Tag Archives: Spencer Tollackson

Missing Links

Its summer, its Minnesota, regardless or the hail, the rain, the tornadoes, and inevitable mosquito induced mayhem, it is better to be outside than in front of a computer. Though I am barely able to muster enough anguish and regret, I do apologize for the lack of updates, though nothing newsworthy has really taken place. To make up for it, and in the spirit of the political season, and in the spirit of that, I present to you all the news you may or may…

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Seniors playing for pride in their last trip to Madison

With their chance to go the NCAA tournament this year all but dashed, Dan Coleman, Spencer Tollackson, and Lawrence McKenzie are in real danger of being known more for what they did not do than what they accomplished. They did make it the NCAA tournament three years ago on a team actually led by seniors that understood it was their last time to shine. That team, led by previously woeful Aaron Robinson, previosly underutilized Jeff Hagen, and previous overlooked Brent Lawson consistently improved and overachieved…

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Gophers finally run away from the Hawkeyes

So much for that freshman wall. Led by the speed and defense of Al Nolen and a small line-up, the Gophers blew open a close game to beat Iowa 63-50. Nolen, who recently had been spending more time on the bench than on the court, energized Minnesota in the second half by playing his typical outstanding defense and adding a much improved offensive game. During an 18-5 run that allowed the Gophers to expand a three point lead to the game ending 13 point win,…

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Abu-Shamala and Tollackson dominate Northwestern

Talk about drastic changes, I certainly didn’t expect that to be the headline. Led by recently under-achieving players and a new starting line-up, Minnesota beat the Wildcats in energetic and high scoring fashion. If only anyone would have been able to see it. The Evanston, Illinois area was pounded by a blizzard throughout the game which apparently interfered with the satellite signal, and  even the few hearty souls who still care about Northwestern basketball generally avoided the snowy and icy mess outside. Don’t believe me?…

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Gophers blown out by Badgers, but they don’t seem to care

If a picture is worth a thousand words, from a Gopher fans perspective, all the words to describe Sunday’s embarrassing home loss would be negative. On a weekend that will go down in history in ways large and small because teams and individuals, against all odds, took it to their supposedly superior opponents, the Minnesota Gophers were not only beaten badly by their arch rivals, but in the process they appeared to not even care if they won. Along with the 15,000 or so fans…

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Buckeyes blowout Gophers twice

For 24 of the 40 minutes, Minnesota out played the Ohio State Buckeyes. They attacked the zone, found the open man, made easy shots, and forced the Buckeyes to live up to their turnover prone potential. Unfortunately, during the first and last eight minutes of the game, the Gophers caught Monsonitis so badly that 5th graders across the state were screaming at the Gophers to move the ball and attack the basket. Ohio State jumped out to a 19-3 lead, eventually cut to 3, and…

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Nolen-less Gophers look lost in loss to Spartans

Al Nolen missed Sunday afternoon’s game against Michigan State, and the Gophers missed his steady ball handling, defense, and ability to distribute the ball particularly in the half court offense, as Minnesota lost 78-73. At first glance, the final score could indicate that Sunday was another, albeit frustrating, sign that the Gophers barely missed another opportunity to knock off one of the Big Ten’s elite teams. However, despite the close margin on the scoreboard, the game was never in doubt. If I hadn’t seen the…

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Coaches have their work cut out for them as Gophers take on the Spartans

Its a good things that Minnesota and Michigan State each have one of the elite coaches in the country, because both teams are in need of a pep talk. Tubby Smith will need to tell the Gophers to focus on how close they came to beating the two best teams they have faced this season, while somehow erasing memories of clanking three pointers and free throws. Tom Izzo will need to convince the Spartans that the Breslin Center isn’t a mystical place where the Spartans…

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Dan Coleman listened to Tubby, and in the process, found his own voice

I don’t know what Hillary Clinton meant, but it was a good line, and Dan Coleman had a great game. Leading the Gophers to a 19 point win over Northwestern, Dan Coleman scored 19 points and collected 14 rebounds, and for at least one night, seemed to scratch the surface of what he can be capable of. Taking the ball aggressively to the basket and flying in for rebounds on both ends of the court, he looked nothing like the foul prone forward who disappeared,…

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