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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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6 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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7 days ago  |  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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8 days ago  |  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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9 days ago  |  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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14 days ago  |  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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24 days ago  |  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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27 days ago  |  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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29 days ago  |  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

Pitino lands point guard Kevin Dorsey, his first four star recruit.

This morning Kevin Dorsey, a 6'0" point guard out of Maryland, confirmed that he had verbally committed to join the Golden Gophers for the 2015-2016 basketball season. That season is nearly a year and a half away, giving the team two point guards of the present, and two of the future.
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July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Looking back: Shooting and shot distribution kept Gopher offense average

Despite a more aesthetically pleasing offense in Richard Pitino's first season, the Minnesota Gophers' offense was merely average during the 2013-2014 season, and slightly worse than Tubby Smith's final season. Last season, the best shooters didn't shoot enough. The post Looking back: Shooting and shot distribution kept Gopher offense average appeared first on From The Barn.
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Looking Back: The three Malik’s

Early in Malik Smith's oh so short Golden Gopher career, a curious debate briefly waged on Twitter. The question at the center of the debate was its own answer. "Why is Malik Smith here besides shooting?" The answer was that Malik Smith was on the team almost entirely because of his shooting, and really, that should have been good enough.
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May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

A look at the 2014-15 Gopher newcomers

Richard Pitino has brought a lot of attrition to the program, which, for a new coach, isn’t entirely surprising. But the amount of roster turnover during that past two seasons has been particularly hard to follow, with plenty of new recruits, transfers and other various reasons for players to come and go. A year ago we said goodbye to some seniors and welcomed a bevy of new faces...
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April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Bakary Konate commits, solidifies U’s relationship with Canarias Basketball Academy.

Before Dan McHale joined Richard Pitino's coaching staff, he was an assistant at Seton Hall. The Pirates were in a similar position to the Golden Gophers. They were a high- major program, but usually not the first choice for high-major recruits. Necessity being the mother of invention, the Pirates sought recruits in nontraditional places, especially the Canarias Basketball...
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April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

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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April 15, 2014  |  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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April 09, 2014  |  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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April 03, 2014  |  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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April 02, 2014  |  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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April 02, 2014  |  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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March 31, 2014  |  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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March 26, 2014  |  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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March 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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