Tag Archives: Austin Hollins
Posted on 25. Feb, 2014 by zipsofakron.
With the narrative firmly in place, the Gophers entered Tuesday night’s game against #20 Iowa in a precarious position: win and put themselves in position to score an NCAA Tournament bid or lose and abandon basically all hope of waltzing into the postseason. And for a team that has basically played up or down to […]
Posted on 16. Feb, 2014 by zipsofakron.
It wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t particularly fun to watch, but when the final horn sounded only one thing mattered — the Gophers had taken down Northwestern 54-48 on the road to lock up a huge win as the stretch run of the conference season began. Welsh-Ryan Arena has recently become something of a house […]
Posted on 02. Feb, 2014 by zipsofakron.
In a game that served as an opportunity to rebound from a loss on the road to Nebraska, the Gophers came out flat against a hot, yet still suspect, Northwestern team and threw away another prime opportunity to pick up a home win against a beatable conference opponent, dropping their second consecutive game in a […]
Posted on 26. Jan, 2014 by zipsofakron.
Fresh off an impressive win over arch rival Wisconsin at home, the Gophers continued to curious, if not frustrating trend of playing to their opponent’s skill level in an 82-78 loss in Lincoln. Andre Hollins found himself on the bench in a walking boot – unable to play due to an ankle injury suffered early […]
Posted on 23. Jan, 2014 by JF.
It only took ten seconds for Golden Gopher fans to have flashbacks to so many seasons lost to injuries, suspensions and unexpected departures. After knocking down the first shot of the game, on the first play of the game, Andre Hollins rolled his ankle, and would not return. Over the remaing 39:50, it was easy to forget that anything was missing, as Minnesota hammered the Wisconsin Badgers inside and out on the way to 81-68 victory.
Posted on 16. Jan, 2014 by zipsofakron.
After near misses against Michigan and Michigan State in conference play, it was starting to look like the Gophers would never get over the hump of actually taking down one of the Big Ten’s top teams. Wins over Purdue and Penn State showed that they weren’t at the bottom of the barrel, but without a […]
Posted on 11. Jan, 2014 by zipsofakron.
Two historical footnotes were working against the Gophers on Saturday as they traveled to East Lansing to take on Michigan State: 1) they hadn’t won at MSU since 1997; and 2) they hadn’t beaten a top-5 team in a true road in the history of the program. Those are impressive numbers. So it’s no surprise […]
Posted on 08. Jan, 2014 by zipsofakron.
Conference wins in the Big Ten don’t come easy. But road conference wins? Forget about it. At least, that’s what it’s felt like in Minnesota over the past two seasons, where we’ve most recently seen the Gophers endure an 8-game road losing streak. That all ended on Wednesday night as Minnesota came from behind to […]
Posted on 05. Jan, 2014 by zipsofakron.
One game after being MIA for the entire game, Austin Hollins showed why he’s one of the leaders of this team and one of the most dangerous scorers when he’s on the court. Behind 18 points, four three-pointers and a thunderous dunk worthy of SportsCenter’s top plays, Hollins led the Gophers to a wild 82-79 […]
Posted on 02. Jan, 2014 by zipsofakron.
The Big Ten opener against Michigan was circled on the calendar for quite a while, as it represented the first time we’d see Richard Pitino’s Gophers against a legitimate conference opponent. Sure, we’d seen them against the likes of Syracuse, Arkansas and Florida State, but this was where we could see them in a situation […]
Posted on 26. Dec, 2013 by JF.
Lost among the chatter of arbitrary NCAA decision making, tournament expansion, and conference realignment, the power forward has gone extinct, at least in the Big Ten. Even a few years ago, it would have been unthinkable for a Big Ten team to take the court without two true, back to the basket, low post players. With the graduations of Derrick Nix and Trevor Mbakwe after last season, one would be hard-pressed to find what was once the staple of Big Ten basketball, a true power forward. Now, the conference’s ranks forwards are slashers and shooters, and should soon include a converted shooting guard.
Posted on 21. Dec, 2013 by zipsofakron.
The doldrums of late December college basketball are a drag. Long stretches of inaction, broken up by a few matchups with subpar teams. For the Gophers, the break for finals is interspersed with games against hyphenated universities like Nebraska-Omaha and Texas A&M-Corpus Christie. Far from inspiring games, they are, at the very least, something to […]
Posted on 17. Dec, 2013 by zipsofakron.
It’s not like we didn’t know things would be different when Richard Pitino came to town. Heralded as a guy who likes his teams to run, who has takes a fairly sophisticated approach to the game and prefers guys who can shoot well, it was understood that this year’s Gophers would be a departure from […]
Posted on 11. Dec, 2013 by zipsofakron.
Even with one of the sparsest crowds of the season, the Gophers had several notable moments in their 75-59 victory over South Dakota State. With both Andre and Austin Hollins on the verge of eclipsing 1,000 points for their careers and Rick Pitino in the stands donning Minnesota colors, the Gophers outmuscled a Nate Wolters-less […]
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 […]