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Posted on 25. Feb, 2014 by zipsofakron.
With the narrative firmly in place, the Gophers entered Tuesday night’s game against #20 Iowa in a precarious position: win and put themselves in position to score an NCAA Tournament bid or lose and abandon basically all hope of waltzing into the postseason. And for a team that has basically played up or down to […]
Posted on 20. Feb, 2014 by zipsofakron.
Yes, abysmal. That’s just about the only way you can describe last night’s game. The one where the Gophers managed 49 points against bottom-dwelling Illinois. At home. In a game that would have put them one win away from an NCAA Tournament bid. But, hey, that’s Gopher basketball. If you’re not used to it by […]
Posted on 16. Feb, 2014 by zipsofakron.
It wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t particularly fun to watch, but when the final horn sounded only one thing mattered — the Gophers had taken down Northwestern 54-48 on the road to lock up a huge win as the stretch run of the conference season began. Welsh-Ryan Arena has recently become something of a house […]
Posted on 15. Feb, 2014 by zipsofakron.
Six games left. Six games for the Gophers to show that they belong in the NCAA Tournament in Richard Pitino’s first season as head coach. Will they find themselves in the final 68 come Selection Sunday? It would be a huge coup for Pitino, whose expectations coming into the season ranged from being picked to […]
Posted on 09. Feb, 2014 by zipsofakron.
After dropping three straight games to three very beatable teams, the Gophers came into their showdown with Indiana desperately needing a win. It wasn’t yet a “must-win” game, but more of a “need to win”. The conference standings had become congested in the middle, and the Gophers had dropped many opportunities to separate themselves from […]
Posted on 02. Feb, 2014 by zipsofakron.
In a game that served as an opportunity to rebound from a loss on the road to Nebraska, the Gophers came out flat against a hot, yet still suspect, Northwestern team and threw away another prime opportunity to pick up a home win against a beatable conference opponent, dropping their second consecutive game in a […]
Posted on 26. Jan, 2014 by zipsofakron.
Fresh off an impressive win over arch rival Wisconsin at home, the Gophers continued to curious, if not frustrating trend of playing to their opponent’s skill level in an 82-78 loss in Lincoln. Andre Hollins found himself on the bench in a walking boot – unable to play due to an ankle injury suffered early […]
Posted on 16. Jan, 2014 by zipsofakron.
After near misses against Michigan and Michigan State in conference play, it was starting to look like the Gophers would never get over the hump of actually taking down one of the Big Ten’s top teams. Wins over Purdue and Penn State showed that they weren’t at the bottom of the barrel, but without a […]
Posted on 11. Jan, 2014 by zipsofakron.
Two historical footnotes were working against the Gophers on Saturday as they traveled to East Lansing to take on Michigan State: 1) they hadn’t won at MSU since 1997; and 2) they hadn’t beaten a top-5 team in a true road in the history of the program. Those are impressive numbers. So it’s no surprise […]
Posted on 08. Jan, 2014 by zipsofakron.
Conference wins in the Big Ten don’t come easy. But road conference wins? Forget about it. At least, that’s what it’s felt like in Minnesota over the past two seasons, where we’ve most recently seen the Gophers endure an 8-game road losing streak. That all ended on Wednesday night as Minnesota came from behind to […]
Posted on 05. Jan, 2014 by zipsofakron.
One game after being MIA for the entire game, Austin Hollins showed why he’s one of the leaders of this team and one of the most dangerous scorers when he’s on the court. Behind 18 points, four three-pointers and a thunderous dunk worthy of SportsCenter’s top plays, Hollins led the Gophers to a wild 82-79 […]
Posted on 02. Jan, 2014 by zipsofakron.
The Big Ten opener against Michigan was circled on the calendar for quite a while, as it represented the first time we’d see Richard Pitino’s Gophers against a legitimate conference opponent. Sure, we’d seen them against the likes of Syracuse, Arkansas and Florida State, but this was where we could see them in a situation […]
Posted on 01. Jan, 2014 by zipsofakron.
Winter break and finals is a slow time of year in college basketball. Really, the Gophers have only played two games in 22 days and those have been against pretty yawn-inducing opponents. With the Big Ten season right around the corner, however, it’s also a time for anticipation. To break up the slow period, we […]
Posted on 21. Dec, 2013 by zipsofakron.
The doldrums of late December college basketball are a drag. Long stretches of inaction, broken up by a few matchups with subpar teams. For the Gophers, the break for finals is interspersed with games against hyphenated universities like Nebraska-Omaha and Texas A&M-Corpus Christie. Far from inspiring games, they are, at the very least, something to […]
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 […]