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Missing Links

Its summer, its Minnesota, regardless or the hail, the rain, the tornadoes, and inevitable mosquito induced mayhem, it is better to be outside than in front of a computer. Though I am barely able to muster enough anguish and regret, I do apologize for the lack of updates, though nothing newsworthy has really taken place. To make up for it, and in the spirit of the political season, and in the spirit of that, I present to you all the news you may or may…

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Indiana rides the Free-throw Express to a win over the Gophers

When you play well can sometimes be more important than how well you play. In Minnesota’s two games against Indiana this season, they played better than the Hoosiers for 70 of 80 minutes. Unfortunately, the last two minutes in Minneapolis and the final 8 minutes in Bloomington last night were more than enough to give Indiana a season sweep over the Gophers. Minnesota and Indiana played a very even first half. Both teams struggled to score. Minnesota’s defense was especially successful in the early going…

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Senior Day ends how it should as the Gophers send Ohio State to the NIT

It only took four years, or in the cases of Dan Coleman and Lawrence McKenzie, 5 years to learn how to win a big game. But when the final horn sounded on Saturday at The Barn, just about everyone was willing to overlook the previous missed opportunities and enjoy Minnesota first semi-surprising win of the year. In a lot of ways, Senior Day mimicked the careers of Minnesota’s seniors. Ryan Saunders didn’t play, Spencer Tollackson got himself into foul trouble and barely impacted the game,…

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McKenzie’s career high helps Gophers overcome poor rebounding

At least it was entertaining. On a night featuring Spencer Tollackson dunking in traffic and hitting a three pointer, Jonathan Williams bailing out the Gophers and air-balling a free throw, Lawrence McKenzie scoring a career high 26 points, and even some relatively productive minutes from Kevin Payton, Minnesota beat the much improved Michigan Wolverines. I know I am a bit prone to hyperbole, using the words best, worst, most, and least to describe bagels, grocery stores, and basketball talent more than I probably should. However,…

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Seniors playing for pride in their last trip to Madison

With their chance to go the NCAA tournament this year all but dashed, Dan Coleman, Spencer Tollackson, and Lawrence McKenzie are in real danger of being known more for what they did not do than what they accomplished. They did make it the NCAA tournament three years ago on a team actually led by seniors that understood it was their last time to shine. That team, led by previously woeful Aaron Robinson, previosly underutilized Jeff Hagen, and previous overlooked Brent Lawson consistently improved and overachieved…

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Gophers blown out by Badgers, but they don’t seem to care

If a picture is worth a thousand words, from a Gopher fans perspective, all the words to describe Sunday’s embarrassing home loss would be negative. On a weekend that will go down in history in ways large and small because teams and individuals, against all odds, took it to their supposedly superior opponents, the Minnesota Gophers were not only beaten badly by their arch rivals, but in the process they appeared to not even care if they won. Along with the 15,000 or so fans…

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Starters carry the load as the Gophers win on the road

Two semi-notable things happened in the hours leading up to Minnesota’s just a little closer than it should have been win at Michigan last night. Tubby Smith hinted at line-up changes, and the always confusing Lawrence McKenzie vowed to live up to his big game potential (we can only assume he meant when the game hadn’t been decided) “I’m going to come out very confident. Hopefully, it can be contagious.” Both happened, but not quite in a way that was  expected. The rumored and long…

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Buckeyes blowout Gophers twice

For 24 of the 40 minutes, Minnesota out played the Ohio State Buckeyes. They attacked the zone, found the open man, made easy shots, and forced the Buckeyes to live up to their turnover prone potential. Unfortunately, during the first and last eight minutes of the game, the Gophers caught Monsonitis so badly that 5th graders across the state were screaming at the Gophers to move the ball and attack the basket. Ohio State jumped out to a 19-3 lead, eventually cut to 3, and…

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Nolen-less Gophers look lost in loss to Spartans

Al Nolen missed Sunday afternoon’s game against Michigan State, and the Gophers missed his steady ball handling, defense, and ability to distribute the ball particularly in the half court offense, as Minnesota lost 78-73. At first glance, the final score could indicate that Sunday was another, albeit frustrating, sign that the Gophers barely missed another opportunity to knock off one of the Big Ten’s elite teams. However, despite the close margin on the scoreboard, the game was never in doubt. If I hadn’t seen the…

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