***OFFICIAL MINNESOTA AT OHIO STATE IN-GAME THREAD!!!***

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It took a little while for me to adjust to watching the game with so much dead air while the coaches weren't talking. After I got used to it, I enjoyed listening to the coaches.

Ben's voice will tell you that he does plenty of yelling at practice! I did notice that he pulled Carrington after his man made an easy cut to the basket and Carrington was too relaxed and wasn't ready. He didn't yell at him, but told him he needs to have complete focus and energy 100% of the time. I wanted him to be yelling at him for a mistake like that, but I'm sure he knows his players and what each player will respond to.

Great win, good effort, better movement on offense, I'm excited to see improvement!
 

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A couple of things I noticed toward the end:

OSU spaced on setting up the 2-2-1 press late in the game, even after Holtmann mentioned it about 20 times in the TO.

The Gophers did a great job on that last play using JB as a decoy, giving Cooper a free lane to the basket.

The refs screwed us again with 1.7 seconds, not allowing a sub for Payne. Fortunately, the Gophers knew they would try to foul him before the inbound and had him stand at 1/2 court.
They correctly didn’t let either team sub as no time had run when the length of court pass went OB.
 

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They correctly didn’t let either team sub as no time had run when the length of court pass went OB.

Does anyone think that CBJ heard Holtmann tell the ref that they were going to foul Payne on the cut?

All of the sudden Payne moves out to a spot where any foul would be 2 shots and the ball.
 

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Does anyone think that CBJ heard Holtmann tell the ref that they were going to foul Payne on the cut?

All of the sudden Payne moves out to a spot where any foul would be 2 shots and the ball.
Why is it not a deliberate foul when the coach tells the referee that they are going to foul. Should be 2 shots and possession. Never understood why this isn’t called.
 

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Why is it not a deliberate foul when the coach tells the referee that they are going to foul. Should be 2 shots and possession. Never understood why this isn’t called.
"going for the ball"
 


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Shooting a thousand free throws a day with bad form won't help.

Yeah.....the bizarre and uncomfortable looking free throw form from some of these guys makes no sense.
 

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Happy with a win here! I didn't get to watch the game but sounds like we controlled it mostly?
Garcia with a huge game it looks like. They have played better since Big Ten started again. Progress and finding out who we can play and who we can't is all we are looking for this year.
 

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Happy with a win here! I didn't get to watch the game but sounds like we controlled it mostly?
Garcia with a huge game it looks like. They have played better since Big Ten started again. Progress and finding out who we can play and who we can't is all we are looking for this year.
Johnson called this a transformative win...not just for this year but for the future.
 

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How about Samuels.... seems to be finding his role without trying too hard. Ugly shot, though.
 



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How about Samuels.... seems to be finding his role without trying too hard. Ugly shot, though.
Late in the 2nd half BJ told them to take it down (shot click) and Samuel's hoist a Brock with 10 seconds left. During the next time out BJ brought it up to him.
 


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Late in the 2nd half BJ told them to take it down (shot click) and Samuel's hoist a Brock with 10 seconds left. During the next time out BJ brought it up to him.
Maybe I just expected so little from him, anything positive seems alot better than it is🤷‍♂️
 

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Late in the 2nd half BJ told them to take it down (shot click) and Samuel's hoist a Brock with 10 seconds left. During the next time out BJ brought it up to him.
I didn't hate the shot because it was a good luck but you could tell when Samuels shot the ball he was second guessing his decision, he kind of double-clutched. Looked like a guy aiming a dart rather than throwing it.
 



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A couple of things I noticed toward the end:

OSU spaced on setting up the 2-2-1 press late in the game, even after Holtmann mentioned it about 20 times in the TO.

The Gophers did a great job on that last play using JB as a decoy, giving Cooper a free lane to the basket.

The refs screwed us again with 1.7 seconds, not allowing a sub for Payne. Fortunately, the Gophers knew they would try to foul him before the inbound and had him stand at 1/2 court.
So was Ben actually coaching?
 

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Johnson called this a transformative win...not just for this year but for the future.
As another booster informed me, 2 W in 18 years there - that’s huge and I hope for five more before the conference tourney!
 

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IMO, the best part of this game was the effort. There are times when Garcia looks like he’d rather be doing anything else than playing basketball. He was locked in last night. Battle didn’t try to play hero ball all night. Henley didn’t have a great game, but at least he was hustling.

