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Mbakwe plays above the rim in NDSU victory

Heading into a sizeable dearth of game activity in which they only play two games in two games in 20 days, the Gophers first made quick work of the North Dakota State Bison 70-57 in a sort-of-close-but-not-really victory at Williams Arena. Now finals week can commence and the players can focus on getting their schoolwork done … or something. The Bison jumped out to a quick lead and it actually seemed like the Gophers might have a battle on their hands. However, between Rodney Williams’…

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Up to #13, Gophers need to survive two more games to reach the top 10.

On their slow and deliberate march towards the top ten, the Golden Gophers have three obstacles in their way. The first two are North Dakota State and Lafayette. The third is finals week. Coming off their second true road win of the season, the team is in the enviable position of only needing to take care of business on the court and in the classroom. The hard part of the non-conference season is over. The Big Ten season doesn’t start for three weeks. Now they need to survive two more games, rest, focus, and gain a whole lot of legitimacy by beating Michigan State on New Year’s Eve.

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Gophers vs. North Dakota State: The perfect trap

Non-conference games against low-major teams always make me the most nervous. Nothing good can come from them. If the Gophers win, they do nothing but meet expectations, while risking injuries, laziness, and ultimately a loss that could ruin a season. Close games against unimpressive competition doesn’t produce the giddy excitement that makes college basketball the best sport on earth. They create existential angst known only to those who have been in a police line-up or lived through the Cuban Missile Crisis. It is a hopeless…

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Picking the non-conference season

An exercise in futility can best be described as predicting the future based on incomplete information about 18-22 year olds, who of course always act rationally, make wise decisions, and perform to expectations. Feel free to leave your picks in the comments if you so desire, so five months from now I can at the very least be slightly less futile than someone else. 11/11/11 vs. Bucknell Williams Arena 7:00 p.m. CT Gophers win a close one. Bucknell is a good mid-major, but Mike Muscala,…

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No let down, and no let up as Gophers blow out Bison

Add mental toughness to the list of characteristics that could make this a very special season of Golden Gopher basketball. In a prototypical trap game scenario, the Gophers finished both halves on big runs to beat North Dakota State. Coming off the best week of regular season basketball in well over a decade, and right before Thanksgiving, and only a few days before the Big Ten-ACC challenge, few would have been surprised if the Gophers came out flat or at least looked disinterested. Instead, they…

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Game 6 Preview: #15 Gophers v. North Dakota State

Golden Gophers vs. North Dakota State Bison 7:00 pm CT at Williams Arena Radio: WCCO Radio 830 AM TV: ESPN3.com The Gophers head back home after a hugely successful stint in Puerto Rico where they took down then top-10 North Carolina and the underrated West Virginia Mountaineers en route to the Tip-Off Tournament title and subsequent top-25 national ranking – a spot the team hasn’t found itself in since about one year ago before a sub-par showing a the 76 Classic. In Puerto Rico, Minnesota…

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Gophers – Minnesota-Moorehead preview: And you thought a 67 point win was ugly

Golden Gophers vs. Minnesota State University-Moorhead Dragons 7:00 pm (CST) at Williams Arena (Minneapolis, Minnesota) TV: Bigtennetwork.com (Streaming for $2.99) Tickets: Best available- Row 11, upper deck, center court The Gophers’ 67 point win over Minnesota-Duluth wasn’t ugly, or at least it won’t be when compared to what we will see tomorrow night when Minnesota plays Minnesota State University-Moorhead.  If the ball bounces right and the Gophers get a few breaks, they could win by 80 points or more. Please consider the following. Moorhead finished…

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Barn Blurbs 3/17/09 is voting for Goldy

Mascot Death Match Vote for Goldy! It’s Gopher Season Arrogant and over-confident Texans? Shocking! Let’s up hope they hang up the “Mission Accomplished” banner before the game. Minnesota Gophers are underdogs against Texas in NCAA tournament first round With such vastly different styles of play, I wouldn’t call anyone a favorite. Aldrich’s high school coach might cut class Both NDSU and Kansas will expect some home cooking. Virginia’s Plan Bs Another coaching vacancy, another unfounded Tubby rumor. Time to dance Ten seeds for everyone! Classic…

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Barn Blurbs 3/11/09

North Dakota State is NCAA bound Yes, they are incredibly annoying, but at least it helps the Gophers’ non-conference profile. Gophers doing all right so far in poor economy Now about those ticket prices… 2009 Big Ten Tournament Preview: Minnesota vs. Northwestern Does anyone even give the Gophers a chance? Big Ten Tournament Round 1: #8 Minnesota vs #9 Northwestern Apparently not. Conference Tournament Odds At least we have math to fall back on. Gophers basketball player burglarized Living in a city bigger than The…

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Barn Blurbs 2/18/09

Six Big Ten teams in NCAA tourney? We should learn a lot about that sixth team tomorrow night. Mid-Major Madness: North Dakota State Minnesota’s November win is looking better and better. Big Ten Network is gaining ground Turning a profit, and in this economy, is something. A Killer 1-3-1 Half-court Trap John Beilein Would be Proud of The Gopher trap. Coaches’ conference calls Like this:Like Loading…

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