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Gopher Basketball Season Review 2013
Gopher Basketball fans, we had a great season with you. Thank you for all your attendance and support of the Gopher basketball games. Overall, the Gophers went 21-13. Not too shabby! The Gophers went 8-10 for Conference games. At home, they went 15-2, which made it for an exciting season for us at the Williams Arena. For away games, the Gophers went 3-8. And for games at a neutral location, the Gophers went 3-3. We had fun watching the Big Ten Tournament, where the Gophers lost to Illinois in a close game (51-49) and the NCAA Tournament where they won to UCLA (83-63) but then lost to Florida (78-64). Next season will sure be different and we can't wait to share the expereince with you! Go Gophers!
Gopher Basketball Hires New Coach Richard Pitino
Gopher Roster will sure be Different Next Season
The Gophers roster is sure to look different next year including the fact that several seniors are graduating. Thank you for all your efforts Andre Ingram, Julian Welch, Rodney Williams, and Trevor Mbakwe. It was all of their final game as Golden Gophers. Andre Ingram grabbed his 100th career rebound and point this season at Purdue and vs Penn State. Julian Welch scored his 600th career point vs. North Florida this season. Rodney Williams played his 100th career game last March. Trevor Mbakwe finished 10th on the Gophers' All-Time Rebounding Average list with a career average of 9.5 rpg.
Thank you to all the Gopher seniors for a great season!
Gopher Basketball Coach Tubby Smith Fired
Less than one day after the Gophers were eliminated from the NCAA tournament with their loss to Florida, Gophers athletic director Norwood Teague held a news conference Monday to announce Smith’s firing. This was a decision, Teague said, that came as the result of months of evaluation.
The 61-year-old Smith, who led Kentucky to a national championship in 1998, was coming off his first NCAA victory in six seasons here when the 11th-seeded Gophers topped sixth-seeded UCLA on Friday in Austin, Texas. That was not enough, however, to discourage Teague from what he called a necessary fresh start for the program.
We'll keep you updated with all the Tubby Smith news!
NCAA Tournament Gophers vs. Florida Game Recap
All good things must come to an end. Florida 78-64 win over Minnesota. Florida's player, Mike Rosario, scoreed 25 points in the game. He is a player to watch now that the Gophers are done. Keep watching the NCAA to get your basketball fix and keep up on your NCAA brackets. We were sad to see the Gophers drop out of the race, but hopefully you can find a new team favorite for the NCAA tournament.
NCAA Tournament Gophers vs. UCLA Game Details
Here are the game details to the NCAA Tournament Gophers vs UCLA game.
Andre Hollins scored 28 points, and Minnesota won against UCLA 83-63 on Friday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament. This gave Tubby Smith his first tournament win in six seasons with the Gophers.
Also, it was Austin Hollins who scored 16 for the 11th-seeded Gophers (21-12), who earned their first win since March 2 and advanced to Sunday's third round against No. 3 seed Florida in the South Regional.
This was an awesome win for the Gophers, we can't wait to see what the rest of the tournament brings.
NCAA Tournament Schedule
With March Madness comes the excitement of filling out a bracket. This year, don't just fill out a bracket - be at the games! Watch your top teams take over the tournament.
We have tickets to all the NCAA Tournament games. Check out the schedule now and buy early.
NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Gophers UCLA Game Details
This weekend is going to be awesome for Gopher Basketball. We have tickets available for Friday's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament: Rounds 2 & 3 - Session 2: UCLA vs. Minnesota & Florida vs. Northwestern State AND Saturday's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament: Rounds 2 & 3 - All Session Strip: UCLA vs. Minnesota & Florida vs. Northwestern State AND Illinois vs. Colorado & Miami vs. Pacific.
Tickets for Friday, March 22nd at TBD: NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament: Rounds 2 & 3 - All Session Strip: UCLA vs. Minnesota & Florida vs. Northwestern State AND Illinois vs. Colorado & Miami vs. Pacific
Tickets for Saturday, March 22nd at 7:30: NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament: Rounds 2 & 3 - Session 2: UCLA vs. Minnesota & Florida vs. Northwestern State.
Big 10 Tournament Results
Here it is, Minnesota Gopher Basketball fans, the results to the Big 10 Tournament. Congrats to Ohio State for winning the Big 10 Tournament - did that affect where you put them in your bracket? The Gophers lost to Illinois in the first game, but still managed a NCAA tournament berth - seeded 11th in the South. Don't forget to watch the games and cheer on the Gophers to a win.
The Big Ten Bracket for the 2013 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament
You heard it here first, the Big Ten Bracket for the 2013 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament is now available at Gopher Basketball Tickets. The Gophers will head to the event as the No. 9 seed and open on Thursday, March 14th against the No. 8 seed Illinois Fighting Illini. The game is scheduled to tip at 11 a.m. Central Time from United Center. And we have all the tickets you need.
March Madness Has Begun!
March Madness has begun. We will have tickets to all of the hot college playoff games, with special pricing and seating locations for Gopher basketball fans. Bookmark gopherbasketballtickets.com and keep checking back for your news and deals!
Trevor Mbakwe Has Been Named the Big Ten Conference Player of the Week
Exciting news for Gopher fans everywhere! Gophers senior Trevor Mbakwe has been named the Big Ten Conference Player of the week. This may have been because he had 21 points and 12 rebounds in the 77-73 upset against the Hoosiers. What a great honor for this St. Paul native. Support the Gophers and Trevor Mbakwe, get to Williams Arena and cheer on the Gophers!
Gophers Beat Penn State
Great news, Gopher fans! The University of Minnesota knocked down Penn State on their senior day and it was a big win. Trevor Mbakwe paced the Gophers in a huge way with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Minnesota held Penn State scoreless for the first 11 minutes of the game. Are you kicking yourself because you missed the game? We have tickets so do not make the same mistake again!
Gophers Beat Top Ranked Indiana
Did you hear? Gophers beat Indiana in a 77-73 upset last week. The Minnesota Gophers are 19-9 and 7-8 Big Ten. If you missed the game, you missed a fun game! The fan stormed the court on Tuesday night and the feeling was too powerful! Hopefully the Gophers can keep up this awesome winning streak, we want to see some more wins on the board!
Gophers vs Penn State Game on March 2nd at 2 pm is a HOT Seller
Hey Gopher fans! The Gophers vs Penn State game on March 22nd at 2 pm is a hot seller. Be there, because it's going to be a great game. We still have tickets and we need to sell out Williams stadium to support your favorite Gopher basketball game.
Only A Couple More Chances to see the Gophers at Williams Arena this Season
There are only a couple more chances to see the Gophers at Williams arena. Buy tickets from Gopher fans like us, and you won't be disappointed!
Williams Arena is located on the southwest corner of the intersection of University Avenue and 19th Ave. SE in Minneapolison the U of M's East Bank campus. It is in a neighborhood called Stadium Village, named for the old Memorial Stadium that stood there until its demolition in 1992. The arena is adjacent to TCF Bank Stadium and Mariucci Arena, where the football and hockey teams respectively play.
The Williams Arena is located at 1925 Southeast University Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55455.
We Have Sweet Deals on Gopher Badgers tickets on 2/14
We at Gopher Basketball Tickets have SWEET deals on Gophers Badgers tickets on 02/14.
Make sure you take the time this season to catch some Gophers basketball at Williams Arena. We have tickets for all remaining games, but they will go fast. Want to be there? Of course you do. Join us and let the fun begin!
Gopher Iowa Basketball Game Recap
If you missed the Gopher Iowa basketball game on Sunday February 3rd, I know you are kicking yourself. No. 23 Gophers so needed this win. Austin Hollins was a great asset to the team with 17 points, which included a go-ahead three-pointer and defensive stop in the last few seconds of a 62-59 WIN for the Gophers.
This was a great game, especially because the Gophers could not afford to lose to the Hawkeyes at home, considering the recent four-game losing streak. Hollins logged 35 minutes of play time and helped lead the Gophers to victory.
Minnesota Gophers Basketball Game vs. Iowa Hawkeyes is Selling Fast
Who wants to see some great basketball? The Minnesota Gophers Basketball Game vs. Iowa Hawkeyes is selling fast. The game is on February 3rd at noon. We need to make sure that Williams Arena is full of maroon and gold pride. Bring your friends and family and come on out to Williams arena to support your favorite basketball team.
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Gophers Basketball Team is Ranked
Hey Gopher fans, did you know that the Gophers Basketball Team is ranked? Have you been to Williams Arena to see the Gopher Mens Basketball Team yet this season? We have great Williams Arena tickets to see this hot Gopher basketball team. You know that they are Gopher tickets for Gopher fans from Gopher fans! Check your calendar for a date that works for you and order your tickets now!
Congrats to Gophers Basketball player Rodney Williams
Congradulations are in order to Gophers basketball player, Rodney Williams for scoring his 1,000th career point as a Gopher. We are looking forward to even more points this season from him. Haven't seen Williams and the rest of his Gophers play at Williams Arena yet this season? Check out our tickets and find a game that works for you.
Gopher Basketball Team is Looking Strong
The Gopher Basketball team is looking strong! If you haven't been to Williams Arena yet to watch them play, what are you waiting for? Buy tickets now and support the University of Minnesota's mens basketball team.
Williams Arena is located at 1925 18th Avenue Sourtheast in Minneapolis MN.
Williams Arena Basketball Tickets start at just $5 each
Tickets are just $5 each for basketball games at Williams Arena.
Williams Arena and Sports Pavilion is located at 1925 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Don't know where to park? Try Church Street Garage, 4th St Ramp, Washington Ave Ramp, or University Ave Ramp.
Games at Williams Arena are always really fun because it is the home of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers men's and women's basketball teams. The building is affectionately known as "The Barn" with the student section known as "The Barnyard".
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Top Selling Gopher Basketball Games This Season
Here are the top selling Gopher Basketball games this season:
12/4: Minnesota Gophers v. South Dakota State Jackrabbits
12/11: Minnesota Gophers v. North Dakota State Bisons
12/31: Minnesota Gophers v. Michigan State Spartans
2/14: Minnesota Gophers v. Wisconsin Badgers
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Gopher Basketball Schedule Released - Gopher Basketball Tickets Available Now
Hey gopher fans- The Gopher Mens Basketball Schedule is out NOW and we have early bird tickets.
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Gopher Basketball Schedule Released Soon!
After much anticipation, our Golden Gophers Basketball schedule will be released very soon. Who's getting excited? There are so many things to look forward to, especially because with Tubby's contract extended, Gopher fans AND players can concentrate on winning games this season. Don't forget to check back to our site for the schedule release news and even early bird Gopher basketball ticket deals.
New Williams Arena Scoreboard
The University of Minnesota announced recently plans to make improvements at Williams Arena before the start of the 2012-12 season. Mariucci Arena will receive upgrades as well.
The Gophers are installing new center-hung LED scoreboards, LED fascia boards and sound systems. All improvements should be completed in time for the new seasons.
The main board at Williams will be 11 feet, 7 inches tall by 13 feet, 8 inches wide.
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Norwood Teague U of M Athletic Director
Norwood Teague is the new athletic director for the University of Minnesota Gophers. Welcome Norwood Teague!
