Monday, January 31, 2011

Purdue Boilermakers Take It To Minnesota Gophers

JaJuan JohnsonThe Purdue Boilermakers broke open a close game in the 2nd half on their way to a 73-61 victory over the Minnesota Gophers. Af the half, Purdue held a 3 point lead over the Gophers. They opened it up to 15 points in the 2nd half and led by double digits the rest of the half. JaJuan Johnson scored 24 points for the Boilermakers. Trevor Mbwake had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota. Next up for the Minnesota Gophers is at the Indiana Hoosiers on Wednesday, February 2nd. Get your Minnesota Gopher basketball tickets with Ticket King!

Minnesota Gophers Split With UAA Seawolves

Aaron NessThe Minnesota Gophers split a weekened series with the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves over the weekend at Mariucci Arena. On Friday night, the Gophers were buzzing around the rink all night and defeated the Seawolves handily 5-1. There were 5 different scorers for the Gophers in the game. Unfortunately, the Gophers could not duplicate the success on Saturday night. Alaska Anchorage responded with a 1-0 victory. The decisive goal came early in the 3rd period. A sweep would have been nice.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Al Nolen Breaks Foot

Al NolenAl Nolen has broken his right foot, will require surgery, and reportedly will be out 4-6 weeks. It's a big blow to the #18 Minnesota Gophers as Al Nolen is a senior leader, controls the tempo at point guard, and plays solid defense. In his absence, Blake Hoffarber will move over to point guard and try to fill the gap while Al is out. The time table for Al to return is sometime in mid-March. Hopefully in time for the Big Ten Tournament and NCAA Tournament.

Minnesota Gophers Defeat Northwestern Wildcats

Minnesota Gophers - Northwestern WildcatsThe Minnesota Gophers defeated the Northwestern Wildcats 81-70 at Williams Arena on Wednesday night. Blake Hoffarber played point guard for the injured Al Nolen and scored 20 points. Trevor Mbwake had 18 points and 14 rebounds, Colton Iverson had 15 points, and Ralph Sampson III had 14 points. The Northwestern Wildcats had a 34-33 halftime lead but saw that disappear in the 2nd half. The Minnesota Gophers used their size and strength in this contest, starting Mbwake, Iverson, and Sampson against the Wildcats.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Is Pam Borton on the Hot Seat?

Pam BortonPam Borton is the coach of the Minnesota Gophers Girls Basketball Team. After a Final Four Appearance in 2004, the Minnesota Gophers are enduring some tough times recently. Borton has been the head coach since 2002. This season, the Minnesota Gophers are 8-11 and 0-6 in the Big Ten. The Minnesota Gophers team has fallen from the prestigious place it was after Lindsey Whalen and Janel McCarville led them to the 2004 Final Four. Hopefully Borton can get the team back on track. They have 2 nationally rated recruits coming to Minnesota next season.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Minnesota Gophers Climb To #15 in AP Poll

Tubby Smith, Minnesota Gophers Head Coach The Minnesota Gophers are #15 in the most recent AP Poll for College Basketball. At 14-4, the Minnesota Gophers are the highest ranked 4 loss team in the country. Big Ten foe Ohio State has moved up to #1 since the Duke Blue Devils lost to the Florida State Seminoles. Other Big Ten teams: #14 Purdue, #17 Michigan State, #18 Wisconsin, and #23 Illinois. The conference is as tough as ever this season.

Minnesota Gophers Host Alaska Anchorage Seawolves

Alaska-Anchorage SeawolvesThe Minnesota Gophers are hosting the Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves this weekend at Mariucci Arena. The Gophers must start earning some sweeps to ensure an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament. If not, they will have to make a run at the Final Five for an automatic entry, which is very hard to do. The Gophers sit in a three-way tie with Colorado College and Wisconsin for fifth place in the league at 16 points. The Seawolves have 14 points. It is a big weekend and the Gophers know they need a sweep. Get your Minnesota Gopher hockey tickets at Ticket King!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Minnesota Gophers vs. Michigan Wolverines

Michigan WolverinesOn Saturday, January 22nd, the Minnesota Gophers will take on the Michigan Wolverines. The Michigan Wolverines are an improving program and are playing tough this season. They lost to undefeated #4 Syracuse by 3, undefeated #3 Kansas in overtime, and #2 undefeated Ohio State by 4. They have showed they can play with some of the best teams in the country. The Minnesota Gophers will be traveling to Ann Arbor, Michigan for this game and will play at Crisler Arena.

