Tag Archives: Austin Hollins
Posted on 08. Dec, 2013 by zipsofakron.
It’s hard to really drum up much excitement for a game against the 2nd-worst team in D1, but the main story line following the Gophers after their impressive win over Florida State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge was their ability to avoid looking past New Orleans as they recovered from a thrilling victory over a […]
Posted on 20. Nov, 2013 by zipsofakron.
It wasn’t the prettiest victory of the season, but the Gophers once against overwhelmed an inferior team and chalked up another victory to defeat Coastal Carolina 82-72 and improve to 4-0 on the young season. The Gophers entered the game expecting to take on one of the weaker opponents of their entire schedule, and early […]
Posted on 12. Nov, 2013 by zipsofakron.
The Montana Grizzlies may have been back-to-back Big Sky champions, but they were no match for the Gophers, who used disruptive full-court defense, owned the boards and unleashed a steady barrage of three-pointers to run away with an 84-58 victory for their second straight win of the season. The Grizzlies were expected to put up […]
Posted on 03. Nov, 2013 by JF.
The Richard Pitino era got off to an unofficial roaring start as the Gophers easily handled Cardinal Stritch on Friday night. It was a typically sloppy affair, as new players adjusted to new roles, all while shaking off early season rust and jitters. It was clearly a new team though, complete with a new coach who acts an awful lot like Bruce Weber on the sidelines. Seeing the Gophers play someone other than themselves finally gave us a chance to see what the next era of Golden Gophers basketball is all about.
Posted on 02. Nov, 2013 by zipsofakron.
It’s fair to question the validity of preseason exhibition games in college basketball. Really, they aren’t a true a barometer of how talented a team really is. But Friday night’s tilt against the defending NAIA Division II champion, Cardinal-Stritch, gave fans their first glimpse of Richard Pitino-era basketball against a real opponent, and the game did […]
Posted on 29. Sep, 2013 by zipsofakron.
Hey, it’s officially basketball season! One thing that gets me about the beginning of the year is it’s almost always overshadowed by NFL and college football. But with both Minnesota football teams doing what they usually do, there’s a nice segue into a college basketball season kickoff. Want an interesting exercise? Off the top of […]
Posted on 02. Jun, 2013 by zipsofakron.
Wow, what an offseason. Usually at this point in the summer we barely even know the University of Minnesota even has a basketball team aside from the occasional arrest, DUI charge or transfer. BUT NOT WITH RICHARD IN TOWN. Even after a highly-publicized coaching search, the Gophers remain in the local spotlight with a handful […]
Posted on 07. May, 2013 by JF.
Dre Mathieu, a 5’8″ -5’11″ (could someone measure this kid, please) junior college point-guard out of Knoxville, Tennessee will be joining the Golden Gophers for the 2013-2014 season. He will have two seasons of eligibility. Despite a successful high school career which landed him on the all-state team, his lack of height scared away all Division I scholarship offers. A successful junior college season, one in which he scored 16.1 points per game and added six assists, and 6 rebounds, was enough to get him several scholarship offers and now a spot on the Gophers roster.
Posted on 23. Mar, 2013 by zipsofakron.
I was excited for Friday’s game against UCLA for plenty of reasons. Of course, it was the fact that the Gophers were in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in three years. They were playing on college basketball’s biggest stage with a chance to redeem a season that fell well short of expectations once […]
Posted on 22. Mar, 2013 by JF.
A truly rewarding journey isn’t easy. There are wrong turns, detours, and delays. The college basketball season is 30 games long, and the Golden Gophers got lost along the way, and more than once looked like they wanted to give up and go home. Instead, they’ll be playing to go to the teams first Sweet 16 (that counts) since 1989. In basketball as in life, without negatives there can be no positives.
Posted on 19. Mar, 2013 by JF.
Thank you to everyone who submitted questions on twitter, even if some were (hopefully) less than serious. Crochots asks: ”With the gophers suffering from routine cranial rectal inversion, what do you think is the best way to solve this problem? The Gophers obviously have some sort of mental block that prevents them from playing up […]
Posted on 01. Mar, 2013 by JF.
All good things must come to an end, and hopefully on Saturday, that includes the home careers of Trevor Mbakwe, Rodney Williams, Julian Welch, and Andre Ingram. We don’t want to see them go. Rodney Williams soaring through air and Trevor Mbakwe’s chest pounding dunks will be sorely missed. But if we do see them play another game in venerable Williams Arena, it means something has gone horribly wrong over the final three games of the Big Ten season. Thanks to the thrilling, potentially season saving win over the best team in the country on Tuesday night, the Gophers need only one more win to make the NCAA tournament. The three remaining games are against three of the worst teams in the Big Ten, starting with Penn State.
Once the season winds down we’ll take a closer at the careers of the departing seniors. They deserve so much more than a short blurb on a random blog in the middle of a game preview. But until then, thank you, sincerely, for your two to seven and a half (or s0) years with the basketball program. You will be missed.
Posted on 15. Feb, 2013 by zipsofakron.
In what was perhaps the biggest game of the season in terms of postseason implications, the Gophers fought tooth and nail against Wisconsin to notch an overtime victory that went down to the final seconds. After a solid start to the season, the Gophers ended a free fall that saw them fall out of the […]
Posted on 09. Feb, 2013 by JF.
No, nothing makes sense in college basketball this season. After another crazy week in the Big Ten, the Golden Gophers start an important stretch of three potentially winnable games. There is a catch of course, and that is their first two opponents, Illinois and Wisconsin, beat the two best teams in the country this week. The Iowa game is on the road, and the Hawkeyes are more than due to beat a decent team. To keep Selection Sunday boring, the Gophers need to find a way to win two of the next three. Otherwise, we’ll all have to start worrying about bubble again.
Posted on 29. Jan, 2013 by zipsofakron.
That wasn’t so hard now, was it? After two excruciatingly painful games in which they seemingly forgot how to play basketball, the Gophers came out against Nebraska with guns blazing and something to prove. Wanting to show that they weren’t the 44 and 48-point team they were against Northwestern and Wisconsin the Gophers instead blew […]