After the 84-67 road beatdown over a talented Illini team, well, the Gophers have their believers. And they should. Check out some of the Twitter praise for the Gophers in this post.
I never once thought Gopher hoops was in trouble tonight. To say that of a game AT Illinois is impressive. This team is legit.—
Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) January 10, 2013
If this Minnesota-Illinois result holds it should put to rest any thoughts the Gophers were an early-season fluke. Shelf-life staying power.—
Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) January 10, 2013
If it comes down to overall team toughness, Gophers might win the Big10. Mbakwe sets that tone as well as anyone in college right now.—
Jimmy Dykes (@JimmyDykesLive) January 10, 2013
Takeaway from tonight: Even at home, Indiana is going to have its hands full with Minnesota. Gophers are very good.—
Jeff Eisenberg (@JeffEisenberg) January 10, 2013
Shout out to Minnesota Gophers Men's Basketball…keep doing your thing!! Congrats on the W tonight!—
Eric Decker (@EricDecker87) January 10, 2013
Minnesota is a really tough team to prepare for. Gophers have several guys who can be the assassin. Tubby Smith's deepest team ever.—
Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) January 10, 2013
Good to be a Gopher right now. Football made a bowl, hockey is ranked No. 1, hoops is top 10.—
Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) January 10, 2013
Minnesota is nice…..—
LaQuinton Ross (@qross2011) January 10, 2013
Minnesota disproving the "it's impossible to win on the road in the B1G" narrative a bit tonight …—
Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) January 10, 2013
That’s a lot of praise, and from some highly respected personalities.
It’s deserved, though. Few teams can match Minnesota’s combination of strength, size, athleticism and depth. No, the Gophers may not be the best outside shooting team, but they get easy looks and rebound their misses better than any other team in the nation.
Simply put, Minnesota is for real. And its next test is another big one, as it visits No. 5 Indiana on Saturday on BTN/BTN2Go.
Something to keep in mind: Minnesota was the only team to go into Indiana and hand the Hoosiers a loss last season. It should be fun.
Here’s our postgame interview with Joe Coleman:
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