Tag Archives: Michigan Wolverines
Posted on 28. Feb, 2014 by JF.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers survived February, their cruelest month, and now head to Michigan to start the month of madness. Despite the encouraging in over Iowa earlier this week, Minnesota is still firmly on the NCAA tournament bubble. Michigan, who long ago secured their spot in the NCAA tournament, continues to battle Michigan State for the conference title.
Posted on 02. Jan, 2014 by zipsofakron.
The Big Ten opener against Michigan was circled on the calendar for quite a while, as it represented the first time we’d see Richard Pitino’s Gophers against a legitimate conference opponent. Sure, we’d seen them against the likes of Syracuse, Arkansas and Florida State, but this was where we could see them in a situation […]
Posted on 01. Jan, 2014 by JF.
Dylan from the excellent Michigan basketball blog UMHoops.com agreed to answer some questions about the Michigan Wolverines, who tip off the Big Ten season against the Golden Gophers on Thursday evening. I answered a few questions as well, and you can read those answers here.
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 13. Mar, 2013 by JF.
The best conference tournament of the season, and perhaps the most anticipated Big Ten tournament tips off bright and early on Thursday morning when the Gophers take on Illinois at 11 am. How competitive will the tournament be? Consider that the Gophers and the Illini, the eight and nine seeds respectively, are each playing for a chance to beat number one seed Indiana for the second time. Anything can happen, and probably will. Here is what you need to know.
Posted on 17. Jan, 2013 by zipsofakron.
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 […]
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 02. Jan, 2012 by zipsofakron.
Minnesota traveled to Ann Arbor to take on the #16 Michigan Wolverines but came up short again, falling in the final seconds 61-56, sending the Gophers to 0-2 in conference play and 12-3 on the season. The end of the Gophers’ latest conference loss felt eerily similar to the wild double-overtime defeat at the hands […]
Posted on 31. Dec, 2011 by JF.
For the Golden Gophers to make the NCAA tournament, they will have to win a game or two on the road that they are not supposed to win. Games against the bottom tier of the conference (the Iowa’s and Penn State’s of the world) should be wins. Winning at Wisconsin and Michigan State isn’t impossible, […]
Posted on 24. Dec, 2011 by zipsofakron.
It’s hard to look at a team like Michigan and not see some similarities to the Gophers. This is a team with a fairly strong history of winning on the hardwood that found itself down on its luck in the past decade. Bringing in Jim Beilein a few years ago, expectations rose for a Wolverine […]
Posted on 10. Mar, 2011 by JF.
Well, the Gophers sure went out with a whimper. There won’t be any miracle run in the Big Ten Tournament, and there probably won’t be a trip to the NIT either. Post-season basketball is nice and all, but the Gopher season realistically ended when they lost at Indiana, and the team has acted like they were waiting for […]
Posted on 27. Feb, 2011 by zipsofakron.
Once again the Gophers found themselves with the lead late in the game, and once again they failed to secure the victory, seeing the Michigan Wolverines go on a late 11-1 run to take home a 70-63 victory that all but seals the NCAA Tournament fate for Minnesota. The epic late-season collapse continued with another […]
Posted on 25. Feb, 2011 by JF.
Golden Gophers vs. Michigan Wolverines 3:30 pm (CST) at Williams Arena (Minneapolis, MN) TV: Big Ten Network Further Reading: UMHoops.com Sports, if nothing else, is unpredictable. How else could a road win against a team that seems to ruin every season once again ruin a season. Unfortunately, the improbable happened just over a month ago […]
Posted on 23. Jan, 2011 by zipsofakron.
The Gophers faced a four-game losing streak to Michigan and were fresh off a season in which they seemingly had no answer on either offense or defense for the Wolverines, but on Saturday Minnesota used its supreme size advantage to dominate the boards and score down low to turn the tables and secure their first […]