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Posted on 02. Jun, 2013 by zipsofakron.
Wow, what an offseason. Usually at this point in the summer we barely even know the University of Minnesota even has a basketball team aside from the occasional arrest, DUI charge or transfer. BUT NOT WITH RICHARD IN TOWN. Even after a highly-publicized coaching search, the Gophers remain in the local spotlight with a handful [...]
Posted on 24. Apr, 2013 by zipsofakron.
Okay, so I usually do a season-ending recap soon after the final game of the season when the misery/optimism/exhaling is extremely fresh. It provides the best foundation to really review the season, scrutinize what went wrong, praise what went right and dream of the following year when everything will be better … or something. This [...]
Posted on 31. Mar, 2013 by zipsofakron.
If the past few days have shown us anything it’s that this Gopher fan base is one demanding group. Crazy indictments on the administration, Norwood Teague in particular, and the media frenzy to come down with the most ridiculous takes that further inflame the search process continue to amaze me. Take a chill pill, people. [...]
Posted on 29. Mar, 2013 by zipsofakron.
We’re in the middle of perhaps the most exciting time in recent Gopher hoops memory, and nothing gets the blood pumping like a good, ol’ fashioned coaching search. And while rumors will swirl, flights will be tracked, and TMZ will seem tame, I think it’s important to take a minute to revisit the highs and [...]
Posted on 24. Mar, 2013 by zipsofakron.
Only one thing stands between the Gophers and the second week of the tournament – the Florida Gators. Easy, right? Admittedly, I haven’t watched a whole lot of Florida basketball this year since the SEC is relatively inaccessible in these parts. To help give us a little idea who who the Gators are and what [...]
Posted on 23. Mar, 2013 by zipsofakron.
I was excited for Friday’s game against UCLA for plenty of reasons. Of course, it was the fact that the Gophers were in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in three years. They were playing on college basketball’s biggest stage with a chance to redeem a season that fell well short of expectations once [...]
Posted on 21. Mar, 2013 by zipsofakron.
Maybe it isn’t where we thought we’d be after topping out at 8th in nation. Maybe it wasn’t where we thought we’d be in Tubby Smith’s sixth season at the helm. While it was another disappointing season in Gopher Land the important thing to remember now is that none of that matters; at least for [...]
Posted on 16. Mar, 2013 by zipsofakron.
March Madness is the best time of the year. Whether its conference tournaments, Selection Sunday, office pools or even the tournament itself, there is plenty of excitement as we try to make sense of who’s in, who’s out and who’s going to win it all. A big part of the lead up to the tournament [...]
Posted on 13. Mar, 2013 by zipsofakron.
Major conference tournaments are an interesting breed. They don’t have the crazy intensity of the mid- or low-major tournaments where the teams are fighting tooth and nail for that single bid that will get them to the postseason. Instead, they’re more of a ground for seeding purposes and for teams to show one final time [...]
Posted on 03. Mar, 2013 by zipsofakron.
Fresh off a thrilling, court-storm-inducing victory over Indiana, the Gophers kept up the intensity and cemented their status as a tournament team with a 29-point drubbing of Penn State. On a day where Tubby started all seniors on Senior Day, Minnesota dismantled the Nittany Lions in all aspects of the game. With a significant size, [...]
Posted on 26. Feb, 2013 by zipsofakron.
What can you really say when your team knocks off the #1 team in the nation unexpectedly? It’s one of the greatest feelings a college basketball fan can experience. It’s pure euphoria. My words can’t do this victory justice, so I’m just going to let this one steep and have the below video do the [...]
Posted on 18. Feb, 2013 by zipsofakron.
Call it the straw that broke the camel’s back, call it the last straw, use whatever euphemism you’d like but Sunday’s thrashing at Iowa finally did it for me and Tubby Smith. For the first time in his six-year tenure as the head coach at Minnesota I think it’s time for the Gophers to consider [...]
Posted on 15. Feb, 2013 by zipsofakron.
In what was perhaps the biggest game of the season in terms of postseason implications, the Gophers fought tooth and nail against Wisconsin to notch an overtime victory that went down to the final seconds. After a solid start to the season, the Gophers ended a free fall that saw them fall out of the [...]
Posted on 11. Feb, 2013 by zipsofakron.
It’s become a horrifying staple of the Tubby Smith tenure. Start hot, get ranked, win a nice game in the Big Ten … and promptly collapse. Before last night’s heart-wrenching loss to Illinois it was unclear whether or not the Gophers were experiencing the same type of collapse that has accompanied the last two years [...]
Posted on 07. Feb, 2013 by zipsofakron.
It hasn’t been a pretty ride recently in Gopher Land. After blowing through the gauntlet of games that opened the Big Ten conference season with a couple nice wins, the team has fallen on tough times recently with losses to Northwestern, Wisconsin and Michigan State and an unnecessary nailbiting win over Iowa. The Northwestern loss [...]