Gophers Stun #3 Ohio State at The Barn

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My Christmas wish has come true! The Gophers men’s basketball team just got done dominating the #3 Ohio State Buckeyes 84-71 at Williams Arena. Ohio State was a popular vote to become the new #1 team in the nation when the newest AP poll drops on Monday (tomorrow). This win for the Gophers at The Barn, means home teams are now 13-0 so far in Big Ten play this season… That’s an insane stat.

The Gophers shot over 50% from the field including a 12/17 performance from Marcus Carr. He looked like a man amongst boys in the second half, carving his way through the defense seemingly every possession. Carr finished with 35 Points and 7 Assists. This is a very good sign considering he struggled mightily against the Hawkeyes last Monday. 

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Not only did the Maroon and Gold have their way on offense but they also dominated on the defensive side of the ball. Limiting the highly touted Wesson Brothers to a combined 18 points. Minnesota destroyed the buckeyes on the defensive glass 29-17, limiting second chance points regularly.

Now this wouldn’t be a Minnesota sports post without some type of bad news. Payton Willis, the redshirt junior transfer from Vanderbilt, seemed to reaggravate his right ankle early in the second half. Willis has been battling this same ankle issues pretty much all season, this is not a good sign, as the Gophers look to build on this win and sneak their way into possible postseason discussion.

Nonetheless, enjoy this win Gopher fans! In what seemed to be a season full of infinite sorrow, Carr & Co. turned the The Barn into the hostile atmosphere it is capable of being. 



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Cam Thompson | Minnesota Sports Fan

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