Archive for '2012-2013'
Posted on 09. Mar, 2014 by zipsofakron.
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 […]
Posted on 15. Feb, 2014 by JF.
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.
Posted on 27. Dec, 2013 by JF.
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.
Posted on 18. Nov, 2013 by JF.
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.
Posted on 26. Oct, 2013 by JF.
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 […]
Posted on 24. Apr, 2013 by zipsofakron.
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 […]
Posted on 03. Apr, 2013 by JF.
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.
Posted on 01. Apr, 2013 by JF.
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.
Posted on 31. Mar, 2013 by JF.
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 […]
Posted on 31. Mar, 2013 by zipsofakron.
If the past few days have shown us anything it’s that this Gopher fan base is one demanding group. Crazy indictments on the administration, Norwood Teague in particular, and the media frenzy to come down with the most ridiculous takes that further inflame the search process continue to amaze me. Take a chill pill, people. […]
Posted on 29. Mar, 2013 by zipsofakron.
We’re in the middle of perhaps the most exciting time in recent Gopher hoops memory, and nothing gets the blood pumping like a good, ol’ fashioned coaching search. And while rumors will swirl, flights will be tracked, and TMZ will seem tame, I think it’s important to take a minute to revisit the highs and […]
Posted on 29. Mar, 2013 by JF.
Lost in the flurry of rumors and innuendo during the search to replace Tubby Smith is that the Golden Gophers basketball team is also awaiting news about who will coach them next. Damian Johnson, former Golden Gophers forward, was a redshirt freshman when Dan Monson was fired and Tubby Smith was hired. He kindly agreed to answer a few questions about what a coaching search is like for players, and how it affects them.
Posted on 27. Mar, 2013 by JF.
It is a sad day for the twitterati and bloggers everywhere. Puns won’t come easy once the next Gopher basketball coach is named. Shaka Smart has decided to stay at VCU, adding a bit of mystery to the coaching search. Logic would dictate that Smart was the leading candidate, especially given his relationship with Norwood […]
Day one of the Golden Gopher coaching search: Pastner is out, Collins isn’t in, and the latest on Shaka Smart
Posted on 26. Mar, 2013 by JF.
There are plenty of tea leaves to read on the first day the Golden Gopher basketball coaching search. There isn’t much hard news, but the news that does exist is good.
We’ll start with what we know, and that is the Josh Pastner will not be coaching the Golden Gophers or anyone other than Memphis. He confirmed that he is restructuring his contract and has no intention of leaving Memphis. Pastner was never a legitimate candidate to come to a university still recovering from another slick talker and over-rated recruited, right Tim Brewster? Andre Hollins and Austin Hollins would not have been happy either, considering they chose not to play for Memphis. If the coaching search went south though, Pastner’s name might have popped up, if solely to make a splash with the next hire.
Now, for some speculation…
Posted on 25. Mar, 2013 by JF.
The end came for Tubby Smith today, but I can’t help but think of the beginning, that glorious spring morning when we all learned that a national championship winning coach, the coach that knocked the infamous 1997 team out of the Final Four, was riding in on a Lear Jet to save the program, create a national brand, and win a Big Ten Title. At least that is how it was supposed to work. Tubby Smith won that first press conference. As the years went on, he didn’t win enough press conferences or enough games. Either type of wins would have bought him a few more years, but those never came.