News and notes from around the league:
- Purdue coach Matt Painter is losing patience with his team's poor shooting, Jeff Washburn of the Lafayette Journal and Courier reported. The Boilermakers rank 11th in total field goal percentage (41.6) and free throw percentage (64.1) and last in 3-point field goal shooting percentage (26.2) in the Big Ten. “If I was in a position to reach them, then we wouldn't keep doing the same things,” Painter said. “We have an immature basketball team. I told them at the start of the year that you can be a young team, but if you're going to be an immature team, then you are going to have struggles.”
- Penn State Gs D.J. Newbill, Jermaine Marshall and Ross Travis are learning to deal with increased minutes after star G Tim Frazier suffered a season-ending injury last month, Audrey Snyder of The Harrisburg-Patriot News reported. Newbill is averaging 35.6 minutes per game, Marshall 34.9 and Travis is at 34.3. “Coach is doing a good job of helping us out,” Newbill said. “We get treatment so we can have fresh legs and stuff, but he's making practice so it's not as much wear and tear on our bodies, so we can go out there and play 30, 40 minutes a game.”
- Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said a key to the team's success has been shifting F Zach McCabe to the bench in favor of freshman F Anthony Clemmens, Rick Brown of the Des Moines Register reported. The move has been a hit, with the Hawkeyes going 3-0 since the change. “You look at it and say, ‘Three freshmen in the starting lineup, boy, that's great,'” McCaffery said. “But it could not be great. Because if the upperclassmen don't buy into it, it could be a complete disaster. We have great chemistry on this team. We have great respect for one another, and we pull for each other. It really makes it pleasurable for me to coach in that environment.”
- Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said a heavy slate of early games has kept him from properly developing his young team, Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press reported. Izzo expects to make big strides during the holiday break. "I heard (Kentucky coach) John Calipari say he's going to three-a-days so I'm gonna give him a call today and figure out how you do that," Izzo said, "but in the off (weeks) you can do whatever you want, it's the only time the NCAA doesn't mandate anything so we'll do that. Get a little break for Christmas then come back and spend some real time on us."
- Wisconsin F Mike Bruesewitz is expected to miss Wednesday's game against Green Bay as he continues to recover from a concussion, Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Bruesewitz is averaging 6.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. Freshman F Sam Dekker would likely get his second straight start if Bruesewitz is not cleared.
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