The scary part is that the Gophers left a lot of open looks on the floor. I went back and watched, and there were so many open 3’s that were missed that it would not have been unreasonable to see them in future games being able to knock those down. Not to mention the rebounding, which was atrocious. Which means they beat the #4 team without playing the best game that they can play.as with everything, it comes down to consistency. during the course of a season, almost every team will have one or two bad nights, and one or two nights when everything clicks.
The real question is what happens on the rest of the nights.
If Iowa is the high-water mark for the Gophers, and Illinois the low-water mark, then what is the true level for this team?
Same thing with individuals. if player X is a 35% career 3-point shooter, and he goes out and hits 7 3's in a game, which is more likely?
A. he makes 7 3's every game, or
B. he reverts back to his career average.
Extreme opinions can run both ways. some fans watch the Illinois game and say "The Gophers stink. Fire the Coach."
Some fans watch the Iowa game and say "The Gophers are Great. Extend the Coach."
I say, let's see how they look next game. can they settle into a reasonably good level of play, or do they yo-yo between "Up" and "Down" nights?
Next week will tell a lot with MSU and Bucky.
(BTW - saw a crazy tweet. The starting lineup for Wisc has an average age that is older than the starting lineup for the Chicago Bulls.)