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Posted on 06. Dec, 2013 by JF.
If a college basketball season is a roller coaster, the next four Golden Gophers basketball games will give the chance to coast. They won’t be climbing, against the odds, to upset top tier teams, or hoping to avoid the steep descents of bad losses. Instead, as they approach the conference season, they have a chance to rest up, find a new scorer or two, and maybe play some solid defense for an entire game.
Posted on 02. Dec, 2013 by JF.
There is no such thing as a “must win” November college basketball game, but there can be very important games, especially in terms of post-season positioning. Thanks to a disappointing performance in the Maui Invitational, the Golden Gophers have a very important game against Florida State Seminoles as part of the Big Ten – ACC challenge on Tuesday evening. A win won’t put them in the NCAA tournament, but a loss would all but necessitate a nine win Big Ten season to play in the tournament that matters in March. The Gophers haven’t won 9 Big Ten games since 2010.
Posted on 01. Dec, 2013 by JF.
Whenever a new coach takes over a program, they are immediately confronted with expectations. However, expectations are rarely based in reality. Instead, those expectations are based on a wide variety of factors including but not limited to the perception of the program, the success of the previous coach, and the new hire’s reputation. Chris Collins, […]
Posted on 26. Nov, 2013 by JF.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Arkansas Razorbacks each lost competitive games against California and Syracuse respectively, and now face each other to avoid playing Chaminade. Here are a few quick thoughts:
Posted on 25. Nov, 2013 by JF.
Last week in Gopher Hoops we saw this years team tested for the second game in a row with a close game at home against Costal Carolina. As noted by Zips, this game may have been a bit fluky but there were hints about the current state of the team as we look ahead to Maui. Our second game of the week was against Wofford and the game was another blowout against a clearly inferior team.
Posted on 22. Nov, 2013 by JF.
No news is good news during most non-conference college basketball games. The good teams are supposed to beat up on the not so good teams, and by doing so, they make the occasional non-conference games between good teams worth watching. Starting the game on a 24-2 run, the Gophers made quick work of Wofford and eventually won by 22 points. The Syracuse game Monday afternoon will be worth watching.
Posted on 21. Nov, 2013 by JF.
A wake up call can come in any place at any time in the world of college basketball. The beginning of the season is full of close wins by elite teams over inferior competition, and bizarre losses by not so elite teams against even worse competition. The great thing about college basketball is that losing unexpectedly does not end the season before it begins. In fact, it can save a season by forcing a team to recognize their vulnerabilities, and address them. A wake-up call is indisputably good, as long as it heard.
Posted on 18. Nov, 2013 by JF.
On Saturday night at Richmond, the Golden Gophers passed their biggest test of the season. Using a match-up zone defense, and some timely scoring, they turned a small deficit into a comfortable win. It was an important game for a team still learning what they are capable of. Syracuse is looming in the not so distant future. For a chance for a season-defining victory in November, they can’t afford any slip-ups this week, especially against Coastal Carolina.
Posted on 18. Nov, 2013 by JF.
Welcome back from a second week of the Gopher Report Card. Two games were played this week with the Gophers prevailing in both contests including an impressive victory over Richmond on the road this weekend. While all games are important, there was a definite need to get an early road victory to prove to the rest of the B1G that the Gophers plan to be in the NCAA Tournament hunt. Many prognosticators have picked the Gophers to struggle this season but it is my belief that this team has obvious talent that can compete on a national level. This weekend’s win should go a long way to gain some confidence headed into next week’s games, leading up to the true test in Maui.
Posted on 17. Nov, 2013 by JF.
Game opening and closing runs proved to much for the Richmond Spiders, as the Golden Gophers won their first road game of the young season. Minnesota jumped out to a 12-0 run behind hot shooting and a particularly frenzied full-court press. However, the Spiders quickly regained their composure, and built a four point lead with 7:25 in the second half. Richard Pitino switched to a zone defense, and the Spiders didn’t score again as the Gophers closed the game on a 19-0 run to cruise to a 15 point win.
Posted on 15. Nov, 2013 by JF.
Learning was always going to be a big part of this season for the Golden Gophers. Players are learning a new style of play in new roles. A new coach is inevitably learning how to win in a much more difficult conference. We are all learning that college basketball can be fun again. On Saturday, we’ll learn about the teams ability to beat decent teams, on the road no less.
Posted on 12. Nov, 2013 by JF.
Not only does it avoid the things I truly hate about intro videos, like really bad hip-hop, overly dramatic music (drama is fine, but basketball is not storming the Bastille, shots not involving basketball (remember the weight-lifting cut-in last year), and too much dramatic posing, it includes good things too! The archival footage is great. Bobby Jackson is in an intro-video. When did we think that would happen? The video builds throughout, and the final scene of the Barn Storming is the perfect way to get fans fired up for a game.
Posted on 11. Nov, 2013 by JF.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers started the 2013-2014 season with a win on Friday night against Lehigh, but three losses are sucking all the oxygen out of the proverbial room. The Gophers lost mega-recruit Reid Travis to Stanford, lost Mo Walker for six games due to violation of university policy, and may or may not have lost Wally Ellenson for a game or two due to a confrontation with the coaching staff that may or may not have happened. Finding someone to replace Travis will be impossible. However, thanks to some lucky scheduling, Ellenson and Walker might not need to be replaced at all.
Posted on 11. Nov, 2013 by JF.
We are excited to add a new feature here at From The Barn. A reader (now writer) who has chosen to remain anonymous (so far) will be grading every player based on their performance the previous week. We plan to post new grades every Monday, along with a running GPA for the season. This week’s grades only include Friday’s game against Lehigh.
Posted on 07. Nov, 2013 by JF.
A new era, with new coach, a new system, and several new players tips off on Friday evening in Williams Arena. The Golden Gophers, coming off their most successful season in years, and another turbulent off-season, will take on the Lehigh Mountain Hawks of the Patriot League. The game will be streaming on ESPN3.
If you did not have the opportunity to see one of the exhibition games, be prepared for a jarring but not unpleasant experience. There are new faces on the sideline and on the court. Even some of the old faces look new. The offenses and defenses are different. New players are in new roles. If a new coach’s success is measured by the mark they put on a team, Pitino has certainly been a success before coaching a single game.