Category Archives: 2010-2011

Barn Blurbs – 3.20.11

The nation is engulfed in March Madness, office bandwiths are being used up by CBS video streams and Gus Johnson is ringing through the ears of millions. It’s a great time to be a college basketball fan, even if your bracket is trashed three days into the tournament. Trevor Mbakwe found himself embroiled in yet another controversy. Details are still sketchy, so we don’t want to jump to any conclusions, but he was allegedly involved in some sort of altercation outside of The Library in…

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Tournament Preview: Southeast region

With the massacre that was the 2011 portion of the Gophers’ season over with, we can finally turn our attention to basketball that isn’t vomit-inducing. Here at From The Barn, we’ll break down each region of the NCAA Tournament with some interesting early takeaways from the bracket. Southeast Region: Team to love: Wofford Wofford is quickly establishing itself as a fixture in the Southern Conference thanks in large part to a bunch of hometown boys from Minnesota. Tying for the best conference record with the…

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Tournament Preview: Southwest region

With the massacre that was the 2011 portion of the Gophers’ season over with, we can finally turn our attention to basketball that isn’t vomit-inducing. Here at From The Barn, we’ll break down each region of the NCAA Tournament with some interesting early takeaways from the bracket. Southwest Region: Team to love: St. Peter’s Playing in their first tournament since 1995, the Peacocks represent the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and find themselves as a 14-seed after finagling their way through the MAAC tournament as…

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Tournament Preview: East Region

Before we get to the preview of the Midwest Region, please consider a donation to help the folks in Japan dealing with a horrific disaster. I’ll be donating a dollar for every game I watch, you should too. Now on to the basketball… Now that the bad basketball portion of the season is mercifully over, we get to focus on the best few weeks of the year. We’ll be providing a preview and viewers guide, region by region. The East region features the Big Ten…

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Please donate to Japan Disaster Relief

By now I am sure you are acutely aware of the disaster unfolding throughout Japan. After a massive earthquake, one of the five strongest in recorded history and a subsequent tsunami, there is indescribable devastation. An estimated 10,000 died, thousands more are injured, millions are homeless and are struggling with access to basic needs like food, shelter, and water, and hundreds of thousands of others have been evacuated from their homes due to the threat of nuclear meltdowns at several power plants throughout the northeast of the…

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Big Ten Tournament Preview: The Top Five

Well, the Gophers sure went out with a whimper. There won’t be any miracle run in the Big Ten Tournament, and there probably won’t be a trip to the NIT either. Post-season basketball is nice and all, but the Gopher season realistically ended when they lost at Indiana, and the team has acted like they were waiting for the season to be over since then. Hopefully some fresh blood and some hard work will lead to a better team next season. At the very least, it will have…

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Big Ten Tournament Preview: The Bottom Six

With Gopher basketball mired in meaningless land with the late season collapse, it will take a miracle, the likes of which has never happened for any team in Minnesota, to make the NCAA tournament. Knowing that the season has spun hopelessly out of control shouldn’t take away from the great basketball that takes place during Championship Week. There should be plenty of excitement during the Big Ten Tournament, aside from whatever 80 combined points travesty the Gophers and Northwestern give us. Today we’ll take a…

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Mission unaccomplished: Loss to Penn State closes out regular season

I guess I’m not sure if I actually expected a loss to cap the final regular season game in a season that has mutated from happy, fun-filled, high-expectation laden experience into an ugly, nightmarish collapse into the bottom of the Big Ten standings, but at the end of the 66-63 finale that left the Gophers as losers of nine of their final 10 games, the result felt anything but surprising. Like a scripted story, Minnesota found themselves trailing at halftime by only three points and…

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Senior Day 2011: The Locals

This season has obviously been disappointing, but it pales in comparison to the tumultuous 2006-2007 season.  No one expected the Gophers to have a good season, making the NIT would have been an accomplishment. But no one predicted that fans would completely give up on the program, Dan Monson would be fired before the Big Ten season even began, and the Gophers would end the season on an eight game losing streak. It was the darkest of days for a program that has always seemed…

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The most annoying team in America

I must admit that I had no inkling that there would be a meaningless Gopher basketball game this March. At this point in the season I thought the Gophers would be wrapping up a top four Big Ten finish and jostling for an NCAA tournament seed that would put the team in position to make a Sweet Sixteen run. Oh what could have been. Instead, the Gophers play one of the least likable bad teams in all the country. Lovable losers thrive in college basketball. Seemingly…

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