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Minnesota Basketball: Golden Nugz - Another Hoops Loss and Recruiting

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Yes, the Gopher Basketball team played last night and once again came close to getting their first Big Ten win.  But once again it was inability to execute down the stretch and struggles from the free throw line thwarted their shot at upsetting Purdue at home.

11/21 from the free throw line and 1/10 from three point land.  Nate Mason had himself a game with 15 points and 12 assists.  He is really turning into the team's leader at this point both in terms of consistent production but also vocally.

Pitino post-game quote

"I thought the free-throw line really hurt us," Gophers coach Richard Pitino said. "But I was happy with their effort. I'm sounding like a broken record, but they're getting better. We did some good things, but now we have to find a way to close games and get some wins."

Joey Kin post-game quote

"Last year was a completely different situation," senior Joey King said. "We were losing games by three or four points and we weren't giving our best effort in some cases. What's good about this team the last few games, we're playing hard. We're playing with effort and energy. We're just making silly mistakes down the stretch."

Upcoming are some very difficult games, the end to the losing streak is nowhere in sight.  At Indiana, at Northwestern, Michigan, at Iowa, Maryland.

  • Race Thompson is the son of Gopher Great, Darrel Thompson.  He is a 6'8" sophomore guard at Robbinsdale Armstrong and he has a Gopher scholarship.  Not just a legacy name but a key target for Gopher Basketball in the class of 2018.
  • Not much happening last couple days in Gopher Football recruiting.  A big visit weekend is ahead and we will have a primer ready for you soon.  Coaches are visiting Dredrick Snelson today to attempt to secure his commitment for Wednesday.
  • Omaha paper article on Noah Fant, an Iowa commit, visiting Minnesota this weekend.
  • KJ Maye with a big play down at day 2 of the Senior Bowl practices.