MINNEAPOLIS Julian Welch didn't contribute at all to Minnesota's upset over No. 1 Indiana last week. The senior guard didn't even have the opportunity, as he spent the entire game on the bench for the first time all season.
One game after the Gophers stunned the Hoosiers at Williams Arena, Welch was in Minnesota's starting lineup. It was done by Tubby Smith to have all four of his seniors start their game against Penn State in the final regular-season home game.
Welch made the most of his opportunity, scoring a season-high 10 points and adding seven assists in the Gophers' 73-44 rout of the Nittany Lions.
Not bad for a guy who didn't play a single minute just one game earlier.
"It was a little weird," Welch said of starting after not playing the game before. "But it was a good weird."
Now, there's a chance that Welch and former senior Andre Ingram, another Gophers reserve, may stay in the starting lineup Wednesday when Minnesota travels to take on Nebraska. Smith wouldn't comm...