Category Archives: 2012-2013

Why I’m stoked about an NIT Final Four run

It’s been a weird season so far for the Gophers. Uncertain expectations before the season, followed by initial excitement, followed by actual excitement, followed by February frustration, followed by hope, followed by disappointment, and finally followed by rejuvenation and inspiration. Inspiration? Let me back up a second. Many pundits before the season picked the Gophers to finish dead last in the Big Ten. Like, behind Northwestern and Penn State. For a team that’s enjoyed success (at least by our standards) for the past few years,…

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Gophers save tournament hopes in season finale

The narrative all season, at least during conference play, was that the Gophers were a Jekyll and Hyde. They could play with the best in the conference but also had a frightening tendency to play down to teams they were clearly superior than. Naturally, with the Penn State Nittany Lions coming to town for the season finale with postseason implications hanging in the balance, there was a nervous air surrounding the game, as it was unclear which Minnesota team would actually show up. Bucking that…

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Andre Hollins is back to his old self, and it is just in time.

Two-thirds of the Big Ten season has gone by, and the Minnesota Golden Gophers are still the worst defensive team in the Big Ten. It is too late in the season to hope that they’ll become a good defensive team, probably too late to hope they’ll become average, and will soon be too late to think they can get out of the defensive cellar. The Gophers are not going to win any games because of their defense. However, there is a glimmer of hope that the defense, on occasion, will be just good enough to allow Minnesota’s offense to win. Sunday evening at Northwestern would be a fine time for that to happen.

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A hopeful wish list for a hypothetical blow out.

Finally, the non-conference season is coming to an end. Not only do we get a hyphen and a specific city for the Golden Gophers final non Big Ten opponent, but Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi even brings an ampersand! What else could you ask for? Maybe an interesting basketball game? Well, you’ll have to look elsewhere until January 2nd when the Gophers open Big Ten play against Michigan.

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Coastal Carolina isn’t good, but they should be an entertaining opponent for the Golden Gophers.

On Saturday night at Richmond, the Golden Gophers passed their biggest test of the season. Using a match-up zone defense, and some timely scoring, they turned a small deficit into a comfortable win. It was an important game for a team still learning what they are capable of. Syracuse is looming in the not so distant future. For a chance for a season-defining victory in November, they can’t afford any slip-ups this week, especially against Coastal Carolina.

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Three-point shooting should be less disastrous this season.

Now that the NCAA’s proprietary eligibility algorithm decided that Joey King will play for the Golden Gophers this season, we actually know who will be on the team, and can start looking forward to (or fearing) how they will play. Last season’s team featured a formidable front court and an offense that struggled outside of three-feet from the basket. No reasonable person would expect Minnesota’s front-court to make up for the loss of Rodney Williams and Trevor Mbakwe, but their absence, along with the departures…

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Let’s wrap the 2012-13 season

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 year, though, those plans were derailed as our lovable, huggable, mustachioed Tubby Smith was ousted the DAY AFTER the season ended. The ink hadn’t even dried from writing Florida into…

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Richard Pitino is the next Golden Gophers Basketball Coach

Norwood Teague earned his reputation plucking unknown coaches out of obscurity, and with his first hire at the University of Minnesota, he has done it once again. Richard Pitino, 30 year old son of another Richard Pitino, will be the next Golden Gophers basketball coach after one season at Florida International.

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Career archetypes and the next Golden Gopher basketball coach

Welcome to the half-way point of the great Golden Gopher Basketball coaching search. No, really, we are only halfway there. If a coach was somehow hired by midnight, it would be the quickest hire in the Big Ten since 2010, by a whole four days. While the rest of the world waits with baited breath for the next coach to be named, it seems prudent to pause for a moment and explore what type of coach will be available and what type of coach can be successful. This is what Norwood Teague is looking at right now. As should now be obvious, he is finding a winner than appeasing fans, the media, or anyone else. Today, we will at career archetypes, and their likelihood of success.

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Donald Rumsfeld, media vs. journalists, and the Golden Gopher coaching search

There is only one person who ever enjoyed a coaching search, and he was fictional. Take it away Alfred. And the world does burn during a coaching search, especially for those with the unfortunate task of sorting through the rumors, innuendo, and the semi-transparent attempts by coaches involved to extract larger and longer contracts out of their current employers. It can lead Star Tribune beat writer Amelia Rayno to fashion her lei into a noose, Chris Long to drink coffee (though coffee is wonderful and…

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