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Let’s wrap the 2013-14 season

I guess I’ll start at the end. The Gophers are the 2014 NIT champions. The best of the second-best. The champion of the bubble teams. Conquerors of the consolation. All that. While it might not sound all that impressive only a year after being ranked as high as #8 in the nation and getting into the second round of the NCAA Tournament, think of the context. Exactly one year ago...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Four reasons why the NIT championship mattered.*

I had planned to write about the reasons why the Golden Gophers N.I.T. championship mattered. I do think it matters and I'll still write about why, but context matters too. The game of college basketball isn't nearly as important as the lives of the people who are touched by the game we love. The twitterati, along with fans of teams that were able to participate in the NCAA...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Former giants, tiny guards, and coaches of all ages.

Richard Pitino will coach in his first non-conference tournament championship game of his career on Thursday night. The coach on the other bench is no stranger to championship basketball. Richard Pitino was five years old when Brown won the national title in 1988, 22 when Brown won his first NBA title with the Pistons. At age 31, Pitino hopes to give the 73 year old Brown his first...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Gophers find themselves in another NIT championship

In a game that felt like it would never end, and with a clown car of announcers and color commentators talking about anything other than the game in front of them, the Gophers overcame a back-breaking end of regulation to rebound and take care of Florida State in OT in the NIT semifinals, 67-64. With […]
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

The Education of Richard Pitino: foul trouble, late game fouling, and fouling up three.

That was something, huh? Zips, if and when he wakes up from last night's mind-numbing, never-ending Gophers win(?) will be back with his typically excellent game review, and I'll be back later tonight with a preview of the NIT championship (!?) game. I have a few minutes to kill right now, just enough time to discuss some of the coaching situations that arose in the last...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

King and Walker must play big to stop the still massive Seminoles.

For the second time in three seasons, the Gophers will play in the N.I.T. semi-finals in New York City. Their opponent, the Florida State Seminoles, failed to make the NCAA tournament in large part because of their loss back in December to the Golden Gophers in the Big Ten - ACC Challenge. The Gophers will be out for revenge too, in a bit more convoluted way. Their once "good...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Why I’m stoked about an NIT Final Four run

It’s been a weird season so far for the Gophers. Uncertain expectations before the season, followed by initial excitement, followed by actual excitement, followed by February frustration, followed by hope, followed by disappointment, and finally followed by rejuvenation and inspiration. Inspiration? Let me back up a second. Many pundits before the season picked the Gophers […]
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Gophers face Southern Mississippi for a trip to New York and to extend the season.

The home careers of Austin Hollins, Maverick Ahanmisi, and Malik Smith will come to an end Tuesday night against Southern Mississippi. Unlike senior day, when the finality was hopeful, this will really be the end, win or loss. If the Gophers win, they'll head to the N.I.T. Final Four for the second time in three seasons, and will earn the trip to New York City on their home floor...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Gophers overcome slow start to down St. Mary’s

To say the first seven minutes of Minnesota’s 2nd round NIT tilt against the St. Mary’s Gaels was ugly would be a huge understatement. “Atrocious” is probably about halfway there, and so is “hideous.” Is there even a word for racking up six turnovers and spotting your opponent a 14-0 lead before even coming close […]
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Having confirmed that they care, the Golden Gophers face the Gaels next in the NIT.

No one wants to play in the N.I.T. but some teams don't want to play more than others. The first round of this tournament, more than deciding which teams are good at basketball, decides which teams care about playing more basketball. It took the Golden Gophers about 30 minutes to decide they didn't want their season to end against High Point. Minnesota, despite some sleep...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Curating the NCAA tournament: Day Two

What a day huh? Four overtimes, a slew of upsets, and as I am writing this, there are still four more games to go. Because of all the overtimes, staggered start-times couldn't keep games from ending at the same time, and it was beautiful chaos. Let's hope for some more of that on Friday.
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Curating the NCAA Tournament: Day One.

Once upon a time, before we had to remember how to find TruTv or learn of the existence of Lizard Lick Towing, every NCAA tournament game was on CBS. The scheduling types did their best to show games that would interest the audience, usually using geography as their guiding criteria. This meant that Big Ten games were usually on WCCO in Minneapolis, but it also meant that it was...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers trip up High Point in NIT opener

It wasn’t the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but on snowy night at Williams Arena in mid-March, postseason basketball was on full display. In front of a sparse home crowd that was either missing because of weather, spring break or general lack of interest, the Gophers leveraged a career night from Maverick Ahanmisi and […]
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers left out of the real tournament, are #1 seed in the NIT.

