Gopher Basketball Shines Small Light on a Dark Weekend

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers men’s basketball team provided a small bright spot in an otherwise dismal weekend for Minnesota sports fans Monday Night at The Barn. While most people were glued to their TV sets, watching the Vikings lose to the Seattle, the Gophers finally seemed to come together and beat a team from a power 5 conference.

Marcus Carr and company took down the Clemson Tigers 78-60 on the opening night of the annual Big 10 ACC challenge, which is now tied at one game a piece, after Miami (FL) took down Illinois last night too. The Gophers never trailed in the game and seemed to have full control for all 40 minutes. Carr led the team with 24 points and 9 assists, while Oturu and Kalscheur both provided worthy performances all around.

Depth is a huge concern with this team, all but 9 points tonight came from the starters. This team will need more from the bench if they want to make any type of noise during the Big Ten season. While the Gophers seem to be a team with major growing pains, it is still fun to watch when they control the game like they did last night.

Minnesota opens up a brutal Big 10 schedule next Monday at Iowa, before playing two more non-conference games


Cam Thompson | Minnesota Sports Fan

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