#23 Minnesota Golden Gophers: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

With Trevor Mbakwe returning from a torn ACL, Tubby Smith boasts his most talented roster since arriving at Minnesota.  Now the question becomes whether or not the Gophers can pull it all together and live up to their preseason Top 25 ranking.

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Kevin Love suffers mild concussion

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Minnesota sports suffer, yet another, serious injury to a superstar. According to sources, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love needed help leaving the floor Wednesday night against the Denver Nuggets after suffering a blow to the head by JaVale McGee and a mild concussion. I wouldn’t be surprised if Love is out for the rest of the season. [Read more…]

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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Indiana Hoosiers Starting to Feel Grind of Big Ten Slate

 

All in all, the Indiana Hoosiers still are in a greatly encouraging spot right now compared to where they’ve been at this point each of the last three seasons.

The resurgent Hoosiers, who have suffered through three years of aftermath of the Kelvin Sampson debacle, have finally found their way in this fourth year under coach Tom Crean, knocking off Nos. 1 and 2 teams (Kentucky and Ohio State, respectively) for the first time in program history en route to a 15-3 start and the team’s first appearance in the top-25 (and top-10) rankings for the first time since 2008.

It appears, though, the grind of the Big Ten schedule is starting to get to IU as the Hoosiers have dropped two straight conference contests — a completely lousy home loss to Minnesota last Thursday and a drubbing at Ohio State on Sunday.

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Realistic Expectations for the Golden Gophers

College basketball has something in common with high stakes poker. Both pastimes are a combination of skill and luck. Tubby Smith has been lacking in the latter since he began his tenure in Minneapolis. He has had to deal with health issues, an irrelevant football program, questionable decision-making by his players, and injuries. The one bright spot for fans and alumni is that he hasn’t forgotten the game since his more successful days with the most prominent program in the country: Kentucky.

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NBA Draft Stock Report (12/1/11)

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The NBA Draft Stock Report checks in on which players have made a name for themselves in the past week; either helping or hurting their future draft position.  These early pre-season tournaments give players great exposure matching up against marquee opponents on national television.  In this week’s addition,  a season ending injury hurts one players stock while a first round prospect ends up in Jim Calhoun‘s doghouse.

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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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Golden Gophers Trevor Mbakwe is NBA Ready

Conference play hasn’t yet begun for the Big Ten yet this season, but the Minnesota Golden Gophers are anxious to start play in a league where they are an afterthought. Wisconsin, Ohio State, Michigan State, and Michigan seem to be the consensus frontrunners for the top third of the league.

Minnesota played the DePaul Blue Demons in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on Thanksgiving in front of an announced crowd of slightly over three thousand.

The statisticians must have been counting all of the employees in the building in their tally. Nonetheless, Tubby Smith and crew fought through a double digit halftime deficit to pull out the victory 86-85 in a high scoring affair.

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#80 Minnesota Golden Gophers: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

Tubby Smith has to be on the hot seat, right?  In his four years as Minnesota head coach, the Golden Gophers have not finished with a winning Big Ten record or picked up a NCAA Tournament victory.  With a young roster and unproven backcourt, that trend will likely continue in 2011-2012.

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Big East, B1G Ten News: Purdue, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Penn State, Wisconsin

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Tim Abromaitis (Unionville, Conn.) is one of 22 collegian who has accepted an invitation from the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee to attend the 2011 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games training camp.

The training camp, which will be held from July 29-Aug. 7 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., will be used to select the 12-member team that will represent the USA at the 2011 World University Games men’s basketball competition Aug. 13-23 in Shenzhen, China.

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Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor to Try Out for USA Basketball


After a breakout season in 2010-11, the Wisconsin Badgers‘ starting point guard Jordan Taylor has been invited to try-out for the USA Basketball World University Games Team.

The training camp will take place from July 29th to August 7th in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) will be the venue where 12 members will be picked to represent their country in Shenzhen, China from August 13-23.

“I’m excited and honored to be invited to the USA basketball tryouts,” said Taylor. “As players, we all dream about representing our country and wearing the USA jersey. It should be a great opportunity to play with some of the best players in the country and hopefully I’ll get a chance to play against international competition.”
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Will Minnesota Gophers Trevor Mbakwe Leave For the NBA?


Minnesota Golden Gophers starting forward Trevor Mbakwe put together a more-than respectable season in his first year in the maroon and gold.

Mbakwe averaged a double-double with 13.7 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. His number of boards were good enough to make him the Big Ten rebounding champion and he earned Second-Team All Conference as well.

With NBA scouts in attendance to catch a glimpse of Purdue’s JuJuan Johnson and Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger in the Big Ten Tournament, did Mbakwe do enough against Northwestern to put his self on the radar of prospective pro teams?

By: Nick Grays

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