2023 MN Basketball Team of the Year Candidates

 You may already have noticed that we liked the UMD Bulldogs women as our Team of the Year. They went all the way to the national D2 final before losing to unbeaten Ashland and to finish 31-3.

Our other finalists are:

Carleton men MIAC regular season and playoff champions at 17-3 and 24-4.

Gustavus Adolphus women Also MIAC regular season and playoff champion at 20-2, 26-3.

Hopkins girls Lost to St. Michael-Albertville 71-70 in the state final, but defeated SMA twice earlier and finished 28-3. SMA finished 29-3.

Providence Academy girls Won the Class AA title 74-60 over Albany, and also shocked Hopkins 87-81 in the regular season. They finished 30-2.

St. Michael-Albertville girls Avenged 2 earlier losses to Hopkins, beating the Royals 71-70 in the Class AAAA final.

Apologies to the Albany boys, Class AA champions with the state’s best record (boys or girls) at 32-1. But, Providence, the girls AA champion, beat Hopkins. It’s hard to see Albany beating Wayzata or Park Center. Still, for their level, they had one hell of a season.