Archive for '2009-2010'
Posted on 26. Sep, 2010 by JF.
Recent Minnesota Golden Gopher graduate and former basketball captain Damian Johnson recently signed with Oita Heat Devils in the Japanese BJ League. He generously took some time share what he has been up to and to look back at his Gopher career. From The Barn: The first question has to be how you ended up [...]
Posted on 29. Mar, 2010 by JF.
Summer is silly season in politics, and if the last few days are any indication, spring has to be the silly season in college basketball. Tubby Smith will be coaching at either Auburn (wrong), Georgia Tech (which never even had an opening), or Oregon (if Tom Izzo doesn’t accept the richest contract in college basketball [...]
Posted on 21. Mar, 2010 by zipsofakron.
We laughed in disbelief, cried at Ed Hightower’s injustices, scratched our heads, threw pillows and even cheered wildly at times, but the roller coaster that was the 2009-10 season mercifully came to an end in a 65-54 loss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to the Xavier Musketeers. The specifics of the game [...]
Posted on 18. Mar, 2010 by JF.
If you haven’t had enough previewing of tomorrow’s first round NCAA tournament game, why not a look at the keys to the game and a prediction? Keys for the Gophers 1. Establish an inside presence. Ralph Sampson will need to be strong with the ball, and Colton Iverson will need to be strong with his [...]
Posted on 18. Mar, 2010 by JF.
As you probably noticed in the previous post breaking down Xavier’s conference season, the team goes as its big 2 (or 3) go. Jordan Crawford and Jason Love are the core of the team, but they are not the entire team. Three players average in double figures and three more average more than 4.5 rebounds [...]
Posted on 18. Mar, 2010 by zipsofakron.
Jim Souhan is giving the Gophers the edge in their game against the hated Musketeers. Hard to disagree with Marcus Fuller; Devoe Joseph really looks to be getting comfortable in the offense. Sad and unfortunate that it’s true, but it’s been 20 years since the Gophers have officially won an NCAA tournament game. The Washington [...]
Posted on 17. Mar, 2010 by JF.
Needless to say, Xavier got things straightened out once the Atlantic 10 season started. They lost only three games, two in the regular season and in the final of the conference tournament. Here is how it happened: Score Leading Scorer Leading Rebounder Key Statistic XU 68 – LaSalle 62 Jordan Crawford – 22 Jason Love [...]
Posted on 16. Mar, 2010 by zipsofakron.
Even in the face of difficult personnel issues this season, SI.com reminds us that Tubby Smith still did a great job at overcoming this year’s adversity. Take the Vegas odds for what they are, but Minnesota is a one point favorite heading into Friday’s contest. Out of the dog house and playing the best ball [...]
Posted on 16. Mar, 2010 by JF.
As was the case last year, we’ll go right up to game time slicing and dicing Minnesota’s NCAA tournament first round match-up. Today, we look back at Xavier’s non-conference schedule, over the next few days we’ll also look at their players and strengths and weakness, culminating Thursday with the final preview and a few predictions. [...]
Posted on 14. Mar, 2010 by JF.
The reaction: “We all jumped together,” point guard Devoe Joseph said. “I think we might have damaged the couch in there.” Damaged would be putting it mildly. “We did break the couch,” shooting guard Lawrence Westbrook confirmed. “We were excited to see our name.” “I honestly had no clue,” said Joseph, who made the All-Tournament [...]
Posted on 12. Mar, 2010 by JF.
Let me try this, but don’t expect much in the way of complete sentences or proper punctuation. We are officially in uncharted territory and I am as close to being at a loss for words as possible. It is a very good thing this is in writing, the facial cramp resulting from a giant smile [...]
Posted on 10. Mar, 2010 by JF.
Last year I wrote that March is the season of redemption. This year, the Gophers need some redemption and then some. Even though they finished with the same Big Ten record and higher in the conference standings, they find themselves in a much worse position in terms of reaching the NCAA tournament. Coming into this [...]
Posted on 09. Mar, 2010 by zipsofakron.
First off, a belated congratulations to the entire Gopher men’s basketball team for showing up to play against the seething, tenacious 2009-2010 Iowa Hawkeyes. Honestly, it probably wouldn’t have surprised even the most skeptical of Gopher fans had Minnesota dropped the season finale on Senior Night against arguably the worst team in the conference. Such [...]
Posted on 03. Mar, 2010 by zipsofakron.
Pathetic. Embarrassing. Unbelievable. What ever negative word someone wants to use to describe the Gophers effortless, aloof performance against the Michigan Wolverines would probably be deserved. At a time when Minnesota needed to come out firing against a team with nothing to play for, a time that called for nothing more than a solid performance [...]