Tag Archives: Penn State Nittany Lions
Posted on 12. Mar, 2014 by JF.
It feels like the Golden Gophers have been playing must-win games for weeks. Their bubble predicament hasn’t quite been that severe, since they still have a chance to make the tournament despite several losses in the last few weeks, but it has been close. Wins over Indiana, Northwestern, Iowa, and Penn State were obviously must-wins, and would have been season killers if they had been losses. Each of those wins gave the Gophers a bit of breathing room so that there would still be a shot at redemption later on. Later on begins Thursday in Indianapolis at the Big Ten 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 08. Jan, 2014 by zipsofakron.
Conference wins in the Big Ten don’t come easy. But road conference wins? Forget about it. At least, that’s what it’s felt like in Minnesota over the past two seasons, where we’ve most recently seen the Gophers endure an 8-game road losing streak. That all ended on Wednesday night as Minnesota came from behind to […]
Posted on 07. Jan, 2014 by JF.
Not long ago, in the late oughts for instance, a Big Ten basketball game between the Golden Gophers and Penn State Nittany Lions had great potential to be a dreadful affair. Sure, there could be some excitement, like when Lawrence Westbrook ripped the soul out of all 37 fans in attendance in Happy Valley.
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 03. Mar, 2013 by zipsofakron.
Fresh off a thrilling, court-storm-inducing victory over Indiana, the Gophers kept up the intensity and cemented their status as a tournament team with a 29-point drubbing of Penn State. On a day where Tubby started all seniors on Senior Day, Minnesota dismantled the Nittany Lions in all aspects of the game. With a significant size, […]
Posted on 01. Mar, 2013 by JF.
All good things must come to an end, and hopefully on Saturday, that includes the home careers of Trevor Mbakwe, Rodney Williams, Julian Welch, and Andre Ingram. We don’t want to see them go. Rodney Williams soaring through air and Trevor Mbakwe’s chest pounding dunks will be sorely missed. But if we do see them play another game in venerable Williams Arena, it means something has gone horribly wrong over the final three games of the Big Ten season. Thanks to the thrilling, potentially season saving win over the best team in the country on Tuesday night, the Gophers need only one more win to make the NCAA tournament. The three remaining games are against three of the worst teams in the Big Ten, starting with Penn State.
Once the season winds down we’ll take a closer at the careers of the departing seniors. They deserve so much more than a short blurb on a random blog in the middle of a game preview. But until then, thank you, sincerely, for your two to seven and a half (or s0) years with the basketball program. You will be missed.
Posted on 16. Jan, 2012 by zipsofakron.
It’s amazing what four days can do to a Big Ten program. Little more than 96 hours ago the Minnesota Golden Gophers basketball team had been left for dead by much of its fan base as well as the local media. Going 0-4 to begin conference play does little to inspire confidence in a team, […]
Posted on 14. Jan, 2012 by JF.
Momentum, if it even exists, is extremely fleeting. It can be neither created nor destroyed. It just happens, and then leaves as quickly as it appeared. A bad break combined with a bad bounce can turn around a game. A fifteen footer from a bad shooter can save a season. If momentum exists, the Golden Gophers have it after their still stunning win in Indiana, the best road win in the hundred plus year history of Gopher basketball. Now the young Gophers must use it before it is gone.
Posted on 09. Mar, 2011 by JF.
With Gopher basketball mired in meaningless land with the late season collapse, it will take a miracle, the likes of which has never happened for any team in Minnesota, to make the NCAA tournament. Knowing that the season has spun hopelessly out of control shouldn’t take away from the great basketball that takes place during […]
Posted on 06. Mar, 2011 by zipsofakron.
I guess I’m not sure if I actually expected a loss to cap the final regular season game in a season that has mutated from happy, fun-filled, high-expectation laden experience into an ugly, nightmarish collapse into the bottom of the Big Ten standings, but at the end of the 66-63 finale that left the Gophers […]
Posted on 18. Feb, 2011 by zipsofakron.
Are we officially in free-fall mode yet? The Gophers went into Happy Valley in a huge conference matchup to take on Penn State and try to help lock down a win to bolster their NCAA Tournament chances. Instead, Minnesota dropped yet another winnable game against a beatable team, coughing up a late three-point lead in […]
Posted on 16. Feb, 2011 by JF.
Golden Gophers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions 6:00 pm (CST) at Bryce Jordan Center (University Park, PA) TV: ESPN We have now entered the every game counts portion of the season. With five games left, the Gophers must win three of their remaining games to be reasonably certain that they can make the NCAA tournament. […]
Posted on 10. Nov, 2010 by zipsofakron.
Recently, FTB thought it would be fun to preview the season by connecting with our fellow Big Ten bloggers to get their thoughts on various topics, both Big Ten-related and not. This is the fourth in a series of five preview discussions that include input from 10 of the 11 Big Ten teams. Northwestern was unavailable for […]