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Minnesota loses to Penn State 84-65

NCAA Basketball: Minnesota at Penn State Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota lost to Penn State at the Bryce-Jordan Center 84-65. The Gophers have now lost six games in a row and fall to 6-13 in conference play and 13-13 on the season. I suppose that it is still within the theoretical realm of probability that Minnesota could win the BTT, but at this point they have two games left to play this season.

Look, none of you actually care about a recap of this game. I do not really want to be writing one. The Gophers had all the same problems they have had all year. The team could not shoot the ball well all game (29-59 from the field, 5-18 from distance), gave up two massive Penn State runs in the first and second half, and generally played like an injured team down multiple starters.

Instead of focusing on the many negatives, which feels like beating a maggot infested dead horse at this point, I’ll focus on a few positives from the game:

Isaiah Ihnen, forced into extended action due to a likely injury to Brandon Johnson, had one of the best games of his career. The sophomore had a double double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, along with two blocks.

Tre Williams had 17 points on 8-14 shooting and added three assists.

Both Gach made a three point shot, his third since February 1st.

Minnesota made 75% of their free throw attempts.

The season is almost over.

Minnesota next plays Rutgers on Saturday at Williams Arena to finish out the regular season.