The University of Minnesota men's basketball team is flirting with history in the worst possible way this year. Going into Thursday night, the Gophers had lost all 13 of their Big Ten games, and were at risk of becoming the first Minnesota team ever, in a history that dates back to 1905, to go winless in conference play.
The Gophers avoided that shameful fate in fine fashion Thursday night. Not only did they finally win, they knocked off No. 6-ranked University of Maryland 68-63, at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. The shocking victory was good enough for heretofore depressed Minnesota fans to storm the court like Two Classrooms and a Broom Closet Tech had just upset Kentucky.
Once they'd reached court level, fans surrounded the Gophers, and a bunch were still standing, hooting and hollering behind guard Joey King during his postgame interview. King, a senior, quickly became overcome with emotion as he tried to express his gratitude.
"There's not too many fans that would come out, day in and day out, for an 0-and-13 team," King said. "to have the kind of support we have here is something really special."
King hit three 3-pointers and all six of his free throw attempts Thursday. Graciously, he seemed hopeful about the team's younger players, who he recognized for not giving up in games or practice.
"I know it's something that's going to show up next year, in terms of our record," King said.
King won't be around then, but Gophers fans can thank him now. So far this season, this clip is all we've got.