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Rivalry: Minnesota Gophers vs. North Dakota Fighting Sioux

Minnesota Gophers - North Dakota Fighting SiouxI am biased, but I believe the best rivalry in college hockey is the Minnesota Gophers versus the North Dakota Fighting Sioux. This rivalry continues this weekend when the Gophers visit Ralph Engelsted Arena in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The Sioux are on a roll right now and are looking to gain some ground in the WCHA. The Minnesota Gophers need some valuable points from this series and need to sweep some series to get an NCAA birth. Let's Go Gophers.

#25 Minnesota Gophers Upset #8 Purdue Boilermakers

Blake HoffarberThe Minnesota Gophers defeated the Purdue Boilermakers 70-67 on ESPN last night at Williams Arena. It was a huge win for the Gophers, having lost at Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Ohio State already. They are now 13-4 overall and 2-3 in Big Ten play. It was just the 2nd loss for the Purdue Boilermakers and first in Big Ten play. Blake Hoffarber led the way with 26 points and showed his range all night nailing three's. Trevor Mbwake had 7 points and 10 rebounds. Let's build some momentum from this win, next up is the Iowa Hawkeyes at Williams Arena on January 16th. Get your Minnesota Gopher basketball tickets with Ticket King!

Devoe Joseph Transfers from Minnesota Gophers

Devoe JosephLast week, Minnesota Gopher guard Devoe Joseph has announced he has left the team and will transfer. He was suspended the first 6 games of the season due to a violation of team rules. It has been reported that he will transfer to the University of Oregon. He was averaging 11.2 points in 8 games this season. It's an unfortunate end to Devoe Joseph's tenure at Minnesota, where he showed promise at the end of last season making the All-Big Ten Tournament Team.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Minnesota Gophers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

Jared Sullinger of Ohio StateOn Sunday, January 9th, the Minnesota Gophers will once again be on the road for a tough Big Ten game. After traveling to #24 Wisconsin and #19 Michigan State, the #21 Minnesota Gophers will take their talents to the #2 Ohio State Buckeyes. THE Ohio State University is 15-0 thus far on the season and 2-0 in the Big Ten. They have defeated Indiana and Iowa in Big Ten play. It would be a remarkable win for the Minnesota Gophers if they could take down the #2 Buckeyes. Get your Minnesota Gophers tickets with Ticket King!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Minnesota Gophers Lose to Union, Tie Ferris State

Don LuciaWell, it wasn't a spectacular weekend that the Minnesota Gopher hockey team had hoped for. After taking 3 points from Minnesota-Duluth, the Minnesota Gophers lost to the Union Dutchmen 3-2 in overtime and tied the Ferris State Bulldogs 2-2. It was two games that the program needed to win. The tie came after head coach Don Lucia decided to forgoe a shootout and take the tie. The program needs to gain momentum after having some rollercoaster seasons recently. The team plays the United States Under 18 Team on Friday in an exhibition match. Get your Minnesota Gopher hockey tickets with Gopher Hockey Tickets!

Minnesota Gophers Defeat Indiana Hoosiers 67-63

Al NolenAfter two tough road losses, the Minnesota Gophers got on the Big Ten winning board with a 67-63 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers. The #21 Minnesota Gophers moved to 12-3 on the season. Trevor Mbwake had 11 points and 16 rebounds, a career high. Blake Hoffarber had 16 points and Al Nolen had 14 points. It was a much needed victory for the Minnesota Gophers. They had lost their first two Big Ten contests to the Michigan State Spartans and Wisconsin Badgers. Get your Minnesota Gopher Basketball tickets with Gopher Basketball Tickets!

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