Led by an offensive output that certainly eliminated the frustrations from this past weekend’s loss to Wisconsin, Minnesota picked up that much-needed win, snapping a four-game losing streak in the process.
Rodney Williams paced the Gophers with 23 points on the evening, but the key lied in their ability to control the tempo. Nebraska guard Ray Gallegos scored 30 points for the Cornhuskers, but the offensive outburst was certainly something that they were trying to avoid.
Minnesota used their overall talent advantage to their liking, taking out Nebraska by a final score of 84-65.
Now that the Golden Gophers have the monkey off their back in terms of ending their most recent skid, Minnesota can turn its focus back to playing their brand of basketball. With Iowa coming to town this weekend, the Gophers face another must-win situation at home, simply based off the difficulty that the conference presents.
While the Gophers remained in the AP Top 25 this week at No. 23 in the country, their efforts to remain amongst the conference’s best must stretch further than this week. Even during their losing streak, the Gophers showed plenty of signs of toughness and ability, so in all the losses just simply mounted up quicker than expected.
Minnesota has proven their worth already this season and as a team bound for the NCAA Tournament at this junction, the focus needs to remain high on simply taking care of business.
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