More Minnesota Golden Gophers and Nebrasketball Bubble talk


That time of year again:

Minnesota Golden Gophers NCAA Tournament bubble article/column/blog/post/analysis/meta-analysis. The Golden Gophers “will they or won’t they?” bit always comes up during the Big Ten Tournament lately. And we’ll update again when they’re done in Indianapolis. The Golden Gophers, with an RPI of 49 are one of two bubble teams in the Big Ten. Nebraska is the other, and we’ll touch on them briefly at the end. I like Nebrasketball but the internet does not. Interest in the program is to low for me to devote an entire post to them.

But first, let’s get to feeling Minnesota.

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2014 NCAA Tournament Bracketology “what ifs”


Selection Sunday is six days away. For college basketball nuts, you can’t spend more than 18.3 seconds on the internet without looking at someone’s bracketology (speaking of which, check out The Sports Bank’s latest bracketology.) Unless you’re one of the gifted who can think in terms of brackets, regions and at-large bids, the bracketology is only a tool for a snapshot of the current state. Those fancy looking graphics don’t take into consideration the scenarios of an early exit in the conference tournament, a miracle run to the conference tournament championship game, or even the dreaded out of the tournament team stealing the automatic bid.

The Sports Bank’s David Kay and Peter Christian have you covered. Peter is going to pose some poignant “What Ifs” to world renowned bracketologist David who will explain the repercussions of that “what if.”

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Richard Pitino: “Twitter is Anti-Team,” “I don’t like it one bit”

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I asked University of Minnesota Golden Gophers Coach Richard Pitino about the top trending topic in college basketball this week- that would be Twitter. Quite a few big name college hoops coaches publicly discussed social media and the adverse effect it’s having on their programs and players. Following the Golden Gophers 54-48 win at Northwestern, Richard Pitino gave a very colorful and insightful answer to my question.

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Gophers Andre Hollins has awesome nameplate, NBA potential


I LOVE that the jersey of Andre Hollins says “Dre Hollins” on the back. He needs to stay and earn his Doctorate at the University of Minnesota so it can later say: “Dr. Dre Hollins.” In addition to the best nameplate in all of college basketball, not in all of sports, that honor belongs to the NHL’s Miroslav Satan, Andre Hollins also has a fair amount of NBA Draft stock.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft (2/6/14)

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Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely premature 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account.  Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft.

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2014 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (2/5/14)

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Here is the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account with this second round.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

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GIF: female Golden Gophers fans sending dumbest selfies ever

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Want to take a really attractive woman and make her annoying and blah, in just one easy step?

Make her do “duck lips.” Or “concerned face!”

Or whatever dumb, stupid faces these Minnesota Golden Gophers girls are doing at the game last night. The Big Ten Network cameras caught this gaggle of giggling girls at The Barn taking some selfies, and making us hate the word “selfie” and potentially hate social media too. “Blue steel” the Golden Gophers fans are not. They’re not Hansel, “he’s so hot right now.”

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Big Ten basketball postseason projections 1-6-14


Note: projections will not include my predictions for the Big Ten basketball tournament, nor any March Madness predictions.

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2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge Preview and Predictions

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The two-day Big Ten/ACC Challenge tips off Tuesday evening. With Syracuse, Pitt, and Notre Dame joining the ACC, that conference is trying to stake its claim as the best in the country. Last year, the challenge finished in a 6-6 tie but here are my predictions for the 2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

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2013 Maui Invitational Preview and Predictions

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Forget about Thanksgiving, it is college basketball’s Feast Week! The usual headliner of the week is the Maui Invitational which tips off Monday afternoon and features Top 25 teams Syracuse, Gonzaga, and Baylor. It should be a competitive tournament as all seven Division One teams in the field have yet to lose a game this season. Here are my preview and predictions for the 2013 Maui Invitational.

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#19 Wisconsin Badgers vs. #25 Minnesota: brutally honest preview

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If someone told you that the Wisconsin Badgers and Minnesota Gophers would face off with matching 8-2 records and both be ranked in the BCS Standings, you probably would have slapped them and told them to go back to the one of the 10,000 lakes that they may be from.

All joking aside, the #19 Badgers and #25 Gophers are two of the hottest teams in college football right now and the 2013 Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe has huge implications on the bowl outlook for the Big Ten.

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Big Ten Basketball Season Preview


Big Ten basketball season cannot get here fast enough. Especially for someone like me, who covers two college football teams, Northwestern and Illinois who are #10 and #11 in everybody’s conference power rankings. Then again college basketball season is always something that never gets here soon enough for me. I prefer college hoops over college football.

The two times I went on spring break in college I don’t recall anything about the partying I did in Cancun or Key West, but I can tell you the exact score of the 2001 Michigan State versus Penn State Big Ten Tournament game. I don’t remember the names of any of the girls I hooked up with on spring break, whether they were hot or ugly or mediocre. Or even if they were any good in bed. They probably were as refined and classy as the lovely young ladt pictured above I’m sure. But I vividly remember the Maryland vs Duke ACC Quarterfinal game that went into double-overtime.

The point is, even paying hundreds of dollars to go escape the winter chill and enjoy the alcohol and sunshine; I was still more into watching college basketball.

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