Two new players should get plenty of chances when the Gophers play Seattle.

Over the last several seasons, it wasn't truly basketball season until the Golden Gophers unexpectedly lost a player to injury, transfer, or worse. This season, the unexpected departure was matched with two mid-season additions, as Gaston Diedhiou was finally admitted to the University of Minnesota, and Mike Lukashewich joined the team as a walk-on guard. Both might be nothing more...
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Josh Martin, we hardly knew ye

What was your favorite Josh Martin moment? Was it his season high 15 minutes against Franklin Pierce? Maybe it was the lone three-pointer he missed against Western Kentucky. The two blocks against St. John’s? Are these even ringing a bell? On Monday, without the courtesy to even tell his teammates that he was on his way out, Josh Martin made the heavy decision to call it quits...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Gophers flatten North Dakota, face Southern before finals.

There is an old adage in basketball that when two teams play the same way, the more talented team always wins. North Dakota tried to run with the Gophers on Monday night, and they couldn't keep up. The Gophers forced turnovers on 34% of the unnamed team's possessions, shot 64% on two pointers, 50% of three pointers, had only 12 turnovers themselves, and won 92-56. It was as close...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Gophers hope for more boring basketball against North Dakota

The Golden Gophers gauntlet of guarantee games continues on Monday night, when a nameless team from Grand Forks comes to town.The "guarantee" of the guarantee games does not refer to the outcome of the game, but to the amount of money earned by the team that is supposed to lose. Every once in awhile, the team that is supposed to lose doesn't get it right, and wins. Saturday was...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Gophers pull away down the stretch in 20-point win over Western Carolina

The Gophers won what was probably one of the closest 20-point victories you’ll ever see against the Western Carolina Catamounts Friday night, 84-64. Up by only one point at halftime, the Gophers had trouble getting into a flow on offense and fell victim to Western Carolina’s hot shooting, led largely by James Sinclair, who seemingly couldn’t miss. Further, the Gophers lacked...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

What to watch while the Gophers are winning.

The competitive portion of the non-conference Golden Gopher basketball season is over. The Gophers have four weeks and six games to prepare themselves for the Big Ten season. Thanks to wins over Georgia and Wake Forest, the Gophers should still have a reasonable chance to make the NCAA tournament with a 9-9 or 10-8 conference record, if they can improve enough to do so. The next...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

52-point second half keys true road win for Gophers

For the first 20 minutes of Minnesota’s portion of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge it looked like the same under-achieving team that had somehow become the new normal was once again taking the floor. With faulty ballhandling and an inability to maintain momentum, the Gophers looked just as lost in the half-court offense as they had in both games out in New York City. But behind a raucous...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Gophers can pick up a road win at Wake Forest if they don’t beat themselves first.

Anyone who followed the end of the Tubby Smith era and the mercifully short coaching search, no matter which candidate they were backing or their feelings about Tubby, could agree on one thing. At least we aren't Wake Forest.
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

So far, Gophers’ offense and defense are heading in opposite directions.

New York City ended up being a neutral experience for the Gophers. They didn't when any marquee games, but they didn't lose both games either. After a second half meltdown against St. John's, and another against Georgia, the results could have been much worse. Minnesota is a bubble team seemingly every year, and so far, this season looks no different. This year though, the script...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Gophers face Georgia, hoping to salvage something from their trip to New York.

We may never know what caused Wednesday's second half meltdown, and it would be best if we never did. It could have been the first road game, choking under pressure, growing pains for a team still integrating four new players, or maybe the distraction from Daquain McNeil's arrest and suspension caught up. Maybe it was all of those at once. Hopefully it was at least one of those,...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitiful second half dooms Gophers in NIT Tip-Off

Things were looking pretty rosy for the Gophers at halftime against St. John’s. They had just cruised to a 40-31 lead behind some nifty passing and a performance by Nate Mason that is short-listed for “Half of the Year” so far. And with the Red Storm struggling to put together any sort of organized rebuttal, it looked like a sure victory for Minnesota if they could just continue...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Gophers hope to overcome off-court distractions, St. John’s, at Madison Square Garden.

Sports, for better or worse, can be a distraction from the perils of the world. The N.I.T. tournament in New York City was supposed to be that for Gopher basketball fans, and perhaps it can still be. However, the arrest of Daquein McNeil on suspicion of domestic abuse has distracted from that distraction. Zips wrote about the basketball impact earlier today. The non-basketball impact...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Daquien McNeil suspended, now what happens?

