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The 2015 Gophers are bad. Now what?

It’s been a slow, painful burn to get this point. The Gophers, coming into the season with reasonable expectations of finding their way to the NCAA Tournament after cruising to an NIT championship, looked primed and ready to go following a solid, yet unspectacular non-conference slate. They didn’t look like world-beaters by any means, but they appeared capable of at least getting...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dear Gophers: Please convince us you’re not this bad

Two games ago I said it was now or never for the Gophers to save their season. And two opportunities to turn things around came and went in classic, gut-wrenching fashion. Now, at a ridiculous 0-5 in the conference, the Gophers host Rutgers, perhaps one of the three worst teams in the conference, as they search for their first real, adult conference win. Making the NCAA Tournament...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Gophers are at a crossroads in early January

It might not feel like it,  but we’re at a critical crossroads in the Gopher basketball season. The team currently sits at an ugly 0-3 in the conference, having let a major lead slip away to Purdue and failing to defend their home court against a beatable Ohio State team. After an impressive run over the latter half of its non-conference opponents, the Minnesota offense and veteran...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Gophers let a golden opportunity slip away at Purdue. Again.

On the road in the Big Ten, where there are limited opportunities to win, road teams must take advantage of opportunities within games to escape with a victory. Despite playing their best 30 minutes of basketball in West Lafayette in a decade, in the end, the Gophers let a rare road victory slip away.
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

After a 10 year drought, Gophers have a great chance to finally win at Purdue.

The Golden Gophers open Big Ten play in an enviable position. While other teams are already out of NCAA tournament consideration, or need to dramatically improve before the post-season, Minnesota simply has to win the games they are supposed to win. Unfortunately, winning games they are supposed to win, means winning at Purdue for the first time 2005. They had their best chance in...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

What you see during non-conference games is what you get during the Big Ten season.

The non-conference season is mercifully over, and Big Ten play is just around the corner. Every Big Ten team has 18 games to prove they belong in the NCAA tournament, and for a significant portion of the Big Ten, a chance to prove that strange losses against some bad teams were flukes. Fortunately for the Gophers, and unfortunately for some other teams, it turns out that what you...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Gophers offense unstoppable in non-con finale

For the first half of the first half, it was hard to tell if the Gophers had started an entirely new game against a different opponent or if they were simply continuing the struggle against Furman. Their new opponent, UNC-Wilmington looked like the Paladins, just in new uniforms. They couldn’t miss, even if they tried, and uncomfortably far into the game, were shooting 78% from...
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December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Non-conference finale is a chance for Gophers to forget Furman.

"Every so often you run into a buzzsaw, not getting chopped down is a good thing." That buzzsaw was Furman, and while the Golden Gophers nearly lost a limb or two, they won a close game that either foreshadows another poor defensive performance, or prepares the Gophers to overcome the adversity they will face later this season. UNC Wilmington, while not a particularly good team,...
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December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Rube Roundtable: The 2014 Edition

This time of year is a slow one in college basketball. Finals and holiday breaks abound, the constant rolling of weak non-conference opponents becomes tiresome (unless you’re Purdue), and people generally just want to fire up the real season; to see what their team is made of. The Gophers are in the middle of a stretch where they play only three games in 20 days. That’s a lot...
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December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers survive Paladin scare

On first blush, it looks like the Gophers outlasted a very beatable Furman Paladins team 86-76. Anyone who followed the game, however, knows it was much more of a nail-biter than that. At times, it even looked like Furman might end up stretching a late lead and send Minnesota packing on its own court. That certainly wouldn’t have been outside of the early-season narrative for the...
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December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

The Gophers are getting better, and so is their non-conference season.

Just a few weeks ago, the Golden Gophers lost to St. John's, after dominating the first three quarters of the game. The season looked over at that point. The Red Storm looked awful, and the Gophers looked worse. Flash forward to the present, and it is a whole new world. Ken Pomeroy's computers are spitting out an 11-7 Big Ten record, which would be a tie for third in the Big Ten...
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December 21, 2014  |  Discuss

An open letter to the Big Ten: How to survive a terrible basketball season.

I feel for Michigan these days. The whole state. It’s hard when one of the football teams and both basketball teams play poorly.The state of Michigan isn't alone, with Purdue, Indiana, Iowa, Northwestern, Rutgers, Nebraska, and probably others also suffering some strange defeats. We understand this in Minnesota. I use basketball as a coping mechanism to survive winter. But Minnesota...
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December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

After long break, Gophers roll Seattle U

Even in a 92-57 blowout, the score didn’t do anything justice, as the Gophers returned from a long finals break showing no rust and completely steamrolled the Redhawks from Seattle University. In fact, steamroll isn’t probably strong enough. The Gophers ran circles around Seattle, stealing the ball at will and getting out in transition better than they maybe ever have. There...
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December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

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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December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

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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December 11, 2014  |  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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December 09, 2014  |  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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December 07, 2014  |  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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December 06, 2014  |  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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December 04, 2014  |  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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December 02, 2014  |  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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December 01, 2014  |  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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November 30, 2014  |  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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November 27, 2014  |  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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November 27, 2014  |  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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November 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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