Sweet revenge: Minnesota hands No. 7 Michigan its first loss of the season with massive upset
The B1G road game has struck again, this time claiming Juwan Howard’s Michigan squad during a road trip to Minnesota.
Entering Saturday’s game, the Wolverines were riding a dominant stretch of play. That streak included three straight blowouts of AP ranked opponents, including a big win on Jan. 6 against the same Minnesota team they played Saturday.
Unfortunately for the Wolverines, the Gophers were ready this time around and came out swinging. Most notably different in this game was the play of center Liam Robbins.
After shooting 2-for-9 for five points in the first game and watching Michigan big man Hunter Dickinson dominate with 28 points, it was time for Robbins to return the favor. He shot 8-for-13 Saturday – including 3-for-3 from deep – for 22 points to go along with eight rebounds, two steals, and two blocks. Dickinson finished with nine points and five turnovers Saturday.
Just 10 days removed from a 25-point loss, Minnesota upset Michigan with an 18-point victory:
1⃣/6⃣: Michigan 82, Minnesota 57
1⃣/1⃣6⃣: Minnesota 75, Michigan 57
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) January 16, 2021
The big key to Saturday’s game was an impressive defensive effort by the Gophers. They forced the Wolverines into 20 turnovers and limited Michigan’s shooting to 6-for-22 (27.3%) from three-point range.
Another important note to this game is that Minnesota improved to 11-0 at home on the season. All four losses have come on the road in conference play. By contrast, the four B1G wins by the Gophers have been against Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Michigan. Three of those games have been decided by double digits and three of those four teams remain ranked on the AP Poll.