I wasn't able to go to the Gopher game tonight, so instead here are a few more NCAA Hoop Previews (we're almost done!). But first, a quick check on the Big 10 teams and how they've done in the exhibitions that have been played so far.
Illinois 79-47 over Lewis and
75-66 over West Chester. The Illini had 21 turnovers vs. just 7
assists against West Chester. Safe to say their issues with
ball-handling haven't been resolved just yet.
86-57 over Wesleyan. Maurice Creek led the Hoosiers in scoring with
12. I would have sworn that dude had graduated already.
100-54 over Quincy. Hawks forced 31 turnovers in this game, and based
on possessions in the game it looks like Iowa might be converted over to
a run-and-gun, press the whole game type of team. Tom Davis would be
Michigan 83-47 over Northern Michigan. Trey
Burke was suspended for this one which clearly didn't matter. Two of
the three vaunted freshmen hit double figures. Tim Hardaway had 5
assists and zero turnovers. Luckily he still shoots like shit.
State 85-47 over Northwood and 62-49 over St. Cloud State. Derrick Nix
looking like he's come to play this year with a 13 & 8 and 14
& 7 in these two. Then again, I doubt teams of that caliber
have anyone who can handle someone as wide as Nix in the paint.
Nebraska: yet to play. They can't even figure out scheduling properly.
Northwestern: yet to play. You'll never make the NCAA Tournament this way.
State 83-71 over Walsh. DeShaun Thomas scored 25 and got up 17 shots
with nobody else on OSU putting up more than 9. The man is just a
scoring machine. Breathtaking.
Penn State 79-54 over
Philadelphia. D.J. Newbill, a transfer from Southern Miss, scored 15
them and Tim Frazier scored 17 with 8 assists. Frazier is insane. How
he can put up the kind of numbers he did last year with no help is
Purdue 70-61 over Montevallo and 109-68 over
Newberry. They have three guys named Johnson (Ronnie, Terone, and
Anthony) who were the three leading scorers against Montevallo. That's
Wisconsin: yet to play. Slackers.
Anyway, on with it. And don't forget to check out the post directly below this one for TRE's Western Conference Preview which I totally just stepped all over.
Team #19 (GOPHERS)