Gophers Basketball Team Falls to Rival Wisconsin
The Minnesota Gophers were on the wrong end of a 56-65 loss at the hand of the Wisconsin Badgers Saturday, all but ending their hope for an NCAA tournament bid, reported the Star Tribune.
Senior guard Lawrence McKenzie three-point basket with just under nine minutes less to play pulled the Gophers even with the Badgers, but the Gophers match Wisconsin run away as they missed their next seven shots in a row.
"It's kind of been our whole deal this whole year," Gophers said senior center Spencer Tollackson. "We haven't really been able to close out the games. I thought we did some things well tonight. Some guys stepped up. We just couldn't finish it." (Star Tribune)
Though admitting the Gophers missed to many late shots, Tubby Smith was not very happy with the officiating of the game, according to the Pioneer Press. Wisconsin took over twice as many foul shots than the Gophers for the game.
Though not likely to make the NCAA tournament, anything over the Gopher's abysmal 9-22 record last year is an improvement. The Gophers are currently 15-9 overall, and 5-7 in the Big Ten, with six games left before the Big Ten Tournament. At the point the Gophers seem likely destined for the NIT tournament, barring a huge run at the conference tourney.