Minnesota Basketball: Here Comes the Bubble Sweating - Gophers Lose to Wisconsin

Andy Lyons

That was unpleasant.

Well that wasn't fun you guys. The Gophers lost to Wisconsin in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament 83-57. Pete Campbell, what did you think of the game?

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Couldn't agree more Pete. The Four Factors are below.

Team ORtg eFG% OR% TO%
Minnesota 88.8 39.7 23.3 14.0
Wisconsin 130.9 63.6 22.6 11.0

Less than one point per possession and an eFG% under 40 is a great recipe for losing a lot of games. Credit to Wisconsin, every time the Gophers made a run the Badgers responded. Minnesota never had an offensive flow. Andre Hollins had a rough shooting game. He was 2-14 from the field and 2-7 from behind the arc. Many of those shots were taken out of rhythm and without proper body position. Austin Hollins after several great games had a forgettable performance, recording only 5 points on 1 of 6 shooting. When two of your three best players combine to shoot 15% from the field, you're going to have a bad time.

Minnesota also gave up far too many open 3s. Some of that was the result of good offensive movement, but many of those were the result of the Gopher defenders being late to defend on the post. Similar to the offensive end of the floor, the effort was there but the execution was not.

Deandre Mathieu continued to make highlight reel plays. He had 18 points, 5 assists, and 2 rebounds with a assist/turnover ratio of 2.5. He also showed absolutely no fear in driving. Both of his turnovers this game were the result of getting caught too deep in the post, but I'll take those kinds of turnovers to maintain his aggression.

Next up the Gophers sweat hard on the bubble. I have no idea if they're going to get in, though I think they have a solid resume. That said, we're legitimately talking about the Gophers getting into the Tournament. I did not expect that this season. Regardless of what happens on Selection Sunday, this have been a fun regular season that exceeded expectations.

UPDATE: Post-game presser audio from Travis of Hammer and Rails. Please ignore the silly people from the B1G who thought he was videotaping and hassled him.


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