Friday, February 29, 2008
The last home game of the season is coming up tomorrow, and thank god the season is pretty much over. I am looking forward to a home NIT game or two, because it's always fun to see teams like Wake Forest, Cal, or Ole Miss. Seriously, have you seen what has happened to Ole Miss? They started off the season 13-0, including a win over Clemson, and were ranked in the top 15. Since SEC play started, they have gone 5-9, with one of those wins over Presbyterian, a non-D1 opponent. They just lost by 20 to last place LSU. So that whole promising start is now looking like an NIT bid. Sad.
Anyway, Ohio State comes to the Barn desperately needing this win to solidify a shot at an NCAA berth. If nothing else, the Gophers can be a spoiler and try to help kill the Buckeyes hopes.
I wrote last time these two teams played that Jamar Butler wasn't a true point guard and that the Gophers would win in Columbus. I'm an idiot. Butler is having a killer season, leading the Buckeyes with 14.1 points, 6.3 assists, and a 2.4 assist to TO ratio, and the idiot Gophers got killed by 16 as Butler had 27 and 9.
Ohio State has lost three in a row, and has dropped games at Michigan and Iowa. This clearly means that they are a suck of a road team. The Gophers are sometimes kind of sort of decent at home. Seriously, I have no idea how to pick this game. I have a feeling that a focused, goal-oriented Ohio State team is going to be able to handle a bunch of idiots with little idea of what they're doing. Ohio State 71, Minnesota 67.