Tag Archives: 2008-2009 Preview

The Blogosphere Previews the Big Ten

A few of you may remember what can only be described, in the words of the kids these days, my “Epic Fail” of a Big Ten Preview last year. Not only did I begin my preview half way through the season, but I started with the worst teams first, and didn’t bother finishing it. While I was proud of what could only be described as the most in-depth preview of Northwestern and Penn State by a completely uninformed and disinterested (sorry fans of bad basketball…

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25% chance to beat Louisville

The folks at Big Ten Geeks, god love ‘em, have broken down the non-conference schedules of all the Big Ten teams, complete with odds of winning. Things look bleak against Louisville, but we have the same chance of beating the Cardinals as Northwestern does beating the truely depleted Stanford Cardinal. You can read the entire Gopher preview here. Like this:Like Loading…

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Ralph Sampson III: Another Twin Tower

Ralph Sampson III was born to be a twin tower. His father, Ralph Sampson II, was the lesser known half of the original “Twin Towers” when he played along side Akeem (at the time) Olajuwon with the Houston Rockets. Colton Iverson probably won’t impact the game of basketball like Olajuwon unless he has his own version of the “Dream Shake,” but the younger Sampson has the potential to at least match his father’s pro-career. Sampson III is not as tall as his father, by almost…

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Colton Iverson goes to the big city

If everyone in Yankton, South Dakota wanted to come to Williams Arena to watch Colton Iverson play, they could, and 1,000 of them could bring a friends. The entire city of Yankton could fit on the University of Minnesota campus. Its first college, Yankton College, is now a federal prison. But Colton Iverson is not the most well known Yanktonian, and he won’t be, thanks to Tom Brokaw. To say that Colton Iverson will face a steep learning curve is a bit like saying that…

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What’s the matter with Devron?

Devron Bostick was supposed to be the player to put the Gophers over the top. He was the supposed to be instant offense, able to take over a game, or even a season. He was supposed to be the guy we always needed, and would be lucky to keep for more than 1 year. However, after two exhibition games, a lot of people are asking what they are supposed to think now. Even a week ago the hype seemed to justified. Bostick, a junior college…

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Saturday’s open practice

A few pictures from yesterday: Nothing particularly newsworthy happened. Damian Johnson’s recovery is well underway, and I wouldn’t be shocked if he came back a week later. He didn’t really participate in a low of the practice, but is able to shoot. His knee also looks much better and he was not wearing a brace and seemed to be moving fine. Jonathan Williams is out with a groin injury and sat out most of the practice. According to Marcus Fuller: The Gophers men’s basketball team…

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Al Nolen: Little Al brings more than Big D

From the start of last season, it was obvious that Al Nolen would be pleasent surprise. He was clearly an above average defensive player, and didn’t take too much away from the offense. At least that was the conventional wisdom until the Michigan State home game last January. A Gopher team that nearly won in East Lansing a few weeks earlier and barely lost to a then highly ranked pre-collapse Indiana team looked absolutely dreadful on offense and could never quite get the stop they…

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Jonathan Williams: Being big is not good enough

In football there is “SEC Speed”. In basketball there is “Big Ten size”. Both of these have been mentioned so often as the keys to success, that regardless of their accuracy, they are viewed as truisms. Of course, there is speed outside the SEC, and supposedly slow Big Ten teams can embarrass speedy southerners. Unfortunately for Big Ten basketball teams, there is plenty of size in other conferences, and judging the Big Ten’s record against other major conference teams, size doesn’t always matter. I mention…

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Damian Johnson: The year after the breakout

I remember sitting at Williams arena one year ago tonight during Tubby’s Tip-off, wondering who the tall skinny kid was. He looked incredibly athletic, though lanky. He could get off the floor incredibly quickly, had long, long arms, and moved like a player a foot shorter than him. But no one knew who he was, where he came from, and why someone that at first glance at least looked like they desperately needed to see the floor for the Gophers to get better was such…

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