Tag Archives: Wisconsin Badgers
Posted on 12. Feb, 2014 by JF.
The Golden Gophers saved their season with a gut-wrenching 66-60 win over the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday. A win over the Badgers on Thursday night would inch the Gophers closer to something exceedingly rare, a stress-free Selection Sunday.
Posted on 23. Jan, 2014 by JF.
It only took ten seconds for Golden Gopher fans to have flashbacks to so many seasons lost to injuries, suspensions and unexpected departures. After knocking down the first shot of the game, on the first play of the game, Andre Hollins rolled his ankle, and would not return. Over the remaing 39:50, it was easy to forget that anything was missing, as Minnesota hammered the Wisconsin Badgers inside and out on the way to 81-68 victory.
Posted on 21. Jan, 2014 by JF.
Before every Big Ten game, we try to track down someone who knows a bit more than we can figure out from perusing statistics and box score. Andy from Madtown Badgers graciously agreed to answer a few questions prior to Richard Pitino’s first real rivalry game.
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 15. Feb, 2013 by zipsofakron.
In what was perhaps the biggest game of the season in terms of postseason implications, the Gophers fought tooth and nail against Wisconsin to notch an overtime victory that went down to the final seconds. After a solid start to the season, the Gophers ended a free fall that saw them fall out of the […]
Posted on 25. Jan, 2013 by JF.
Saturday’s match-up between the Golden Gophers and the Wisconsin Badgers will be billed as rivalry weekend; reeling weekend might be more accurate. The Gophers have lost three straight games and the Badgers are coming off two losses in a row. Both teams had visions of a top four conference finish dancing in their head, and thanks to these early stumbles, it feels like that opportunity could be slipping away.
Posted on 23. Oct, 2012 by JF.
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 […]
Posted on 18. Apr, 2012 by zipsofakron.
Good news was heard ’round Gopher Nation this week when Trevor Mbakwe officially announced via Twitter and a cool YouTube video that he would be returning for his tenth and final season at the college level. This, of course, means that Gophers should be taken extremely seriously next season, returning essentially every player they had this […]
Posted on 11. Feb, 2012 by zipsofakron.
The Gophers left a tremendous opportunity to bolster their NCAA at-large resume on the table Thursday night against Wisconsin and further solidify what was shaping up to be a decent argument to be one of the final teams selected in March. The Gophers, winners of five of their previous seven conference games, battled back from […]
Posted on 08. Feb, 2012 by JF.
On Thursday night the Gophers and Badgers renew their always heated rivalry, with a lot on the line. The Golden Gophers are one win away from reaching .500 in the Big Ten and a clear path to the NCAA tournament. With a win, the Badgers can climb right back into the thick of the Big Ten race, and all but lock up an NCAA tournament bid themselves. Throw in national television coverage, the very deserved hatred of Bo Ryan, and the first time in two seasons that the teams play each other twice, and needless to say, this is a big one.
Posted on 26. Dec, 2011 by JF.
It has become something of a running joke in college basketball circles that Bo Ryan could take a team of any 12 players to the NCAA tournament, and that team would lose to an inferior opponent when they get there. Deep NCAA tournament runs have been non-existent during the Bo Ryan era, but don’t doubt […]
Posted on 10. Mar, 2011 by JF.
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 […]
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 […]