Reusse: More intense Gophers wouldn't let Ohio State rally

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 17, 2014 - 6:00 AM

There was a very ugly basketball game at Williams Arena late Thursday, and the uglier it got, the better it was for the Gophers.

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nycminnyJan. 17, 14 4:24 AM

Reusse, why is it when the Gophers, regardless of sport (except hockey) win a game that on paper they shouldn't, you denigrate them? I think the Gophers have proven they were a better team coming in and that Pitino has done an excellent job analyzing their strengths to create solid game plans. This was about how the Gophers won but your story is about how OSU played horribly. Do you ever stop and think that they may have earned a win? They played Syracuse tough as well as MSU. Get with it.

equal4all55Jan. 17, 14 6:14 AM

The Gophers great defense had a lot to do with making Craft look bad. I love watching this ball hawking, loose ball diving, 100% effort team. You nailed it Patrick, this is going to be a fun ride with our new coach for, hopefully, a very long time!

anarad4Jan. 17, 14 6:58 AM

Going to need every ounce of that intensity...and then some.... on Sunday in Iowa...

jackpinenomoJan. 17, 14 7:36 AM

Congratulations Coach Pitino! As a long-time Gopher hoops fan/supporter, I am very impressed with how you coached these Gophers up this year. Even in the losses, your team played really well overall. I know it may seem far fetched, given your attack at all times approach (which I like btw) but if you would consider at times during the game to play both Eliason and Walker on the same floor!? Play them in a 3-2 zone D with guards being active with double teams on the perimeter. On offense with your half court offense, I can see both Eliason and Walker can sliding up and down from low to high setting picks along the way. The low post player at the time will be staying low and tight to the basket for rebounding or getting an easy layup type basket from a guard who's driving off that high post pick. I realize the benefit of keeping one fresh but...both players are playing at a high level right now with confidence and energy. Anyways, I am so enjoying watching your team play these days. Great game last night. That's your Barn!

hobie2Jan. 17, 14 8:16 AM

Great defense comes from teamwork - and nothing lets you ball-hawk and harass like having a great back-up in case your risk taking lets your man get by, and being able to take risks within the scheme makes you a better player. The guards play better defense for having EE backing them up, and that is why he is key. What was great about last night was that Mo took on some of that role, which makes the team deeper where it counts. (Note that to do what they do on defense, you can't have EE and Mo on the floor at the same time - two back-ups-as-anchor doesn't work as well - not to mention they don't shoot 3s or slash like OO or King.)

hookshotJan. 17, 14 8:31 AM

Who'da thunk it? Otto playing the role of Bill Liambeer, "The Instigator". I didn't see that one coming.

bk3785Jan. 17, 14 8:34 AM

Congrats to the coach and the team. How can you not like Pitino? He has his players playing really hard. He obviously has coached several of them up a notch in their playing abilities and is an all-around young class act. If he is able to recruit a few blue-chippers in the near future he will turn the U program into something special - year after year.

BCanniffJan. 17, 1410:11 AM

Pitino wasn't the only one throwing things. The refs are lucky they didn't get killed by the flying debris being thrown at them. How can being pushed to the floor be called a foul on both players? The Big Ten must be recruiting their refs from the Ringling clown school in Sarasota. They are consistently a bad joke.

whatzitJan. 17, 1410:11 AM

i had to turn down the sound, the announcers were so pro buckeyes it was pathetic. the officials pretty much ruin college basketball these days

schwartzrlJan. 17, 1410:13 AM

I agree totally with your take on the aesthetic appeal of the game, which seems to stem from the fact that OSU is vastly overrated. Any team that relies on a (non)-shooting guard as their main man is going to lose Big Ten road games. By the way, you made an appearance on ESPN's "30 for 30" program last night. You were in the audience during one of Tonya Harding's press conferences in 1994. Your expression says it all.


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