I love covering sports on Twitter. What I don't love quite as much? Losing followers right and left because I send out hundreds of tweets in a two-hour time span.
With that predicament in mind, I'm taking a different approach for tonight's Top-10 showdown between Purdue and Tennessee in the Paradise Jam final. I'll be providing instant analysis and commentary in tweet-sized nuggets, but I'll post them all at once instead of flooding my Twitter timeline with every last thought.
(Warning: this is coming from my Purdue-fan perspective. Hopefully Volunteer supporters can appreciate it nonetheless.)
(Warning No. 2: I didn't put much score information in. Purdue led 42-41 at halftime and won 73-72...but there's not a lot of room for scoreboard mentions in Twitter-sized updates!)
(Warning No. 3: all times listed are number of minutes remaining in that half.)
19:30 Keaton Grant, please throw outlet passes to your own team. Thank you.
19:00 JaJuan Johnson, please make your free throws. Thank you.
18:45 Tennessee tries a back-cut; if executed properly, it’s a good way to loosen up Purdue’s defense.
18:30 How long before anyone makes a field goal? Halftime?
18:15 Or not. Tennessee leads 2-1 on a way-too-easy layup.
17:15 Tyler Smith just posterized Chris Kramer. You can find that on YouTube tomorrow.
16:45 JaJuan Johnson with the rebound and the putback. Purdue & rebounding don’t always go together.
16:30 Kelsey Barlow just checked in. Kelsey Barlow just traveled. Come back, LewJack.
16:00 Purdue’s five guys deep. Barlow, Bade, Smith, & Byrd can help, but not yet. Not consistently.
15:30 Hummel pump fake and mid-range floater. Good sign: his offense has been streaky at best this year.
15:00 Another turnover. Good thing Boilers are forcing some, because they’re giving the ball away almost every trip.
14:45 Kelsey Barlow with the “and-one” move off glass! From redshirt candidate to sixth man in a week.
14:30 And here’s the press. Purdue’s struggled against pressure the last few years.
14:00 Wow – Barlow to JJ for the 3-on-2 alley-oop. That’s how you break a press, highlight-style.
13:30 Mark Wohlford has checked in. 09-10 Wohlford = 08-09 Bobby Riddell? Discuss.
13:00 Purdue playing well and only leading 12-11. This scares me.
12:55 Then again, I’m pretty much scared of everything.
12:50 Johnson just got his second foul. Big problem for a not-so-deep-especially-in-post team.
12:45 Back-to-back triples for the Vols.
11:45 And now fellow front-line man Bade has two fouls. Five-guard lineup, here we come…
11:40 Another turnover. Purdue’s getting into the holiday giving spirit a bit early, if you ask me.
11:25 Three fouls on Bade. Oh boy. Has he even been out there three minutes yet?
11:10 12-ft jumpers in lane for E’Twaun Moore = layups for everyone else. Easy.
10:30 Horrible foul call on UT alley-oop. Kramer took charge to no avail, Grant called for swipe up top.
10:00 Jumpers for E’Twaun Moore=lay… oh wait, we said that already. Still true.
9:45 Barlow misses the front end. Free throws in practice tomorrow, Coach?
9:10 E’Twaun Moore from 22 feet = amazing. He’s keeping Purdue in it single-handedly.
9:00 Pressure still giving Purdue problems, even just trying to inbound. How many timeouts do we get?
8:45 Tennessee just got their 107th three-point play of the game. Or something like that.
8:20 Patrick Bade from 17 ft = probably should have passed to E’Twaun Moore.
8:00 Ryne Smith looks like he’s learned floor burns from Chris Kramer. I like it.
7:00 Which number will be higher? Tonight’s fouls or costume changes at last night’s AMAs? Discuss.
6:45 Robbie Hummel for three! It’s about time. Or would that be “It’s about stinking time”?
6:30 Memo to Ryne Smith. Please don’t foul three-point shooters. You’re a three-point shooter: you should know this.
