Minnesota hoped to make a move in the Big 10 with consecutive home games against Indiana and Michigan State. That didn't quite work out as the Gophers dropped both, including today, 78-73, to the Spartans, writes AP. Drew Neitzel broke out of a shooting slump and lived up to his preseason billing, making five three-pointers in the second half.
"Hopefully this will be a start for him because we really need him," said his coach, Tom Izzo. Neitzel finished with 19 points while teammate Kalin Lucas had 12 for the No. 11 Spartans. With freshman point guard Al Nolen injured, the Gophers' offense struggled as his replacement was forced into several turnovers. Lawrence McKenzie led Minnesota with 20 points.