It doesn’t seem like that long ago that Gopher fans were concerned about Minnesota’s season. About a month ago the Gopher’s lost to Maryland which was the end of a five game loosing streak.
However, last nights match up vs. 24th ranked Maryland was a complete different outcome. The end result was an 89-75 victory. The game was back and fourth until about the midpoint of the second half. At this point, the largest lead for either team was a six point lead for the Gophers. The team was lead by McBrayer who helped spark a 20-7 point run without 14 points in the second half for a total of 18 in the game.
Pitino stated “We just had to break through, we did that, and now we’re starting to believe. Internally they’re starting to believe. I don’t need to tell them, they’re doing it for themselves.”
This is their sixth straight win which moves them up to fourth in the Big Ten right behind Maryland.This team is hot. They are peaking at the right time and are working towards a bye in the Big Ten Tournament which is only a couple weeks away.
Marlyand’s coach knew his team could have done better, but gave most of the credit to the Gopher’s. “They weren’t good, they weren’t great, they were phenomenal,” Turgeon said.
The Golden Gophers (21-7, 9-6 Big Ten) outscored Maryland 55-40 in the second half on their way to their third straight road win, the school’s longest such run in the conference since 1989-90.
The team is hot because of the consistency from big time players like Nate Mason who scored 17 points and Akeem Springs who added 16 for Minnesota, which committed only six turnovers — two after halftime.
Another reason the Gopher’s won is because they shut down Maryland stand out guard Melo Trimble. He went 4 for 12 from the field and the Terrapins (22-6, 10-5) went 7 for 27 beyond the arc in losing for the fourth time in six games.
The Gopher’s recent success is a sign they might be a serious contender in the Big Ten Tournament, Watch out for this team. They have some dangerous players, especially the two big-men Jordan Murphy and Reggie Lynch.
What’s next? The Gophers play pen State at The Barn and are hoping to even the season series. The first match went to the Nitany Lions by a score of 52-50.