Originally written November 25, 2011 on The Sports Bank:
Conference play hasn’t yet begun for the Big Ten yet this season, but the Minnesota Golden Gophers are anxious to start play in a league where they are an afterthought. Wisconsin, Ohio State, Michigan State, and Michigan seem to be the consensus frontrunners for the top third of the league. Minnesota played the DePaul Blue Demons in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on Thanksgiving in front of an announced crowd of slightly over three thousand. The statisticians must have been counting all of the employees in the building in their tally. Nonetheless, Tubby Smith and crew fought through a double digit halftime deficit to pull out the victory 86-85 in a high scoring affair. Like many games this time of year, sloppy play ruled the day for both sides. Unforced turnovers were rampant by both clubs and the Gophers missed ten of twenty-seven free throws. The bottom line is that the club survived to play against the Indiana State Sycamores in the next round. If you are like me, you can’t name a pl...
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