Found December 30, 2012 on From The Barn:
While the nation balances precariously on the edge of the fiscal cliff, the Golden Gophers dive off another cliff on Monday afternoon against the Michigan State Spartans. While politicians in both parties at least superficially try to avoid the fiscal cliff, the conference cliff is unavoidable. While the fiscal cliff can be retroactively averted by [...]

Michigan State falls to Minnesota in conference opener

On Monday, the 18th ranked Michigan State Spartans traveled to take on the 9th ranked Minnesota Gophers in what would be each school’s B1G conference opener. The game was a hard fought, physical game throughout as both sides were absolutely playing their hearts out. In the first half, it was Minnesota who gained the upper hand first. When Michigan State junior guard Keith Appling...

Big Ten opening round-up sees Gophers gaining beleivers

We’ll be back later with our thoughts as soon as we convince ourselves that really happened. Gophers show resolve, fail to panic under stress The Gophers coaches spliced together video of Mike Tyson’s sledgehammer punches and showed the boxing clip right before the team took the court. The players understood the symbolism. ATB: Minnesota Tops [...]

Rube Roundtable

We’re on the cusp of starting the most important part of the season – a time in which the Gophers square off against conference foes night in and night out. With a stacked conference this year, games are sure to be a bloodbath and the Gophers will enjoy little to no reprieve when facing off [...]

Gophers look to prove themselves in Big Ten

The Minnesota Golden Gophers have been here before. They've steamrolled through cushy nonconference schedules to crack the AP Top 25 and raise some optimism for the season. Then the Big Ten comes along and roughs them up. This year, they say they're different. Well, they're about to find out. The 11th-ranked Gophers host No. 19 Michigan State in the Big Ten opener...

Gophers answer big questions with win over the Spartans and raise another.

After a thrilling come from behind victory over a traditional Big Ten powerhouse, the Golden Gophers answered several questions lingering from the non-conference season, and raised the biggest question of all. How good can this team be?

Gophers have something to prove in Big Ten

MINNEAPOLIS If anyone is champing at the bit for Big Ten play to start, it's Minnesota's Trevor Mbakwe. The Gophers senior forward missed the entire conference season last year after tearing his ACL in a game against Dayton last November. That means his last Big Ten game was on March 10, 2011 -- nearly two years ago. "Has it been that long?" Mbakwe said Saturday...

Minnesota Golden Gophers- #4 Big Ten college basketball power rankings

Minnesota Coach: Tubby Smith (5 seasons at Minnesota 103-68), Overall 490-213, 21 seasons 2011-12: Record 23-15 overall, 6-12 in Big Ten (9th) Starters Returning (4) Julian Welch, Austin Hollins, Trevor Mbakwe, Rodney Williams Preseason Tournament: Battle of Atlantis Top Non-Conference Games: at Florida State, at USC Transfer Out: Chip Armelin (Southern Mississippi) Sat Out: Trevor...

Minnesota lives up to new ranking vs. Spartans

MINNEAPOLIS There's something about the sound of being a top 10 team. For the Gophers men's basketball team, it's a sweet sound indeed. Minutes before Minnesota tipped off with Michigan State to start the Big Ten season, the new college basketball polls were released. In it, Minnesota moved up from No. 11 to No. 9 in the Associated Press poll, the first time the Gophers...

Gophers finish strong, beat Spartans

Andre Hollins had 22 points and six assists and Rodney Williams added 15 points and six rebounds to lift No. 9 Minnesota to a 76-63 victory over No. 18 Michigan State on Monday. Trevor Mbakwe had 11 points and 12 rebounds and the Golden Gophers (13-1, 1-0 Big Ten) shot 56.6 percent to open conference play with an emphatic victory over a team that has owned them for years. Keith...

Spartan Jump Shots, Golden Gopher Edition: Michigan State at Minnesota Preview

Starting off a brutal 2012 Big Ten slate is hard enough, but doing it on the road is even more difficult. Fortunately enough, the Michigan State Spartans have a five game winning streak going at Minnesota’s Williams Arena, giving them a tiny bit of phycological momentum which could come in handy against the Golden Gophers. They also enter hot and well rested, winner of a tough...
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