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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 offense unstoppable in non-con finale

For the first half of the first half, it was hard to tell if the Gophers had started an entirely new game against a different opponent or if they were simply continuing the struggle against Furman. Their new opponent, UNC-Wilmington looked like the Paladins, just in new uniforms. They couldn’t miss, even if they tried, and uncomfortably far into the game, were shooting 78% from the field. It was that ridiculous. So ridiculous, in fact, that the Gophers hadn’t even committed a turnover and found…

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Rube Roundtable: The 2014 Edition

This time of year is a slow one in college basketball. Finals and holiday breaks abound, the constant rolling of weak non-conference opponents becomes tiresome (unless you’re Purdue), and people generally just want to fire up the real season; to see what their team is made of. The Gophers are in the middle of a stretch where they play only three games in 20 days. That’s a lot of down time. With Purdue on the horizon, though, the waiting will soon come to an end.…

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Gophers survive Paladin scare

On first blush, it looks like the Gophers outlasted a very beatable Furman Paladins team 86-76. Anyone who followed the game, however, knows it was much more of a nail-biter than that. At times, it even looked like Furman might end up stretching a late lead and send Minnesota packing on its own court. That certainly wouldn’t have been outside of the early-season narrative for the Big Ten, which has fallen victim to a slew of early upsets at the hands of bad teams. Yes,…

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After long break, Gophers roll Seattle U

Even in a 92-57 blowout, the score didn’t do anything justice, as the Gophers returned from a long finals break showing no rust and completely steamrolled the Redhawks from Seattle University. In fact, steamroll isn’t probably strong enough. The Gophers ran circles around Seattle, stealing the ball at will and getting out in transition better than they maybe ever have. There was even this: Anytime you get Charles Buggs throwing down a reverse alley-oop then things are going extraordinarily well. Even Bakary Konate got in…

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Josh Martin, we hardly knew ye

What was your favorite Josh Martin moment? Was it his season high 15 minutes against Franklin Pierce? Maybe it was the lone three-pointer he missed against Western Kentucky. The two blocks against St. John’s? Are these even ringing a bell? On Monday, without the courtesy to even tell his teammates that he was on his way out, Josh Martin made the heavy decision to call it quits at the University of Minnesota and head to greener pastures. Life, I guess, was so unbearable on an…

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Gophers pull away down the stretch in 20-point win over Western Carolina

The Gophers won what was probably one of the closest 20-point victories you’ll ever see against the Western Carolina Catamounts Friday night, 84-64. Up by only one point at halftime, the Gophers had trouble getting into a flow on offense and fell victim to Western Carolina’s hot shooting, led largely by James Sinclair, who seemingly couldn’t miss. Further, the Gophers lacked energy and urgency, which prevented much of the cohesion necessary to string together some competent play and put WCU away early. Of course, that’s…

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