The Golden Gophers were one of the most pleasant surprises of the 2016-17 season
Posted on April 7, 2017 at 12:52 pm by admin
One of the most infamous passages in sports history happened at the end of the gold medal basketball game in the 1972 Munich Olympics.
The U.S. had effectively won the gold medal when Doug Collins sank two free throws to make the game 50-49 with under a second to go, but a series of bizarre events, including intervention from then-FIBA president Renato William Jones gave the USSR three seconds left on the clock.
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This continued once again after a failed inbounds pass when the FIBA chief decided to give ANOTHER three seconds to the Soviets. They would eventually score to win and the USA refused to accept their silver medals. No email would have helped.
The Golden Gophers were one of the most pleasant surprises of the 2016-17 season, but expectations will be higher for Richard Pitino and company now. Thankfully, Pitino returns every player outside of senior Akeem Springs from the team that did enough damage in the Big Ten to earn a No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Donovan Mitchell is the decision to watch here. If the first-team All-ACC guard chooses to put the NBA on hold for one more year, then Louisville will return seven of its top eight scorers from a team that earned a No. 2 seed in the 2017 NCAA tournament. Rick Pitino also adds a top 10 recruiting class headlined by versatile 6鈥?0 forward Malik Williams.
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Kadeem Allen was the only senior on this year鈥檚 roster, but it鈥檚 more likely than not that Sean Miller will lose at least two of his four star underclassmen to the NBA draft. If he can get just one or two of those guys back, then they should be able to join forces with all-everything freshman DeAndre Ayton to have the Wildcats right back in the hunt for Miller鈥檚 ever-elusive first Final Four appearance.