Title is self-explanatory. So, what's our rooting interest here? Ordinarily I'd say whoever is playing Bo Ryan's team without a doubt, but would that take some of the lustre off our win Saturday?
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That win at MN is looking better and better...
Go Minn-ee-soota! I really though Wisconsin was a top 5 team but losing three in a row like this would really show a team with a few flaws. They're still quality, but not nearly as much as I/many thought. Also...damn, the Big Ten is beastly.
Wisconsin is good.
Good teams (usually) have good records.
Good records make it harder to win a championship.
So root for Minny! Having another game or two separation from an elite team in the conference can't hurt.
Wisconsin might not be as good as we think. Defensively, they seem to have real issues this year.
I'm thinking the B1G race is going to come down to us, MSU and Iowa.
I think Wisconsin is pretty good, but they'll have a real tough time with 3 losses already. That said, they've got the schedule in their favor - they don't have to go to Breslin and they don't have to go to Columbus (whatever their place is called, 99 cent store arena or something).
Contrast that to Iowa who probably has the worst schedule - they play us, MSU, OSU, Wisconsin and Minnesota all twice. They only have Nebraska once (and it's at home) and they only have Penn State and Purdue once as well.
Both have tough roads, I think Iowa's is harder even with one fewer loss.
To respond to my own post, we probably have the toughest schedule in the league. We play MSU, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Purdue all twice, which is every team at or above .500 in the league right now. We only have OSU once, but it's in Columbus.
Minny is gonna win this one. Michigan is in good shape. Gotta keep winnin'!!!!
All right. This is twice that we've gotten away with this. Let's quit while we're ahead here, shall we?
Fuck everything Wisconsin sports-related. I don't know why, but I just hate them in everything.
OSU and Wisky battling to see who can lose more in a row is very amuzing though. 2014 is the greatest sports year (and the coldest).
2014 is off to a solid start, but it's got a ways to go to match 1989, 1997 or 1998.
If this was Ohio or MSU losing, I'd neg the shit out of you.
and Ohio...both undefeated a couple days ago, now both sinking like rocks
They both committed a cardinal sin.
Hollins had an absolutely nasty dunk over one of the Wisconsin players through contact for an and 1.
I realize they have 2 Hollins. It was whichever is number 20 if anyone didn't see it.
Both because it helps in the Big Ten race and because the selection committee looks at teams' records against RPI Top 50 teams. Wisconsin will finish in the Top 50 for sure (they're #4 right now), whereas Minnesota is #35 and could easily drop; obviously it helps if they stay in the Top 50 and Michigan gets credited with a road win versus a Top 50 team for that win.
Very impressed with the Gophers rallying after one of their star players, Andre Hollins, goes down with injury. Reminiscent of our team's performance in the Barn. Just goes to show how hard it is to win a conference road game. Basketball by far has the biggest difference in performance between road and home. Has to be worth like 10 points.
I hate that play that Dre Hollins got hurt on. Jump shooter, and then the d-bag who is guarding him (think it was Brust, who definitely fits my preceding label) steps right under where he's going to land. I think it should be a T...guy turns an ankle almost every time in that situation. Which is why...fuck Wisconsin!!
That's Wisconsin though. They do it all the time, which is why I'm always happy when they lose games. They're probably the most sneaky dirty team in the league.
That's also the move Jalen pulled on Kobe in the finals.
And it was dirty then too. This isn't a homer thing, if that's what you were implying. I hate that play, period.
Yeah, no homerism at all. Should be a T each and every time. Even if Stauskas did it to Metta World Peace.
Michigan beat them both. It's nice to be able to turn around to watch everyone beating each other up behind you.
/ just in a basketball sense, not the bodyslamming way
must be absolutely epic right now.
gophers > badgers.
That win @ Barn looking better by the day.
This was a game where we had beaten both teams on the road (a rarity, in this conference), so traditional rooting interests could take over.
Namely, fuck Bo Ryan. Nice win for the Gophers, who look solidly in if we were bracketing today.
I think it's a 3 game lead on Wisconsin now, 2 on Iowa. I don't see Wisconsin losing less than 2 more in conf, even with their schedule. Same for Iowa. I think today may have eliminated those 2, leaving MSU and M. MSU is a house money game, but 2-1 in the next 3 makes us 8-1 half way thru the season. That's a real good record
2 up on Iowa, 3 on Wisconsin with a road win, 2.5 (3 in the loss column) on Minnesota with a road win, 4 on OSU. Beat State and we're up 1 on them in the loss column with a road win.
Iowa is still in the hunt. They've gotten their roadtrips to Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio out of the way and we have to come to their place later. They also host MSU next week.
I don't even care that we beat them this past weekend. I hate Wisconsin. I hate Bo Ryan and his boring, fun-crushing brand of basketball. I still hate Ben Brust. And I still wish the Kohl Center would just burn to the ground.
I will always love watching Wisconsin lose.
I'm reading this and somehow thinking you actually don't like Wisconsin. IS THIS POSSIBLE?
Nice win for the gophers I didn't think they were this good when we beat them 2 weeks ago. Our wins look better and better Minnesota is a legit tourney team
At least the BigTen has established itself as a power conference because all these ranked teams losing multiple games is not great for outside perception.
Indiana broke them.
DOESN'T EVEN MATTER WHO WON THIS WE BEAT THEM BOTH WOOOOOOOOOO
Dare I say that B1G basketball has surpassed football in terms of excitement?
It's not that favorites or home teams get outplayed, it's that they crash and burn in horrible ways. Scoring zero second-half points, or an elite secondary completely wilting under pressure.
By contrast, in bouncy ball games, the garbage B1G teams have much better records and outlooks, and the power B1G teams would hold their own in any conference around the country.
That's two teams from the Big Ten that were ranked top 5 that have had 3 game loosing streaks. MSU is next!!!
Wisconsin, in the end, sported an effective FG% of 49.00% compared to Minnesota's 62.50%. Minnesota also out-assisted Wisconsin by a 2:1 margin, so ball handling goes to Minnesota as well in this one with an A/T ratio of 2.27 compared to Wisconsin's 1.33. Certain things seem tough to overcome if you're the Badgers.
to have a top-tier hoops program after a considerable dry spell. Heartfelt thanks to Coach B and staff, and all the players who signed on with him to turn the program around.
Aren't as great as they were made out to be.