Tag Archives: Ralph Sampson III
Posted on 02. Apr, 2012 by zipsofakron.
Where do you even begin on a recap of a season like this? One that failed to follow any sort of blueprint, leaving us scratching our heads more often than not. I suppose I’ll start at the end. Be excited for next year. In a year where down was up, left was right, and things […]
Posted on 02. Mar, 2012 by JF.
On Saturday morning Ralph Sampson III will take the court in venerable Williams Arena for the final time. During his career, he became one of five Gophers to ever score 1,000 points, collect 500 rebounds, and block 200 shots. No player has achieved that since Michael Bauer nearly a decade ago. For many Gopher fans, his career will be considered a disappoint. To them, I ask why?
Posted on 20. Feb, 2012 by zipsofakron.
Cue the broken record. With an easier route to a postseason berth hanging in the balance and a chance to give themselves some much-needed breathing room in the at-large conversation, the Gophers promptly went into Welsh-Ryan arena laid an egg against bubble-rival Northwestern. Leaving them at 5-9 in conference play and gasping for air like […]
Posted on 28. Dec, 2011 by zipsofakron.
A roller coaster of emotions for Gopher fans in a back-and-forth B1G conference opener against Illinois ended in an 81-72 double-overtime defeat, sending Minnesota to its first loss since Thanksgiving. Meyers Leonard, the big Illini center, was a monster and Illinois had five players register double figures in scoring. Playing in only their second game […]
Posted on 04. Dec, 2011 by JF.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers won their second straight game against a BCS conference team (albeit a bad one) on Saturday afternoon, and once again didn’t seem to miss their starting front line. The back court led by Julian Welch, who emerged as a scoring threat, and some timely three-point shooting by Austin Hollins, were almost […]
Posted on 29. Nov, 2011 by JF.
Here we go again it seems. A promising season has been thrown into disarray. A promising career has come to an end. A team captain who had noticeably improved his game will spend the rest of the season on the bench. Again. It always has to be something. But we are a hearty people, the […]
Posted on 12. Nov, 2011 by JF.
NCAA Basketball After one game, the Golden Gophers already have what should prove to be a quality win when tournament time comes around. It won’t be a win that makes headlines around the country, and the Gophers won’t get any in the non-conference season. A series of good wins can ultimately equal some of the […]
Posted on 25. Oct, 2011 by JF.
College basketball is a young man’s game. Every year a freshman superstar steals the hearts and minds of even the most casual of fans, and take his team on a whirl wind ride before dashing off to the NBA to pursue fame, fortune, and failed hip-hop careers. For a few very select programs, chasing the […]
Posted on 12. Oct, 2011 by JF.
The 2011-2012 college basketball season unofficially kicks off on Friday night as teams across the country hold their first official practice. At The Barn, this will take the form of the first annual “Gopher All-Star Friday Night” which follows four annual events called “Tubby’s Tip-off”. Before that it was “Midnight Madness” for twenty or thirty […]
Posted on 28. Apr, 2011 by zipsofakron.
In borderline stunning news, Ralph Sampson III declared today that he will enter the upcoming NBA draft in hopes of getting a spot on a real, live NBA team. Anyone who has watched Sampson over the past couple seasons knows he’s far from NBA ready and would have a pretty tough time cracking a roster […]
Posted on 29. Dec, 2010 by zipsofakron.
Several questions faced the Minnesota Golden Gopher basketball team as they entered Big Ten conference play. How would they handle the relative increased level of competition? Would they play up to their opponent after playing down so often in the non-conference season? How would the team look with both Al Nolen and Devoe Joseph healthy […]
Posted on 21. Dec, 2010 by zipsofakron.
With one game left before the Big Ten season starts, we’ve got a pretty good idea of what this team is capable of and what they need to work on. Of course, they’ve been physical inside thanks to the addition of Trevor Mbakwe and overachievement by Mo Walker, have been misers on defense, shot the ball […]
Posted on 12. Nov, 2010 by JF.
It is amazing how quickly that overwhelming feeling of dread can lift. Twenty-fours hours after we found out that Devoe Joseph would be suspended indefinitely, we found that Chip Armelin is more than ready to fill in the gap while he is gone, helping the Gophers beat Wofford 69-55. Coming off the bench, the lightly […]
Posted on 07. Sep, 2010 by JF.
What’s nearly 21 feet tall, 739 pounds, and ready to wreak havoc on the oddly undersized Big Ten? This isn’t a joke in need of a punch line. The Gophers have the best front court in the Big Ten, and it isn’t even that close. I try to avoid positive hyperbole as much as possible. […]
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 […]