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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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1 day 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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3 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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3 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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4 days ago  |  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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5 days ago  |  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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7 days ago  |  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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8 days ago  |  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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9 days ago  |  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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9 days ago  |  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...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Gophers rip Minnesota-Duluth in not-secret exhibition

The not-secret portion of Minnesota’s preseason schedule kicked off Thursday night against Minnesota-Duluth. Usually reserved as a hockey rivalry, the Bulldogs probably wished the game was held on ice, as it would have mitigated the talent gap between the two teams. While the Gophers have had close calls with D-II teams in the past,  UMD was no match, falling easily 95-68. Five...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Gophers will be short-handed in last chance tune-up.

There is a non-hockey game between the Golden Gophers and Minnesota-Duluth on Thursday. The exhibition game, which tips off at 7 pm at The Barn, will be the last and only chance to see the Gophers play against a team other than themselves before the season starts.
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Gophers fall to Iowa State in secret scrimmage

Technically it didn’t happen, because scores, stats and individual performances are barred from being reported per NCAA rules, but indications are the Gophers lost 103-78 in Ames in Sunday’s secret scrimmage. Secret scrimmages aren’t anything new as they’ve been around since the early 70s. But it’s been quite a while since the Gophers actually partook in one, so it feels...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

What to watch at Sunday’s open scrimmage.

Basketball season gets closer and closer and Sunday afternoon (doors open at 3:30 at The Barn) will be the first chance for many to see the 2014-2015 Golden Gophers. Rather than the time-wasting and excruciating "contests" of the various incarnations of the Tubby Tip-offs, like last year we should be treated to a scrimmage that actually resembles basketball. While we probably...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

The front court closers, and not the starters, will determine Minnesota’s success

One must forgive the media and message board posters for being, in the words of Richard Pitino, "obsessed about starting line-ups." A lot of ink and pixels can be used when described by arguing who should start and come off the bench. There is also the matter of fancy graphics packages on television and pre-game introductions (of which "I AM... OTO OSENIEKS" was...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Temper your expectations, even if Bakary Konate is ahead of Gorgui Dieng.

Bakary Konate is an international man of mystery. On Tuesday, we finally found out how to pronounce his last name (like a coconut, without the first "co") but we still don't know what position he will play, how much he will play, and just how good he can be. We do know that he has been and will continue to be compared to Gorgui Dieng of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Both...
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October 22, 2014  |  Discuss

5 burning questions heading into the season

A new season means excitement, anticipation and, most of all, uncertainly. Richard Pitino builds on a successful inaugural season as Minnesota’s head coach, with plenty of weapons to help extend the momentum an NIT championship. Things appear to be on the upswing, but with the notable loss of Austin Hollins, a Jekyll and Hyde routine from Elliott Eliason last year, and a ton of...
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October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Deandre Mathieu can shoot. Now he needs to act like it.

The success of junior college players at the Division I level is notoriously random. Devron Bostick, touted by some of as the best junior college player in the country before joining the Golden Gophers a few years ago, barely cracked Tubby Smith's rotation. Andre Ingram, who was recruited as an emergency fill-in, unexpectedly was a valuable back-up during his two seasons with...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Healthy again, Andre Hollins should bounce back.

The Golden Gophers will go as far as Andre Hollins can carry them this season, and Hollins will go as far as his ankles let him. The combo-guard has a good chance to become the Gophers' all-time leading scorer, despite being healthy for only one complete season, his sophomore year. That season he scored 41 points in a game, was named third team All-Big Ten, and helped his team...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

A comprehensive look at the 2015 class

{{unknown}}I’ll admit, I’m still getting used to the ruthless efficiency Richard Pitino is showing in all things basketball. It’s actually incredibly disorienting to have someone in charge who’s not only resourceful, but also great at what they do. Like, no one before him thought to turn the Bierman Complex basketball court into a makeshift practice facility? But perhaps...
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October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Six things that need to happen at The Barn (but probably won’t).

It is getting perilously close to the start of the Golden Gophers basketball season. Practice starts tomorrow. The first game isn't much more than a month away. It might snow a bit this weekend. Things are getting real, as kids once said. Here is a wishlist for the upcoming season, with items both reasonable and unrealistic.
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October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Recruiting is succession planning

I really don't like recruiting. I'd rather pretend that basketball players grow on trees, or are delivered by storks, who may or may not be sponsored by shoe companies. Trying to divine the thoughts of ever fickle teenagers, or translating YouTube videos into future on court performance doesn't exactly lend itself to the analysis we try to provide here. Luckily, we don...
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September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Richard Pitino isn’t recruiting like one of us.

In the last couple of weeks, while the summer slowly drifted away, Richard Pitino secured two more commitments to the Golden Gophers, giving the team a top 25 recruiting class. Both players, guard Dupree McBrayer and center Jonathan Nwankwo, have ties to the New York City area. Kevin Dorsey, who committed earlier this summer, is from Maryland. There won't be any new faces with...
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September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Diediehou denied admission, might join the Gophers in January.

Last night we learned that Gaston Diedhiou was not admitted to the University of Minnesota for the fall semester, and therefore, won't be joining the team this fall. Orginally from Mali, and currently living in Spain, the Gopher power forward recruit did not demonstrate sufficient English proficiency to be admitted to the university. The plan, as it stands, is for him to complete...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

The 2014-2015 Gopher basketball season, as it (probably) happened.

The Golden Gophers tip off their 2014-2015 basketball season is just over three months. Summer will fade into fall as anticipation, and some guarded optimism, builds. But why wait until November, or until March, when you can know what happened now.
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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