The Gophers move to 3-1 in the Big Ten with an excellent performance against Ohio State who was finally at full strength. There will be a more in-depth review after I re-watch the game and overcome my post exciting game amnesia.
- Blake Hoffarber has finally, definitively, shut up his critics. After every great game he has had there have been way to many buts: the opponent was bad, they ran a zone, he couldn’t do that in the Big Ten, he couldn’t do it against an athletic team, etc. Well, Ohio State is a real Big Ten team that plays to man to man, and all Hoffarber did was go for 27 on 7-10 shooting from the floor and 7-9 from behind the three point line.
- Someone tell Dallas Lauderdale that going after Westbrook for the second year in a row does not make him tough. Lauderdale is 6’8” and 255. Westbrook is 6’0” 195, and didn’t back down. Now that is tough.
- The Barn is quickly approaching the volume of the Clem Haskins’ era. Last year was a bit sleepy, even during the Wisconsin game. This year there have been only two Big Ten home games, both against team’s not expected to challenge for the conference title, and the place was hopping.
- Colton Iverson made some huge hustle plays. He scored only four points and his four turnovers were ugly, but his effort rubbed off on his teammates. He even held his own on Evan Turner during a few switches on screens. The sizable contingent that made the trip from Yankton should be proud.
- Evan Turner needs to quit whining and play the game.
- Westbrook makes odd decisions at times, but he should not be questioned when he has the ball with five on the shot clock. His runner after lulling the defense to sleep was a thing of beauty.
- Minnesota won the game at the free throw line, of all places. They made 75% of their freebies in the second half to seal the deal.