Gophers seniors sent out appropriately

A trio of University of Minnesota men’s basketball players had one nice good-bye at Williams Arena on Sunday.

The Gophers’ three seniors – Lawrence Westbrook, Damian Johnson and Devron Bostick – played their final regular-season game at home on Sunday. And they got plenty of time on the court, notably Bostick, in a rout of Iowa.

The Hawkeyes are not a good team, so the win likely won’t do much to bolster any NCAA tournament hopes. But it was a nice sendoff for the three players and a fun event to go to.

It was pretty ugly from the get-go. It seemed the Gophers were hitting everything in the first half, and Johnson and Ralph Sampson III were giving the Hawkeyes fits on the other end of the court.

While Westbrook is a 1,000-point scorer for his career, I would contend that Johnson will be the player the program will miss most next year. He simply does all of the dirty work. He’s among the Big Ten Conference leaders in blocked shots and steals, and he’s a solid rebounder with a decent offensive game in the post.

Sunday’s win was nice, but the seniors will need a big run through this week’s Big Ten tournament to extend their seasons.

One thought on “Gophers seniors sent out appropriately

  1. The bubble is so ridiculously weak this year the Gophers still have an outside shot at an at large. Granted they’ll have to win 3 games in 3 days, two being against Michigan State and Purdue, to do so but if they lose in the Big Ten final to a team like Ohio St (and barring some severe bubble shrinkage should teams like Butler or UTEP lose in their conference tourney) they’ll get in as the 5th Big Ten squad. Look at a team like Notre Dame, two weeks ago they were dead to rites and now they’re a lock. The games will be there for the Goophs to win, they still control their own at large destiny IMO, they just left themselves zero margin for error.

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