We are excited to have Teague and hope he provides great support and leadership for the Gophers basketball team.
Trevor Mbakwe Returns to the Gophers
Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe will return to the Gophers for the 2012-13 season. The Gophers wait with open arms for Mbakwe. Mbakwe was a great asset and leader on the court.
Welcome back Trevor!
Stanford's Resurgence Seals Title
The Stanford Cardinals cruised past Minnesota, 75-51, to win the National Invitation Tournament at Madison Square Garden. The win sealed Stanford's first N.I.T. title since 1991.
Minnesota hit 5 of its first 7 shots, but then went nearly nine minutes without a field goal. The Cardinals then used their size advantage to prevent the Gophers from getting any scoring in transition.
Minnesota's season ended on a low note after the Gophers won six of their last seven games to make an impressive run at the N.I.T. title.
Senior Gopher Basketball Players
Minnesota Over Washington 68-67 OT
Minnesota is still alive in late March and it appears they have picked up the ability to close games.
The Gophers were short-handed as they improved to 3-3 in overtime games this season. Minnesota beat Washington 68-67 on Tuesday night in the NIT semifinals. Andre Hollins led the way for the Gophers with 20 points.
Hollins was particularly useful in the extra period, scoring five of Minnesota's seven points.
The sixth-seeded Golden Gophers move on to face No. 3 seed Stanford in Thursday night's championship game at Madison Square Garden. The Stanford Cardinals beat Massachusetts 74-64 in the first semifinal.
Gophers Play in NIT Tournament
In the first round of the NIT Tournament, the Minnesota Gophers will take on the La Salle Explorers for the right to advance.
The Explorers are ranked as the three seed and also hold home court advantage. La Salle will look for big games out of Ramon Galloway and Earl Pettis.
The Gophers are coming off a rocky year in the Big 10, but look to turn it around in the NIT. Tubby Smith will count on Trevor Mbakwe to give La Salle a headache on the court.
The winner of the La Salle Minnesota game will move on to face either Miami (FL) or Valparaiso in the next round.
Good luck to the Minnesota Gophers - make us proud!
Minnesota Gophers 1-1 in Big Ten Tournament
Minnesota took down Northwestern in overtime, 75-68. The win moved the Gopher to 19-13 overall, with a 6-2 conference record.
Andre Hollins' game-tying layup in the final minute of regulation allowed the Gophers to move on to overtime with the Wildcats. The Gophers then went on to outscore Northwestern 14-7 in the extra frame to pull off the upset.
Fresh off a first-round upset over a seeded team, the Minnesota Gophers looked to do the same against the Michigan Wolverines in the Big Ten quarterfinals.
The win, however, did not go to the Gophers. The Gophers blew a nine-point lead in the final 4:37 of regulation. They botched two chances to win the game in closing seconds, but Trey Burke of Michigan wouldn't have it. The No.10 Michigan team rallied for a 73-69 overtime victory in Indianapolis.
The Gophers head home from Indianapolis as a 19-14 team.
Gophers No. 10 Seed Big Ten Tournament
The Gophers are the No. 10 seed in the Big Ten Tournament and will open play against Northwestern, the No. 7 seed, in Indy. The game will start at 4:30pm on Thursday.
Want to be there? Of course you do. Join us and let March Madness begin!
Gophers Whip Nebraska
Wrapping up a second straight struggle of a Big Ten season, the Minnesota Gophers ended on a high note with a 81-69 win over Nebraska.
Chip Armelin scored a career-high 20 points with seven rebounds, Rodney Williams had 16 points and eight rebounds along with three outstanding dunks as Minnesota stopped a six-game losing streak.
The Gophers, the No. 10 seed, open the Big Ten Tournament against No. 7 Northwestern on Thursday.
Badgers Top Gophers
Both teams shot poorly in a 52-45 Wisconsin victory over Minnesota on Tuesday night. The win allowed Wisconsin to clinch a first-round bye in the Big Ten tournament for the Badgers.
Minnesota led 23-16 at halftime, but Wisconsin opened the second half on a 9-2 run to tie it at 25 on a three-point play by Mike Bruesewitz.
Hollins led the Gophers with 18 points, while Ralph Sampson III finished with eight points to give him 1,004 for his career. He is the fifth player in Minnesota history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 150 blocks.
Gophers Fall to Hoosiers
The Minnesota Gophers fell to the Indiana Hoosiers to make five straight losses for the Gophers. Austin Hollins had 14 points for the Gophers, while the Gophers finished 18-for-58 from the floor, by far their worst percentage of the season.
The Hoosiers blew out the Gophers 69-50 in a heartbreaker for Gopher fans. Thank you to all who came out and packed Williams Arena in support of the University of Minnesota basketball team!
Top Gopher Basketball Games
The Gopher Basketball Season is here and we have a list of top selling Gopher basketball games! Take a look at what tickets are available for these hot games, but move fast before they are all gone.
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Gophers Hoosiers Game Time Set
The Minnesota Gophers Indiana Hoosiers game on February 26 finally has a start time. The Gophers Hoosier tipoff is set at noon on Sunday.
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Don't forget that March Madness and the Big Dance are just around the corner! Every game counts for the Gophers, don't miss a single one!
Gophers Lose Barn Burner to Wisconsin
The Gophers faltered in overtime, resulting in a win for the Wisconsin Badgers.
Rodney Williams and Andre Hollins guided a frantic comeback by the Gophers in the final minutes of regulation after falling behind 49-36. The Badgers made only one basket over the last 9.5 minutes of the second half.
Both Austin Hollins and Andre Hollins had shots to win the game in the final seconds for Minnesota, but the Badgers managed to improve to 19-0 when leading or tied with 5 minutes left to play.
The Gophers have been trying to gain ground since their 0-4 start. The Minnesota team was one of five that began the night with five or six losses in the conference.
Minnesota Gophers Beat Illini
The Minnesota Gophers basketball team looked to be heading the same way as they did during their first showing against the Illinois Illini basketball team. The Gophers were struggling to execute in the final minutes, but managed to make a statement as they sent the Illini into overtime.
The Gophers tied the score on a last-second three-point play and finished off Illinois in overtime to grab their fourth victory in five games. The final score of the Gophers Illini game was 77-72.
With five seconds remaining in regulation and the Gophers sitting down by three, Austin Hollins drove to the basket, hitting a layup. Hollins was fouled by Meyers Leonard on the basket, allowing him to tie the game with a free throw. Hollins made the free throw to tie it at 64 and send the game to overtime.
Austin Hollins scored the final five points in regulation and hit consecutive free throws to start overtime. The Gophers only managed the victory despite getting just 13 combined points from Rodney Williams (six), Ralph Sampson III (five), and Julian Welch (two).
Gophers Win in the Big Ten; defeat Northwestern in front of wild Williams Arena crowd
The Gophers Mens basketball game against Northwestern was a gem! All five starters reached double figures including a whopping 16 points from Joe Coleman . The Gophers looked strong on the Williams Arena hardwood and took advantage of a slow starting Northwestern team. Final Score: Minnesota 81 ; Northwestern 70.
If you missed the Gophers Northwestern basketball game, don’t miss the next Big Ten match-ups in Minneapolis. The Gophers host Illinois on January 28th and then the Wisconsin Badgers on February 9th – only a few tickets are left for the Wisconsin game!
The Gophers Basketball Team Looks Strong
The Gopher basketball team is looking strong and tickets for Gopher games have been selling quickly.
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Single Game Gopher Basketball Tickets
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Gopher Basketball 2011-12 Season Schedule
The full Gopher Basketball 2011-12 Season Schedule is out. Gopher Basketball Tickets.com will have single game tickets for sale very soon!
Hottest selling Gopher basketball game prediction: 12/22 North Dakota State or 2/9 Wisconsin
Fans of North Dakota State do a really great job of travelling and supporting their team on the road. On the other hand, the border rivalry between Minnesota and Wisconsin is so much fun year after year! Either way, Gopher Basketball Tickets.com will have Gopher tickets for sale soon!
Gopher Basketball Tickets Available Soon
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Gopher Basketball Non-Conference Schedule
The Gophers have announced their non-conference basketball schedule for the upcoming season! Check out our non-conference game listings and purchase your Gopher basketball tickets.
Gopher Men's Basketball Non-Conference Schedule
HOME GAMES ARE BOLD
The remainder on the Gopher basketball schedule will be released soon! Keep checking back for your conference and non-conference Gopher basketball tickets.
Gopher Basketball Regular Season Around the Corner!
Attention Gopher Basketball fans: The official start-date for Gopher basketball is November 1. The November 1 Gopher basketball game is an exhibition game against Bemidji State and is your first shot at seeing the Gophers basketball team live this year.
The full Gopher basketball schedule and all Gopher tickets will be available to Gopher fans very shortly. Keep checking back to Gopher basketball tickets.com to get the best available seats at the lowest prices.
Trevor Mbakwe Returns to University of Minnesota basketball
Trevor Mbakwe will be back and ready for action next season at Williams Arena. Be there to catch Trevor Mbakwe and Gopher basketball action live thanks to GopherBasketballTickets.com.
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Changes Made to Big-Ten Conference Schedule
With the addition of Nebraska to the Big-Ten Conference schedule, Gopher basketball season is going to be a great one!
It was announced that the Gophers will not travel to play Ohio State or Purdue and that these opponents will only play the Gophers at home. Further, the Gophers will not host Michigan or Penn State, but will travel to these destinations for Big-Ten play. Its going to be a great year for Gopher basketball.
Stay tuned for more schedule announcements coming soon!
Blake Hoffarber and Paul Carter Workout for Timberwolves
Two former University of Minnesota basketball players Blake Hoffarber and Paul Carter had the opportunity to workout for the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center Sunday evening. While the two worked out with other NBA hopefuls, many of the Timberwolves front office staff were on hand to watch. The workout consisted of situational drills and a brief half-court scrimmage.
Hoffarber, a 2011 Academic All-American and Honorable Mention All-Big Ten performer, averaged career-highs as a Gopher. He was second on the team in scoring, with a career-high 13.6 points per game while leading the team with 4.1 assists per game.
Carter played in 63 career games for the Gophers, after playing his first season at Missouri State-West Plains. He finished with a career average of 5.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 15.5 minutes played on average. Following Carter's graduation from Minnesota, he played out his final season of eligibility at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Big Ten/ACC Challenge
The 13th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge will take place November 29-30.
The Challenge will be highlighted by Duke at Ohio State and Wisconsin at North Carolina - four of the traditional power programs expected to be ranked highly again this year.
Nine of the telecasts will feature first-time Challenge matchups. First Challenge matchups include:
The game between Minnesota and Virginia Tech will take place on Wednesday, November 30th.
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2011-12 Gopher Basketball Roster Additions
The Gopher Men's Basketball team has made some serious adjustments to the roster in the off season. Coach Tubby Smith is hoping these adjustments will fill the holes needed to be filled, creating a strong presence on the court!
The Minnesota Gophers announced the signings of Andre Ingram and Julian Welch to National Letters of Intent. Both players will attend the University of Minnesota and play with experience at a junior-level college.
