Gophers Grab Huge Victory over Saint Louis
Saint Louis isn’t a Big Ten team but damn they play like one. There’s a reason they won nearly 30 games in 2019-20 and why they entered tonight’s game undefeated. Still, Marcus Carr put the Minnesota Gophers on his back and Pitino happily rode him to a 90-82 victory.
Carr got help in big moments from Gabe Kalscheur, Both Gach and Jamal Mashburn Jr. Liam Robbins was a force on defense too. Saint Louis didn’t have quite enough juice down the stretch for Minnesota’s wealth of Big Ten talent (mostly Marcus Carr).
— Minnesota on BTN (@MinnesotaOnBTN) December 21, 2020
Needed this one…
The Gophers needed this victory more than you and I need to eat tomorrow. Minnesota will start a stretch on Christmas night vs the (#3) Iowa Hawkeyes that will include SEVEN straight games against ranked opponents, three of which are currently top-5.
If the Saint Louis Billikens got just a few more top-25 votes last week, it would have made for 9-straight ranked games. They finished #27 in the week 4 AP Poll.
The Minnesota Gophers badly wanted this game before heading into this 7-game Big Ten gauntlet… and they got it. Now, can the pull out an upset at home vs Iowa or Michigan State over the next week+?
Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan