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Thursday (Gophers vs. Wolves -- which team is more frustrating?) edition: Wha' Happened?

Posted by: Michael Rand under Gophers Updated: January 24, 2013 - 10:51 AM

 

If you have watched Minnesota basketball lately, there is a chance you have thrown your remote control or punched a tasteful throw pillow on your couch.

 

Timberwolves? Gophers? Take your pick.

The question before you is this: Which of the two teams is more frustrating?

Is it the Timberwolves, who had such high hopes this season but have been derailed largely by forces beyond their control -- injuries to players, illness to head coach Rick Adelman's wife? Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Chase Budinger, Brandon Roy, Nikola Pekovic, Alexey Shved and Josh Howard ... all of them have either been injured or are injured. They just don't have the horses right now. Rubio has been slow to return to form. Love, when he played, wasn't himself. Everything we thought was good about this team -- emerging young talent, veteran depth -- has been a flop.

Or is it the Gophers, who are in the midst of a maddening three-game losing streak after getting fans' hopes sky-high as a team with the chops to make a deep NCAA tournament run? Losses at Indiana and at home to Michigan were forgivable, though both opponents scored in the 80s and exposed some fundamental flaws with the squad. The loss last night to Northwestern? That was a legitimate head-scratcher and the kind of game that can lead to a deeper downward spiral.

Your thoughts, please, in the comments.

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