Gophers Knock Off #11 Buckeyes

In a rowdy and loud Barn, Minnesota hosted the No. 11 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes Thursday night. The Gophers showed they were very well prepared for this game and with a good team effort knocked off their first ranked opponent of the season.

Minnesota scored their first upset of the Richard Pitino era as they beat the Ohio State buckeyes 63-53.

The Gophers were lead by Elliot Elliason who had his 6th double double of the season as he put up 12 points and 13 rebounds. Deandre Mathieu led the Gophers in scoring with 13. Mathieu also held Aaron Craft to just 7 points. The Buckeyes did get production from LeQuinton Ross, who had 22 points, but Ross faded down the stretch missing valuable free throws and jumpers late in the game.

Many experts have predicted the Gophers would need good 3-point shooting to land an upset, but the Gophers completed the upset despite shooting just 3/14 from beyond the 3-point arc.

The Gophers were able to beat the Buckeyes largely through good team effort. The Gophers weren't forced to take many bad shots and that was reflected in their 51% field goal percentage compared to Ohio State's 35% on just four more shots than the Gophers. The Gophers also out rebounded the Buckeyes 39-24 and outscored the Buckeyes 38-20 in the paint, something that seemed impossible before the year started as the Gophers lack a true power forward.

The Gophers also won despite only getting a combined 16 points from Andre and Austin Hollins. The Gophers were the better coached team tonight and they played more like a team than the Buckeyes and because of those two factors, they were able to knock off the #11 team in the country with a great team effort and being well prepared.

Brice Marich also contributed to this article


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