Tag Archives: Purdue Boilermakers

Gophers let a golden opportunity slip away at Purdue. Again.

On the road in the Big Ten, where there are limited opportunities to win, road teams must take advantage of opportunities within games to escape with a victory. Despite playing their best 30 minutes of basketball in West Lafayette in a decade, in the end, the Gophers let a rare road victory slip away.

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After a 10 year drought, Gophers have a great chance to finally win at Purdue.

The Golden Gophers open Big Ten play in an enviable position. While other teams are already out of NCAA tournament consideration, or need to dramatically improve before the post-season, Minnesota simply has to win the games they are supposed to win. Unfortunately, winning games they are supposed to win, means winning at Purdue for the first time 2005. They had their best chance in a long time last season, in another game they were supposed to win, but couldn’t get the job done in three overtimes.

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An open letter to the Big Ten: How to survive a terrible basketball season.

I feel for Michigan these days. The whole state. It’s hard when one of the football teams and both basketball teams play poorly.The state of Michigan isn’t alone, with Purdue, Indiana, Iowa, Northwestern, Rutgers, Nebraska, and probably others also suffering some strange defeats. We understand this in Minnesota. I use basketball as a coping mechanism to survive winter. But Minnesota basketball (heck, Minnesota sports in general, excluding the Lynx) isn’t really a great way to boost one’s mood during a cold and dark season. So we need coping mechanisms that help us survive basketball, and by extension, winter. Here are some tips for getting through a disappointing basketball season:

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#Hollinsanity in full force for first Pitino conference win

One game after being MIA for the entire game, Austin Hollins showed why he’s one of the leaders of this team and one of the most dangerous scorers when he’s on the court. Behind 18 points, four three-pointers and a thunderous dunk worthy of SportsCenter’s top plays, Hollins led the Gophers to a wild 82-79 victory over the Purdue Boilermakers in what marked Richard Pitino’s first Big Ten conference victory. It wasn’t all bunnies and marshmallows, however. Even with a 19-point lead at one point,…

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Purdue and the Gophers seeking their first Big Ten win, and to be better than decent

The Purdue Boilermakers and Minnesota Golden Gophers enter Sunday’s game in a similar predicament. Neither team is among the worst in the Big Ten. That dishonor seems reserved for Northwestern, Nebraska, and potentially Penn State and neither would be confused for the conference’s elite. But after a disappointing home loss for each in the Big Ten opener for each team, both are left wondering how good or bad they can be. There is generally a large range within the Big Ten’s middle tier, and Purdue and Minnesota would both rather be playing for an NCAA tournament bid than a trip to the NIT. Falling to 0-2 in conference play makes the latter much more likely.

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Reviewing the Résumé‎s: What each Big Ten team needs to do to dance.

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.

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Day one Big Ten Tournament preview.

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.

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2012-2013 schedule preview: the bonus wins.

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 bubble, but they also shouldn’t expect to be much better than a nine seed in the NCAA tournament. Every win the Gophers can pick up in games they should not…

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Conference losing streak reaches 10 in Purdue blowout

What can you even say about a loss like last night? Less than two weeks after the Gophers nearly pulled out a thrilling double-overtime victory in Champaign and had us thinking they might actually need to be taken seriously, they were handed 13-point drubbing at the hands of the Purdue Boilermakers, getting run out of their own gym in a 79-66 loss. What had been the team’s bread and butter all season – defense – was turned on its head by Purdue, who shot a…

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Boilers come to town with Minnesota’s season on the brink

[box]Gophers vs. Purdue (12-4, 0-3) 12-4, 2-1) 5 pm, Williams Arena TV: Big Ten Network Radio: 1500 AM[/box]   Thank goodness it has been a mild winter. I don’t ask much from Golden Gopher basketball other than to be a distraction through the coldest months of the year. Now, on January 8th, the season is already in danger of spinning hopelessly out of control. I won’t rehash the home loss to Iowa other than to write that Iowa is not good, the Gophers were worse,…

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