6:30 And there’s the FIRST five-second call against Purdue. Notice I didn’t say “ONLY”.
6:00 Good press break for Purdue, finished with a layup. More of that, please?
4:40 Hummel and Moore have missed makeable jumpers the last two trips. When they’re not scoring, Purdue’s in trouble.
4:00 Whew, finally a break. End-to-end action, Purdue down 4. Considering foul trouble, not too bad.
3:20 Scoring from Chris Kramer. Purdue fans define this as “a nice bonus”.
2:30 Frantic doesn’t begin to describe the pace at this point.
2:20 E’Twaun Moore just took a ten-foot baseline pull-up while only five feet from the rim. Oops.
1:15 Hummel rediscovers his shooting stroke, at least momentarily. Will it last?
1:00 My wife just said, “Somebody play some defense”. I concur wholeheartedly.
00:15 The Boilers listened to my wife. Shot-clock violation, Tennessee. Thanks, wife.
00:00 E’Twaun Moore beats the buzzer and gives Purdue a one-point lead. I like this.
Halftime: Purdue 42, Tennessee 41
18:30 Giving up four quick points to start the half – not what I (or Painter, I’m guessing) had in mind.
18:15 Letting E’Twaun Moore shoot as often as he wants – exactly what I have in mind. Good from downtown!
17:45 Every time JJ takes a deep jumper, I cringe. Unless he makes it, like just now.
17:21 It took Johnson exactly 159 seconds of second-half action to pick up foul number three. Joy.
16:45 Mark Wohlford just made an off-balance 25-foot three-pointer. Never thought I’d type that sentence.
16:30 Too many layups for the Volunteers. I’m ticked. Guessing Painter is too.
16:25 In case you can’t tell, I’m like many fans in that I prefer to speak for the coach at all times.
16:00 Bad DJ Byrd: don’t give up a rebound so easily. Good DJ Byrd: draw a charge seconds later.
15:45 Chris Kramer, you can miss those layups against Cal-State Northridge. Not tonight.
15:30 Chris Kramer, all is forgiven. The floor burns leader just slid 30 feet and made a steal in the process! Highlight-reel!
14:45 Hummel swishes a three-pointer. When his shot is on, the ball doesn’t even touch the rim.
14:30 Barlow’s floater swatted aside. I could almost hear the defender say, “Don’t bring that soft stuff.”
14:00 Vols back on top, 53-52. Has there been a larger lead than 1 point in this back-and-forth game?
13:30 Tennessee’s Williams with a one-handed tip slam. Highlight dunk #2 of the evening for the Vols.
13:00 Freshman=inconsistency. Barlow’s D last trip down was horrible. This time? Picture-perfect.
12:15 Johnson with the one-handed jam! I know what my computer desktop image will be tomorrow.
11:45 While the frosh aren’t ready yet, if Purdue makes a deep run in March, Painter will get a bunch of credit for throwing them to the wolves.
11:15 Barlow gets tangled up with a Volunteers player and tempers flare briefly. Calm down, gentlemen.
11:05 And that was the worst inbounds pass of all-time. PURDUE hit UT on the dead run to their basket. Ouch.
11:00 Another wasted timeout because of the Tennessee pressure. Hope Painter didn’t plan to use those later.
10:45 Hummel making a concerted effort to post up more. Sadly, he’s still undersized against athletic Vol forwards.
10:35 And proving my genius, Hummel scores easily on block (albeit vs. a guard). I’ll shut up now.
10:15 Tennessee player falls down. Purdue called for a foul (despite lack of contact). Make-up call coming.
10:05 Make-up call. That didn’t take long.
9:45 Barlow strong offensive board, then promptly dribbles ball out of bounds. The best of times, the worst of times…
9:30 Four fouls now for Johnson. If Purdue’s bench is going to grow up quick, now’s the time.
8:30 Kramer doing the little things. Great rotation after Bade got beat, caused traveling whistle.