Ingram is a Minneapolis native that played two seasons at Butler Community College. Ingram is a 6-7, 235-pound forward that averaged 13.4 points and a team-high 7.7 rebounds per game for the Grizzlies in the 2010-11 season. He also shot 63.2 percent from the field. Ingram has two years of eligibility remaining for the Gophers.
Welch played one season at UC Davis before transferring to Yuba Community College for the 2010-11 season. Welch, a 6-3 point guard, averaged 19.0 points and 5.0 assists per game, leading the 49ers to a record of 27-6. He finished the season by being named the BVC Player of the Year.
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Gopher Basketball Tickets Sends Congratulations to UConn
While GopherBasketballTickets.com would have liked to see our favorite team, the Minnesota Gophers, in the National Championship game, we do recognize the great season the UConn Huskies had. Congrats to the NCAA tournament winner UConn!
If you are a UConn fan, our guess is you aren't reading this, but as Minnesota-nice fans, we would like to extend our best wishes, but also let it be known we are demanding tickets to the dance for the beloved Minnesota Gophers basketball team for next year!
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Make Gopher Basketball Tickets your NCAA Tournament Ticket Provider
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Gopher Basketball Left out of the Big Dance
The Minnesota Gopher Men's Basketball Team was left out of the NCAA Tournament this year, but don't lose hope! The Minnesota Gophers are planning on making some adjustments in the off-season and coming back a better and stronger team. Stay tuned to GopherBasketballTickets.com for all your Gopher Sports updates.
March Madness, Gophers and the Big Dance
March Madness is here and we at Gopher Basketball Tickets have our fingers crossed the Minnesota Gophers will make it to the big dance! In or out, Gophers Basketball Tickets will have awesome college basketball tournament tickets. Check back in for more March Madness action - it is going to get crazy!
Minnesota Gophers - Penn State Heating Up, Last Chance for Williams Arena!
The Minnesota Gophers - Penn State game is heating up! Fans recognize their last chance to see this Gopher squad at Williams Arena and are purchasing their tickets fast! Don't miss this last chance, buy your Minnesota - Penn State tickets now and be at Williams Arena to cheer on the Gophers.
Minnesota Gophers - Michigan State Spartans Game Review
The Minnesota Gophers and the Michigan State Spartans took their rivalry to the court on Sunday and it didn't end well for the Gophers.
Early in the game, the score was 21-19 with the Gophers on top. Both teams were having difficulty in making a shot; the teams were equally 8-for-24 from the field. The Gophers did have an advantage though - the Spartans had found it difficult to get the ball inside of the Gophers' zone, taking 13 shots from behind the three-point line and only five from the lane.
In contrast, the Gophers used the size of Ralph Sampson III and Colton Iverson, coupled with the strength of Trevor Mbakwe, to take 12 shots in the lane. Only four of those 12 dropped, but nonetheless, the Gophers seemed to be in control.
The final was 53-48, Michigan. The Gophers only managed one free-throw in the closing 4 1/2 minutes. Those 4 1/2 minutes became the deciding factors as Durrell Summers (Michigan State) finally made a jump shot to cut the Gophers' lead to 47-46 after making two breakaway baskets.
Michigan State inched ahead and the Gophers called a timeout with 22 seconds left. With a three-point shot fired hard off the rim by Chip Armelin, the Spartans took the win.
Gopher Basketball and March Madness
The time is almost here: March Madness. The time of tournament charts, Cinderella stories, and... madness. With March Madness right around the corner, every game is crucial for the Golden Gophers. Buy Minnesota Gophers Basketball tickets and see how well the Gophers perform under pressure as they seek a tournament berth. Catch the next games at Williams Arena!
Minnesota Gophers and Hot Upcoming Games
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Minnesota Gophers Top Northwestern Wildcats 81-70
The Minnesota Gophers overcame more setbacks in the game against the Wildcats, winning 81-70 at Williams Arena. The Gophers' latest setback left only eight players in the rotation and one true guard in the starting lineup.
Al Nolen's absence, however, didn't rattle the Gophers because the Gophers managed to utilize their big guys to muscle past Northwestern. Blake Hoffarber scored 20 points while playing, what is normally, Nolen's position of point guard. Trevor Mbakwe, who has had to overcome personal issues recently, stepped up with 18 points and 14 rebounds. The Minnesota Gophers simply wore down the Northwestern Wildcats!
The Minnesota Gophers are set to travel to #12 Purdue on Saturday the 29th.
Minnesota Gophers Boil the Boilermakers
The Minnesota Gophers Men's Basketball team went in to the game against Purdue in desperate need of a win. Thanks to Blake Hoffarber and some solid late-game defense, the mission was successful! Hoffarber's 26 points led the way offensively. The Golden Gophers' defense managed to hold the Boilermakers without a shot for the last nine minutes of the 70-67 victory in Minneapolis.
JaJaun Johnson led all scorers with 29 points accompanied by 11 rebounds while Lewis Jackson added 15. However, Purdue was unable to overcome the rough shooting night of E'Twaun Moore. Moore made just two of fourteen for the game.
Tubby Smith and company have dealt with many distractions lately, but were able to get out and run when the opportunity presented itself within the Gopher-Boilermakers game!
Gopher Games at The Barn are Hot Items!
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Minnesota Gophers Pull Out Win Over Indiana Hoosiers
The Minnesota Gophers downed the Indiana Hoosiers 67-63 in a game that looked like Indiana to the end. Indiana continues on as 0-3 in the Big Ten.
Coming into the game on an 0-2 conference skid, the Gophers were excited to secure their first conference victory. Though the Gophers were riddled with inconsistent half-court play and an inability to dominate the overmatched Hoosiers, they did pull out a W.
The Minnesota Gophers had just found out that Devoe Joseph was to depart the University of Minnesota. Reeling from that loss, many were interested to see how Minnesota would handle the situation. Minnesota came out gun-slinging.
Trevor Mbakwe scored seven of the team's first nine points. However, it became clear that Indiana would not sit back and take the loss easily. The Hoosiers hung with the Gophers before torching the team with a 19-6 run to take the lead 32-26.
The second half cleared up for the Gophers. Minnesota bore down on defense, utilizing the full court press occasionally. The Gophers held a 59-51 lead with just over five minutes remaining. The game ended up going down to the wire with the Hoosiers cutting the lead by Minnesota down to three. Minnesota did pull out the win, though, and is looking to the next game and, hopefully, next win.
Ring in the New Year at Williams Arena
What better way than to ring in the New Year at Williams Arena with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers Basketball team? Celebrate the New Year with the Gophers Big 10 opener against Indiana on January 4th. The Minnesota-Indiana game is a hot-ticket item and inventory won't last long.
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December Gopher Basketball at Williams Arena
The Men's Gopher Basketball team is looking great so far this season. Check out a game or two at Williams Arena this December! Below are the December home games for the Minnesota Gophers. See you at Williams Arena!
12/4 Minnesota v Cornell
12/11 Minnesota v Eastern Kentucky
12/15 Minnesota v Akron
12/23 Minnesota v South Dakota State
Minnesota Gophers vs North Dakota State is Top Selling Game
Hoping to continue their hot-streak, the Minnesota Gophers (5-0) will be hosting North Dakota State in one of the hottest-selling games of the season. Don't wait to purchase Minnesota Gophers tickets as they are selling faster than we can stock them!
The November 24th game against ND State is bound to be a great game given the Gophers' current level of play. Purchase your Gopher Basketball tickets today!
Join in on the Fun at The Barn with the Minnesota Gophers
The Minnesota Gopher Men's Basketball team is a fan favorite, according to a yahoo.com poll where the fans have ranked the Gophers No.4. Join in on the fun at The Barn with the Gophers' Basketball team! Purchase your tickets for upcoming games. See you at The Barn!
Minnesota Gophers Ranked No. 15 in Associated Press Poll
After winning the Puerto Rico Tip Off title, the undefeated Minnesota Men's Basketball team has earned a No. 15 spot on an updated Associated Press poll. The Minnesota Gophers, who are 5-0, are also ranked No. 17 in the ESPN coaches poll. Many players, including Trevor Mbakwe, have been key to the Gophers' early success.
Though, statistically it is irrelevant, to the fans it may be important to note that the Minnesota Gophers are ranked No. 4 in the fans polls! Get your Gopher Basketball tickets today! Join in on the winning.
Gopher Men's Hoops Win Puerto Rice Tourney
The Minnesota Gopher Men's Basketball team will be bringing some hardware home early in the season this year. The Gophers' Basketball team beat West Virginia 74-70 to win the Puerto Rico Tip Off tournament.
Four players helped the Gophers' balanced attack, scoring in double figures. These players were led by point guard Al Nolan, scoring 17 points and shooting 11-12 from the free throw line.
Not only was the Gophers' team honored, but individual players were as well. Gophers' senior guard blake Hoffarber and junior forward Trevor Mbakwe were both named to the All Tournament team. Mbakwe was also named Tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
Next up for the Gophers, who are sitting at 5-0, is North Dakota State who come to Minneapolis on Wednesday.
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Gopher Basketball starters are ready to go and the Gophers bench is deep too. With the Gophers team riled up and ready to play, the season looks to start on a promising foot! Buy Gophers basketball tickets and get ready for some real barn burners!
Gopher Basketball Starts Preseason at Williams Arena
The Minnesota Gopher Basketball team is ready to start their season at Williams Arena with their preseason basketball agenda. Exhibition tickets are affordable and there are many games available. Gear up for the Minnesota Gophers regular season games.
Upcoming regular season games include the Wisconsin Badgers and the Michigan State Spartans. Break out your Gopher Basketball apparel and start your basketball season early with a preseason Gopher basketball game at Williams Arena!
Gopher Basketball 2010 Season
Get yourself ready for the 2010 Gopher Men's Basketball Season. The Gophers look to impress this year after their allegations-stained 2009 season.
The Gophers host Wofford on Nov. 12, their first regular-season game. The two teams have met three other times through a late-summer tour of Canada for exhibitions against college-level team across the northern border. With depth the Gophers didn't possess last season, the Minnesota Men's basketball team is eager to test out their talent on the court. Be there for the Gophers' action, buy your 2010 Minnesota Gopher Basketball tickets today!
Minnesota Gophers Season Starts Wtih Tubby's Tip-Off Event
The Minnesota Golden Gophers opened their season with a fun and exciting event at Williams Arena: Tubby's Tip-Off. The fourth annual Tubby's Tip-Off started off with a bang when coach Tubby Smith roared in to the Arena on Goldy's Victory motorcycle, taking the energetic crowd by pleasant surprise.
After two close first round match ups in the three-point contest, Blake Hoffarber edged out Maverick Ahnmisi, then facing off with Devoe Joseph, who had narrowly beat Ralph Sampson III. In the final round, with a score of 9-7, Hoffarber was crowned the three-point competition champion.
Next on the court was the fan favorite slam dunk competition. This competition featured the Gophers' Oto Osenieks, Chip Armelin, Autin Hollins, and Trevor Mbakwe. After an entertaining and creative competition, Mbakwe was crowned the champion.
Continuing the festivities, the Maroon and Gold competition was a back-and-forth affair. Eventually, the Maroon won out with a 35-30 victory over the Gold in the 20 minute scrimmage.
The Minnesota Men's Basketball team will play its first official home game on Friday November 12th against Wofford at 7:00pm.
