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Blogging the Bracket

Over at Blogging the Bracket we see the Gophers matched up with Marquette .... in the NIT. We're a 6 seed. Marquette is a 3. Ouch.

What Could Have Been


From the PiPress, Damian Johnson demonstrates just how high the expectations were for this basketball team. Makes me feel for Damian. He's a senior I think all Minnesota fans have enjoyed watching and he had a chance this year to get to a bigger stage. And then it all collapsed .... On how different the season would be if the team had Al Nolen, Royce White and Trevor Mbakwe: "It's very different. We weren't expecting people to get suspended. We weren't expecting to lose our point guard (Nolen), who has been here as a leader on the court. I was expecting us to be 20-something and 0 right now. I wasn't expecting to lose as many games as we did. I knew we had a chance to lose to some good teams. It's hard to go undefeated in college basketball. I thought it was a possibility (to be undefeated). I thought if we had the team we were supposed to have, we could be in the top 10 right now. We had two players who were very good post players in Trevor and Royce, and we had Al, who knows how to run the show. He could dish around to all kinds of different people. We'd have more playmakers than we have now. I think it's real rough that we lost those guys. We just have to fight through it from now on out." On believing the Gophers already would have an NCAA bid locked up if Nolen, White and Mbakwe were playing: "I feel we'd be locking in on a one or two seed right now. We'd be an upper-echelon team in the country. There are not too many people who can rebound and defend like Trevor. Royce can score. He's also a rebounding and post presence. We would be a matchup problem for a lot of teams."

Clutch Westbrook Lifts U

Minnesota senior Lawrence Westbrook, who was mildly called out by Damian Johnson and Tubby Smith prior to Saturday's game at Penn State, lifted the Gophers to a 66-64 win with a buzzer-beating...

Tubby Smith Develops Players Like Dan Monson?


The link above is to a Reusse article, so take it with that caveat, but the heat does seem to be intensifying on Tubby Smith. Is it justified, in this case over player development?

Plenty of Blame to go Around in White Saga


Let's start with a hearty round of applause for City Attorney Susan Segal (Senator Amy Klobuchar's former deputy) for changing a young man's life because he, like millions of other students every...

Whipped in Columbus


The Gophers men's basketball team showed up in Columbus to compete Sunday afternoon in a nationally televised game on CBS for the first four minutes. For the remaining 36 minutes, the Gophers...

Gophers Hold Off Northwestern


Gophers Hold Off Northwestern

Gophers Lose Third Straight In Disappointing Fashion


This is quickly becoming a lost season for the Gophers men's basketball team. A team that came into the season nationally ranked and a darkhorse candidate to win the Big Ten, Tubby Smith's third...

Gophers Outworked by Hoosiers


First of all, the Indiana Hoosiers deserve a ton of credit. They were playing for little more than pride for the vast majority of the 45 minutes in Sunday's game in Bloomington, yet Tom Crean's...

Tubby's Gophers Dominate Iowa


The first 20 minutes Saturday in Iowa City might have been the best 20 minutes of Minnesota Golden Gophers basketball against Big Ten competition in the last decade. And since this was the first...

Ralph Sampson III Likely Out Today at Iowa


MInnesota's front line depth will be even worse than usual today because of RSIII's likely absence due to a sprained ankle he suffered Wednesday. PiPress link is above. I feel today's game at Iowa is going to be very close. We'll see if the Gophers can play small ball and win.

Suggested New Year's Resolutions for the Gophers Basketball Team

I hope everyone here has a tremendous new years eve and a healthy and prosperous 2010. And since our beloved rodents are surely preparing to face the Iowa Hawkeyes this weekend and are thus too...


Trouble in the Izzone? Lucas suspended?

Check this out. 

Westbrook Carries Gophers in Big Ten Opener

Thanks to a spirited performance by Lawrence Westbrook, the Gophers Tuesday night stymied a second half Penn State rally and took the Big Ten opener over the NIttany Lions 75-70. Westbrook...

Tubby's Gophers Lose Again


For the third straight game the Gophers were atrocious from the free throw line (7-15). For the third straight game the Gophers couldn't develop anything consistent in the half-court offense. For...

Post 76 Classic Thoughts


I know this was discussed in the Nugz below, but I had a few other thoughts that I took away from attending the 76 Classic in Anaheim. I think it's safe to say most Gophers fans left the tournament...

Defense Leads Gophers Over Utah Valley


One statistic sufficiently sums up why the Gophers defeated Utah Valley 76-51 at The Barn. Turnovers: UVU- 26, Minnesota-5. In a game that was probably closer than it should have been--but also...


Going to the 76 Classic

I'll be heading to Anaheim for the 76 Classic. I can't wait. Let me know if anyone here is attending and maybe we can enjoy a beer or two.

The Gray Era: If Not Now, When?


The Marqueis Gray era should begin Saturday against South Dakota State. There is no reason to prolong the Adam Weber experiment. In the post below GN cries out to give Weber more time. Weber's been...

Sometimes the Day Job Trumps Blogging


For many of the regulars here, you've probably noticed that my byline has been nowhere to be seen for the past month or two. During that time my life has been incredibly busy and taken a...

Golden Nugz for 6.3.09


I hope many of you will join me in telling U President Robert Bruininks that it is NOT OK to sell alcohol only to patrons at TCF Bank Stadium who pay enough to be in "premium seating" areas. The...

Golden Nugz for 5.29.09


I really hope it's an accident. As noted in a fanpost to the right and at Mike Hlas' site here, it appears the Gophers' 2009-10 football media guide omits Iowa's 55-0 shellacking of our beloved...

Saul Smith Weighing In On UK Issues


So Saul Smith is apprarently weighing in on Kentucky basketball. Well, weighing in before he had apparently deleted his comments on his Facebook page.  Here's UK blogger Jerry Tipton quoted at...

Golden Nugz for 5.26.09


As GN noted below, the Gophers drew Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Here's what UofM communication folks put out about the postseason berth. This NCAA Tournament bid is the...

What Should We Call TCF Bank Stadium?


Awhile back we had a contest to name our almost daily set of links to Gophers and other content of interest. You all did a good job coming up with Golden Nuggets, even if I preferred Rodent...

Golden Nugz for 5.13.09


I went by Maize and Brew last night and found some inspiration. This post called Players We Love to Watch, Even if They Aren't That Good focuses on Wolverine Zack Gibson. While I have no particular...

Golden Nuggets for 5.11.09


Many thanks to GN for keeping this site fresh the last couple weeks during my hiatus. And during my time away, the men's baseball team really picked up their play. This weekend against Michigan...

Golden Nugz for 4-29-09


Sweet, a law named after Tubby Smith. MInnesota state legislators are debating a so-called Tubby Smith Act. From the rag that still thinks it's print version is the key to surviving in a dying...

Champions! Tubby's Gophers Claim BOTL Title


Sparked by a 43-28 second half spurt, Tubby's Gophers win the simulated BOTL title over West Virginia. Blake Hoffarber, Ralph Sampson III and Lawrence Westbrook lead the way. And I'm starting to develop a fondness for simulated sports!

Golden Nugz for 4-21-09


This weekend marks the beginning of the upcoming football season in a couple ways. First, ESPN will overhype the NFL Draft. There will be watch parties, incessant blog coverage, talk radio chatter...

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