I watched The Vikings yesterday with the softest defense they've ever had.Poor defense, no guard play, Illinois tough d. Give up 80 points on your home court.
MN played a controlled, value-each-possession game (boring WI BB) and was playing ILL even up at the half.Tam Stats 2nd half
Game Stats Points 37 18 FG 14-25 6-25 FG% 56.0 24.0 3P 2-5 0-6 3P% 40.0 0.0 FT 7-10 6-12 FT% 70.0 50.0 Rebounds 23 11 Offensive Rebounds 6 5 Defensive Rebounds 17 6 Ties 0 0 Lead Changes 0 0 Time with Lead 15:17 1:01 Lead % of Game 42.1 2.8 Last Lead 36-35 Last Lead: Time 17:54 (2nd) Largest Lead 25 1 Largest Lead: Score 72-47 36-35 Largest Lead: Time 4:32 (2nd) 18:55 (2nd) Assists 7 3 Turnovers 5 1 Bench Points 9 5 Blocks 3 1 On Court Points 27 38 Fastbreak Points 5 1 Steals 1 3 Points off Turnovers 1 0 Points in the Paint 24 8 Second Chance Points 6 2 Personal Fouls 10 7 Technical Fouls 0 1
The change from 1st half to 2nd was striking. Illinois simply imposed their better talent with gusto.MN played a controlled, value-each-possession game (boring WI BB) and was playing ILL even up at the half.
At the start of the second half, ILL went up-tempo playground BB and MN fell into the trap.
What were the PPP for MN in the first half compared to the second half?
Cooper is the only guy on the team that is any threat whatsoever with the ball in his hand on the perimeter and he isn't even really quick enough to burn opponents for pressing.The change from 1st half to 2nd was striking. Illinois simply imposed their better talent with gusto.
Illinois in the second reached down, grabbed sand at the beach, and threw it in the face of the Gophers before pushing past the Gophers and taking their lunch.
This is a good lesson to learn. At some point the Gophers need some swag right back. Maybe next season when Evans gives them a few windmill dunks.
Battle jump shot at the elbow is money. Really happy they started getting back to that.I don't think anyone believed that after the OSU game we would go on a 10 game winning streak but still, I was hopeful we could keep it close and have a chance at the end - no dice. Still, nice to feel like we gave as much as we got in the first half.
First Half - Dainja was out alot of the first half and the lane really opened up when he left. Ill was better on defense when he came back in in the second half and it seemed like he provided the extra strength to grind the gophs down on both ends.
Battle - I really like to see Battle take those 18 foot jumpers - seems like he hits a high percentage of them. I would like to see him take 6 or 8 of those per game and limit his 3 pointer attempts. Looked like he tweaked his back. Hope he can make it back by Thursday.
JOJ Flagrant - I get the flagrant on JOJ but he did not lean in or swing his elbow - he just put the other guy on notice he would not be slipping past him at will at high speed. I think if I am the ref I probably go over to the player that took the elbow and welcome him to the Big10.
Freshman - Like to see the young guys get the extra playing time. To be sure - they did not look good - but I image there is a ton of material that Ben can use to teach.
Purdue is next - Forget about this loss. If you play your game and hit your shots on Thursday we can take em.
This. The other team wasn't even thinking about guarding him from there. I do remember him putting it on the floor and drawing a foul later in the game. Too little, too late.I don’t mind a high post attack (although it does take one of our best rebounders away from the basket), but why is it Payne instead of Garcia? Garcia would have to be guarded, taking a defender away from the hoop. Plus it puts Payne down low (which is the only place he is dangerous). Gotta believe Garcia would be a better passer up top, as well.
Illinois has a couple of 6'10"/6'9" guys who are more athletic than him and could press.Garcia is quick off the dribble, no way their big guys could stay with him, not sure what Illinois did in the second half but they shut him down. Illinois didn't miss much to start the second half and boom it was over.
I also think Johnson stayed with Samuels to long to start the second half, Illinois is a terrible matchup for him. With Samuels and Ola-Joseph in the game at the same time Gophs are easy to defend.
Quit thinking you're so special. You get a participation certificate just like the rest of us.I watched The Vikings yesterday with the softest defense they've ever had.
I just watched an embarrassing wolves defensive game. Gave up 39 in the fourth and couldn't stop a gnat.
You just said poor defense in this one. No toughness or physicality to speak of.
That's 9 hours of gawd -awful defense.
Can I get an award or something?
Lol I am far from that Oldy Locks. I wouldn’t be surprised if you were the Gopher fan sitting next to me crying for over-the-back calls all game as if such an infraction exists.This phrase is pretty ironic in that you'd almost have to be a boomer to still say "Ok boomer".