Before we get to any links I need to highlight this exquisite bit of trolling by the Gophers basketball team:
As soon as Minnesota coach Tubby Smith finished speaking with the team after its 58-53 win, the Gophers jumped around and mobbed each other in the locker room as Ke$ha's "Die Young" played in the background. Wisconsin made headlines earlier this week when a video of the Badgers dancing to the same song after their win over Michigan went viral.
As Brusewitz was taking responsibility for the loss in the Wisconsin locker room, nobody was willing to take credit for the subtle jab at the Badgers in the Minnesota locker room.
Asked whether the choice of postgame victory music was deliberate, Mbakwe smiled and told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, "No comment."
You earned that trolling boys! Also, got love Tubby's moves and Trev throwing him over his shoulder.
GIFs on GIFs on GIFs
- Now that I invested in a GIF app for my Mac (thanks for convincing me to do it Ginger Badger!) I plan on putting together a postgame GIF post anytime there are enough worthy choices. So if you have things that you want me to turn into a GIF, let me know in the OPEN THREAD comments or on Twitter (@GoAUpher). This is good for all sports of course. In the meantime, enjoy a smattering of GIFs from last night that I whipped up last night and this morning. I know some of them are rough...I got better at making them as the night went on. If I have time I'll replace the rough ones with better copies.
- Bo calls the ref a fucker. (BTW, this is face that got the FUCK BO RYAN chant going...seems appropriate)
- Y U NO HAPPY BO? U NO LIKE OVERTIMEZ?
- Ginger Badger showing us what Bo taught him
- EE celebrates the big Dre 3 in OT with...well, you get the idea.
- Dre wishing us all a Happy Valentine's Day
- Cute little kid being all toothless and crazy
- Goldy being Goldy
- And last but not least, TUBBY DANCE!
- Amelia's postgame notes include some gold:
Rodney Williams has known Mike Bruesewitz for the better part of his basketball life, so in a moment of need, he didn’t fall short on strategies to distract.
As Bruesewitz gripped the game in his hands – outside the baseline and preparing for an inbounds pass with 22 seconds remaining – Rodney Williams started talking smack.
He needled his old friend, a St. Paul native, on whether he really thought the Austin Hollins charge that had given him the ball was a good call. He asked him – was he sure?
"The idea was definitely to get into his head," Williams said.
His mission may have worked. Bruesewitz, who had just been reminded by the referee that he couldn’t walk with the ball, started doing just that, automatically ending the Badgers’ possession.
Some other key notes:
- One of the most positive takeaways from the game for the Gophers was their stingy defense down the stretch. Minnesota held the Badgers without a basket for the final 6:11 of regulation and until the final ten seconds of overtime. "We had gotten away from playing good defense," Smith said. "I don’t know why – we’ve been working on it. It’s a combination of things … our ball pressure hadn’t been very good, it was better tonight than it had been in a while, and just the team concept of being in the right spot, being ready to help."
- Rodney Williams had his left shoulder iced after the game, explaining that he re-tweaked the injury when he was fouled with 11 minutes remaining in the game. "My arm got pulled back pretty far, but I just went out there and played, I didn’t think about it too much," he said. Williams – who didn’t play at all in the Illinois game, originally injured the shoulder in a practice last week.
- Smith on Williams’ shoulder: "He looked like he was favoring it, he was holding his shorts. I kept asking ‘Are you alright?’ And he said he was fine and I said ‘Well, quit grabbing your shorts and play.’ But he did a good job because he is still sore. And that tells you a lot."
- A UW look at the loss. /giggles
There was plenty of blame to go around for UW (17-8, 8-4), which scored four points over its final 15 possessions of the game. The Badgers went 8 minutes, 48 seconds without scoring after senior forward Ryan Evans made a free throw to give UW a 49-43 lead with 5:08 remaining in regulation.
Evans missed his final five free throws of the game and finished 2-for-8 overall. He was also 2-for-8 from the field, including several misses in the paint early in the second half.
"If he just makes his free throws, we're out of here. We're on the plane already," Ryan said of Evans, who dropped to 40.3 percent at the line on the season. "C'mon, what am I going to do with the guy? You know it was going to get us one game -- hopefully, not two? What can you say?"
- This is a big weekend in the bunched up WCHA. As Roman notes it's possible the Gophers could be fighting for first place or simply to keep home ice at the end of it.
- All four throwback unis for the Hockey City Classic.
- Future B1G member Maryland's crazy unis are on the move...to baseball.
- The Harlem Shake is a thing and here are some college versions of it.