Tonight's live blog: Videos, photos & updates

Just as we do every Wednesday night, we’re live blogging during tonight’s Super Wednesday doubleheader, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. No. 1 Indiana blew away Nebraska. in the first game and Illinois dropped Purdue in the nightcap.

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Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 201311:20 pm

Matt Painter gets booted:

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks February 13, 201311:09 pm

Too soon to tell with guys like Davis and Simpson, and Painter has some more top 100 players coming in next season. I think long term, they’re fine. Just not a lot of upperclass talent on the roster this season.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks February 13, 201311:08 pm

Byrd showed last year that he can be a really effective role player, but he’s miscast as the main option.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks February 13, 201311:08 pm

I think the Johnson brothers are solid. Terone is being asked to do too much, and Ronnie is young, but he’ll be good.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer February 13, 201311:07 pm

Outside of getting Moore, Hummel and JJ–which Painter got early on started recruiting hard when he was head coach in waiting, Painter really hasn’t signed any players of note. Think about it. Aside from Hammons, who else would you want from this roster?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer February 13, 201311:05 pm

Well, other teams win with freshmen and young players. Michigan relies on a sophomore and three freshmen.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks February 13, 201311:00 pm

It’s a rebuilding year for a young team. I think they’ll bounce back next year, when these freshmen become sophomores.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer February 13, 201310:59 pm

File this under: Too little, too late. This Purdue team has made little if any improvement all season.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks February 13, 201310:45 pm

Painter with a double technical, and is ejected. He might get a third walking off the court.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 201310:40 pm

Christian Watford talks with our Stephanie White after tonight’s game: http://bigtennetworks.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/uspw_7037620.jpg?w=640

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks February 13, 201310:35 pm

Little bit of a run here for Purdue. If they can get it under 10 in the next couple of possessions, we’ll have a game

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer February 13, 201310:33 pm

I’d love to see a shot chart for Illinois. How many point-blank looks do they have?

Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 201310:31 pm

It wasn’t as close as score indicated. What was it, a 12-point loss. Either way, it’s a bad loss.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 201310:30 pm

Any home loss like that is pretty bad. Even if you’re playing a top team.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks February 13, 201310:25 pm

I don’t know–Northwestern has a pretty bad efficiency margin. I think they do qualify as a bad team. They were at full strength, but that game wasn’t close. It’s certainly not the kind of result you’d expect from a team with the kind of wins Illinois has.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer February 13, 201310:20 pm

Well, it’s not like Northwestern is a bad team. They were still at full strength when they won in Champaign, right?

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks February 13, 201310:16 pm

Probably not. But does any Big Ten NCAA Tournament team have as bad a loss as a home blowout loss to Northwestern. I agree with Brent, this is a very hot and cold team.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer February 13, 201310:15 pm

And I ask: Does any Big Ten team have more impressive wins? Gonzaga, Butler, Indiana, Ohio State, Minnesota ……

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer February 13, 201310:14 pm

You don’t really need a big man. Illinois can get to the hoop on drives. And rebounding is all about hustle/desire. We have seen that Illinois can beat anyone with this roster.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 201310:11 pm

In my mind, it can go the opposite way just as fast as they turned it around. Still need an inside game, or more consistent defense.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 201310:11 pm

Illinois looks like it did early in the season. That’s the thing with them, they’re either very good or very bad. It all depends on whether jump shots are falling.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks February 13, 20139:59 pm

Sorry-that’s 4 home games in a row.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks February 13, 20139:58 pm

Agreed. They looked like they were ready to phone in the season after losing 5 home games in a row.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer February 13, 20139:56 pm

That Illinois win at Minnesota impressed me in some ways as much as the win over IU. Illinois seems to be dialed in for the long haul. Nice job by Groce.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks February 13, 20139:46 pm

Purdue is 4-17 on 2s

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer February 13, 20139:37 pm

It would be nice if Purdue tried to rebound.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks February 13, 20139:33 pm

Illinois suddenly getting open 3 point looks. Purdue needs to start closing out, or it could get ugly.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 20139:29 pm

Nnanna Egwu seems to be doing a lot of this recently:

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks February 13, 20139:26 pm

They really need a strong rebounder in the paint.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks February 13, 20139:26 pm

They aren’t a very good defensive team, that’s holding them back.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer February 13, 20139:25 pm

Illinois is too talented to be fighting for its NCAA life. Look at those guys: Richardson, Paul, Abrams, Egwu ….. WAY more talent than Purdue.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks February 13, 20139:20 pm

They are, and they’re missing a lot already tonight.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer February 13, 20139:19 pm

Yes, well, defense is good. But you have to score to win. And, Purdue is a horrible offensive team.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks February 13, 20139:16 pm

Purdue defending the three-point line very well so far. That’s why this is such a tough matchup for Illinois.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer February 13, 20139:12 pm

I think Byrd had ONE shot in the last game. Think about that….. Pretty easy to take the guy out of a game.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer February 13, 20139:11 pm

Illini rolling, too. They aren’t gonna get beat by this team. Purdue has absolutely NO shooters outside of Byrd, who is either hot or cold.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer February 13, 20139:10 pm

I like Illinois. Purdue just can’t score.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks February 13, 20139:05 pm

Who do you guys like in the 2nd game? I think Illinois wins, but close. Purdue is a tough matchup for them.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer February 13, 20138:43 pm

In the end, Indiana has taken care of business like a No. 1 team should vs. a team like Nebraska. But why is Zeller still in the game?

Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 20138:37 pm

Oh, The Wave:

Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 20138:33 pm

Jordan Hulls no-look pass sets up another Victor Oladipo dunk:

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer February 13, 20138:29 pm

Man, Watford just seems like he has no fire about him. Too bad. Seems so casual.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer February 13, 20138:24 pm

Still no assists for Huskers.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks February 13, 20138:24 pm

He really has, Brent. And I don’t feel like he gets enough credit for that.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 20138:23 pm

This was a nice swat from Cody Zeller. Kid has gotten so much better on defensive end.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer February 13, 20138:17 pm

Good point, Josh. More of a finesse, wing player. Is really deadly as a trailer on the break hitting a 3-pointer.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks February 13, 20138:15 pm

I really don’t understand why Indiana runs sets to get the ball to Watford in the post. He’s just not very effective there.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 20138:09 pm
Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer February 13, 20138:08 pm

I don’t think so, Brent. Next time I will say: Well, good think it’s not diving. LOL

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks February 13, 20138:05 pm

Indiana is shooting 4 free throws for every 5 field goal attempts. Yeesh.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 20138:04 pm

That’s one of Shon Morris favorite lines. The figure skating thing. Did he just say it?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer February 13, 20138:02 pm

Gotta get a Tom Crean bobblehead!

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer February 13, 20137:59 pm

This isn’t figure skating, thank goodness!!

Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 20137:58 pm

Halftime recap:

No. 1 Indiana leads 27-18 at halftime thanks to its ability to attack the rim and get to the free-throw line (13-of-16). The Hoosiers shot only 30 percent and made six field goals, but they limited Nebraska to seven field goals and four free throws.

Dylan Talley scored 10 points and Shavon Shields added four for Nebraska, which failed to tally a single assist in the first 20 minutes. Nebraska leading scorer Ray Gallegos (13.3 ppg) was held scoreless.

Victor Oladipo and Christian Watford paced the Hoosiers with seven and six points, respectively. Oladipo also tallied two steals and Watford corralled four rebounds.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks February 13, 20137:49 pm

Well, it wasn’t pretty, but IU has a 9-point lead at halftime.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 20137:46 pm

Do yourself a favor and watch this Oladipo dunk montage:

Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 20137:46 pm
Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks February 13, 20137:44 pm

I think the last time he missed a shot was before the 2nd presidential debate.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks February 13, 20137:43 pm

Well, considering he’s shooting about 94% from the field, it’s hard to see his stock getting much higher, no matter where he is on the board right now.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 20137:41 pm

He’s in the top 10 of mock drafts now, right? I thought I saw him No. 8 in one.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 20137:40 pm

All four will be gone. No way Oladipo stays now. I can’t see it happening.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks February 13, 20137:36 pm

Throw Hulls in there, and you have a hyperefficient group. All 4 might be gone after this year, too. Big shoes to fill.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer February 13, 20137:35 pm

Does it get any better than the trio of Zeller, Oladipo and Watford? I think not.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 20137:34 pm
Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks February 13, 20137:34 pm

How does a 5-second call happen with 4 timeouts?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer February 13, 20137:28 pm

Finally. Here is where IU takes off….

Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 20137:28 pm

And Indiana leads, 12-plus into this one.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 20137:27 pm
Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 20137:18 pm

Huskers might run out of players here, with their lack of depth and early foul trouble.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks February 13, 20137:15 pm

Then again, Zeller grabs pine right now, when IU could really capitalize. I don’t get it.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks February 13, 20137:15 pm

And just like that, both of Nebraska’s centers have 2 fouls. Trouble.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 20137:13 pm

Fact: All three of us have a better vertical than Almeida.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 20137:12 pm

They haven’t realized the game has started.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks February 13, 20137:12 pm

Indiana’s defense has been really bad so far tonight. Especially defending off the dribble.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 20137:11 pm
Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer February 13, 20137:11 pm

Few teams can go a run like Indiana. You know a spurt like that is coming at some point.

Josh Reed, Big Ten Geeks February 13, 20137:10 pm

Real key will be whether Nebraska’s bigs can stay out of foul trouble against Zeller. Ubel is their best interior player, and he’ll need to be on the floor a lot for them to have a chance.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 20137:08 pm
Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 20137:06 pm

Is this 8-4 score a typo? Nah, still very early.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 20137:04 pm

I think it’s sold out; just a late arriving crowd.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer February 13, 20137:03 pm

They should be sold out regardless of WHO they are playing.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 20137:02 pm

It’s strange to see Assembly Hall with open seats. Not many of them, but you can see a few. It’ll fill up.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer February 13, 20137:02 pm

How motivated and dialed in will Indiana be?

Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 20137:01 pm

And we’re underway. Oladipo with an easy layup on first possession.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 20136:59 pm
Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 20136:58 pm

And yes, I know Nebraska won the lone meeting last year. Different teams. Much different teams. And this one is in Assembly Hall.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com February 13, 20136:58 pm

And we’re about ready to start. I’m going to go out on a limb and say this first one isn’t close at all. Go figure.

BTN.com staff February 13, 20131:09 pm

Come back around 6:30 p.m. ET, folks. We’ll get this going then.

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