8:25 CK won’t show up in the stats for that, but it’s just as valuable as the steals he’s famous for.
8:00 Boilers down 59-58. Offense running through Moore & Hummel every trip. Still.
7:55 Just realized I’m wearing my Big Ten tourney champs T-shirt. Good karma?
7:53 Just kidding…I don’t believe in karma.
7:50 Former Purdue football great Drew Brees just showed up on MNF halftime. If only I believed in karma…
7:20 Moore 20 pts + Hummel 19 points + rest of team 23 points. See why depth is concern?
6:20 E’Twaun Moore just ran an entire offensive possession by himself. Just like my PlayStation.
6:15 E’Twaun dribbled one way, then the other, cleared everybody out, and stuck a pull-up J with the clock dwindling.
5:50 Big drive from Vols to stop bleeding, cut lead to 3. Athletic teams can get to rim vs. Purdue.
5:20 EASY lay-in for Tyler Smith. Did I mention that athletic teams can get to rim vs. Purdue?
4:45 5-pt lead for Purdue right back to 1, but Kramer hits huge 15-footer off dish from Moore.
4:00 Patrick Bade just drew his fourth foul.
3:55 And UT’s Williams misses the front end of a one-and-one. Great foul, Bade.
3:35 JJ with the turnaround! Nice to have him back on the floor!
3:25 JJ with his fifth foul! It was nice to have him back on the floor for that one trip!
3:15 In all seriousness, this is where I’m concerned about 09-10 Boilers. Getting Marcius back from injury will help.
3:15 My semi-prophetic tweet from pre-game: “Rebounding’s key. Also foul trouble. Boilers basically 5- deep.”
3:10 Wow, Moore drawing double-team 30 ft. from hoop as soon as he touches it. That’s respect.
3:05 Begging the obvious question, can Hummel and company make the Vols pay?
3:00 Purdue up five. Can their trademark defense close the deal?
2:25 Hummel dribbles the ball off his foot, dives on it, and Painter calls timeout.
2:25 Bruce Pearl is kindly asking the referee if Purdue had possession when Painter called time.
2:25 When I say kindly, I mean “quite animated and screaming at the top of his lungs”.
2:15 Purdue just missed three wide-open layups, one by Moore and two tips by Bade. That sequence may come back to haunt them.
2:15 Admit to a great deal of amusement that Bruce Pearl is the one complaining about calls. Whistles killed the Boilers early on.
2:03 And Pearl’s constant complaining pays off with an instant foul against Kramer. Groan.
2:00 Two-minute warning. Four-point game. Where’s E’Twaun?
1:45 There he is. Clear-out coming.
1:30 Hummel just missed a wide-open 15-footer. All-Americans make that shot.
1:15 And Chism answers. The lead is cut in half.
1:00 Purdue 72, Tennessee 70. Here we go.
00:50 Kramer rejected from behind by Chism! Incredible defense.
00:40 Vols miss a wide-open three. That would have put them on top. So close…
00:32 Hummel at the foul line, and he misses the first. Bad time for that, in my humble opinion.
00:32 Bruce Pearl just called his second consecutive timeout: trying to ice the kicker, apparently.
00:32 Matt Painter is fired up in the huddle. The Boilers have struggled in elite non-conference games lately.
00:32 After last year’s blowout loss to Duke and heartbreaking loss to Oklahoma, the Boilers have pointed to this game.
00:32 Hummel makes the second. Three-point game.
00:17 Volunteers cut it to one on the drive by Bobby Maze.
00:17 Barlow at the line for Purdue. Pressure situation for the freshman.
00:17 And he missed them both.
00:05 Chism misses the wide-open three off a botched defensive assignment! Can’t get a better look than that!
00:02 Scramble for the rebound, and the Boilers corral it! What a finish!
00:00 You’ll hear about this win during the seeding process in March. Guaranteed.
00:00 Let’s get that trophy on the plane.
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