The Ohio State Buckeyes entered Sunday nights match up against the Minnesota Golden Gophers undefeated at 9-0 and ranked No.3 in the AP Top 25. However, it was the sub-500 Golden Gophers who came out victorious with 84-71 win over the heavily favoured Buckeyes.
Minnesota improved to 5-5 after a performance for the ages by Canadian Marcus Carr who had a career high 35 points along with seven assists.
Carr finally looks to be living up to his potential after an up and down start to his NCAA career. He originally committed to play at the University of Pittsburgh after a much hyped high school career at Montverde Academy in Florida which has also produced fellow Canadians RJ Barrett and Andrew Nembhard (Florida Gators).
In his freshman season at Pitt, Carr played in 32 games where he averaged 10 points per game but his team ended up having a dismal season going just 8-24 which included an 0-18 record in ACC conference play which ended up costing head coach Kevin Stallings his job.
Carr then transferred to Minnesota to play under Richard Pitino and applied for a waiver from the NCAA to be eligible to play immediately but his waiver was denied and he was forced to sit out the 2018-19 season. His waiver denial was the source of controversy and drew the ire of many of the most influential members of the media including Jay Bilas.
Carr is the brother of Duane Notice who helped lead the South Carolina Gamecocks to the Final Four in 2017 and is currently playing for the Raptors 905 after a stint this summer with the Hamilton Honey Badgers of the CEBL. Carr has been been apart of the Canadian national team program at the youth level and also spent a few years at St. Michaels College in Toronto where he led them to a provincial championship.
The redshirt sophomore is averaging 15.2 points per game through the first 10 games this season at Minnesota where he is starting to look like one of the better guards in the Big 10. The upset over Ohio State could be a building block for Carr and his Gopher’s squad as they head into the new year.
After a frustrating season last year where he was forced to sit out due to NCAA transfer rules, its refreshing to see another Canadian living up to his potential and making an impact in the NCAA.
Here are the highlights of Minnesota’s upset win over Ohio State December 15, 2019.