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Posted on 17. Dec, 2013 by zipsofakron.
It’s not like we didn’t know things would be different when Richard Pitino came to town. Heralded as a guy who likes his teams to run, who has takes a fairly sophisticated approach to the game and prefers guys who can shoot well, it was understood that this year’s Gophers would be a departure from […]
Posted on 11. Dec, 2013 by zipsofakron.
Even with one of the sparsest crowds of the season, the Gophers had several notable moments in their 75-59 victory over South Dakota State. With both Andre and Austin Hollins on the verge of eclipsing 1,000 points for their careers and Rick Pitino in the stands donning Minnesota colors, the Gophers outmuscled a Nate Wolters-less […]
Posted on 08. Dec, 2013 by zipsofakron.
It’s hard to really drum up much excitement for a game against the 2nd-worst team in D1, but the main story line following the Gophers after their impressive win over Florida State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge was their ability to avoid looking past New Orleans as they recovered from a thrilling victory over a […]
Posted on 04. Dec, 2013 by zipsofakron.
The post-Maui Invitational feeling around Gopher Nation could probably be characterized as optimistically disappointed. That is, after a near upset over Syracuse, a blowout at the hands of Arkansas and a near embarrassment against Chaminade, the Gophers had regressed from an inspiring squad begging to be taken seriously to one that barely got out the […]
Posted on 26. Nov, 2013 by zipsofakron.
Whatever mojo the Gophers had coming out of their near-miss with Syracuse was missing in the second half of a double-digit loss to the Arkansas Razorbacks in the second round of the Maui Invitational. With the Gophers leading 40-35 heading into the half, the Razorbacks decimated Minnesota’s zone defense in second half, and the Gophers […]
Posted on 25. Nov, 2013 by zipsofakron.
In a game that had been circled on the calendar since summer, the Gophers took on the Syracuse Orange in the opening round of the Maui Invitational for their first game against a major conference opponent. And in a contest that pitted them against a top-10 team in the nation, Minnesota was thrown into the […]
Posted on 25. Nov, 2013 by zipsofakron.
The (real) Maui Invitational kicks off today. Here’s the bracket if you’d like to follow along. My biggest fear is having to face Chaminade in the tournament — they’re a D-II team, would do nothing for Minnesota’s RPI and could represent an opportunity for an awful loss. Better to just avoid them. Luckily we’re basically […]
Posted on 24. Nov, 2013 by zipsofakron.
The opening round of the Maui Invitational kicks off on Monday, and the Gophers will square off against Syracuse, a team with national title aspirations. While the game will be the toughest challenge the Gophers have faced this season by far, it’s also a great opportunity to see how they do against a really, really […]
Posted on 20. Nov, 2013 by zipsofakron.
It wasn’t the prettiest victory of the season, but the Gophers once against overwhelmed an inferior team and chalked up another victory to defeat Coastal Carolina 82-72 and improve to 4-0 on the young season. The Gophers entered the game expecting to take on one of the weaker opponents of their entire schedule, and early […]
Posted on 12. Nov, 2013 by zipsofakron.
The Montana Grizzlies may have been back-to-back Big Sky champions, but they were no match for the Gophers, who used disruptive full-court defense, owned the boards and unleashed a steady barrage of three-pointers to run away with an 84-58 victory for their second straight win of the season. The Grizzlies were expected to put up […]
Posted on 09. Nov, 2013 by zipsofakron.
The beginnings of a new coaching era are fraught with uncertainty. And it’s almost downright scary to consider that this year’s Gophers are a completely different-looking team, both literally and figuratively. Gone are the days of physical domination down low, but also gone are the days of plodding, sleep-inducing half-court sets. Instead, we have a […]
Posted on 04. Nov, 2013 by zipsofakron.
Another exhibition game and another decisive victory for the revamped Gophers. The Gophers made quick work of Concordia-St. Paul in their second of two exhibition games, dispatching the Golden Bears 101-67 for their second consecutive exhibition victory to begin the season. It was the first time the Gophers scored 100 points in a game since […]
Posted on 02. Nov, 2013 by zipsofakron.
It’s fair to question the validity of preseason exhibition games in college basketball. Really, they aren’t a true a barometer of how talented a team really is. But Friday night’s tilt against the defending NAIA Division II champion, Cardinal-Stritch, gave fans their first glimpse of Richard Pitino-era basketball against a real opponent, and the game did […]
Posted on 10. Oct, 2013 by zipsofakron.
If there’s one thing thing that will be markedly different from the Tubby Smith-era Gophers (besides the up-tempo game, more shooting, a bigger guard focus) it’s the frontcourt. Gone is the imposing, physical and freakishly athletic forward duo of Rodney Williams and Trevor Mbakwe. Those two gave the Gophers a supreme rebounding and scoring advantage […]
Posted on 29. Sep, 2013 by zipsofakron.
Hey, it’s officially basketball season! One thing that gets me about the beginning of the year is it’s almost always overshadowed by NFL and college football. But with both Minnesota football teams doing what they usually do, there’s a nice segue into a college basketball season kickoff. Want an interesting exercise? Off the top of […]