Tubby's Tipoff on October 15th
The Tubby Smith Era of Minnesota Golden Gopher Basketball will celebrate its fourth season at Williams Arena on October 15th. "Tubby's Tipoff" will open at 8:30 pm with an autograph session beginning at 9:00pm. Following, there will be player introductions, set to start around 10:00pm. To cap off the evening at Williams Arena, there will be a three-point shooting contest, slam dunk contest and a team scrimmage. Be there to support the University of Minnesota men's basketball program at the free and exciting "Tubby's Tipoff" event!
One More Reason to Buy a Gopher Basketball Ticket
Looking for that last reason to buy Gopher Basketball Tickets? We have it. We have already offered you great seats at great prices, but now, wait for it... we are presenting you with great athleticism! Two words. Blake Hoffarber. He is the player to watch, the fan favorite, and the scoring phenomenon; expect to see a lot from this young man this Golden Gopher Season. He, alone, is reason enough to buy a Gopher Basketball Ticket.
Gopher Basketball Single Game Tickets
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Gopher Basketball Home Schedule
Gopher Schedule Out And Tickets On Sale
GopherBasketballTickets.com has fantastic seats available for games this Gohper Basketball season at Williams Arena. The Gopher Basketball schedule is out and Gopher tickets are on sale now. Don't miss the action at Williams Arena this season as the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers create an action-packed environment every fan would love to be a part of. Reserve your spot at Williams Arena NOW!
Minnesota Gophers Reinstate Trevor Mbwakwe
Prized recruit Trevor Mbwakwe has been reinstated by Gophers athletic director Joel Maturi. After being suspended last season for unresolved legal issues, Trevor Mbwakwe is now cleared to play for the Minnesota Gophers. However, Mbwakwe has been rumored that he still may transfer to another school. It remains to be seen if he will stay or go. Here's to hoping he stays a Minnesota Gopher and can help the Gopher mens basketball team get to the Big Dance!
What to Look Forward to in 2010 Gopher Basketball
The 2010 Gopher Basketball season will be quickly approaching as summer flies by. The 2010 Gopher Basketball team will feature some key returners from last year's team with Blake Hoffarber, Colton Iverson, Ralph Sampson III, Devoe Joseph, Al Nolen, and Rodney Williams. Most Gopher fans hope Redshirt Junior Trevor Mbakwe will be back, but his return is still questionable after having to sit out last season with legal trouble.
Sophomores Bryant Allen and Dominique Dawson will look to get more action this season along with the new recruits. Incoming freshmen recruits to the mix will be Austin Hollins, Maurice Walker, Elliott Eliason, Maverick Ahanmisi, Oto Osenieks, and Eric Stark. The Gophers will look to build off of the 21-14 record last season and 9-9 conference record in the Big Ten. Coach Tubby Smith knows just what it takes to take the program to an elite level. The Gophers will take on the University of Virginia this year in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge as well as other competitive national programs.
Keep Track on Gopher Basketball Schedule
The 2010 Golden Gopher Men's Basketball Schedule will be released shortly. Keep checking back here for updates on the new schedule for the 2010-2011 Gophers basketball season. The Minnesota Gophers will have non-conference games that will needed to be finalized as well as their Big 10 schedule.
First 2010 Gopher Basketball Date Announced
The 2010 Gopher Basketball Schedule is sure to be a good one and will start to fill up over the next few months. The first "official" date in the books will be a match-up between the Golden Gophers and the University of Virginia in the 12th Annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The University of Minnesota Gophers will host the University of Virginia Cavaliers on Monday, November 29, at Williams Arena.
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Gopher Basketball Recruits Adding Up
The Gopher men's basketball program signed Maverick Ahanmisi to a National Letter of Intent making Ahanmisi eligible to compete during the 2010-11 Minnesota Gophers basketball season.
Gophers coach Tubby Smith had this to say about recruit Maverick Ahanmisi:
Ahanmisi will join the Gophers team along with fall University of Minnesota signees Elliott Eliason, Austin Hollins, Oto Osenieks and Maurice Walker.
Gopher Basketball Recruiting Update
So far the Gopher Basketball 2010 recruiting class looks like this:
Canada center Maurice Walker
Missing from the list is point guard Cory Joseph, brother of Gopher basketball sophomore Devoe Joseph, who signed with the Texas Longhorns basketball team last week. The Gophers should add a point guard to the 2010 recruits, but there aren't too many choices left.
Stay Tuned Gopher fans.
Gopher Rumor Mill: There has been talk that Royce White will return to the Gopher basketball roster next season if he and Tubby Smith can work out a deal.
Gophers Finish 2009-10 Season 21-14
The Gopher mens basketball team finished the 2009-10 season with a 21-14 record and made its 11th overall NCAA Tournament appearance. It was a great season Gopher basketball fans and we are looking forward to another great season next year.
We appreciate the past business and look forward to providing you with great Gopher tickets again!
We hope to see you soon! Go Gophers!
Gopher Basketball Roster Change: Paul Carter Transfer
Minnesota Gophers basketball player Paul Carter will transfer out of the University of Minnesota next season. Carter wants to play basketball closer to his 14-year-old sister who is receiving cancer treatment in Chicago.
Paul Carter's departure leaves the Gophers with five open scholarships for next season, meaning there will be plenty of new faces on the Gopher basketball roster next season. Stay Tuned!
Duke Blue Devils Basketball Champions
Congratulations to the Duke Blue Devils for their 61-59 victory over Butler for the national championship last night at Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis. The crowd was rowdy and it was a close game all the way through. It was one of the best college basketball games I have ever seen and I have a feeling the 70,000 plus fans in attendance last night would agree.
Perhaps next year we will be cheering for the maroon and gold Minnesota Gophers in Houston.
Keep the faith Gopher Fans!
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NCAA Basketball Final Four - NCAA Basketball Tickets Available
Congratulations to this years
NCAA Mens Basketball Final Four Teams:
Michigan State Spartans, Butler Bulldogs, West Virginia Mountaineers and
Duke Blue Devils.
Just because the Gopher basketball team isn't in the Final Four doesn't mean we don't have tickets, because we do!
We have NCAA Basketball Tickets to all games at great prices. We bought tickets "just in case" our beloved Minnesota Gophers advanced in the tournament - but since they didn't, we need to sell these tickets to other fans.
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One and Done for Gopher Basketball Team
The Minnesota Golden Gophers basketball team fell to Xavier 65-54 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before a crowd of 17,875 at the Bradley Center Milwaukee.
Lawrence Westbrook played a good game for Minnesota and scored 19 points, ending his career with 1,199 career points. Congratulations Lawrence Westbrook for a great Golden Gopher career, best of luck to you in the future!
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Do you have your dancing shoes on?
"We're excited again to make it to the big stage," senior Gopher Lawrence Westbrook said. "And I feel like we can make a run in the tournament."
Gopher fans are ecstatic to see their Golden Gopher basketball team back in the bracket this season. If you want to make the trip to Milwaukee on Friday, we have Gopher Basketball tickets for you - click on the link above!
Hold On, the Gopher Basketball Rollercoaster isn't Over
The Gopher basketball team has its fans on a rollercoaster of emotions lately. After a heartbreaking one point loss to Purdue, an exhilarating two point win over Indiana and then a bubble bursting blow out loss to Michigan, Gopher basketball fans may be starting to feel a little motion sickness, but don't get off the Gophers ride, yet!
Our Minnesota Gophers still have one more key game at The Barn that you won't want to miss. The Gophers host Iowa Hawkeyes on Sunday March 7th at 5pm. It's "Seniors Night" and Seniors Lawrence Westbrook, Damian Johnson and Devron Bostick will be making their final regular season appearances at Williams Arena. Be There. We still have tickets. Gophers Basketball Tickets.
Gophers vs Purdue. Be There. The Best Gopher Basketball. Period.
Minnesota Gophers vs. Purdue Boilermakers:
Wednesday, Feb. 24 at Williams Arena 7:30pm.
Our Golden Gophers basketball team will play host to the Purdue Boilermakers on Wednesday, their third game in seven days. The Gophers will be looking to avenge the January loss that occurred in Boilermaker territory, but it won't be easy. Purdue comes to the Twin Cities as the #3 ranked team in the nation.
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Gopher Basketball Turnaround - Gophers Win Two in a Row
After two disappointing losses, the Gopher Basketball team did a complete turnaround and pulled off TWO exciting victories in front of sold out home crowds.
Williams Arena was in a tizzy as the Gophers overpowered the Wisconsin Badgers 68-52. Blake Hoffarber was up to his old tricks of sinking three pointer after three pointer and finished with a team-highs of 16 points and nine rebounds.
The Gophers followed up with another win at Williams Arena over another Big Ten rival, Indiana. The Gophers ran over the Hoosiers 81-58. Senior guard Lawrence Westbrook led the Gophers basketball team with 20 points as Minnesota shot a red hot 55.4 percent overall.
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Gopher Basketball Team Loses Two in a Row plus Hope for NCAA Tournament Bid
After losing to Michigan Wolverines 63-71 last Thursday in front of a sold out Williams Arena crowd and then losing last night on the road 74-77 to the Northwestern Wildcats, the Golden Gophers mens basketball teams only hope for an NCAA tournament at-large bid is next month's Big Ten tournament, in which the winner receives an automatic bid.
Just because the Gophers look NIT bound, doesn't mean the team won't be playing its heart out the next few games especially since the Wisconsin Badgers come to town on Thursday. The Gophers Badgers basketball game is one of the hottest games of the year.
The Badgers are ranked No. 16 nationally and the Gophers would love to upset their rival team in Minnesota. Be there to see if it can be done. We have Gopher Badgers Tickets for sale. Make sure the Gophers have definite home court advantage.We will see you at Williams Arena!
Gopher Basketball Tickets For Sale
If you are looking for Gopher Basketball tickets, you have found the right site! We have Gopher mens basketball tickets for sale for every Williams Arena home game and away games, too.
The Gophers are coming off a hot road win over Penn State and are looking forward to playing against the Michigan Wolverines on Thursday February 11th at "The Barn." Our Gopher Basketball site still has great tickets for sale.
Gopher Fan Support for Gopher Basketball
The Gopher mens basketball team truly appreciated all of the great fan support last week when they played Northwestern Wildcats at Williams Arena. The Gophers tamed the Big Ten Cats, but just barely and the Gopher fan support made all the difference in 65-61 victory.
The Gophers have had it rough on the road, most recently losing to Ohio State 63-85 in their worst defensive performance of the season. The Gophers finished with a mere four steals and zero blocks.
The Gophers have another road game to tackle before returning to the comforts of Williams Arena on Thursday February 11th to tip-off against the Michigan Wolverines. WE HAVE TICKETS! Gopher Basketball Tickets start at $60 each.
Gopher Basketball Michigan State Game Barn Burner
If you missed the Gopher Basketball Michigan State game on Saturday, you missed a barn burner. The Gophers led the game for all but the final 1:27 when a Spartans three pointer gave them the lead. The Gophers tried to hold on, but a final drive by Lawrence Westbrook came up short and the Gophers lost 64-65 in front of a hyped up Williams Arena.
Minnesota will face the Northwestern Wildcats on Tuesday and WE HAVE GOPHER TICKETS.
