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Minnesota Basketball Assault 50 Years Ago

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January 23, 2022 at 11:08am

It's hard to believe it was 50 years ago when a Big Ten leading OSU team went into Minnesota to face Blll Musselman's thug-ridden team and ended up being physically assaulted in a game that basically destroyed that team for the rest of that season, and marked the beginning of the end for legendary coach Fred Taylor. The Big Ten, even then, got it wrong on punishment. That assault should have meant the end of the season for the Gophers and certainly the end of Musselman's coaching career. OSU would go into basketball purgatory for a long, long time after that game. The Bucks wouldn't win another Big Ten title for 20 years, by far their longest title drought in the Big Ten.

I was a senior in high school and vividly remember watching the game and the assault, wondering how such a thing could happen.

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