Archive for '2011-2012'
Posted on 12. Oct, 2012 by zipsofakron.
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 [...]
Posted on 14. Jun, 2012 by JF.
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 [...]
Posted on 11. Jun, 2012 by JF.
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 [...]
Posted on 11. Jun, 2012 by JF.
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 [...]
Posted on 10. Apr, 2012 by zipsofakron.
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 [...]
Posted on 04. Apr, 2012 by JF.
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 [...]
Posted on 03. Apr, 2012 by JF.
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 [...]
Posted on 02. Apr, 2012 by zipsofakron.
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 [...]
Posted on 02. Apr, 2012 by JF.
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, [...]
Posted on 28. Mar, 2012 by JF.
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.
Posted on 26. Mar, 2012 by JF.
Mission accomplished. The Golden Gophers’ post-season has already been a resounding success, and the opportunity to play two more games against solid competition in the arena that claims to be the most famous (the Roman Colosseum humbly disagrees) could lead to a mass outbreak of irrational exuberance. Over the last few weeks, we learned that this team could win basketball games, and in entertaining fashion. Add the news of Trevor Mbakwe’s potential return for senior year part two, and more than a few Gopher fans are eagerly awaiting November. Who needs summer after last winter, and a chance to skip months of political ads would be pretty fantastic too.
Posted on 22. Mar, 2012 by zipsofakron.
While it’s not THE Final Four, it’s certainly A final four. The Gophers won their third straight road game and overcame a raucous gym full of crazy Tennesseans to continue their impressive run through the NIT, finding themselves in the semifinal round and one game away from a postseason championship game. Now, I’m not going to hop [...]
Posted on 20. Mar, 2012 by JF.
Coming off what could be considered their most impressive performance of the season, the Gophers take their talents from South Beach to Murfreesboro to take on the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders with a trip to New York City on the line. If you missed Minnesota’s win at Miami, you missed a dominating performance that [...]
Posted on 18. Mar, 2012 by JF.
Last week the Gophers won their first post-season basketball game of the Tubby Smith era. Now they take their talents to Coral Gables (which I am told is almost South Beach) to take on the Miami Hurricanes, one of the few team that could argue they were an NCAA tournament snub. The N.I.T. is not [...]
Posted on 15. Mar, 2012 by zipsofakron.
With expectations lowered and the bar for success repositioned, the Gophers headed to Philadelphia to learn about our Founding Fathers, check out the set of It’s Always Sunny and take on the La Salle Explorers in the first round of the NIT. Turns out the team probably ought to take part in more meaningless postseason [...]