March 5, 2008

Gopher basketball @ Indiana

Heading into tonight's match up the Gophers are solidly on the bubble of the bubble. Win tonight on the road and people start to put us in the conversation. I don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves because even IF we pull out the win in Bloomington there is still a lot of work to do.

So the question that is tantamount to this whole conversation is...

Can Minnesota get their first significant road win at Indiana tonight?

The answer is yes they can. Will they? Probably not but it is more plausible than it was a month ago.

When the Hoosiers came to Minnesota they were arguably playing their best basketball of the season and we were a couple of Tollackson free throws from winning that game. Now they are playing their worst basketball in the wake of the Sampson departure.

-- 3 pnt win @ Northwestern
-- 3 pnt win over Ohio State at home
-- 29 pnt loss @ Michigan State

Indiana is reeling and this is an opportunity for the Gophers to pounce! They were thoroughly dominated by the Spartans and Indiana was disinterested in getting back into it.

So that leaves us with another important question... Did the Michigan State beatdown crush their spirits or will they come out tonight with renewed energy and passion?

How the Hoosiers answer that question will determine the outcome. I really think that we are capable of winning tonight but the key is Indiana's attitude / energy.

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