Listen: Gophers, Michigan State, Louisville discussed on The Al Malmberg Show
"Us now, the host of sports to the max, that'd be none. Other the mic max who was in Des Moines. Earlier today watching the gophers take on Louisville and Mike what an effort by that. Golden gopher basketball squad. Wasn't it? Washington right now should next to the guy next to the again by seven minutes in seven or eight minutes. Jennings. Says you realize there's only been three dollars called LEGO game set match the referees questions inside basketball. Here was will they call it like a big ten game or an ACC game. They call like a big ten game. Let let him play Jordan Murphy, wasn't it. Again, foul trouble that that you can play at your hands. All those things go that favors the gophers. I still love would start making shot. The gophers data. Remember so on her man to man defense gave Kelsey offensive. We obviously charts forget defensively played so well and made them work, and they were able to wear out Murphy to get just minister Michael hurt to know Mercer game. A couple thousand etcetera. Louisville lesson. You know, what to expect? But you knew that they were up down, and they're not they're certainly not a great basketball team. They got a couple of good players. That's about it. Yeah. No. You're a hundred percent, right. And I've been telling people that Louisville that they're not back yet. You know, it's gonna take them a couple of years. It gets them more recruits back in there. Because I a few of those recruits that were looking at the program kind of shied away after the scandal and didn't attend Louisville. But all in all I thought that one of the things that was key today was and you've seen this the entire season is that when the gophers are facing a team with a with the guy that typically they have to lean on that person. They are good at taking that personnel. They did it three times Carson Edwards from Purdue. And they were able to win two out of those three games. They did it against some of the other teams. They face this year in the big ten, but they did that today which Orden a war or from Louisville. He's kind of their their God that they kind of lean on to to when they need a big bucket to knock down some shots. He was not able to get into any type of flow any type of rhythm and down the stretch. He didn't even play late in the second half. Yeah. Oh, okay. I can see why he's really good. But he didn't affect the game. If you didn't. If you didn't know you just said on watch the game, you know, who the star was. And and the guy doesn't stand out that means you get a pretty good job. He didn't stand out today. Every if you sat down there and said who's your best players, you weren't listed him one of the top two based on what you started dating this gopher defensive who good. And then they got that balanced scoring you get five guys in double figures. Like that. It makes you a big difference. Jordan Murphy, Herkus back has the backstabs instead out. He told us after the game that he thinks he'll be fine for Saturday. And obviously they have to have him. But he didn't think it was going to be anything that was going to hold him back. Come saturday. Michigan state. You know, one of the things maxi that was just it was so fun to watch number one. You know, we love the fact that the gophers one, and we love the way that they won. But it was the breakout performance for Gabe Keller. We have known all along about how good of a or how great of a jump shot. He has and how much of a. Threat. He is on the parameter. But it was for the nation to see he was on full display to see and for Reggie Miller to be sitting there and watching him put on the shooting display. That was awesome. That was big time or erects say about it. So I didn't hear the comic here. Oh, man. He he was he was ranting and raving about Gabe. Gabe was this. He was he was stuck on automatic. Yeah. Yeah. Talk you gave after game for quite a while and die. He said you're you're hunting shots after a while. She hasn't really have that luxury do very early in the season Vancouver. Create a couple of big games in that tournament where you get a glimpse of it. And then the big ten change came back. He said what it did was he still wants to get my confidence. It wasn't just gift shots. He said I actually stepped out a couple more steps because I felt so good so confident that I was able to take them out even. Confidence is falling. He just felt so good. They need extra. Amir Coffey kind of carry the load in the first half. And then they shifted gears Kelsey Gooden along the way, mcbrayer neutral. And and Murphy were were pretty solid and pretty good now. Yeah. I mean, they had the right game plan, and you could see their data scouted all those things which you never know. And we're really impressive the way that they took Louisville out of their game. Y'all. We're talking to Mike max here on news talk eight three zero w c CEO. He's he went to the the gophers game earlier today was in the locker room talking to players. And and now the the gophers advanced to the second round, they'll be facing Michigan state and Tom Izzo and one of the things that stood out to everybody that was watching the game earlier in regards to the gophers is at short bench of there's the only played three players off the bench, and none of them stored. And that is going to that's going to be a very very difficult and tall task of thinking if they're going to be able to knock off the Spartans without any help in the bench. Yeah. The Mike extended initiatives with his father game his brother Matthew not at the game. But he's going to Donald's all American game here pretty soon. So of course, a lot of attention focused on him awarded might go to school. We'll do get in on