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Happy Cinco De Mayo - Golden Nuggz

Border_battle_mediumThe Gophers have dominated the Border Battle Cup 
with the Badgers this year.  With the Gopher men's golf team's second place finish in the Big Ten Tournament the Gophers have locked up this year's Border Battle Cup.  This is the fifth year of the BBC and the Gophers now trail the series 2-3.  Men's and Women's outdoor track championships are still pending but if the Gophers are able to finish higher than the Badgers they will secure at least the second biggest route (points wise) in the BBC's history. 

Looking over the point system it appears as though each sport in which both schools participate (22 varsity sports) is worth 40 points.  Men's basketball would be worth 20 points for each game, hockey play each other four times so each game is worth 10 points, football is worth 40 on it's own and sports like golf or track is worth 40 points based on Big Ten Tournament standings.

The Gophers own the largest margin of victory in the BBC's history by winning 530-350 in 2005-06.  They can eclipse that mark if both Men's and Women's track are able to finish ahead of the Badgers in the Big Ten Outdoor Championships.  Both teams did win the Indoor event, but I'm pretty sure Wisconsin is traditionally strong in T&F.  Good luck but hats off to the entire program for taking care of the Badgers this year.

  • Speaking of Men's Golf, as I mentioned they did finish second in the Big Ten Championships last weekend.  With that finish they did earn a birth into the NCAA Regionals as an 11 seed (out of 14 teams).  They will head to Galloway, New Jersey to play at the Galloway National Golf Club May 14-16.
  • The Golden Goldy's award winners have been announced.  Eric Decker and Gigi Marvin (women's hockey) were named the Men's and Women's athletes of the year.  Other awards of note were Tubby Smith winning his second consecutive male coach of the year award, Jordan Schroeder (men's hockey) was male rookie of the year and Ben Kuznia was male breakthrough athlete of the year.
  • The Daily Iowan does a point/counterpoint on whether or not college coaches should use Twitter.
  • Here is a good article on the guy that is the consensus #1 pick in the upcoming MLB draft.  Stephen Strasburg is described here on the College Baseball Blog as possibly being the greatest pitching prospect in the history of college baseball.  103 mph fastball, nasty slider and curve.  147 Ks, 15 walks, 78 1/3 innings pitched for San Diego.