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Gopher Basketball Needs Win to Keep Tournament Hopes Alive
After losing in overtime last night to Indiana, the Gopher mens basketball team (12-6, 3-3) desperately needs a big win against the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday. The good news is that the Gopher basketball team is at home on the Williams Arena court, the bad news is that the Gophers have not beaten the Spartans since 2005.
Buy a Gophers Basketball Ticket and reserve your spot to watch the Gophers live on Saturday at 11am, they will need your support at The Barn!
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Gopher Basketball Team sells out Williams Arena
The Gopher Basketball team beat Ohio State 73-62 Saturday in front of another sold-out Williams Arena.
Blake Hoffarber put together a career high 27 points thanks to 7 three pointers and big man Ralph Sampson III was back on the court in style with six rebounds and three big blocks.
The Gophers (12-4, 3-1 Big Ten) often sell out Williams Arena, but you can get tickets from Gopher Basketball Tickets.com. We have Gopher Basketball Tickets for sale even on game day! Check out the upcoming Gopher Basketball Williams Arena Schedule and make plans to watch Black Hoffarber sink game changing three pointers!
Mens Gopher Basketball Schedule
Sat, Jan 23 Michigan State
Thu, Feb 11 Michigan
Thu, Feb 18 Wisconsin
Sat, Feb 20 Indiana
Wed, Feb 24 Purdue
Sun, Mar 07 Iowa
Tickets available for all games!
Gopher Basketball Big Ten Schedule Heating Up
The Golden Gopher mens basketball Big 10 schedule is heating up and you won't want to miss one single Blake Hoffarber free throw! The Gophers have played well so far beating Penn State in front of a sold out Williams Arena and then traveling to Iowa State for a big 86-74 victory.
The Gopher basketball team will be back on the Williams Arena hardwood on Saturday January 9th against Ohio State - We still have tickets! Order now!
Gopher Basketball Big Ten Play
The mens Gopher Basketball team is ready to start Big Ten play. The Golden Gophers basketball Big Ten opener is against Penn State tomorrow night (Tues 12/29) at The Barn. There are only a few Gopher Basketball Tickets left! The Gopher Big Ten games always sell quickly!
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Hot Ticket Alert: Gopher Basketball at Williams Arena
There are only 2 games left before the New Year and they are almost sold out! There are only a few tickets left to either the Gophers vs. South Dakota State game or the Gophers vs. Penn State game. Gophers Basketball Tickets are a hot item in the Twin Cities right now. Get a Gopher ticket and see what team Tubby can do.
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Gopher Basketball Team Winning Streak Continues at Williams Arena
The Gopher mens basketball team has won three in a row at Williams Arena this month after beating the St Joseph Hawks 97-74 Saturday afternoon. Blake Hoffarber continues to sink baskets for the Gophers, leading Minnesota in scoring in all three wins. The rest of the Gopher Basketball roster isn't far behind him though. Ralph Sampson III has also been coming on strong with double digits of his own.
The Gopher Basketball team will be at Williams Arena again on Tuesday night and we have great
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Gopher Mens Basketball Team Wins at Williams Arena
"It was good to get back to Minnesota and to Williams Arena," said coach Tubby Smith after the Gopher mens basketball team rolled over the Brown University Bears 91-55 in front of a packed Minnesota Williams Arena crowd.
The Gopher basketball team gave Gopher fans plenty to cheer about as six different players scored in the double digits. Blake Hoffarber led Minnesota scoring with 13 points. Damian Johnson and Lawrence Westbrook added 12 points each of their own.
The maroon and gold are home at Williams Arena for the rest of December and are counting on Gopher fans to pack "The Barn" every game. We have Gopher Basketball tickets for every home game, so click on the Gopher Schedule and pick your event!
Gopher Basketball Home Games in December
The month of December will be all about basketball on the University of Minnesota campus. The Gopher mens Basketball team plays 6 home games in a row at Williams Arena during the month of December. Check-out the Gophers Basketball schedule and pick your game! Don't pass up the chance to see the Gopher Basketball team live on the Williams Arena hardwood!
Gophers Basketball 76 Classic Results
The Gopher Mens basketball team posted a 1-2 record, finishing fourth at the 76 Classic in California over the weekend. The Gophers knocked off #10 ranked Butler in their opening game, but lost their next two games to Portland and the Texas Aggies.
The Gophers stay on the road, traveling next to Florida for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge where they will take on Miami tomorrow night at 6:15 p.m. If you don't have Gopher basketball tickets, at least wear your Gopher gear and show your Golden Gopher spirit. Go Gophers!
Gophers Basketball Season Starts Strong
The University of Minnesota Gopher mens basketball season is starting exactly the way all Gopher basketball fans had hoped; win after win after win. The Gopher basketball team is 3-0 heading into the 76 Classic Tournament in California over Thanksgiving break.
The next chance Gopher fans will have to see the Gopher basketball team at Williams Arena is Saturday December 5th when they host Brown. Gopher Basketball Tickets still has great seats available for ALL Gopher basketball games so check out the Gopher Basketball Schedule today and make plans to cheer the maroon and gold to victory and dare I say to the "Big Dance?"
Have a great Thanksgiving Gopher fans!
Gopher Basketball Team Ranked Nationally
The Gopher mens basketball team will enter the 2009-10 college basketball season nationally ranked for the first time since 2002, at No. 18 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' preseason poll and at No. 25 in the Associated Press poll.
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Gopher Basketball will play without Trevor Mbakwe
Gopher mens basketball junior forward Trevor Mbakwe will not be allowed to play until his felony battery case is resolved in a satisfactory manner. Trevor Mbakwe was charged in an alleged assault in April in Miami.
University of Minnesota Gophers athletics director Joel Maturi made the decision to keep Mbakwe off the hardwood until at least December 14th when the pre-trail hearing is scheduled. Trevor Mbakwe will be able to practice with the Gopher basketball team, but will not dress for home games or travel with the team.
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Former Gopher Spencer Tollackson Returns to Gopher Basketball Family
Former Gopher basketball player Spencer Tollackson will team up Gopher play-by-play announcer Mike Grimm as the Minnesota Mens Gopher basketball radio analyst for the upcoming season. The pair is set to call every Gopher regular and postseason game on the Gopher Radio Network beginning with the season opener against Tennessee Tech on November 13th at Williams Arena.
"This has been a dream of mine for quite some time and it feels good to still be able to stay involved in Gopher basketball," said Spencer Tollackson.
Welcome back to Gopher Basketball Spencer Tollackson, we look forward to hearing your input on the radio and seeing you around at Williams Arena.
Tubby's Tip-Off Event Highlighted Gopher Basketball Roster
If you missed your first chance to see this years' Gopher mens basketball team live on the Williams Arena court, you missed a great show. Tubby's annual Tip-Off event began with coach and player introductions. This years Gopher Basketball Roster will include five new players of Justin Cobbs, Dominique Dawson, Trevor Mbakwe, Royce White and Rodney Williams plus nine returning players.
Following introductions, the Gophers competed in a three-point shooting contest, where junior Blake Hoffarber was the winner, a slam dunk contest where freshman Rodney Williams was the winner and a 20 minute scrimmage where the maroon team of Paul Carter, Justing Cobbs, Dominique Dawson, Blake Hoffarber, Colton Iverson, Trevor Mbakwe and Al Nolen were victorious.
Gopher Mens Basketball Schedule at Williams Arena
The 2009-10 University of Minnesota men's basketball schedule includes 17 games at Williams Arena.
The Penn State Nittany Lions will open the Big Ten schedule at Williams Arena Minneapolis on December 29th. Ohio State Buckeyes, Michigan State Spartans, Northwestern Wildcats, Michigan Wolverines, Wisconsin Badgers, Indiana Hoosiers, Purdue Boilermakers and the Iowa Hawkeyes will also tip-off against the Gophers at Williams Arena this season.
Hottest game? Right now, Gopher fans are pumped up about the Wisconsin Badgers vs. Minnesota Gophers at Williams Arena on Thursday February 18th.
There's nothing better than the Minnesota Wisconsin border battle!
Gopher Basketball Schedule Update
Tubby Smith Coaches Clinic Registration Includes Gopher Football Ticket
If you haven't had a chance to see a Gopher football game at the new TCF Bank Stadium yet and you are a basketball coach, this might be your chance! If you are one of the first 100 coaches to register with Tubby Smith's third annual Coaches Clinic, you will receive a free Gopher Football ticket for the Gophers game on October 31st at 7pm.
The basketball coaches clinic will begin earlier in the day at 12:30pm at Williams Arena. The coaches clinic includes an opportunity to interact with Tubby Smith and the Gopher basketball coaching staff as well as an interactive practice session. After the clinic, attendees will be able to use their free Minnesota Gopher football ticket across the street at TCF Bank Stadium when the Gophers host the Michigan State Spartans.
For more information or to register, call the official Minnesota Gophers Basketball Office at (612) 625-3085.
Add Elliott Eliason to the Gopher Basketball Roster
Elliot Eliason from Chadron High School in Nebraska made an oral commitment to the University of Minnesota and the Golden Gopher basketball team. At 6' 11" Eliason will be the third player 6' 10" or taller on the Gopher Basketball Roster.
Elliot Eliason is the first signee from the Class of 2010. As a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Elliot Eliason averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds as a junior last season. He is touted as a true center with a great presence around the basket and is know as a great shot blocker.
Tubby Smith has high aspirations for Elliot Eliason and Gopher basketball fans should look forward to Eliason as a future powerhouse on the Gopher Basketball team.
Gopher Mens Basketball Schedule
The Gopher Mens Basketball Schedule is out!
The Gopher Mens Basketball Schedule is out!
We will have single game Gopher Basketball tickets for sale soon. Check back because you won't want to miss the opportunity to see coach Tubby Smith and the Golden Gopher mens basketball team hit the brand new Williams Arena hardwood this season.
Break out your maroon and gold gear because Gopher Football isn't the only thing that is going to be hot on the University of Minnesota campus this fall!
Gopher Basketball begins on November 5th with an exhibition game versus Minnesota-Duluth. The regular Gopher Basketball season begins on Friday November 13th when the Gophers host Tennessee Tech at Williams Arena.
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Gopher Basketball Schedule Update
The Golden Gopher mens basketball team finalized another event on the 2009-10 Gopher Schedule. The Gopher basketball team will tip-off against the Butler Bulldogs in the Third Annual 76 Classic tournament held in Anaheim, California over the Thanksgiving holiday this year.
Our Gopher Basketball Tickets site will have tickets for the event as soon as they are available. Wouldn't it be a blast to go to Disneyland over Thanksgiving break? See Mickey, Minnie AND Tubby!
Keep checking back for more Gopher Basketball Schedule updates. We will have Gopher Basketball tickets for sale as soon as the full schedule is released!
Gophers Basketball Schedule
The 2009-10 Gophers Basketball Schedule will include a game against the Miami Hurricanes for the first time ever.
The Gophers will tip-off against the Hurricanes on Wednesday, December 2, at Bank United Center in Florida as part of the 11th Annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
Once Gopher Basketball tickets are available, we will have seats for Gophers fans. Check back soon!
Wouldn't it be fun to take a trip to sunny Miami in December?