If they put in that kind of effort every game, I’d be a lot less concerned over the win/loss record.
 



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IMO, the best part of this game was the effort. There are times when Garcia looks like he’d rather be doing anything else than playing basketball. He was locked in last night. Battle didn’t try to play hero ball all night. Henley didn’t have a great game, but at least he was hustling.

If they put in that kind of effort every game, I’d be a lot less concerned over the win/loss record.
Positive only 9 team turn overs. But Payne needs to cut down on turn overs he had 5 of the teams 9.
 


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"going for the ball"
Holtman told the ref they were going to foul Payne on his cut-- so having him not move was smart. I am not sure of the college rules but the HS rules leave too much room for the Ref's judgement. and in late game situations it usually has to be pretty blatant or overly physical before it ever gets called. It should be intentional if the ball isn't in play yet-- like a dead ball foul. That would help get the grey area out of it, while not overly penalizing a hold on an inbound possession after a basket in the first 2 minutes of the game
 


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Super fun game to watch and I really enjoyed the different format.

I'm thrilled for Ben and the team. He coached his ass off and they played their asses off. They deserved the win after coming close a couple of times previously.

Holtman is a cool customer. I liked how calm he was in the huddle during timeouts.

Very, very reluctantly I now understand why Ben has to give Samuels heavy minutes. Henley and Carrington aren't ready. Henley has a lot of potential but he's making poor decisions. I'm not sure what to say about Carrington other than I expected him to be much better.

This team isn't going to make the tournament but it will now start to stack some wins. Barring injuries, I think the gophers will win at least six games this year. I think the team will win one out of the next two at home. Winning six B1G games and keeping Garcia, Payne, JOJ, Cooper, Henley, Battle, Fox, Ihnen, the redshirt and the incoming players in the program next year should be the primary goals in the near term.

Winning at tOSU is always a big deal. It's a very tough place to play.
 


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I thought this was going to have the one where Jaden Henley dove for the loose ball, didn’t get it, then the dude who did get the ball seemed to almost voluntarily trip over Jaden’s body sprawled on the floor. It sucks that that’s a foul, but I kinda get it, and it was cool seeing Ben Johnson complain to the ref about and the ref said something like he didn’t like calling the foul, but would give Ben the same call.
 
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Super fun game to watch and I really enjoyed the different format.

I'm thrilled for Ben and the team. He coached his ass off and they played their asses off. They deserved the win after coming close a couple of times previously.

Holtman is a cool customer. I liked how calm he was in the huddle during timeouts.

Very, very reluctantly I now understand why Ben has to give Samuels heavy minutes. Henley and Carrington aren't ready. Henley has a lot of potential but he's making poor decisions. I'm not sure what to say about Carrington other than I expected him to be much better.

This team isn't going to make the tournament but it will now start to stack some wins. Barring injuries, I think the gophers will win at least six games this year. I think the team will win one out of the next two at home. Winning six B1G games and keeping Garcia, Payne, JOJ, Cooper, Henley, Battle, Fox, Ihnen, the redshirt and the incoming players in the program next year should be the primary goals in the near term.

Winning at tOSU is always a big deal. It's a very tough place to play.
Thompson out, then?
 


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Super fun game to watch and I really enjoyed the different format.

I'm thrilled for Ben and the team. He coached his ass off and they played their asses off. They deserved the win after coming close a couple of times previously.

Holtman is a cool customer. I liked how calm he was in the huddle during timeouts.

Very, very reluctantly I now understand why Ben has to give Samuels heavy minutes. Henley and Carrington aren't ready. Henley has a lot of potential but he's making poor decisions. I'm not sure what to say about Carrington other than I expected him to be much better.

This team isn't going to make the tournament but it will now start to stack some wins. Barring injuries, I think the gophers will win at least six games this year. I think the team will win one out of the next two at home. Winning six B1G games and keeping Garcia, Payne, JOJ, Cooper, Henley, Battle, Fox, Ihnen, the redshirt and the incoming players in the program next year should be the primary goals in the near term.

Winning at tOSU is always a big deal. It's a very tough place to play.
the Gophers are now 18-55 at Ohio State. Ben has now won at Michigan and OSU despite poor overall record.
 




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