Tag Archives: Colton Iverson

Colton Iverson is transferring

According to James Cimburek of the Yankton Daily Press, Colton Iverson has asked for and been given a release from his scholarship with the Gophers. Cimburek was notified via e-mail from Iverson’s father. This is a surprising, though hardly shocking development. Iverson struggled much of the season, and lost his spot in the starting line-up towards the end of the season despite being one of only five non-freshman scholarship players. Since he will be entering his senior season, he would have only one more season…

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Calling the Twin Towers!

With one game left before the Big Ten season starts, we’ve got a pretty good idea of what this team is capable of and what they need to work on.  Of course, they’ve been physical inside thanks to the addition of Trevor Mbakwe and overachievement by Mo Walker, have been misers on defense, shot the ball pretty well and executed down the stretch during close games. However, one troubling aspect so far this season has been the MIA-style play by Ralph Sampson III and Colton Iverson,…

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The Return of Trevor Mbakwe, and the best bigs in the Big Ten

What’s nearly 21 feet tall, 739 pounds, and ready to wreak havoc on the oddly undersized Big Ten?  This isn’t a joke in need of a punch line. The Gophers have the best front court in the Big Ten, and it isn’t even that close. I try to avoid positive hyperbole as much as possible. I am a lifelong Gopher fan, so 22 years after my first Gopher basketball game I’ve learned to embrace my expectations that what can go wrong will go wrong. That…

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Xavier Preview Part 4: Putting it all together

If you haven’t had enough previewing of tomorrow’s first round NCAA tournament game, why not a look at the keys to the game and a prediction? Keys for the Gophers 1. Establish an inside presence. Ralph Sampson will need to be strong with the ball, and Colton Iverson will need to be strong with his body. Sampson has been very hit and miss over the last two weeks, and if he continues to give up bad turnovers, Xavier could end up looking a lot like…

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What a weekend!

The reaction: “We all jumped together,” point guard Devoe Joseph said. “I think we might have damaged the couch in there.” Damaged would be putting it mildly. “We did break the couch,” shooting guard Lawrence Westbrook confirmed. “We were excited to see our name.” “I honestly had no clue,” said Joseph, who made the All-Tournament team. “I didn’t want to jinx it and say that we were out or whatever. I was just praying that we were in…. It’s been my dream since I was…

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The Worst: Michigan 83 – Gophers 55

Pathetic.  Embarrassing.  Unbelievable.  What ever negative word someone wants to use to describe the Gophers effortless, aloof performance against the Michigan Wolverines would probably be deserved.  At a time when Minnesota needed to come out firing against a team with nothing to play for, a time that called for nothing more than a solid performance to continue an unnecessary late-season run to the postseason, the Gophers came out and did what they do best.  Blow it. In their worst loss of the season, Minnesota came…

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Next Year’s Nucleus

I hope you’ll excuse me for not delving into the finer details of Minnesota’s latest blown lead and missed buzzer beater. If you saw last season’s Michigan game, or this year’s games against Michigan State or at Indiana and Northwestern you know how the story goes. This team is as formulaic as any of the Rocky movies. Minor details change (the size of the blown lead, how quickly it was blown, who missed the potential winning shot, whether Rocky was fighting Mr. T or some…

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Gophers at Penn State: Much needed changes for a Must Win Game

Golden Gophers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions 1:00 pm (CST) at Bryce Jordan Center (University Park, PA) Radio: WCCO 830 AM TV: Big Ten Network For the better part of a month, I’ve been claiming each upcoming game was not a must win. Those games were important, and every conference game ultimately will have some impact on a potential NCAA tournament bid, but a win wasn’t essential. Now it is. If the Gophers lose tomorrow against the Nittany Lions, it’ll be time to start hoping…

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Quick thoughts: Gophers 73 – Ohio State 62

The Gophers move to 3-1 in the Big Ten with an excellent performance against Ohio State who was finally at full strength. There will be a more in-depth review after I re-watch the game and overcome my post exciting game amnesia. Blake Hoffarber has finally, definitively, shut up his critics. After every great game he has had there have been way to many buts: the opponent was bad, they ran a zone, he couldn’t do that in the Big Ten, he couldn’t do it against…

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Game 15 Preview: Gophers vs. #4 Purdue Boilermakers

Golden Gophers vs. Purdue Boilermakers 6:00 pm (CST) at Mackey  Arena (West Lafayette Indiana) Radio: WCCO 830 AM TV: ESPN College basketball is the most forgiving of all sports. There is not a set number of teams in each conference that advance to the NCAA tournament. One bad game won’t spoil a season. The season is long enough to make amends for previous poor play. Most importantly, redemption is only a game away. After a rough week at the end of November the Gophers appear…

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