Published: Sun, March 24, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Watch Minnesota’s Amir Coffey’s posterizing dunk against Michigan State

Watch Minnesota’s Amir Coffey’s posterizing dunk against Michigan State

Not only was Murphy out for all but four minutes, they also were without reserve big man Matz Stockman for the third game in a row because of a concussion.

Louisville rallied twice to get within single digits, including after Reggie Perry's 3-pointer to beat the shot clock and a layup from Christen Cunningham to make it 76-69 with two minutes remaining. He tried to play the first four minutes against the Spartans Saturday night, but went to the bench during the first media timeout and didn't return as the Gophers' season ended in a 70-50 loss. Ward had 22 points and 9 boards against the Golden Gophers in their first meeting. Unfortunately for them, they have the #2 seed in the region, Michigan State.

On the ensuing Gophers possession, Hurt grabbed an offensive rebound and kicked the ball out to Kalscheur for another 3. Gabe Kalscheur and Dupree McBrayer shot a combined 0-12 from the field, including 0-of-7 from three-point range.

The Gophers' problems went beyond Murphy's absence. Without the all-time leading rebounder in school history, the Spartans out-rebounded Minnesota 45-19 for the game.

Minnesota came into this game shooting 32.1 percent from three, which is 291st in the country and averaged 5 made threes per game. He was quickly subbed out and was in tears as he embraced his coaches and teammates.

Michigan State lost in the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament each of the last three years but has a chance to snap that streak. Three Catamounts finished with 15 points.

Pitino hasn't had the greatest of luck when it comes to healthy players in key games. "We had five new players, we had some ups and downs".

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"It's going to be a pretty good matchup", Bigby-Williams said.

Playing against the team for which his father was head coach for 16 seasons, Gophers head coach Richard Pitino, a former assistant at Louisville, said the victory was all about his current players. The veteran shot-caller has taken the Spartans into March Madness every year since 1998 and tied for first in the Big Ten's regular campaign to boot. The Spartans come into this game with a clear advantage in both straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records.

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"I'm just excited, moreso for our program", said Xavier Tillman, who led Michigan State with 14 points.

Minnesota shook off a poor start from the field by making 10 of its final 14 shots in the opening half, taking multiple seven-point leads and getting a Coffey 3-pointer in the final seconds to take a 38-33 lead into the locker room. He was the lone starter in double figures.

Cunningham led Louisville (20-14) with 22 points, and Steven Enoch had 14. The victory Thursday was just the second NCAA Tournament win for the Gophers, officially, since 1990.

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