Gopher Basketball Tickets In Demand
The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers Mens basketball team ended the season with a 22-11 record overall and tons of fan support. Barn attendance was extremely high this year and Gopher Basketball Tickets.com anticipates another exciting upcoming season with even more Gopher sell-out games.
Thank you for the past business, Gopher fans, and we look forward to serving you again soon as your #1 stop for brokered Gopher tickets. We are Gopher fans first and ticket brokers second.
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Gopher Basketball Ranking Buzz
College Basketball journalists have been busy putting together their predictions for the upcoming college basketball season. It's no surprise that the Golden Gophers mens basketball team has been included on many of the top 20 lists. In fact:
Garry Parrish (College Bball Writer) from CBSSports.com has the Gophers as the 16th best team in the nation.
Mike Miller (College Basketball Editor) from NBCSports.com has the Gophers as the 19th best team in the nation.
Andy Katz (Senior College Basketball Writer) from ESPN.com also has the Gophers Basketball team as the 19th best team in the nation.
It is sure to be another exciting Gopher Basketball season, keep checking back for Gopher Basketball Schedule updates and Gopher ticket news!
Williams Basketball Arena Will Get New Floor
The Gopher Basketball team will be playing on a new Williams Arena floor next season.
Williams Arena Minneapolis will be getting a mini makeover this summer that will include putting in a brand new floor and new basketball hoops. The current Williams Arena floor is 81 years old.
Gophers Travis Busch and Kevin Payton Finished
The Gopher basketball roster just got a little thinner. Both Travis Busch and Kevin Payton will give up their final season of eligibility at the University of Minnesota and graduate in the spring.
"We are grateful for what Travis and Kevin brought to the University of Minnesota during their time on campus," Gopher basketball coach Tubby Smith said. "We are proud that both will leave the university with a degree and wish them the best of luck in their life after college."
Gopher fans will miss seeing these guys on the Williams Arena hardwood, but we wish them much success in the future. Thanks for all your hard work in making Gopher basketball great again!
NCAA National Champions North Carolina
Congratulations to North Carolina Tar Heels who beat the Michigan State Spartans 89-72 to win the NCAA National Championship title on Monday night. North Carolina dominated the tournament and was a unanimous No. 1 pick in the preseason and became the first UNC team to start and finish at No. 1 since 1982.
Some Gopher fans pledged their Big 10 Basketball loyalty and cheered for Michigan State throughout March Madness, but a lot of Gopher basketball fans were just wishing it was the maroon and gold that advanced in the elite tournament. Maybe next year at this time it will be Golden Gopher basketball players with scissors and twine in hand.
Gopher Basketball Exits NCAA Tournament
The Gopher Basketball team fell to Texas Longhorns 76-62 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Gophers looked strong in the first half even leading several times, but couldn't rope in the Longhorns star players in the second.
The Minnesota Gophers basketball team ends the season with a 22-11 record overall.
Thanks for a great season Gophers!
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It's official. The Gopher basketball team will get the chance to dance! The Minnesota Gophers, seeded 10th in the East Region will take on 7th seeded Texas Longhorns Thursday March 19th in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Welcome to March Madness!
Considered a "bubble" team the Minnesota Gophers are thrilled to be a part of the NCAA Basketball Tournament and Gopher Basketball tickets.com couldn't be happier! Way to go Gophers!
Gophers Big 10 Tournament Results
The Minnesota Gophers competed well in the Big Ten Tournament knocking down the Northwestern Wildcats 66-53 and then losing to top ranked Michigan State 64-56.
The Michigan State Spartans have been a sore spot for the Gophers all season and despite leading early in the game, the Gophers let any chance of victory slip away in the second half.
Gopher Fans will be glued to the TV tomorrow as we wait anxiously to see if our Golden Gophers get into the big NCAA tournament or have to settle for something less.
Gopher Basketball Season Conclusion
The Gopher Basketball team finished the regular season with a heart breaking loss to Michigan Wolverines 67-64. The loss ends the Gopher season with a record of 21-9, 9-9 in the Big Ten - not bad!
The Minnesota Gophers will now be the No. 8 seed in the Big Ten Tournament and face No. 9 Northwestern Wildcats on Thursday at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Tip-off will be at 11am local time on the Big Ten Network. You can bet Gopher fans will be tuning in to see how the team competes in the Big Ten Tournament. Go Gophers!
March Madness has just begun!
Gopher Badger Game HOT
The Gophers Mens Basketball team is getting ready to host the Wisconsin Badgers tomorrow night at Williams Arena and the fans are ready too.
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Gopher Basketball Schedule and Tickets
The Gopher Basketball Schedule only has a few games left, but they are big ones! Click on the Gopher Tickets link to view available seats for that game. Select your seats and make plans to see the Gopher basketball team in person. There is no substitute for a live basketball game at The Barn. Remember, March Madness is just around the corner!
Gophers Control Wildcats in Huge Victory
Gopher Fans, I hope you didn't miss the Minnesota Gophers Northwestern Wildcats game Sunday night because it was a beauty! The Minnesota Gophers avenged the earlier season Northwestern road loss, smashing the Wildcats 72-45 in front of the riled up Williams Arena crowd. Lawrence Westbrook showed off on the home hardwood hitting four three-pointers and leading the team with 17 points. The entire Gopher basketball team shot well ending the game with 51.2 percent.
The Gophers are trying to prove that they have what it takes to qualify for the NCAA tournament and with only a few games left, every point counts! Go Gophers!
Gopher Basketball Wins at Home
After losing two games in a row on the road, the Golden Gopher mens basketball team rebounded nicely at Williams Arena last night with a 62-54 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers. The Gophers offense was led by Paul Carter who scored 22 points against the Hoosiers. The Gophers defense was in top form as well forcing a season high 26 turnovers. The sell-out home crowd was on fire with excitement especially in the second half when the Gophers went on an 11-0 shooting rally.
The Gopher basketball victory improves their record to 19-5 overall and 7-5 in the Big Ten. There are only three home games left, so don't miss another basket, buy Gopher Basketball Tickets today!
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Gophers Split Road Games, Get Ready for Purdue at Williams Arena
The Gopher Mens basketball team split a pair of Big Ten road games last week, winning at Wisconsin 78-74 in overtime, but losing to the Northwestern Wildcats 65-74. The Gophers are excited to be home playing the 18th ranked Purdue Boilermakers at Williams Arena this Thursday.
Purdue successfully beat Northwestern last week, but that doesn't have the Gophers doubting that they can overcome the Boilermakers prowess at the Barn. A Gopher win is sure to increase their rankings in the college basketball polls. Buy Gopher Basketball Tickets today and check out the Gophers in action at Williams Arena.
Gopher Basketball Score Another Big Ten Win
The Gopher mens basketball team performed marvelously in front of a sold out Williams Arena crowd on Sunday, beating Big Ten rival Penn State 79-59. Our Gopher Basketball Tickets site had tickets up until early Sunday morning and the fans that purchased seats were not disappointed!
Gopher Devron Bostick had a stellar day scoring 19 points and teammate Paul Carter was equally impressive with 14 points. Gopher fan favorite Lawrence Westbrook continued to sink baskets and ended the day with 14 points. The Golden Gophers basketball team is now 15-1 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten.
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Gophers Basketball Big Ten Win
The mens Golden Gophers basketball team secured their first Big Ten victory of the season, beating the Ohio State Buckeyes 68-59 in front of a packed Williams Arena crowd. Gopher forward Damian Johnson led the way with 12 points, 4 assists and 6 rebounds. The Barn was packed and if you missed it, you won't want to miss the next home game on Sunday January 11th vs. Penn State Nittany Lions.
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Gopher Basketball Schedule and Tickets
The Gopher basketball schedule is packed with exciting home games and Gopher fans won't want to miss a single shot at Williams Arena. Click on the ticket link to see available game tickets and prices.
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Gopher Basketball Team beats Ranked Team plus another
The Gopher mens basketball team beat ranked Louisville Cardinals 70-64 on the road at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona last Saturday night. The team played tough especially in the final minutes when the Cardinals really turned up the heat.
The Minnesota Golden Gopher men's basketball team won again 80-71 over Southeastern Louisiana Lions last night at Williams Arena. The victory improves the Gopher record to 11-0, the best start in decades.
Next Gopher basketball game is on Sunday December 28th vs. Tubby Smiths' alma mater the High Point Panthers. Buy Gopher tickets today and be a part of the excitement.
Gopher Basketball Team Records Another Win
The Gopher mens basketball team beat the South Dakota State Jackrabbits 74-60 at Williams Arena last Wednesday and improved to 9-0 on the season. Junior forward Damian Johnson recorded 21 points for the victory and proved he can be an offensive force to be reckoned with, not just a defensive asset for the Gophers.
The Golden Gophers are on the road for a December 20th Stadium Shootout tournament in sunny Glendale, Arizona. Good luck in AZ, Gophers! Show those snow birds what we got!
Gopher Basketball Winning Streak
The Gopher Mens Basketball team is on an eight game winning streak and off to their best start since the 1976-77 season. On Sunday, the Mens Golden Gopher team outscored their opponent 43-14 in the second half to secure the win. The Williams Arena crowd was wild with excitement. If you missed the game, you won't want to miss another one. Check out the Williams Arena Schedule and make plans to see a Gopher Basketball game soon!
Congrats to the Gopher Football Team for making the Insight Bowl in Tempe, Arizona. Can't fly to Arizona for the Gopher football game on December 31st? Stay home and Buy Gopher Basketball Tickets vs. Michigan State at Williams Arena Minneapolis.
Gopher Basketball Remains Undefeated
The Golden Gopher Mens Basketball team remains undefeated after beating Virginia 66-56 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Williams Arena. The Gophers were led by strong scoring performances by freshman Colton Iverson (14 pts) and sophomore Blake Hoffarber (12 pts). The Gopher basketball team is off to their first 7-0 start in over 30 years.
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Gopher Basketball Team Starts Season Right
The Golden Gopher mens basketball team has started the new college basketball season off right. The Minnesota Gophers were crowned the champions of the 2008 NABC Classic after sweeping the three game Williams Arena tournament. Gopher fans packed into "The Barn" to see some great shooting by Gopher Lawrence Westbrook who scored double digits in each of the 3 tournament games including a career high 20 points against the Bowling Green Falcons.
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Gopher Basketball Wins Twice
The Gopher mens basketball team won both of its exhibition games at Williams Arena in grand fashion. The Gophers beat the St Cloud State Huskies 88-80 and beat Northern State 92-62. Although the games do not count towards the final season record, it is nice to chalk up an early season Gopher victory. Freshmen Devoe Joseph and Ralph Sampson each saw playing time and had the opportunity to score double digits for the Gopher team.
The Golden Gopher mens basketball team is definitely ready to start the regular season. Buy Gopher Basketball tickets today and see the Gopher basketball season opener on Friday November 14th at Williams Arena vs. Concordia St Paul. With an in-state contest like this you can bet the The Barn will be packed all the way to the roof. No worries Gopher Basketball fans, we have lower level Gophers tickets starting out at just $34 per ticket.
