Minnesota slept walked into Maryland’s senior night and couldn’t overcome a very poor shooting first half, losing their final game of the regular season 60-69.
Minnesota shot 27% in the first half, only scoring 22 points and they trailed by 14 at the break. Most of the second half was much the same and with 5 minutes left the Gophers trailed by 20. It was a late run by Minnesota that closed the gap to only a 9-point loss, but it was a loss.
Amir Coffey led Minnesota with 23 points and 6 assists. Jordan Murphy notched yet another double-double with 14 points and 10 boards. When Minnesota is unable to find a third scoring threat, they really struggle offensively. Friday night was one of those nights.
But now the Gophers wait to see where they’ll finish in the final standings to see who they will face on Wednesday in the Big Ten Tournament. If Ohio State beats Wisconsin on Sunday, Minnesota will finish 8th. If Wisconsin wins, Minnesota finishes 7th. Their opponent will be one from Rutgers, Illinois or Indiana.
And then we wait on the NCAA Tournament bid, which comes out next Sunday.