Minnesotan in training: April 2, 2014


By the time you read this, we’ll know two things: whether or not the University of Minnesota Gophers will be playing in the NIT Championship and if Minnesota’s own Kat Perkins advances to the playoffs on The Voice.
As has been the case throughout the Gophers’ “playoff” run, they really didn’t look like they wanted to be there in the beginning. At one point, they trailed by eight points. 
Thankfully, Austin Hollins wasn’t ready to be done playing and came up with 32 points to lead his team to an 81-73 win. 
With another win, the Gophers will advance to the championship game at 7 p.m. Thursday. Barring a jinx, hopefully next week’s column will include a congratulations to the maroon and gold for winning a tournament, even if it wasn’t the tournament they wanted.
Speaking of that other tournament, my home state team, the Iowa State Cyclones, met their demise in the form of an 81-76 loss to the Connecticut Huskies. 
Somehow, the Huskies were a 7 seed, despite being a perennial powerhouse. They proved they were better than their seeding by not only beating the Cyclones, but also by getting past the heavily-favored Michigan State Spartans.
Despite ISU’s loss, they gave us plenty to be proud of. Their come-from-behind win against the University of North Carolina Tarheels was nothing short of amazing, especially with one of their best players out with a broken foot.
The fairy tale came to a screeching halt on Friday, despite Younkers, NY native Dustin Hogue breaking out for a career-high 34 points in front of his family and friends on one of the world’s largest stages, Madison Square Garden. It was just too bad that he didn’t get much help from his teammates, with Melvin Ejim and DeAndre Kane combining for 23 points on less than 30 percent shooting.
Here’s to hoping Perkins’ fairy tale doesn’t end just yet. If the preview for Tuesday’s show is any indication, it won’t, as it showed advisor Chris Martin, of Coldplay, complimenting Perkins on her voice.
Hopefully, I haven’t jinxed her or the Gophers.