Tag Archives: Michigan State Spartans
Posted on 11. Jan, 2014 by zipsofakron.
Two historical footnotes were working against the Gophers on Saturday as they traveled to East Lansing to take on Michigan State: 1) they hadn’t won at MSU since 1997; and 2) they hadn’t beaten a top-5 team in a true road in the history of the program. Those are impressive numbers. So it’s no surprise […]
Posted on 10. Jan, 2014 by JF.
The next four Golden Gopher basketball games will not be for the faint of heart. After three straight games decided by three points, the Gophers start a stretch of four straight games against ranked teams, the first such four game stretch since 1996. The bad news is that these will likely be losses, and at least one of them is bound to be ugly. The good news is that the Gophers won’t hurt their NCAA tournament chances if they lose all of them, and will significantly improve their chances if they win any of them. The rough stretch starts Saturday afternoon at Michigan State.
Posted on 30. Dec, 2013 by JF.
At about this time last year, the Big Ten was widely considered to be the best conference in America. The Gophers were on the verge of being a top ten team, and Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State all looked like national title contenders. The big questions entering the conference season involved how many Big Ten teams would make the final four. After a good but not great non-conference season, college basketball pundits are left with the much more pedestrian question of what various teams need to do just to make the NCAA tournament.
Instead of throwing out conference record predictions, or NCAA tournament seed projection, we’ll look at the non-conference performance of each Big Ten team, and the worst possible Big Ten record that could get each team in the tournament. That way, when your team starts struggling, you’ll know when to get nervous, and ultimately when to stop caring. In Minnesota, we have a word for this: February.
Posted on 14. May, 2013 by JF.
The Big Ten’s single-play match-ups for the 2013-2o14 season leaked today, and the Golden Gophers should benefit from their schedule. They didn’t quite win the lottery like Wisconsin did (really, playing Michigan State and Ohio State only once, and both games at home). However, they do play some very good teams only once and get […]
Posted on 29. Mar, 2013 by zipsofakron.
We’re in the middle of perhaps the most exciting time in recent Gopher hoops memory, and nothing gets the blood pumping like a good, ol’ fashioned coaching search. And while rumors will swirl, flights will be tracked, and TMZ will seem tame, I think it’s important to take a minute to revisit the highs and […]
Posted on 12. Mar, 2013 by JF.
If the Minnesota Golden Gophers are in the market for a new head coach,there will be no shortage of valuable candidates. Earlier this week we looked at potential coaches with local ties. Just like there is an unfounded assumption that the next head coach of the Gophers has local ties, there is an assumption that the next coach is currently a head coach. We’ll look at those candidates later. For now, we’ll look at current assistant coaches from around the country who could on day coach the Gophers.
Posted on 05. Feb, 2013 by JF.
And now, for one night only, the Golden Gophers can play some consequence-free basketball against the Michigan State Spartans. Two wins last week gave the Gophers a bit of breathing room. Losing five out of six games would have put the Gophers squarely on the bubble, or even the wrong side of the bubble, and Wednesday evening’s game in East Lansing would have been a true must-win. As a team, Minnesota is not the most mentally stable, and their decision making leaves a lot to be desired. I don’t want to think about how the team would likely react in a pressure-cooker of a game in a mad house like the Breslin Center. Instead, the Gophers can play like they have something to prove without dire consequences if they do not, like New Year’s Eve when these two teams first met.
Posted on 02. Jan, 2013 by zipsofakron.
It’s a funny thing, the feelings you get after witnessing various victories. Some barely register as joy, some bring a little sense of accomplishment and others actually call for a mini celebration. Sometimes you yell, sometimes you just sit back and let the win play out. Other times you’re just excited the entire game. Yet […]
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 30. Dec, 2012 by JF.
While the nation balances precariously on the edge of the fiscal cliff, the Golden Gophers dive off another cliff on Monday afternoon against the Michigan State Spartans. While politicians in both parties at least superficially try to avoid the fiscal cliff, the conference cliff is unavoidable. While the fiscal cliff can be retroactively averted by […]
Posted on 23. Oct, 2012 by JF.
The last set of games in our schedule preview hopefully will not determine if the Golden Gophers make the NCAA tournament, but will likely go a long way in determining how far they go in the NCAA tournament. If they win all the games in the must-win and should-win categories, they won’t be on the […]
Posted on 25. Feb, 2012 by zipsofakron.
It wasn’t just the fact that the Gophers lost to #6 Michigan State on Wednesday, with much of their season on the line – the Spartans had been playing very good basketball, were sporting the reigning National Player of the Week in Draymond Green and were on a six-game conference winning streak. Actually expecting a […]
Posted on 25. Jan, 2012 by zipsofakron.
Heading into East Lansing is a daunting task in itself; heading into East Lansing against a big, powerful, physical Michigan State team is even tougher. After turning their season around with three straight conference victories the Gophers saw their string of success end in a decisive loss to the Spartans. It’s hard to get on […]
Posted on 24. Jan, 2012 by JF.
Welcome to the most important week of the 2011-2012 Golden Gopher basketball season. That I can use the word “important” and that there is even basketball worth watching at this point is in itself remarkable.