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First Chance to See Gopher Basketball team this Friday at Williams Arena
Gopher basketball fans can get their first look at the 2008-09 Gopher Men's Basketball Team this Friday October 17th during the Gophers version of "Midnight Madness." The annual event now dubbed "Tubby's Tipoff" is FREE to all Gopher basketball fans and begins at 9pm at Williams Arena (doors open at 8:30pm). Fans can expect to see full player and coach introductions as well as shooting contests and a scrimmage. Don't pass up this chance to wear your maroon and gold at "The Barn."
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The most expensive game on the Gopher Schedule? Minnesota Gophers vs Wisconsin Badgers in early March. Ticket prices start at $169 per ticket. You can bet if the Gophers come out strong and win a bunch of games, ticket prices will go up and hot games will sell out. Buy your Gophers tickets today!
Gopher Basketball Schedule
The Gopher Mens Basketball Schedule is finally out! FINALLY!
The Golden Gophers basketball team will open the regular season at Williams Arena on Friday, November 14th against another local team, Concordia-St. Paul. This season opener is sure to draw tons of local fans and pack the Barn. In fact, it will be an exciting weekend of basketball at Williams Arena as the Gophers will also host Bowling Green on Saturday, November 15th and Georgia State on Sunday, November 16th. This season opener tournament is exactly what Gopher fans have been waiting for!
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Gophers at the Minnesota State Fair
Every year I spend plenty of time visiting the University of Minnesota display (building, really) at the Minnesota State Fair. This year was no exception. I decided not to wait in line for the free bag giveaway (I have done that before!), but I did hit up one of the University of Minnesota reps to ask about the Gopher Basketball Schedule. The University student liaison said that the Gopher Basketball Schedule should be out next week and that it is being held up as the Big Ten works out final dates and tip-off times with TV networks. It seems every other conference already has its schedule out, come on Big Ten, let's get organized!
Have a great Labor Day weekend Gopher Basketball fans - I will be at the Minnesota Gopher Football game on Saturday and then tuned back into my relentless Gopher Basketball Schedule look-out for next week!
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2008-09 Gopher Basketball Schedule
The 2008-09 Gopher Basketball Schedule should be released any day. Several teams in the SEC conference have already released their 2008-09 schedules, but the Big 10 has not. Last year, the Gophers announced their schedule on August 14th - so we are all holding our breath here at Gopher Basketball Tickets.com - it should be any day. It seems schedules get released earlier and earlier in an effort to keep fans in the loop during the off-season.
As a big Gopher Basketball fan, I can't wait to make plans to see the team live at the barn. Stay Tuned!
Spencer Tollackson moves to Germany
Former Gopher Spencer Tollackson will not be joining the Minnesota Timberwolves any time soon. Tollackson worked out at the Target Center with the Timberwolves staff last month in hopes of catching the eye of an NBA team or even a summer league, but it turned out the workouts were more in preparation for his career overseas than for joining the NBA.
Spencer Tollackson recently signed a contract with the Digibu Baskets from Paderborn, Germany. Paderborn is a 144,000 person city in central Germany. The Digibu Baskets Paderborns are part of the top professional league in Germany so Spencer Tollackson will have a chance to compete against other great athletes. Germany is a long way from Tollackson's hometown of Chaska, Minnesota, but it is a chance to do what he loves as a job every day. Best of luck to you Spencer Tollackson - show the Germans what us Minnesota boys have got!
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ESPY Award nominee Blake Hoffarber
Gopher Basketball player Blake Hoffarber has once again been nominated for the "Best Play of the Year" ESPY Award. The nomination is for his last second shot on March 20th at Williams Arena when Hoffarber caught a court-length pass from Travis Busch and sunk a 15 foot shot while falling away and shocked the Indiana Hoosiers 59-58. It was definitely a top Gopher Basketball season highlight and now fans can vote for the play to be the "Best Play of the Year" in all of sports. What a huge honor for Blake Hoffarber and the Gopher basketball team. Vote Now!
Gopher Basketball Schedule
Everyone at gopher basketball tickets.com is anxiously awaiting the release of the 2008/09 Gopher basketball schedule. You can buy Gopher Football tickets and Gopher hockey tickets, but the University of Minnesota has not yet released the Gopher basketball schedule.
The schedule announcement should be coming in the next few weeks so check back to gopher basketball tickets.com soon. Better yet, do you want to be notified by email when the gopher basketball schedule is released? Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will email you the gopher basketball schedule. Don't worry, we won't sell your email address or even bother you with lots of messages, just one! We promise on our maroon and gold hearts! Go Gophers!
Tubby Smith Gopher Basketball Camps
Gopher Basketball head coach Tubby Smith began his summer basketball day camps this week at Williams Arena.
It is reported that more than 160 kids turned out. Last year, the Gopher basketball camps registered around 50 players. According to rivals.com Milwaukee point guard and Gophers recruit Johnnie Lacy is expected to attend the Williams Arena camp sessions this week. Tubby Smith takes the camp work-outs very seriously and is always scouting new talent.
Final Four in Minneapolis
Minneapolis Minnesota is in the pool to host the NCAA mens college basketball Final Four tournament in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2016. The Final Four host committee has narrowed it down to 10 cities to host one of the five years so that means Minneapolis has a 50/50 shot at being selected as the host city for the Final Four. Gophers fans would like to imagine their own maroon and gold basketball team taking the court at the NCAA Final Four. Wouldn't the dream be even sweeter if it was in our home state? Go Gophers!
Gophers workout for Minnesota Timberwolves
Gophers basketball coach Tubby Smith took three Gopher basketball players over to the Minnesota Timberwolves practice facility last week. Smith brought graduated senior forward Dan Coleman, guard Lawrence McKenzie and center Spencer Tollackson. The three worked out for the Timberwolves in hopes of getting a spot on the Timberwolves summer league. Wouldn't it be cool to see more Gopher Basketball players in the NBA?
Gopher Basketball Graduates Four Seniors, New Class is Strong
Graduation season is here and the Gopher basketball team will graduate four talented seniors. The Gophers will bid farewell to Dan Coleman, Lawrence McKenzie, Ryan Saunders and Spencer Tollackson. But do not dismay Gopher Basketball fans; there is plenty of talent still on and coming to the Gopher basketball squad next year. "Tubby upgraded the team's athleticism and added size with this  recruiting class," said Hoop Scoop Online editor Clark Francis. Gopher fans should expect another successful year of Gopher basketball! We are anxiously awaiting the schedule!
Gophers and Big Ten basketball draw big crowds
The Gopher sports website posted an article regarding Big Ten Basketball attendance. Statistically, Big Ten men's basketball led the nation in attendance with an average of 12,978 fans per game last season. This is no surprise to Gopher Basketball fans that were at the Williams Arena sellout February 9th when the Gophers beat the Iowa Hawkeyes. The "Barn" packed in an amazing 14,625 basketball fans, over 1500 more than the Big Ten average.
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Gopher Basketball Stars come from Minnesota High Schools
Robbinsdale Cooper basketball star Rodney Williams is considering a collegiate career at the University of Minnesota under the direction of Tubby Smith. Another top local recruit like Williams would help build the Gopher mens basketball fan base for years to come and is sure to guarantee many more successful Gopher seasons. Be sure to check back to www.gopherbasketballtickets.com for all of your gopher basketball recruiting updates.
Tubby Smith Recruiting Update
Verdell Jones III announced Monday he would play for the Indiana Hoosiers next season instead of the Minnesota Gophers. The announcement was disappointing, but certainly not disasterous for the Gopher Mens Basketball future. Tubby Smith still has 5 of the best players coming to Gopher bench next year. His recruited class is being touted as one of the best classes in Gopher Basketball for over 20 years.
Tubby Smith's recruits consist of junior college player of the year Devron Bostick, fellow junior college transfer Paul Carter and high school standouts Devoe Joseph, Colton Iverson and Ralph Sampson III.
Gopher fans better buy their Gopher Basketball tickets now to see these guys in the maroon and gold because you can bet with all this talent, the NBA will be calling.
Lawrence Westbrook recovering from Surgery
Minnesota Gopher basketball player Lawrence Westbrook recently underwent surgery on his right hand to correct ligament damage he played with all season. Westbrook started in all 34 games for the Golden Gophers Mens basketball team last season and is praised as a dynamic scorer who can put points up in a hurry. Despite playing injured, Lawrence Westbrook had a great season with the Gophers including shooting perfect 4-of-4 from the field and scoring 10 points in 15 minutes against Illinois Illini in March and scoring a career high 17 points in the Big Ten Tournament opener against the Northwestern Wildcats.
Lawrence Westbrook said that he will probably be unable to play basketball for the next four months. Get well soon, Lawrence Westbrook, this Gopher Basketball team will need you back on the Williams Arena court next year!
Date Selected for Gophers vs. Louisville at Phoenix Stadium
The Gopher mens basketball team will play at the University of Phoenix Stadium in a "Stadium Shootout" event on Saturday, December 20, 2008. Minnesota will take on Louisville at the highly touted University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The stadium is home the NFL's Arizona Cardinals and was the host of this past February's Super Bowl XLII. It will be a big deal for the Gophers to play in the renowned stadium as they try to make a statement in NCAA basketball.
The Minnesota Gophers will be at the Phoenix Stadium less than a week after the NFL Minnesota Vikings are in Phoenix taking on the Arizona Cardinals. Want to plan a fun trip for 2008, Minnesota Sports fans? Escape the cold wintery Minnesota weather and take on two Minnesota Sports events in Phoenix! Buy your game day tickets from www.gopherbasketballtickets.com Go Gophers!
Gopher Mens Basketball News
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Gophers sell out Williams Arena
Thanks to all of the excitement surrounding Gopher basketball this year, Williams Arena enjoyed several gopher game sell-outs including the February 9th Wisconsin Badger game. The Barn attendance was announced at 14,625! The Gophers also sold out games against Indiana and Michigan State. In fact, the Gopher crowd that packed Williams Arena to the Gophers vs Indiana game was the first sellout since a February 5, 2005 Minnesota vs Wisconsin game.
Williams Arena averaged over 2,000 more fans per Gopher mens basketball game this season than in 2006-07 and recorded a season average of 12,988 fans, the second highest season average in over a decade. Gopher fans can bet that next year will be much of the same, but no worries because gopherbasketballticket.com will have Gopher Basketball Tickets to every gopher basketball game!
Gopher Basketball Season stats
The Gopher mens basketball team finished 20-14 on the season which is an 11-game change in the win column from the 2006-07 Gopher season. The 11 game turnaround is the largest season turnaround in University of Minnesota history and is tied for the second-best turnaround in NCAA Division I this season. That is something to be proud of Gopher basketball fans!
The Minnesota Gophers 20-win mark is only the eighth time in school history and just the second time since 1993. With Tubby Smith at the helm and plenty of Gopher Basketball talent coming onboard, next season is sure to be as exciting as this one!
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Gophers lose NIT game, end Gopher basketball season
After an 11-win turnaround from a year ago, the Minnesota Gophers were rewarded with a berth in the NIT. The Gophers were the number 4 seed and played Maryland Terrapins at Williams Arena on Tuesday night. The Gophers home court advantage wasn't enough to propel the Gophers to victory in the first round of the NIT Tournament. The Gophers suffered a heart wrenching 58-68 loss to Maryland in front of a packed Williams Arena crowd. In fact the Gophers trailed by just one point at intermission, but Maryland opened the second half with a 12-2 run to take a 45-34 lead and never looked back.
