Tag Archives: Joe Coleman

Your mid-summer Golden Gophers basketball update

Never in my blogging career has an offseason been so full of things happening. Recent summers for the Gophers have consisted mainly of transfers from guys we only sort of care about, schedule updates and the occasional arrest. This offseason, however, is completely different. With a new coach in tow, a crazy recruiting class on the horizon, guys transferring in and out, and a new facilities plan recently unveiled, the dog days are certainly full of relevant basketball news. Instead of covering the happenings one…

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Joe Coleman transfers out, and Malik Smith transfers in.

There are no trades in college basketball. However, rarely, it sure feels like it. Today is one of those days. Joe Coleman will be transferring out of the program while Malik Smith, a senior shooting guard from Florida Internatonal, will be a Golden Gopher next year. Smith will be eligible right away.

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Now that Mathieu is a Gopher, a breakdown of next season’s back court.

Dre Mathieu, a 5’8″ -5’11″ (could someone measure this kid, please) junior college point-guard out of Knoxville, Tennessee will be joining the Golden Gophers for the 2013-2014 season. He will have two seasons of eligibility. Despite a successful high school career which landed him on the all-state team, his lack of height scared away all Division I scholarship offers. A successful junior college season, one in which he scored 16.1 points per game and added six assists, and 6 rebounds, was enough to get him several scholarship offers and now a spot on the Gophers roster.

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Golden Gophers blow out the Bruins, and now get the Gators

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.

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4 things the Gophers need to do to right the ship

It hasn’t been a pretty ride recently in Gopher Land. After blowing through the gauntlet of games that opened the Big Ten conference season with a couple nice wins, the team has fallen on tough times recently with losses to Northwestern, Wisconsin and Michigan State and an unnecessary nailbiting win over Iowa. The Northwestern loss stands out as particularly awful and, though it’s really not fair to the team to fault them for losing on the road to Wisconsin and Michigan State, anyone who watched…

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Gophers lose big game, but the sky isn’t falling

Well this really sucks. After a week of waiting and hoping and dreaming and getting all tingly thinking about a possible and historic Gophers victory, the team goes out and lays a giant egg. Not like they got embarrassed or run out of their own gym, but it was a particularly close loss either. And now that Minnesota has lost two conference games in a row it’s easy to sit back and think that things are going the wrong direction. My advice? Breathe. Yes, the…

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Gophers face the Hoosiers and the hype in Assembly Hall

It is the second weekend in January, and the Golden Gophers, yes, your Golden Gophers, are playing in what might be the game of the year in the Big Ten. Regardless of what happens against the Hoosier, they’ll play their second consecutive top ten opponent on Thursday. The Minnesota game against the Indiana Hoosiers will be the first top ten match-up in Assembly Hall in 13 years. The Big Ten Network is running an hour long, on location pregame show before the game. The Gophers have barged their way back into big time college basketball.

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The Gophers are good, but don’t say we didn’t tell you so

So, the Gophers just destroyed the Illinois Fighting Illini. The #12 ranked team in the nation. On the road. By 17 points. Which is on the heels of winning their first two conference games by 13 and then 18 points. Honestly, I don’t even know what to say. I’m numb. This is what winning at a high level feels like? My buddy said it best after the game when I said I didn’t know what to do: “This is such a foreign feeling having a…

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Gophers comfortably beat USC, proving that untelevised west coast games count.

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.

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Kendal Shell scores career high in SDSU thrashing

Hey, the first (and likely only) Kendal Shell headline that will ever occur! It wasn’t the highlight of the game, but in a relatively boring, Wolters-less victory over the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, Mr. End-of-the-Bench scored a career high four points in garbage time as the Gophers destroyed SDSU 88-64 and continued to outpace their lesser-tier opponents. Billed as the final chance for hometown standout Nate Wolters to finally show his big, bad home state university what they were missing, the game never materialized into…

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