After the Gophers beat Penn State in the first round of Big Ten Tournament, without a win against Wisconsin, they were essentially a coin flip away from making the NCAA tournament. They lost the coin flip to NC State, and instead are a number one seed in the NIT. Minnesota will play Tubby Smith's alma mater High Point on Tuesday at 7:15 pm at The Barn. If they win that game,...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

After B1G Tournament split, Gophers play the waiting game

In hindsight, Minnesota’s Big Ten Tournament performance is about what we’d expect. They beat a pretty terrible Penn State team and lost to a pretty good Wisconsin team (though, I guess it was more of a beatdown, but I digress). What does that mean? Basically the status quo. The Gophers didn’t really improve their tournament […]
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Perched on the Bubble, the Gophers have a reasonable path to the NCAA tournament.

It feels like the Golden Gophers have been playing must-win games for weeks. Their bubble predicament hasn't quite been that severe, since they still have a chance to make the tournament despite several losses in the last few weeks, but it has been close. Wins over Indiana, Northwestern, Iowa, and Penn State were obviously must-wins, and would have been season killers if they...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers save tournament hopes in season finale

The narrative all season, at least during conference play, was that the Gophers were a Jekyll and Hyde. They could play with the best in the conference but also had a frightening tendency to play down to teams they were clearly superior than. Naturally, with the Penn State Nittany Lions coming to town for the […]
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March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Senior Day 2014

The home careers of Austin Hollins, Maverick Ahanmisi, Oto Osenieks, and Malik Smith will (hopefully) come to an end on Sunday afternoon, as the Golden Gophers celebrate senior day, and hopefully inch one step closer to a return to the NCAA tournament. The basketball game is self-evidently big, and if the Gophers do want to return to the tournament, they need to win. After thirty...
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March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Oto Osenieks is retiring.

The University of Minnesota announced today that Oto Osenieks will be honored as part of senior day festivities on Sunday afternoon, and that his playing career with the Golden Gophers. The red-shirt junior forward hasn't played in the last two games due to a knee injury that sounds degenerative in nature. There is a silver lining though. According to the announcement from the...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota’s madness begins at Michigan.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers survived February, their cruelest month, and now head to Michigan to start the month of madness. Despite the encouraging in over Iowa earlier this week, Minnesota is still firmly on the NCAA tournament bubble. Michigan, who long ago secured their spot in the NCAA tournament, continues to battle Michigan State for the conference title.
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March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Backs against the wall, Gophers score huge win over Iowa

With the narrative firmly in place, the Gophers entered Tuesday night’s game against #20 Iowa in a precarious position: win and put themselves in position to score an NCAA Tournament bid or lose and abandon basically all hope of waltzing into the postseason. And for a team that has basically played up or down to […]
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February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Balance and decision-making will decide Gophers’ fate.

Life on the bubble, and particularly life on the bubble in the Big Ten, is full of second, third, and fourth chances. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have yet another opportunity to save their season on Tuesday night when the Iowa Hawkeyes come to town for a nationally televised game. A rivalry that seemed to be on the verge of death a few years ago is once again alive and well. The...
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February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Poor defense, worse shot selection dooms the Gophers at Ohio State.

The Golden Gophers got off a great start at Ohio State on Saturday, but much like the second half of the Big Ten season, the second half of the game steadily spun out of control, as the Gophers lost 64-46. A loss wasn't particularly surprising, and neither was the 18 point margin, but the way the loss occurred has to be particularly frustrating.
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February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers have their best (but still small) chance to save their season against the Buckeyes

Everyone talks about the NCAA tournament bubble this time of year, but a better metaphor is probably a cliff. After losing a very winnable game against last place Illinois, the Golden Gophers are perched three short steps from the precipice. With each regular season loss, they get a step closer, and at step number three, they go over the edge, crashing into the NIT. A path to the...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers no longer in the driver’s seat after abysmal loss

Yes, abysmal. That’s just about the only way you can describe last night’s game. The one where the Gophers managed 49 points against bottom-dwelling Illinois. At home. In a game that would have put them one win away from an NCAA Tournament bid. But, hey, that’s Gopher basketball. If you’re not used to it by […]
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss
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