it. Now, check drop. The other thing Henry as to me just tells you that he's he's probably gone is I Washington sniff anymore. And you know, you would think especially short bench. And you know, he he does offer something truth to that lettuces quickness and things like that. And he's been a little bit. But he's not even a thought right now in the rotation. And I I don't know where you'd use him. But she just thinks somebody that had that much experience. You see a little bit of right now. Yeah. You you think that? Yeah. I I'm with you. I do wonder what is his number one. I with you. I think that most likely he's probably gonna look to transfer elsewhere. But maybe they they're telling him look would do pre leaving that we need you to be around. And we need you to be in the starting lineup. I don't know if there's enough to sell a guy to stay around that. I mean, essentially you're NCAA tournament team right now, you're not using him at all. So I don't know what the I don't know what the selling point is if you're Richard Patino, and you wanna be a part of the program, and at this point, Tom, I'm not sure if his confidence is in such a bad. Spot that he can they can recover from all of this. Right. You just use? Like, you offers you something the Icees free cassette because of that. But I guess reminded me of when he came out and someone Minnesota, and there was a YouTube video on him and everybody all house, they get in from New York. He went stole him in the middle of blah, blah, blah. Well, there's a reason he was available because he's not consistent. He doesn't always do what he's supposed to do on the court net that will nullify allow count on natural ability. But I don't think we'll see him on on Saturday Night Live and die with this lineup right now in Michigan state at just sitting there watching at FM, I guess so I went down in Michigan state was Walker the building and Tom Izzo EDA's necktie. It wasn't tied yet. It was just hanging around his neck. He's kinda lifetime. If you walk down the hall. It's got he's been sober anytime. Gets make sure good then you have intense during that game. And he was frustrated Bradley frustrated his team and least gave you a little bit of a glimpse. They play with such confidence that a little opening near that you could see if you can make some shots out of maybe two fustrated little bit. They've got a really good point guard, and of course, early physical. Yeah. Have you paid attention to any of the other games from earlier today? Well, sure, cure Baylor. We're going back and forth. Pretty good. And of course, we started Nevada. Eric Muslim Macy's play pick up ball. Eric back in the day when he was assistant with the Timberwolves. I pick Florida to win that one because Tabet faded faster the end that they just looked like they ran out of gas. And of course, I haven't seen the Michigan Montana game. I only it's still pretty good number on them. Yeah. Michigan's blown them out sixty three thirty nine with six twenty one left in the game Baylor's actually leading Syracuse, sixty to fifty seven with seven minutes and forty six seconds left in the game as well. Well, and the other one I mean, not to be surprised, but local note re Travis was outstanding for Kentucky at a blow up there early on against northeaster. And against the offer come up Wofford. They are playing right now, they're leading by five sixty seven sixty two. With five minutes and twelve seconds remaining in the in the game there. So that was. We got we got to close games, and then we got to blow offs because the last game is Purdue leading Old Dominion by thirteen with eleven minutes remaining. Okay. Yeah. You know, the other thing was Henry and not the people didn't tell us this. But it doesn't seem like it. When it came struggling. Maybe the big games. Really good. You know, maybe the gophers are just you know, they beat conference talked to the players about that. You know, your confidence gets rattled all those things. But maybe people are right. Maybe the big chance just a really good conference in their they're well positioned for the NCAA tournament. Yeah. I hope that's the case, man. We put it like this. We know that there's going to be at least one big Tintin getting into the Sweet Sixteen because it's going to either be Minnesota or it's either gonna be Michigan state. Yeah. They changed it over less. Of course, gophers have been in it enough that we paid that much attention to it. But it used to be you could never be in the same bracket. You know, the same the same. You couldn't meet a team from your conference. I don't think the Sweet Sixteen and now I think they just show we see them all except the first round the you'll never play a team in your conference. But I think that's about it. Yes. Risotto hairy. I if you if you're the number nine C two seven number ten seed, even if you win today, then you get in the sector on. Shot at Michigan state. You you you get under sometimes for where you fall in the seatings even a higher seat. This case is going to have to play Duke in the second round at your ten the number the seven you get the luxury of moving on and play a number two seat. Yup. I hear you, man. Amen. We appreciate the time. We'll be talking to you. And looking forward to checking you out on a on a CBS tonight. Fun stuff h we'll do it again tomorrow night. Take care. That's Mike max sports to the max right here on NewsTalk eight three zero WC L in which I come on a little bit later on WC L I coming up next. I saw something that was absolutely insane today. It was crazy. And when I reveal it to you, you guys may have seen it, maybe not. But I'm sure that you'll all be on Twitter at rob reveal what had me scratching my head. 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