Enjoy the Bubble! Michigan 67, Minnesota 64

I don't have the energy for a full review at the moment. It's still early on Saturday and Minnesota's loss this afternoon to Michigan has driven me to find the nearest watering hole.

First, a big congratulations and a tip of the cap to Michigan's John Beilein. With the Gophers seemingly running away with things midway through the second half, basically scoring at easy on the interior, Beilein wisely switched to a 2-3 zone that almost completely silenced Minnesota's inside game. And without a shooter on the roster, the Gophers couldn't hit from the outside to force the Wolverines to adjust.

Laval Lucas-Perry devastated the Gophers from the perimeter, as Tubby Smith's team played a suprisingly defecient game defensively.

Senior Day for the Gophers was ruined, and now they will be firmly on the bubble come Selection Sunday.

The first 30 minutes of the game couldn't have been better. Damian Johnson was everywhere. Lawrence Westbrook was playing well again. Ralph Sampson III was playing very well inside. And on his senior day, Jamal Abu Shamala was pretty damn good offensively.

But fellow senior Jon Williams, who also justifiably received a starting nod, took all over Colton Iverson's minutes. Colt 45 didnt play at all. And I still don't understand that. It's almost as if Tubby decides that whoever starts determines how his rotations will work the rest of the game. That's insane. Williams was OK on the floor, but Iverson is the one who could score inside. That's where Minnesota was dominating and Iverson would have been another option.

Michigan won this game Saturday, but the Gophers didn't do all they could to win it. It's painful on this end, so I can only imagine what it's like for the players. We'll see who we get now in the Big Ten Tournament. But now I think we need to win at least two games to be confident come Selection Sunday.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join The Daily Gopher

You must be a member of The Daily Gopher to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Daily Gopher. You should read them.

Join The Daily Gopher

You must be a member of The Daily Gopher to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Daily Gopher. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker