Tag Archives: NCAA Tournament
Posted on 09. Mar, 2014 by zipsofakron.
The narrative all season, at least during conference play, was that the Gophers were a Jekyll and Hyde. They could play with the best in the conference but also had a frightening tendency to play down to teams they were clearly superior than. Naturally, with the Penn State Nittany Lions coming to town for the […]
Posted on 16. Feb, 2014 by zipsofakron.
It wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t particularly fun to watch, but when the final horn sounded only one thing mattered — the Gophers had taken down Northwestern 54-48 on the road to lock up a huge win as the stretch run of the conference season began. Welsh-Ryan Arena has recently become something of a house […]
Posted on 15. Feb, 2014 by zipsofakron.
Six games left. Six games for the Gophers to show that they belong in the NCAA Tournament in Richard Pitino’s first season as head coach. Will they find themselves in the final 68 come Selection Sunday? It would be a huge coup for Pitino, whose expectations coming into the season ranged from being picked to […]
Posted on 23. Mar, 2013 by zipsofakron.
I was excited for Friday’s game against UCLA for plenty of reasons. Of course, it was the fact that the Gophers were in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in three years. They were playing on college basketball’s biggest stage with a chance to redeem a season that fell well short of expectations once […]
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 18. Mar, 2013 by JF.
In the run-up to Selection Sunday, there is no shortage of what teams will make the NCAA tournament and how they will be seeded. The discussion of which teams will make the tournament isn’t pointless. Obviously bubble teams and their fans care a great amount about their tournament chances, and making the tournament is a prerequisite to winning a national championship. Seeding, on the other hand, doesn’t matter. For all the talk of the number one overall seed and which teams received a good or bad seed, more discussion should surround match-ups and location. Playing a virtual home or road game does more to determine the outcome of a game than wearing a home or road jersey, the only thing seeding actually does determine. Even more important than game location is the actual teams that are playing, is how they match-up.
Posted on 17. Mar, 2013 by JF.
It wasn’t smoothest path or the prettiest product, but the Gophers are back in the NCAA tournament for the first time in three seasons. Their first round opponent will be UCLA, the 7th seed out of the PAC12. The Golden Gophers picked up an 11 seed. At first glance, this is a as good as […]
Posted on 16. Mar, 2013 by JF.
It is that time of year again. It is the time to irrationally pick the Gophers to go to the Sweet 16. It is the time of year to invest too much energy in rooting for Belmont, Davidson, or Hyphenated-State to beat a top 10 team. It is the time of year to win a book or two?
Well, the last part is true at least. We’ve set up a group at ESPN’s Tournament. The top two entries win a fabulous From The Barn t-shirt, and their choice of a March Madness themed book. The next two (or maybe more depending what I can scrounge up) win whichever book the better scorers don’t want. The real prize, of course, is endless bragging rights for the next 11 and a half months.
Posted on 20. Mar, 2011 by JF.
With only a few games left in the second round of the NCAA tournament (the play-in round was not the first round), people across the country are tearing up their brackets and hopefully rooting for underdogs. This phenomenon likely hasn’t reached the White House, where the President of the United States is sitting pretty, and […]
Posted on 15. Mar, 2011 by zipsofakron.
With the massacre that was the 2011 portion of the Gophers’ season over with, we can finally turn our attention to basketball that isn’t vomit-inducing. Here at From The Barn, we’ll break down each region of the NCAA Tournament with some interesting early takeaways from the bracket. Southwest Region: Team to love: St. Peter’s Playing […]
Posted on 15. Mar, 2011 by JF.
Before we get to the preview of the Midwest Region, please consider a donation to help the folks in Japan dealing with a horrific disaster. I’ll be donating a dollar for every game I watch, you should too. Now on to the basketball… Now that the bad basketball portion of the season is mercifully over, […]
Posted on 13. Mar, 2011 by JF.
By now I am sure you are acutely aware of the disaster unfolding throughout Japan. After a massive earthquake, one of the five strongest in recorded history and a subsequent tsunami, there is indescribable devastation. An estimated 10,000 died, thousands more are injured, millions are homeless and are struggling with access to basic needs like food, shelter, […]
Posted on 18. Mar, 2010 by JF.
If you haven’t had enough previewing of tomorrow’s first round NCAA tournament game, why not a look at the keys to the game and a prediction? Keys for the Gophers 1. Establish an inside presence. Ralph Sampson will need to be strong with the ball, and Colton Iverson will need to be strong with his […]
Posted on 18. Mar, 2010 by JF.
As you probably noticed in the previous post breaking down Xavier’s conference season, the team goes as its big 2 (or 3) go. Jordan Crawford and Jason Love are the core of the team, but they are not the entire team. Three players average in double figures and three more average more than 4.5 rebounds […]
Posted on 17. Mar, 2010 by JF.
Needless to say, Xavier got things straightened out once the Atlantic 10 season started. They lost only three games, two in the regular season and in the final of the conference tournament. Here is how it happened: Score Leading Scorer Leading Rebounder Key Statistic XU 68 – LaSalle 62 Jordan Crawford – 22 Jason Love […]