MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The what-might-have-beens, for Minnesota senior Terrance Simmons, extend well beyond recent injuries to John-Blair Bickerstaff and Michael Bauer.
Simmons also considers the possibilities if the Gophers still had Joel Pryzbilla (drafted by Milwaukee Bucks), Antoine Broxsie (transferred to Oklahoma State), Kevin Nathaniel (quit team), Kyle Sanden (medical waiver) and Mitch Ohnstad (dismissed). They all would have been eligible this season, along with Bickerstaff and Bauer.
"When (former Gophers) coach (Clem) Haskins recruited J.B., he told him that, come his senior year, we should make it to the Final Four," said Simmons, who scored a career-high 34 points against the Spartans. "I honestly think we would have made it to the Final Four."
Only if they had the same spirit as the remaining Gophers (16-8, 4-7 Big Ten), who are on NIT pace rather than holding out hopes of playing in a Final Four in their backyard. Threadbare, the current group continues to defy the modest expectations set for them. They face Penn State (14-7, 4-6) at home Wednesday and travel to Michigan (9-13, 3-8) on Saturday.
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