Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Gopher Rematch

The first game of the conference season series with Tubby Smith's Golden Gophers is worth forgetting. As the Illini prepare to welcome Minnesota to Assembly Hall, they will face a team in great need of a road win.

In the past 4 weeks, Illinois and Minnesota have both had highs and lows in the conference season. The Illini have won enough games to be alone in 3rd place in the Big Ten. Minnesota has struggled to win on the road in conference play, with wins at only Wisconsin and Indiana, and they are caught in a 4-way tie for 4th place.

Both teams are coming off wins, and are statistically nearly equal in shooting percentage and field goal defense. That said, the Illini need to play like they normally do at Assembly Hall. This is a game the Illini need to win to stay near the top of the conference standings. And Minnesota will be looking for a signature win to add to their post-season resume.

Should be a good one. Go Illini!


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