Category Archives: 2011-2012

Three years later, who is Royce White?

Tomorrow marks the third anniversary of the day Royce White made a mistake that would alter the rest of his life. On October 13, 2009 he made the decision to steal from a Macy’s department store – $100 worth of merchandise, to be exact – and got in an altercation with a security guard when confronted. As we all well remember, this not only led to charges from Bloomington police of shoplifting and fifth-degree assault (UPDATE: this charge was later dropped according to Mr. White himself) but…

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From the Fjord: Finally a fjord – day three in Drobak

Norway is not on top of the travel lists for most Americans, and most Americans don’t seem to leave their home states that often, let alone the country. However, that does not mean that Oslo is full of tourists, especially during the summer months, when it seems you are just as likely to hear Mandarin or Russian as you are Norwegian or English. The bad news is that Oslo is full of tourists. The good news is that everywhere else is not. On day three…

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From the Fjord: Days 0-0.5

Strange things happen when crossing oceans. The time zones fly by and the terms yesterday, today, and tomorrow lose meaning when leaving at night, travelling for 8 hours, and landing at mid-afternoon the next day, especially when awake for at least 24 hours. I’m assured I can reclaim this missing time in two weeks.  We shall see. Our flight left the Humphrey Terminal (I won’t use the numbers and I still shop at Dayton’s) at 7:30 Friday night on Iceland Air, an airline quaint enough…

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From the Fjord: Exploring the Explorers

Winters are long in Norway, and during the winter the days are short. For every magical 11:30 pm sunset in the summer their is a dreadful 10 am sun rise, if you are lucky. It can be bitterly cold, of course, and the mountains and the fjords make overland travel difficult. Before the Norwegians became master tunnel builders, they set sail, and did they ever. With so much times on their hands during the winter, there was plenty of time to dream up new destinations…

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So long, Chip! Armelin decides to transfer

Amid the speculation surrounding Trevor Mbakwe’s possible return to the Gophers and the administrative effects it would have on the team and its available scholarships, Chip Armelin made the foreseeable future a bit less messy by announcing that he will be taking his talents elsewhere. The U confirmed that Armelin has been granted a release from his scholarship, meaning he is officially eligible to transfer to another Division I program. Armelin, a sophomore, never made his mark on the team that many envisioned he would,…

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Barn Blurbs 4/4/12

More Big Changes The Big Ten continues to hemorrhage big men. Jared Sullinger will announce his professional aspirations today. Oft injured Jorge Brian-Diaz of Nebraska is headed back to Puerto Rico. We knew Ralph Sampson wouldn’t be playing college basketball, but he will have the chance to impress some NBA scouts. In too short for the NBA news… No one knows what Trey Burke is thinking, which leads to me to believe he has no idea what his plans are for next season. If he does…

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Barn Blurbs 4/3/2012

Now that the soon to be vacated national championship has been decided, the focus finally turns to next season. Unfortunately, it is 7 months away. Big changes for Big Ten big men Meyers Leonard will take his two last names to the end of the first round of the NBA draft. Derrick Nix was arrested last night and has been suspended indefinitely. This isn’t his first off-court issue with the Spartans, but will likely be his last. Next year actually is now Everyone and their mother…

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An exhausting season, but save room for optimism

Where do you even begin on a recap of a season like this? One that failed to follow any sort of blueprint, leaving us scratching our heads more often than not. I suppose I’ll start at the end. Be excited for next year. In a year where down was up, left was right, and things in Gopher Nation were seldom fair, the team clawed its way from the lowest point in years to rebound and find itself in the championship game of the NIT. Granted,…

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Barn Blurbs 4/2/2012

We’ll get around to reviewing the Golden Gophers 2011-2012 season at some point. Until then, we’ll be resurrecting Barn Blurbs, our occasional round-up of stories around the series of tubes about Gopher Basketball and college basketball in general. Hiring a coach is a lottery It turns out that any coaching hire is a 50-50 proposition, unless, say, you are hiring one of the power coaches. Tubby Smith falls under that category, and some would argue he hasn’t worked out. Keep this article in your back…

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A special guest post by Dan Hanner: The Future is here

Something special is happening, and we aren’t the only ones noticing. Statistical guru, college-basketball extraordinaire, and occasional Gopher observer Dan Hanner broke down the team’s transformation by comparing the last six games to the season as a whole. Being born in Minnesota and witnessing the Gophers previous N.I.T. title runs in person, it still isn’t obvious why he bothered to calculate Gopher basketball statistics right after digging through the NCAA Tournament statistics for every player who matters. Regardless, he was generous enough to share his work with us. Dan writes regularly over at RealGM, and is mandatory follow on Twitter.

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