Hughes will play one of his random good games, Bohannon will go off, and Leuer will step up hugely to prove he’s the worst traitor since Marcus Brutus, and the drunken morons will taunt us at the campus bars after the game …
Minnesota has not won a game in Madison since 1994! Yes, even that great Final Four team 0-0 team in 1996-97 lost in Madison to end the regular season. The statement that could be made with a win here is much bigger than boosting the NCAA resume.
The Golden Gophers have never won at the Kohl Center, but this year’s team is the most talented they’ve had in years. They’ll keep the score close the entire game, but in the end the Wisconsin defense and the home court advantage will be too much for Minnesota to overcome.
U’s Smith retaliates vs. Wisconsin’s talent raids
Wisconsin, the opponent for the No. 18 Gophers tonight in Madison, has four Minnesota natives on its roster. That’s tangible proof that coach Bo Ryan has won the battle for many of Minnesota’s best players in recent years.
If you want to see Smith growl, just ask him about the possibility of leaving. No, don’t. That infuriates him.
While Tubby Smith has placed the Gophers right in the hunt for a conference title, Wisconsin should be able survive a low-scoring, classic Big Ten battle, and keep up its chase of Michigan St.
“I’ve been counting down the days since I got here,” said Bostick, who is coming off a career-high 19 points in a 79-59 home victory over Penn State on Sunday. “It means a lot to get to play there.”
The Long Lake, Minn., native is generally the first man off the bench for UW (12-4, 3-1) and ranks fourth on the team in scoring (9.8 points per game) and second in rebounding (4.2 per game). He’s scored in double figures six times and has had eight or more points 11 times.
That type of consistency is a far cry from last season, when he put together eye-catching performances at Duke and Michigan but saw his playing time dwindle down the stretch.
“We haven’t been to the NCAA tournament. We haven’t won a Big Ten title. We haven’t won a Big Ten tournament. I want to experience those things. And if that means fewer minutes for me, I’ll take it.”
All players worship at the altar of defense. Shots are meant to be blocked. Passes are made to be intercepted. Ball-handlers are hounded until they can’t take it anymore.
Bostick, who played his first two years at Southwestern Illinois Community College, has also shown the ability to blend in after being a go-to player in junior college. It has been a key attribute on a team that is as balanced as they come in the Big Ten, as 11 Gophers average 3.9 points per game or better.