The Minnesota Gopher men lost their 6th straight game and dropped to 5-12 in the Big 10 in losing to the Wisconsin Badgers 52-45 at Madison tonight. The Gophers shot just 24 percent from the field.
Wisconsin shot just 31 percent, meanwhile--and less than 20 percent in the 1st half--with the result that the Gophers held a 23-13 lead late in the 1st half. It was 23-16 at the half. But Wisconsin out-scored the Gophers 31-11 from late in the 1st half to late in the 2nd. By the time the Gophers snapped out of it, they were down 44-34, and never got closer than 5 at 50-45, and that was inside of 1 minute to play.
Dre Hollins scored a career high 20 points for Minnesota. Rodney Williams added 11 points and 9 boards, while Ralph Sampson had 8 points, 7 boards and 5 blocks.
Player of the Day
The Minnesota Timberwolves, thank goodness, are headed in the other direction. They knocked off 20-12 L.A. Clippers in L.A. 109-97 despite Kevin Love getting limited minutes due to foul trouble and a rib contusion. Michael Beasley and Derrick Williams each scored 27 points off the bench to lead the way.
Coach of the Day
Rick Adelman. I understand that we've got Ricky Rubio and Derrick Williams this year. Still, the performance of the Wolves this year vs. last year is a stark reminder of how much difference a good coach can make, and what a waste it is to keep plugging along with a bad coach.