Minnesota lost to Michigan 62-57. The Gophers are now 0-4 in Big Ten play. Minnesota lost to a team that lost to NJIT.
Andre Hollins had 18 points, and was about the only good thing in the first half. In the second half, the Gophers built a nine point lead before deciding that playing crisp basketball was not for them. DeAndre Mathieu had five turnovers to just 3 assists. The Gophers as a team had 17 turnovers, the majority of them unforced. Sometimes, it appeared that Minnesota simply thought everyone was nine inches taller.
When the Gophers were not turning the ball over, they were missing shots. Michigan went to a 1-3-1, and the Gophers responded by looking like a Tubby Smith team. Minnesota made three shots in the last nine minutes.
THREE! IN NINE MINUTES! AGAINST A TEAM THAT LOST TO NJIT!
There's no other way to write the recap without saying both that the Gophers threw away the lead, and that it felt entirely inevitable. The offense became stagnant and listless and players had no idea where their teammates were on the court. Balls went in and out of hands, shots were rushed, and Minnesota is still winless in the Big Ten.
Carlos Morris had 16 points and played very well during the second half.
Mo Walker was held in check by Michigan, who doubled and tripled him every time he received the ball in the post.
The Gophers were 11-20 from the free throw line. As noted, the team lost by 5.