Tag Archives: Blake Hoffarber

Where have you gone Mr. Hoffarber, our state turns its lonely eyes to you...

Living, and more recently dying by the three

In 1986 the NCAA introduced the three-point line in college basketball, and it was in 1986 that the Golden Gophers 2010-2011 college basketball season would be doomed to failure. Despite having one of the best three-point shooters in the country, a series of injuries and unexpected departures left the Gophers unable to use the great equalizer on offense, and forced to play Russian roulette on defense. The painful result was one of the more disappointing seasons in Gopher basketball history. Tubby Smith has always had…

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Senior Day 2011: The Locals

This season has obviously been disappointing, but it pales in comparison to the tumultuous 2006-2007 season.  No one expected the Gophers to have a good season, making the NIT would have been an accomplishment. But no one predicted that fans would completely give up on the program, Dan Monson would be fired before the Big Ten season even began, and the Gophers would end the season on an eight game losing streak. It was the darkest of days for a program that has always seemed…

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Gophers avoid letdown, upend Iowa 69-59

Fresh off a thrilling home-court upset over the Purdue Boilermakers, many considered the Iowa Hawkeyes to be merely a speed bump in a string of games against lower-tier Big Ten opponents, looking past the bottom-dwelling Hawkeyes towards more intense games.  Consider the Gophers part of that group. Fighting through disinterested, lackadaisical performances, Minnesota gave away a 15-point lead, even falling behind at one point in the second half, before battling back to take home a 69-59 victory.  The Gophers used a 23-6 run after finding…

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Game 11 Preview: Gophers vs. Akron Zips

Golden Gophers vs. Akron Zips 7:30 pm (CST) at Williams Arena (Minneapolis, Minnesota) TV: Big Ten Network Tickets: Row 9,  corner, upper deck Another game, another milestone for Blake Hoffarber. When the Golden Gophers take on the Akron Zips (which is a female kangaroo, thank you Wikipedia) Hoffarber will have the opportunity to become just the 36th Golden.Gopher to join the thousand point club. If he keeps up his current scoring pace, he should score around 1,300 career points, and rank 16th on Minnesota’s career…

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Game 7 Preview: Gophers vs. Virginia Cavaliers

Golden Gophers vs. Virginia Cavaliers 6:00 pm (CST) at Williams Arena (Minneapolis, Minnesota) TV: ESPN2 and streaming at ESPN3.com Tickets: Row 10, behind the basket, upper deck It is now time to add injuries to the long list of issues preventing the Gophers from playing at full strength. On the night that Devoe Joseph is expected to play his first game of the season after completing the various tasks mandated by Tubby Smith, both Al Nolen and Rodney Williams are expected to miss Monday’s game.…

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No let down, and no let up as Gophers blow out Bison

Add mental toughness to the list of characteristics that could make this a very special season of Golden Gopher basketball. In a prototypical trap game scenario, the Gophers finished both halves on big runs to beat North Dakota State. Coming off the best week of regular season basketball in well over a decade, and right before Thanksgiving, and only a few days before the Big Ten-ACC challenge, few would have been surprised if the Gophers came out flat or at least looked disinterested. Instead, they…

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A surreal night in North Carolina

It is with profound sadness that I write that there will be no game review for Minnesota’s monumental win over the North Carolina Tar Heels. There may one be in a few days, but as of now I have not seen the game. In a surreal turn of events, I found myself in the front row of the student section at Cameron Indoor Stadium cheering for the Tar Heels’ biggest rival. It isn’t every day you can find your self in such a situation sans…

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Gophers hang tough, top Siena 76-69

Minnesota appeared to have no answer against the quick-hitting Siena Saints offense through much of the first half, but was able to turn the tables down the stretch to take home a thrilling 76-69 victory to improve to 2-0. Stymied by basket after basket from Siena’s Clarence Jackson, who scored a game high 29 points, the Gophers quickly found themselves down by 11 to a suddenly confident Saints team, who are no strangers to playing big-time programs tough.  While keeping Saints star Ryan Rossiter in…

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Exhibition Domination: Gophers 109 – Northeastern State 59

As expected, the Gophers handed Northeastern State (Okla.) a thorough beating in one of two tune-up exhibition games, taking down the Division II RiverHawks 109-59.  The game was never close, with the Gophers jumping out to a quick 10-0 lead and never looking back, taking a 59-25 lead into halftime. With the level of competition the team faced it’s hard to get a good read on just how well they played, given that some mistakes just didn’t show through or weren’t exploited, but it was…

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