Well as a Louisville fan I'm not sure what happened in this one. I figured Louisville would be able to win out until Big East play started but now with there second loss it's making me wonder if this team is over rated. I'm gonna say there not. Minnesota was 9-0 coming into this one and playing at home, so Louisville losing by 6 really that bad of a loss? I don't think so. I think we expected this to be an win, maybe even Louisville did because they were out played. Minnesota is now 10-0 on the season and with this win over #9 Louisville I'd be surprised if they weren't ranked in the top 25 in next weeks poll. Louisville will probably fall to about 15-20 with there 7-2 record, but this loss probably wont come back to hunt them come to NCCA Tournament time. Let's break down the game.
Louisville was out played today, plain and simple. They only shot 38% from the floor, which could get them a win, but when you give up 70 points, you often wont win anyways. Louisville went into the locker room at halftime down 38-33 but weren't able to catch the Golden Gophers in the second half as they extended the lead to double digits in the second half. I think Louisville having to play Ole Miss in Cincinnati and then having to play Minnesota in Minneapolis less then 48 hours later had something to do with the outcome of the game. Coach Rick Pitino called it "the trip from hell", so I'm sure that had an impact on this game.
Player of the Game
Minnesota Golden Gophers
Minnesota played very well today, beating #9 Louisville at home. As a Louisville, I'm not very happy with the outcome of the game, but the Golden Gophers played very well and in my mind have earned a top 25 spot in next weeks poll. They outscored Louisville in both half's and outplayed Louisville on both ends of the floor. Minnesota shot a little better from the floor at 40% and also shot better at the line at 73%. I think Minnesota is in for a good season and a possible NCCA Tournament bid. It'll come down to how well they play in Big 10 play but as of right now they are leading the Big 10 record wise at 10-0. Ohio State at 8-0 is the only other undefeated team.
Player of the Game
Score and Stats
Minnesota: AL Nolen 18
Louisville: Terrence Williams 17
Minnesota: Damiam Johnson and Travis Busch 6
Louisville: Earl Clark 11
Minnesota: AL Nolen 5
Louisville: Terrence Williams 5