Northwestern upsets #12 Gophers, in front of very poor student showing

 

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Every year Northwestern Wildcats basketball beats a couple ranked teams during the Big Ten slate. So whenever they play someone good at home you want to be there so you can see a big event, right? Like when the fans stormed the court after taking down a top ten Michigan State team last year. Well the “Wildside” student section doesn’t seem to think so. They hardly showed up at all two home games ago when NU lost even uglier than it sounds, 70-51 to the Iowa Hawkeyes. And they didn’t come out last night either.

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Gophers Trevor Mbakwe gets Evan Eschmeyer style 6th year in college

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The NBA hoop dreams of Minnesota Golden Gophers four Trevor Mbakwe will wait another year. And that’s a probably a good thing because it gives him a chance to answer scouts questions about his after the injury.

Mbakwe has been granted a sixth year of eligibility, putting the Marquette transfer within the same category as former Northwestern center Evan Eschmeyer. It seemed like Eschmeyer was in Evanston forever during the 1990s; it was in actuality six years. Mbakwe suffered an ACL tear to his right knee against Dayton in November and was lost for the remainder of the season. He underwent surgery on Dec. 30 to repair the knee.

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Golden Gophers Lose Trevor Mbakwe for Year; Torn ACL

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Thus far into the young college basketball season, prospects haven’t looked exceptional for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Tubby Smith‘s squad barely escaped versus Big East weakling DePaul over the holiday weekend, and plenty of holes in their game have been exposed.

Now this- losing their most talented player by far for the entire season. Senior forward Trevor Mbakwe suffered an ACL tear to his right knee. Surgery to repair the injury will be scheduled in the upcoming weeks.

Mbakwe, named to the Preseason All-Big Ten First Team and to the John R. Wooden award watch list, is currently leading the Gophers in scoring (14.0 ppg) and rebounding (9.1 rpg) through seven games.

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Blake Hoffarber Emerging as #13 Minnesota’s Main Scoring Weapon

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For the #13 Minnesota Golden Gophers, senior two guard Blake Hoffarber is going from “shooter” to “scorer.” And he has to, especially since their fourth leading scorer Devoe Joseph has now left the program.

After this significant defection, the Gophers should (if I may quote Dave Chappelle playing Prince in a basketball themed comedic sketch) “purify yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka.” As the 6-4 sharpshooter from Minnetonka is the team leader in scoring, assists and minutes this college basketball season.

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Midwest Swing: Big Ten Tournament Edition

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By Paul M. Banks

INDIANAPOLIS- It was easily the most exciting Big Ten Tournament in history. The first day brought us rumors about coaching changes. The second day we had (for the first time in history) all four games come down to the wire; including one in overtime. And on the third day, we saw the first OT game in tournament semi-finals history and the first multi-overtime game in Big Ten tournament history. And on the final day, the greatest individual performance in BTT history saved his best effort for last, solidifying his MVP status.

In addition to all the great basketball we watched, there were some fun ancillary experiences. Here are some of the best.

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BREAKING NEWS: ROYCE WHITE PRACTICES FOR GOPHERS

By Mike Gallagher

For the first time since Royce White’s shoplifting incident back in early November, Minnesota’s Mr. Basketball and the 17th ranked recruit in the nation was back on the court for the Golden Gophers, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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Michigan St-Minnesota was an Edgy, Gritty Affair

Jeff Ghiringhelli and Mike Gallagher discuss a very gritty, defensive Big Ten battle in which #7 Michigan State survived Minnesota’s upset bit 60-53.

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