We are continuing to enjoy the Madness this week as we prepare for the NCAA Tournament. After returning from Indianapolis on Sunday, our team watched the selection show together and we were thrilled to be selected as the fourth seed in the Midwest Region.
In preparing to play the very talented Ohio University, we will benefit from the experiences of a tough conference season and a challenging non-conference slate of games.
During this time of year more than ever, college basketball is about exploiting matchups and making adjustments. The Big Ten Tournament this past weekend certainly proved this point as well as provided us with some teachable moments as we game plan for Ohio University.
Minnesota played with incredible quickness in our first game that took us some time to adjust. I was very proud of how our guys fought back and maintained their poise, even when the momentum and energy of the game wasn't going our way. The team kept their focus and managed to knock down some much-needed shots to put the game into overtime.
In the semifinals, Ohio played tremendous basketball and dug us into a hole early. When you're playing a team with as much talent as they have, it's difficult to come back. However, the loss gave our guys a taste of the disappointment of a run cut short, and we will use it as motivation as we look to achieve our NCAA Tournament goals starting this Friday in Nashville.