Details of the story are still coming together, but the University of Minnesota announced today that sophomore guard Daquien McNeil has been suspended from the team pending investigation after having been arrested for domestic assault. It’s sad news about a kid who looked to be on the path to redemption after suffering through a pretty rotten situation before finding Richard Pitino...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Some answers, new questions for the Gophers after first four games

Settling on assumptions only four games into the season is a dangerous game to play. With the ebb and flow of teams, in-season player growth and the evolution of a team’s identity, the November Golden Gophers will assuredly look different than the March version. That said, it’s four games in and we’re already starting to see some patterns, which can answer some initial questions...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Possession problems may be solved, but the Gophers are shooting themselves in the foot with poor shot selection.

There is more than one way to win a basketball game, and the more ways a team can, the more they will win. So far in this still very young college basketball season, the Gophers have shown the potential to win in diverse ways.
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Blow outs are boring, but they can be valuable too.

There won't be much exciting basketball at Williams arena during the non-conference season if everything goes as planned. The Gophers won't score 109 points every night, like they did on Thursday against Franklin Pierce, but they will likely win every game, and by a lot points. Bad opponents don't always lead to blowouts. There have been plenty of horrible teams to who have played...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

The Gophers might play Tubby Smith next season.

The early season college basketball tournaments tip-off this week, which means we find out who play in many of those tournaments next season. The Gophers will play in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, and so will Texas Tech.
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

From The Barn on the Gopher Sports podcast.

We'll be forgoing the typical preview for tomorrow night's game for something a bit different. The Gophers play a Division II team, in a game that will be ignored by 99% of the college basketball universe, and 100% of the NCAA tournament Selection Committee. I just can't bring myself to research a bad president (arguably Franklin Pierce's signing of the Kansas-Nebraska Act and enforcing...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Gophers roll Western Kentucky in home opener

Four days after being punished by Louisville in an airport hangar on national TV, the Gophers were back in Williams Arena for their season home opener, facing Western Kentucky in what was officially the opening round of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Unlike the hangar slop fest, the Gophers were much more in control and confident. And behind a strong all-around performance by Deandre Mathieu...
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November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Hilltoppers should be the Gophers toughest home non-conference test

Back on the mainland, back in basketball arena, back in The Barn, the Gopher basketball team is back home with a winnable game to open the home season on Tuesday night. Minnesota will still play a team from Kentucky, specifically Western Kentucky University, though the Hilltoppers have little in common with Louisville.
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November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Beyond the box score: Gophers vs. Louisville

The Golden Gophers finally played their much-hyped game against the much better Cardinals, and the result was much of what we expected. Louisville dominated on both ends of the floor, and it was a bit of a minor miracle that the Gophers kept the game relatively close. After the first day of the season, Louisville, at least according to Ken Pomeroy's statistical models, is the...
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November 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers rocky in Puerto Rican season opener

We’d read about it for days, feared the worst, hoped for the best and tried to close our eyes and pretend like it didn’t exist. No, it wasn’t the Pitino vs. Pitino narrative jammed down our throats by ESPN but, rather, Montrezl Harrell the monster, who bullied the Gophers all night and came even better than advertised in an 81-68 season opening win for Louisville in the Armed...
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November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers will have their hands full with Harrell, Louisville.

Once upon a time the only drama surrounding the first game of the Golden Gophers basketball season was whether their opponent could keep the game interesting until half time. It wasn't that the Gophers were good, it was that their opponents were pretty bad. Ken Pomeroy has been ranking teams using his advanced statistical methods since the start of the 2001-2002 season, and only...
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November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

6 things I’m watching for when the Gophers face Louisville

So it begins. We’ve seen one live exhibition and one intra-squad scrimmage, and heard from second and third-hand sources about another. What do we know about this year’s Gopher team? Well, not much. Andre Hollins is healthy, I guess. That’s about all we know. And that’s why the season opening game against Louisville is so simultaneously frightening and exciting. The Gophers...
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November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Richard Pitino is the Gophers’ shortcut to the spotlight.

Hiring Richard Pitino was a short cut, and the Gopher basketball team is gaining national notoriety, even if they haven't earned it yet. College basketball is all about events these days. It isn't nearly enough to play a marquee opponent in the non-conference season. That games must be played in a location unaccustomed to basketball. These made for TV events feature some of the...
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November 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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