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Golden Nugz 01.24.11

The story of the weekend was the Gopher's win on the road at Michigan. Sure, the Wolverines are not very good this year but they had beat us 4 consecutive games and this was our first road win of the conference season. But to me there were two significant storylines.

The first was our total domination on the boards. While watching the game I didn't realize how much we were killing them on the glass. The raw numbers are awesome with a 38-13 overall advantage. Part of that advantage was us making 63.4% of our shots so there were only 15 missed shots/opportunities for Michigan to rebound. Percentage wise we grabbed 56% of our own misses and 87% of Michigan's. Impressive.

The second is obviously Al Nolen. This was a really nice win when you consider our starting point guard didn't play the entire second half. Marcus Fuller says he has two people with knowledge saying Nolen could miss up to 3 weeks. That isn't good but he may not be gone for the season.

  • Wisconsin dominated the state of Illinois yesterday. The Packers went to Chicago and rolled the Bears and the Badgers destroyed Northwestern by 32. We get NU at home this week in another game we kind of should win, especially in a conference where there is going to be a scrum for 3rd place.
  • Interesting article in the Star Trib about the basketball lineage throughout the Gophers roster and staff.
  • This site has one author who claims the Gophers are the "most disappointing team" in the Big Ten. Really? Two months ago would the same guy have predicted we'd have a better record than 14-4? know he admits this is a contrarian pick but while we might be overrated, "most disappointing" is just not true.