Jarvis Johnson not cleared to play, but what’s really going on?

It took longer than usual, but the Gophers finally gave us their annual summer facepalm. This one came at the expense of the most highly-touted local recruit in years and the top recruit of Richard Pitino’s 2015 class. If you haven’t seen the news, it’s your run-of-the-mill “local kid with severe heart condition plays for years without incident but is surprisingly denied clearance by U medical staff after he is signed and arrives on campus.” You know, standard Gophers stuff. At first blush, and according…

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The Sad Tale of the 2014-15 Gophers

Ordinarily the season wrap-ups on our blog come in early April. That’s because March Madness is done and the Gophers’ postseason activities generally come to an end late in the month. This year we can do it a little earlier. I guess I’m not really sure where to start. In short, this was one of the most unexciting, dispassionate and lifeless seasons I’ve been a part of. It was hard to watch, and even harder to write about. We should have known something was off…

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Gophers win 2016 Big Ten Basketball Schedule Lottery

Close basketball games are essentially a coin flip. There are countless opportunities for luck to impact the outcome of a basketball game on each possession. A dribble off a foot here, dropped pass there, and the always present bad calls can impact the outcome of a game. Over sixty something possessions in a game, so much can happen beyond any player or team’s control that when a game is decided by a point or two, luck plays an outsized role in who wins and loses,…

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With 7 games left, Gophers left with little room for error

In a year where the Gophers had reasonable expectations of building on a semi-successful inaugural campaign for Richard Pitino, the past six weeks have been particularly disheartening. What, with an 0-5 start to the conference season, a loss to Penn State and seven total conference losses by a combined 33 points. That’s enough to keep everyone’s knives locked away. Is it possible to battle back from an 0-5 deficit and still make the NCAA Tournament? Technically, yes, it is. Though the Gophers didn’t do themselves…

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The 2015 Gophers are bad. Now what?

It’s been a slow, painful burn to get this point. The Gophers, coming into the season with reasonable expectations of finding their way to the NCAA Tournament after cruising to an NIT championship, looked primed and ready to go following a solid, yet unspectacular non-conference slate. They didn’t look like world-beaters by any means, but they appeared capable of at least getting the job done and stealing a game here or there. At the very least, being part of the bubble conversation was an expectation,…

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Dear Gophers: Please convince us you’re not this bad

Two games ago I said it was now or never for the Gophers to save their season. And two opportunities to turn things around came and went in classic, gut-wrenching fashion. Now, at a ridiculous 0-5 in the conference, the Gophers host Rutgers, perhaps one of the three worst teams in the conference, as they search for their first real, adult conference win. Making the NCAA Tournament is such a ludicrous prospect right now it shouldn’t even be on the table for discussion. We’re looking…

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It’s now or never for the winless Gophers

It might not feel like it, ┬ábut we’re at a critical crossroads in the Gopher basketball season. The team currently sits at an ugly 0-3 in the conference, having let a major lead slip away to Purdue and failing to defend their home court against a beatable Ohio State team. After an impressive run over the latter half of its non-conference opponents, the Minnesota offense and veteran leadership has basically gone AWOL. Where does that leave us? What happens next? As much as I love…

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Gophers let a golden opportunity slip away at Purdue. Again.

On the road in the Big Ten, where there are limited opportunities to win, road teams must take advantage of opportunities within games to escape with a victory. Despite playing their best 30 minutes of basketball in West Lafayette in a decade, in the end, the Gophers let a rare road victory slip away.

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After a 10 year drought, Gophers have a great chance to finally win at Purdue.

The Golden Gophers open Big Ten play in an enviable position. While other teams are already out of NCAA tournament consideration, or need to dramatically improve before the post-season, Minnesota simply has to win the games they are supposed to win. Unfortunately, winning games they are supposed to win, means winning at Purdue for the first time 2005. They had their best chance in a long time last season, in another game they were supposed to win, but couldn’t get the job done in three overtimes.

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What you see during non-conference games is what you get during the Big Ten season.

The non-conference season is mercifully over, and Big Ten play is just around the corner. Every Big Ten team has 18 games to prove they belong in the NCAA tournament, and for a significant portion of the Big Ten, a chance to prove that strange losses against some bad teams were flukes. Fortunately for the Gophers, and unfortunately for some other teams, it turns out that what you see during the non-conference season is generally what you get during Big Ten play.

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