Tag Archives: Game Review
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 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 12. Jan, 2013 by JF.
There is a reason why the Golden Gophers have never beaten a top five team on the road, and it isn’t just a lack of quality Gopher basketball teams. Top five teams, by definition are really, really good. It can take a perfect performance to beat an elite team on the road, and even a perfect performance is sometimes not enough. Instead of achieving their own perfection in the first half, the Gophers were steamrolled by the Indiana Hoosiers, who put together one of the better halves of college in the last decade.
Posted on 01. Jan, 2013 by JF.
After a thrilling come from behind victory over a traditional Big Ten powerhouse, the Golden Gophers answered several questions lingering from the non-conference season, and raised the biggest question of all. How good can this team be?
Posted on 01. Jan, 2013 by JF.
We’ll be back later with our thoughts as soon as we convince ourselves that really happened. Gophers show resolve, fail to panic under stress The Gophers coaches spliced together video of Mike Tyson’s sledgehammer punches and showed the boxing clip right before the team took the court. The players understood the symbolism. ATB: Minnesota Tops [...]
Posted on 09. Dec, 2012 by JF.
Yes, it turns out. Basketball games on the west coast that are unseen do in fact count. The Golden Gophers beat the mediocre at best USC Trojans in rather convincing fashion. Minnesota is the 2012-2013 champion of maroon and gold. How about that?
Normally I’d try to provide some analysis of what happened. Since the closest I came to actually seeing the game was ESPN’s game tracker, we’ll have to get statistical.
Posted on 02. Dec, 2012 by JF.
The more games the Golden Gophers play, the better they are, even if they show us in odd ways. Coming off a four game road trip, the team could be forgiven for playing tired and a bit bored. Minnesota’s last four games prior to playing the North Florida Ospreys had been circled on the calendar for months. North Florida couldn’t be circled on a map by most players and fans (it is Jacksonville if you care).
Posted on 24. Nov, 2012 by JF.
With five players on the court and in constant motion, so many factors can decide the outcome of basketball game. Throughout the last five seasons we’ve broken down many of these factors, not limited to match-ups, strategy, specific skills, coaching, etc. What we don’t often break down, because it is too unpredictable, is the human factor. The human factor gave the Gophers a rather miraculous last half-second win over Stanford in their final game in the Battle 4 Atlantis, and gave Stanford a loss that may haunt them on Selection Sunday.
Posted on 20. Nov, 2012 by JF.
A few thoughts following the Minnesota’s 15 point victory over the Richmond Spiders, before we turn to all things Duke Please excuse anyone for being slightly panicked after the first 12 minutes of the game. The Gophers simply couldn’t hang on to the ball, piling up 11 turnovers in that span. These were not forced [...]
Posted on 10. Nov, 2012 by zipsofakron.
If there was any doubt that the Gophers were ready to open the season it was erased in the first 90 seconds of their opener against American University. Austin Hollins followed up his jumper with a steal and dunk, giving Minnesota a quick 4-0 lead and setting the tone for a game they would absolutely dominate from start to finish, sending the Eagles packing in a 72-36 shellacking.
Posted on 29. Jan, 2012 by JF.
Between consoling myself over another hard to believe lose from ahead loss and having flashbacks to Frank Williams knocking in a last second floater to end the Gophers NCAA tournament hopes, a Minnesota team was in a must win situation, and did win, in overtime no less. I can’t begin to explain all the twists [...]
Posted on 12. Jan, 2012 by JF.
Sing it with me now: The strange thing about young teams is that they rarely react as expected, and the Gophers are no exception. They couldn’t manage to hold off the Hawkeyes at home, came out flat in a blow out to Purdue. The season was over, the program was in shambles. There were [...]
Posted on 19. Nov, 2011 by JF.
Some will focus on the ugly, some will focus on the win, and those who were there just hope the rest of the games are more entertaining. The Golden Gophers beat the Fairfield Stags 67-57 for their third straight double-digit win, but the 43 combined turnovers, 20 combined missed three-pointers, and 53 free-throws never allowed [...]
Posted on 12. Nov, 2011 by JF.
NCAA Basketball After one game, the Golden Gophers already have what should prove to be a quality win when tournament time comes around. It won’t be a win that makes headlines around the country, and the Gophers won’t get any in the non-conference season. A series of good wins can ultimately equal some of the [...]