The Mighty Minnesota Golden Gopher Preview
Date: Saturday, February 25th
Time: 2:30pm CST
Location: Lincoln, NE
Record: 7-19 (1-15 Big Ten)
Last Meeting: Nebraska 81 Minnesota 79 (OT)
Head Coach: Ben Johnson (2nd Season)
Minnesota hasn’t won a game since beating Ohio State 70-67 on January 12th. (The Bottom of the Big Ten Boondoggle)
They have since lost to Illinois 78-60. (The Land of Lincoln Lickin’)
Purdue 61-39 (The Boilermaker Brouhaha)
Michigan 60-56 (The Abyss of Ann Arbor)
Indiana 61-57 (Hamstrung by Hoosiers)
Northwestern 81-61 (The Smart Kid Skid Marks)
Rutgers 90-55 (The Pounding in Piscataway)
Maryland 81-46 (A Turtle Ate A Gopher Blue Plate Special)
Iowa 68-56 (The Floyd of Rosedale F*#& Up)
Penn State 76-69 (The Pennsylvania Night of Horrors)
Illinois 78-69 (Illinois Doesn’t Like You)
Maryland 88-70 (The Conundrum in College Park)
So, anyway. You came here for a preview.
Minnesota isn’t that good. They’re a team that should be decent but they are not. Ben Johnson has himself a situation in Minneapolis during his second year on the job. Not sure what his job security is but the Gophers have historically expected better from their men’s basketball squads.
They are finalizing a stretch of four games in eight days on Saturday following an 88-70 loss at Maryland Wednesday night. Yeah, they came close this time to beating the Terrapenes but alas. Dawson Garcia, who averages 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game is their best player on the court.
Jamison Battle had the best game against Nebraska when the Huskers beat them back in January where he ended the night with 20 points and 2 rebounds. Also of note is Ta’lon Cooper who is averaging 9.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, and is leading the Gophers with 5.9 assists per game.
Expect a rowdy crowd on this cold Saturday afternoon in Lincoln as it looks like Pinnacle Bank Arena is sold out. This is also Nebraska’s best chance at getting one more win before the conference tournament so I would assume that coach Hoiberg has the boys in red ready to play.