Tag Archives: Exhibition Games

Gophers and SW Baptist to provide a brief respite from politics

While CNN works out the final kinks of what should be some fantastic holograms of Tupac rapping election results, the Gophers will wrap up their brief exhibition slate against a team that may or may not exist. The one and only good thing about Monday night’s exhibition is that I can all but guarantee that those in The Barn will be free of political ads for a full two hours, maybe more if they don’t listen to the radio on the way home. Since I have no interest in researching the fighting (but probably not drinking or dancing) baptists, I will share a few relevant story lines.

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Gophers open exhibition slate against Minnesota State, or what ever they call themselves these days.

It is hard to believe that year five of the Tubby Smith era tips off Thursday night in The Barn.  A bit of optimism, whether justified or not surrounds the program these days, because surely luck will someday be on the side of the Golden Gophers. Minnesota State, Minnesota’s opening opponent doesn’t draw much interest,unless your a rightfully maligned former beat writer, so we’ll ignore them, and instead focus on three big story lines heading into Thursday night. 1. Whither the freshmen? There were only…

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Exhibitions are for Experimentation, Charles Buggs picks the Gophers

During the exhibition games and the first few games of the non-conference college basketball season, every team has flaws, and the Golden Gophers are no exception. New players are being integrated into unfamiliar systems, old players are shaking off rust, and last year’s new players are learning to take on new roles. Head coaches across the country are trying to fix those flaws, and the exhibition games are one of the few consequence free environments to try new schemes, use players differently, and essentially throw…

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Exhibition #2 preview: A look at Augustana and the Big Two plus Who?

Falls Park, the birth place of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is located just a few blocks north of the modest downtown. Like the birth place of most cities, there is no shortage of commemorative plaques detailing the history of the place. If you read closely though, it soon becomes clear that these plaques don’t just tell the story of what is. They tell the story of what could have been. With better timing and slightly better geography, Sioux Falls could have been a metropolis, rivaling…

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Don’t panic! Gophers vs. Bemidji State reviewed

The first exhibition game is in the books, and Tubby Smith got exactly what he wanted: areas that need improvement. Minnesota’s 71-58 victory isn’t indicative of much, and isn’t a cause of concern, yet. The game featured unrealistic Gopher line-ups in unrealistic situations that kept the game close, and gave the players and coaches a chance to learn what they have to work with. Gopher fans are more accustomed to 30 and 40 point victories in exhibition games, and if the starters played typical minutes, the…

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Game Preview: Golden Gophers vs. Bemidji State Beavers

A little after 7 pm on Tuesday night, last season’s could have and should haves can finally be relegated to the dust bin of Golden Gopher sports history, next to Kevin Burleson dribbling the ball out-of-bounds, Iker Iturbe dislocating Eric Harris’ shoulder, an ill-timed block punt, and the Tim Brewster era. When things go wrong in Gopher land, they go very wrong. The sun always comes up the next morning though, there is always another season, and Gopher fans, against their better judgement, continue to…

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Exhibition Preview: Gophers vs. Winona State

Golden Gophers vs. Winona State Warriors 7:00 pm (CDT) at Williams Arena (Minneapolis, Minnesota) TV: Streaming at http://www.bigtennetwork.com/ Tickets: Row 9, corner, upper deck There have been soft whispers coming from the lips of Golden Gopher basketball fans since Monday night’s exhibition game against Winona State was announced. Winona State isn’t exactly your typical Division II basketball team. They have two national championships in the last four years. They have five former Division I players on the roster. They have beaten the Gophers. Four years ago,…

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Barn Blurbs: The Northeastern State Aftermath

Gophers rip Northeastern State 109-59: “I waited a long time for this,” Mbakwe said. “I finally got a chance to play, and I’ve just got to keep building on this. I was disappointed with how many rebounds I had, but it was game one and it’s going to be a long season. I’m excited to be back.” A Minny-blitz: NSU waxed by Big 10 foe: “I thought our guys were focused and ready,” said Smith, whose team made the NCAA Tournament last season. “We did…

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Exhibition Preview: Gophers vs. Northeastern State

Golden Gophers vs. Northeastern State RiverHawks 7:00 pm (CDT) at Williams Arena (Minneapolis, Minnesota) TV: Streaming at http://www.bigtennetwork.com/ Tickets: Row 25, baseline, lower deck Tucked in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, just Southwest of Tulsa, Oklahoma sits Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the home of Northeastern State University. It is supposedly an idyllic town, one of the best places to live in the country, and located a short drive from a couple of the best place-names I have ever heard, No Head Hollow and Ten Killer Lake.…

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The threes finally fall as the Gophers win again

Another exhibition game, another big win, and another positive development that may only be  result of an exhibition game. After last season’s atrocious three-point shooting, the Gophers may have broken out of their funk last night during their 98-49 victory over the Minnesota-Moorhead Dragons. Last year the Gophers made less than 33% of their three pointers, allowing opponents to pack the lane and making inside scoring, both by post players and driving perimeter players, an exercise in futility. Blake Hoffarber, who was one of the…

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