It's been a bad week for men's college basketball's Top 6, and an even worse one for the University of Maryland. First, #3 (Oklahoma), #4 (Iowa), and #5 (UNC), lost last night. And tonight, the #6 Terrapins lost to Minnesota, 68-63, a wreck of a team that was 0-13 in conference play coming into the game. Maryland was coming off a loss to Wisconsin and their freshman center sat out the game, and the Terrapins are retreating into their shells as they approach March Madness.
But tonight, it wasn't about them. It was about the Gophers, who somehow won only shooting 33%, likely by hitting 6 more free throws. After the game, the crowd stormed the court at The Barn:
Good for the fans. They earned it, and so did the players. It's been a horrible year and they could have easily folded up the tent, but dammit, they came to play. And it showed how much the team left of themselves on the court as Minnesota senior Joey King let out a season's worth of frustration in a post-game interview:
It's refreshing to see actual emotion in a sports interview. And even though it's just sports, if that doesn't tug at your heart, you may want to get a tuneup on your soul. An 0-13 team winning a game shows a whole lot more character than a 13-0 doing it.
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David Young has been a columnist for ESPN and Sports Illustrated and is one for SportsGrid.
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