When DeAndre Mathieu got hurt, Maverick Ahanmisi got his chance he’d been waiting his entire college career for. In what could have been the senior’s last college game, he scored a career-high 21 points in the Gophers’ opening-round win over High Point University.
Two years ago, Minnesota embraced the National Invitation Tournament enough to reach the championship game.
Brandon Ubel scored Nebraska’s last 10 points and finished with 15, and the Cornhuskers defeated Minnesota 53-51 Wednesday night in the final college basketball game at Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Reserve guard Chip Armelin scored 15 points and Minnesota took advantage of Nebraska’s poor shooting in the second half to pull away for a 69-61 victory on Sunday.
Success for most basketball teams starts at the point guard position, and Minnesota coach Tubby Smith is well aware of that.