Category Archives: Schedule

The 2014 non-conference season is loading up as this year’s winds down.

There are only two games left in the ideally stress-free but often boring portion of the non-conference season. We won’t ignore those hyphenated opponents, but today’s news dictates looking forward to next season. Today it was confirmed that the Golden Gophers will indeed face the elder Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals in a coast guard hangar in Puerto Rico. The game will be inside, away from the horrors of the wind, water, and sunshine that have plagued similar early season marquee match-ups. The father and son match-up up is another cog in a much more difficult schedule next season that will see the Gophers face some combination of Georgia, Gonzaga, St. John’s, and probably a decent mid-major or two. There will also be a decent game as part of the Big Ten-ACC Challenge. As we’ve discussed ad infinitum, the goal of the non-conference season is to lay a path to the NCAA tournament. If the next season is any reflection of Richard Pitino’s expectations, the Gophers should be pretty good.

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A brutal February lowlights Gophers’ Big Ten schedule.

The Golden Gophers’ conference slate starts out with a bang, at home against Michigan, features several winnable games in January, and then February happens. The irony of a nearly impossible stretch of games during the conference season’s most crucial month is a bit amusing, since it was a lack of February success that cost Tubby Smith his job. If Richard Pitino wants to differentiate himself from his predecessor, having a successful February would certainly be one way to do it.

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Gophers draw Syracuse in Maui Invitational

As if we weren’t short on news and happenings in Gopher basketball land these days, the brain trust behind the Maui Invitational, where Minnesota will play in November, today┬áreleased the pairings for the tournament. In a fun and interesting twist, Minnesota drew the Syracuse Orange as their first opponent, which pits them against perhaps the best team in the field right off the bat. The EA Sports Maui Invitational is one of the country’s most high-profile holiday tournaments, so if you’re late to the party,…

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Single-plays should benefit Gophers in Pitino’s first season

The Big Ten’s single-play match-ups for the 2013-2o14 season leaked today, and the Golden Gophers should benefit from their schedule. They didn’t quite win the lottery like Wisconsin did (really, playing Michigan State and Ohio State only once, and both games at home). However, they do play some very good teams only once and get two cracks at bad teams. More importantly, rivalries will be preserved. The Gophers will play Indiana and Illinois at home, and won’t play either team on the road. Neither Illinois…

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Breaking down the schedule and resetting expectations.

After five Big Ten games, four of which were against ranked teams and two against teams ranked number five, the Golden Gophers finally have a much deserved break. With no game this weekend, there is no better time to take a closer look at the season so far, how the team has performed compared to our pre-season expectations, and how things might play out the rest of the way.

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2012-2013 schedule preview: the bonus wins.

The last set of games in our schedule preview hopefully will not determine if the Golden Gophers make the NCAA tournament, but will likely go a long way in determining how far they go in the NCAA tournament. If they win all the games in the must-win and should-win categories, they won’t be on the bubble, but they also shouldn’t expect to be much better than a nine seed in the NCAA tournament. Every win the Gophers can pick up in games they should not…

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2012-2013 schedule preview: The should wins.

Once upon a time, before schedules became riddled with directional-state universities and before San Diego State was simultaneously in the Big East and the Big West, appearing in the NCAA tournament was a true feat. Only conference champions made the tournament, and second place teams, even if they were the second best team in the country, were left out of the tournament. ┬áNow making the tournament is an after thought for the very best teams, a box to check on the way to better things…

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Breaking down the schedule: The must-wins.

Today we begin our slightly too early, slightly too in-depth look at the 2012-2013 Golden Gopher basketball schedule. While a top four finish in the Big Ten is more likely than at any point during the Tubby Smith era, given the events of the last few years, I have a somewhat more modest goal for the team. All I really want is a stress free Selection Sunday and appearance in the round of 32 in the NCAA tournament. For the Gophers to achieve that goal,…

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