June 17, 2013
Welcome to Gophersports.com's Summer Video Vault. Today we present the 1981-82 Gopher men's basketball season highlights.
The 1981-82 campaign proved to be one of the most memorable in Minnesota basketball history. Led by some of the greatest players to don the Maroon and Gold, Jim Dutcher's team spent the majority of the season ranked in the top 10 in the nation en route to a Big Ten Championship.
The race to the league title went down to the wire with Minnesota, Ohio State, Iowa and Indiana all vying for the top spot. With three games to play and the Gophers visiting Iowa City, Minnesota earned a crucial 57-55 three-overtime victory. A subsequent win over Michigan State set up a season finale with Ohio State at Williams Arena. Minnesota earned the Big Ten title outright with an 87-75 victory over the Buckeyes as the Gophers finished the year with a 14-4 league record. Ohio State, Iowa and Indiana tied for second place at 12-6.
Playing in its first NCAA Tournament since 1972, the Gophers received a first-round bye and a matchup in the second round against Tennessee-Chattanooga. Following a 62-61 victory over the Mocs, Minnesota's season ended with a 67-61 loss against Louisville. The Cardinals would advance to the Final Four before falling to eventual national runner-up Georgetown.
Minnesota was led by a trio of All-Big Ten performers in Randy Breuer (16.6 ppg), Trent Tucker (14.4 ppg) and Darryl Mitchell (13.4 ppg). Tucker was later selected with the sixth pick in the 1982 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks.
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