slower pace than it did in the Big Ten opener. Michigan won’t flirt with 90 points tonight.

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

This should be a fun Super Wednesday doubleheader. The No. 1 team up first, then No. 3 at its heated rival. I’m pumped.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20136:28 pm
Brent Yarina, BTN.com January 30, 20136:28 pm

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