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The Afternoon Nugz 1.10.11

As PJS wrote about yesterday, Minnesota's loss to #2 Ohio State 67-64 was nothing short of baffling. They managed just 22 points in the first half and were down 10 at the break, fell further behind by as much as 16 in the second half, yet still rallied to have a chance to tie the game with a three on the last shot. Would Devoe Joseph have made a difference? As it is, the now former Gopher has confirmed he's transferring to Oregon.

The Gopher women's hoops squad dropped their fourth game in a row, losing 47-42 to Wisconsin.

Gopher men's and women's hockey had a good weekend. Roman wonders if the career of senior goalie and assistant captain Alex Kangas may be over?

Gopher wrestlers finished fourth at National Duels in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

In Big Ten football news, LSU coach Les Miles believes he'll meet with Michigan about their head coaching vacancy, perhaps as early as tomorrow in Dallas. It's believed Miles is the frontrunner, and that Michigan is his dream job. Still, wouldn't Gary Patterson or Chris Petersen be better gets than Miles?

E! Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg says that Nebraska is upping the ante as they get ready to join the Big Ten. Big time. The school is trying to raise $100 million for upgrades for Memorial Stadium, as well as training facility upgrades for basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball. Meanwhile Tubby Smith is wondering what it'll take to get the basketball practice facility he's been wanting since he got to Minnesota. $100 million, apparently, Tubby. Start taking donations now!

Finally, 37 days after the end of the college football regular season, we finally wrap things up with the National Championship game with Oregon vs. Auburn. I want to see Oregon win to shut up all the SEC folks, and really like their chances. As much as this game is being billed as Oregon's offense vs. Cam Newton, don't forget Auburn's defense, at least statistically, was average at best. I also love the SEC fans who think that Auburn's size on the defensive line will eventually wear down Oregon's smaller O-line. Um, what? You do know Oregon's line is smaller for a reason right? Has to do with that insane tempo they run at? Well if those folks don't know now, they will by the end of tonight.