Big Ten Basketball: Ranking each team’s league schedule for 2021-22 season

nitramnaed

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Per Busting Brackets:​

9. Minnesota Golden Gophers​

Home & Away – Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin
Home Only – Illinois, Purdue, Rutgers
Away Only – Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska


In a perfect world there is some sort of gopher/groundhog pun to make, but thanks to the drastic changes in the Golden Gopher’s roster, this season will look nothing like last. With nine players from last season’s roster transferring out and the eight transferring – are being joined by two freshmen – are not even the only new faces as Ben Johnson was hired as head coach after the Golden Gophers parted ways with Rick Pitino.


The Golden Gophers do get some luck as the only top-tier team they face twice is Ohio State. Clearly, they do not match up well against the Buckeyes who will be returning three starters, most importantly EJ Liddell, who the lone Golden Gopher starter to return in Eric Curry will not be able to guard.

The key player for Minnesota that will have a determining factor if they can finish above .500 versus fellow tier four teams Northwestern and Penn State will be George Washington transfer Jamison Battle. At the power forward position, Battle will – well- battle with 6’10 Pete Nance and 6’6 Seth Lundy, which is a testament to his versatility.

The home and away match-up versus Iowa will be won in the backcourt as All-CAA Defensive Team member Luke Loewe and College of Charleston transfer Payton Willis take on Big Ten upper-classmen Jordan Bohannon and Joe Toussaint. Among their one-game teams, the only one they have a chance to win was against Nebraska, but with the Golden Gophers having to travel to Pinnacle Bank Arena, the chance of getting a “W” will be left on the plane.

 

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Gophers with a 0% chance to win or share Big Ten title, but a .2% chance of finishing in the top 4 of the conference, per Bart Torvik.

Not even a Lloyd Christmas chance?

 


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Ben should be Big Ten Coach of the Year if they win 5 conference games. I’m having a hard time seeing 4 or even 3.
 



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On paper struggling to find even 2-potential wins in the mighty Big Ten,... always a Gopher fan...but...also realistic...

If the clearly better team always won, I would agree, but here are some notable more recent examples (with final regular season conference records noted) illustrating how terrible Big Ten teams sometimes beat much better ones.

2020: 3-17 Northwestern beat 11-9 Penn State
2020: 2-18 Nebraska beat 11-9 Iowa
2016: 2-16 Minnesota beat 12-6 Maryland
2015: 2-16 Rutgers beat 16-2 Wisconsin
2013: 2-16 Penn State beat 12-6 Michigan (who finished the season 31-8 while losing in the national championship game)
 

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0.2% chance seems high lol. If they finish top 4 this year give Ben a lifetime contract.
 


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The bottom 7 teams of which we are one are not rated that much higher than the Gophers. So, on paper its not that much of an upset if we beat those 6 teams.
I wish I thought that could happen.
It’ll be a more educated forecast after we play a handful of non conference games. Let’s hope our outlook looks brighter then.
 








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