Tag Archives: Purdue Boilermakers

#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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B1G Preview: Purdue Boilermakers

Be mad at Robbie Hummel’s knees, or Satan who created the ACL. Mr. Hummel is mad at them, along with every living and probably a few dead Purdue fans, and the rest of the college basketball world. We were all robbed of what would have been a few fantastic basketball teams made up of, by all accounts, some really good guys. Don’t feel sorry for Robbie Hummel though. If someone has to suffer two torn ACLs, he might as well have good timing. Semi-miraculously, despite…

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Big Ten Tournament Preview: The Top Five

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 the season to be over since then. Hopefully some fresh blood and some hard work will lead to a better team next season. At the very least, it will have…

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Gophers survive #8 Purdue 70-67

The Gophers faced the prospect of starting the conference season a nightmarish 1-4, but on a night when neither JaJuan Johnson or Blake Hoffarber could seemingly miss, Minnesota outlasted Purdue 70-67 and saved their season from spiraling out of control. In the most exciting game since the North Carolina upset (which is looking less and less like an upset as the season goes on), the Gophers ran with the Boilermakers and kept their aerial threat in check while using Hoffarber’s 26 points to kick start…

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