– The Gophers became the No. 9 team according to the AP Top 25, announced minutes before the opening tip-off between Minnesota and Michigan State. The Gophers were previously ranked No. 11.
– Michigan State is ranked No. 18 in the same poll.
– The No. 1 ranked prep recruit, Tyus Jones of Apply Valley, was in attendance, seated behind the Gopher bench.
– Both Michigan State and Minnesota were in Jones’ final eight schools the high school junior announced in October.
– Chants of “We want Tyus” echoed through a packed Williams Arena twice today in the second-half.
– Speaking of a packed Williams Arena, I did not see a seat open anywhere. Even on media-row, reporters were seated elbow-to-elbow.
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