The Gopher NIT loss ends the Gopher Basketball season, but be sure to check back to gopherbasketballtickets.com for Gopher Basketball news and Gopher basketball ticket deals for next season! Thanks for a great season Gophers!
Gopher Basketball wins continue Tubby Smith streak
The Gopher mens basketball team won two games in Indiana giving Tubby Smith another year of 20 wins. It was Smiths 15th straight 20 win season, the longest active streak in the nation. The Gophers beat Northwestern 55-52 and Indiana 59-58 with a Blake Hoffarber buzzer beater for the record books. Both games were intense and the Gophers basketball team showed basketball critics how far they have come since last year.
The Gophers couldn't continue their Cinderella story past Illinois, though, losing a close match-up 50-54.
Gopher Basketball plays in Big Ten Tournament
The Gopher basketball team (18-12, 8-10) will be playing in the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis tonight. Unless the Gophers win the Big Ten tournament, coach Tubby Smith's streak of 14 straight NCAA tournament appearances will end this season. Coach Smith knew that would probably be the case when he agreed to join the Gopher program, but coach Smith hopes to continue a different streak. Coach Tubby Smith has a 14 consecutive 20-victory season streak that could be salvaged if Minnesota plays well in Indianapolis. Let's go Gopher Hoops!
Gopher Basketball Loses Final Two Games
The Gopher mens basketball team lost its final two games of the regular 2007-08 Gopher basketball season. The Gophers lost to the Indiana Hoosiers 55-69 in Indiana last Wednesday and then lost to the Illinois Illini 58-67 in Illinois last Saturday. Illinois was very aggressive with the ball and Illinois outrebounded the Gophers 45-19.
Both losses were extremely disappointing to the Gopher basketball team. Gopher Damian Johnson said, "We've got to learn from the last two games. The last game (a 69-55 loss at Indiana), we tie the game with seven minutes to go, this game with like four minutes to go; we just lost it. We lost our composure. We've got to make sure we can sustain the same momentum throughout the whole game."
This Gopher Basketball fan definitely agrees and looks forward to bigger and better things down the road for a growing Gopher Basketball program!
Minnesota Basketball on the Road
The Minnesota Gophers mens basketball team hits the road for the final two regular season games of the 2007-08 season. First up is a trip to Bloomington, Indiana to take on the ranked Indiana Hoosiers tomorrow night. The Gophers will be trying to avenge an early January defeat by the Hoosiers, 65-60 at Williams Arena. Go Gophers!
Gophers beat Ohio State
The Golden Gopher mens basketball team beat Ohio State in front of a sold out Williams Arena crowd and a nationally televised audience. The Saturday afternoon game was dubbed Seniors Day and the Gopher Seniors played with the intensity and determination to win. The Gophers beat Ohio State 71-57 thanks to the senior efforts of Lawrence McKenzie who scored 20 points and fellow senior Dan Coleman who scored 10. The Gopher basketball victory keeps the Gophers dreams of making the NCAA tournament alive.
Gophers face Ohio State at Williams Arena
The Gopher basketball team will face Ohio State at Williams Arena Minneapolis this Saturday March 1st. It's the last chance for Gopher Basketball fans to see this team at "The Barn" and it is sure to draw a big crowd! The Golden Gophers have momentum on their side as the Ohio State Buckeyes have lost three in a row including five of their last seven. If the Gophers basketball team can play tough all four quarters, they have a chance to beat the Buckeyes in their final game of this Gophers season at Williams Arena! This is your last chance to see the Gopher Basketball team live, buy Gopher Basketball tickets today!
Gophers beat Penn State
The Minnesota Gophers set "the barn" on fire with a win over Penn State last Sunday, beating the Nittany Lions basketball team 75-68. The Gopher victory moved the Gophers to 7-7 in the Big Ten and 17-9 overall.
Lawrence Westbrook scored 15 points, making all six of his free throws. Lawrence McKenzie had 11 points and Blake Hoffarber added 10 points. It was a back and forth game for the Gophers and at one point, the Penn State Nittany Lions secured a 13 point lead, but the Gophers didn't give up and sent the Penn State Nittany Lions packing. The Nittany Lions have not won at Williams Arena since February 14, 2001. Way to keep the streak alive Gophers!
Gophers beat Wolverines at Williams Arena
The Golden Gopher mens basketball team beat the Michigan Wolverines 69-60 in front of a riled up Williams Arena crowd. Prior to the game, Gopher coach Tubby Smith made sure his players understood that a bad loss at home would end their already small chances of making the NCAA tournament. Coach Smith took a chance that the added pressure would work to inspire his team to play more gritty and it did. The Gophers snapped the Wolverines win streak and quickly boosted fan and team morale!
Gophers senior guard Lawrence McKenzie scored a career-high 26 points against the Wolverines and tied a school record for three-pointers in a Big Ten game with seven. If the Gopher Basketball team keeps sinking big baskets, you can bet Gopher Basketball tickets will only get hotter! Go Gophers!
Gophers lose to Wisconsin on the road
The Gophers mens basketball team traveled to Madison Wisconsin to play number 14th ranked Wisconsin Badgers at the Kohl Center. The Gophers lost 65-56, mainly due to solid scoring by the Badger team. The Gophers are now 5-7 in the Big Ten Conference and will be looking for a big win back on the University of Minnesota campus on Thursday. Buy Gopher Basketball tickets today and see the Gophers vs. Michigan Wolverines on February 21st at 8pm.
Blake Hoffarber breaks three point record
Gopher freshman Blake Hoffarber broke former Gophers star Voshon Lenard's University of Minnesota freshman record for most three-pointers in a season. Hoffarber has 53 three-pointers so far this season after shooting 3 for 7 in Tuesdays game against Illinois. Blake Hoffarber is sure to keep Gopher fans on the edge of their seats as he continues to shoot from the key!
Gophers Lose to Illinois in front of sellout Williams Arena crowd
The Golden Gopher mens basketball team lost to Illinois Illini at the Barn 84-60. It was a huge disappointment for Gopher fans at Williams Arena and a huge disappointment for the Gopher Basketball team that had set a goal to win, at the very least, the remaining home games of the season.
Illinois is not having a stellar season, but the Gophers shot only 20 percent from the field in the second half and were outscored 28-9 to start the second half. The Gophers trailed the entire game and it was a heart breaker for the sellout Williams Arena crowd. Gopher fans hope to see a more competitive team at the next home game on Thursday February 21st when the Gophers vs Michigan. Check out Gopher Michigan Tickets today!
Gophers beat Iowa, face Illinois at Williams Arena
The Gopher mens basketball team beat the Iowa Hawkeyes 63-50 in front of a packed Williams Arena and a national ESPN television audience. The win moves the Gophers to 15-7 overall and 5-5 in the Big Ten. Lawrence McKenzie, Spencer Tollackson, Damian Johnson and Al Nolen led the Gophers with 11 points each. The team really came together and was excited to get a Big Ten victory especially at home in front of their adoring fans.
Another home game victory vs Illinois tonight would really help the Gophers in the Big Ten standings.
Gophers beat Northwestern, Face Iowa at Home
The Minnesota Golden Gophers mens basketball team beat an ailing Northwestern Wildcats team in Illinois 92-72. After the embarrassing loss to the Badgers, the Gophers needed to prove their team wasn't third class. The Gophers played in front of the smallest crowd yet as only 2,872 fans showed up at Welsh-Ryan Arena, partly because of a snowstorm and partly because Northwestern hasn't done much to impress its' fans this year and this game was no exception.
The Gophers came out strong and quickly mastered Northwestern's zone defense. The Gophers made 12 three point baskets and pounded inside. Blake Hoffarber got his first start as a Golden Gopher and finished the night with 15 points. "I was definitely excited; ever since I was little, I dreamed of coming out and being on the starting team, and tonight it happened," he said.
Next up for the Gophers is a match-up against Iowa Hawkeyes at Williams Arena on Saturday February 9th.
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Gophers beat Michigan, but get embarrassed by the Badgers
The Gopher mens basketball team managed to beat the Michigan Wolverines on the road last Thursday 77-65, but then lost a huge Gopher Badger match-up at Williams Arena.
The Gophers hosted the Wisconsin Badgers on Sunday and got slammed to their own home court 47-63. The Gophers came out flat and never recovered. The match-up appeared very uneven and was a tough loss for the packed Williams Arena. It was clear that no. 13 ranked Wisconsin was there to annihilate and the Gophers didn't have what it took to respond. Coach Tubby Smith was so irritated that his seniors couldn't perform, he ended up benching them for nine minutes. The Gophers will need to put that loss behind them and hope to rack up other wins in the near future. Sunday's loss was the team's fourth in five games, come on Gophers get it together.
Gophers lose to Ohio State, face Michigan on the road
The Minnesota Gopher basketball team lost to Ohio State Buckeyes 60-76 last Saturday night in Columbus. Gopher freshman point guard Al Nolen was back on the court after missing several games due to injury, but his presence wasn't enough to spark the Gophers to victory. The Gophers were outscored 0-11 in the first few minutes, but did manage to come within three points in the second half.
Gophers basketball is one hot ticket
The Minnesota Gophers men's basketball team is certainly a hot ticket these days. The Gopher men sold out a second straight game at Williams Arena last Sunday when they hosted Michigan State. Williams Arena was packed with 14,625 basketball fans most wearing Gopher gold t-shirts. That's more than the Minnesota Timberwolves can say they bring in the Target Center these days. The Gophers have obviously overtaken the Timberwolves as the basketball show of choice here in the Twin Cities. Get some hot Gopher tickets or cheap Timberwolves tickets now. Either way you can't lose.
Gophers lose at Williams Arena
The University of Minnesota Golden Gopher mens basketball team lost its last two Big Ten basketball games. The Gophers lost to Indiana 60-65 and then to Michigan State 73-78. Both games were extremely close and the Gophers players showed great heart on the Williams Arena court. The Gophers head out on the road for another pair of Big Ten games. The Gophers will need to win one of the road contests to stop a potential downward spiral.
Gophers beat Penn State, Head Back to Williams Arena for more Big Ten games
The Minnesota Gophers mens basketball team beat the Penn State Nittany Lions last Saturday 76-73. It was a hard fought victory as the Gophers overcame a 16 point second half deficit. It was the Gophers first Big Ten road victory of the season. The Gophers sank crucial free throws in the last seconds to secure the victory. Gopher freshman Al Nolen intercepted a cross-court pass and after being fouled converted both of his free throws. The win was not just a one man effort, though, it was an entire Gopher team effort and the willingness of coach Tubby Smith to play the entire bench was a key strategy in the win. Blake Hoffarber and Spencer Tollackson each finished with 19 points and Lawrence McKenzie scored 12.
The Gophers return to Williams Arena for more Big Ten conference contests facing Indiana on Thursday and Michigan State on Sunday. Buy Gophers Basketball tickets today and see your Gopher mens team at the Barn!
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Gopher Tickets are Hot
With a recent Big Ten victory by the Gopher mens basketball team and an unbeaten home record, there is no question that Gopher Basketball fans are jumping on board with exuberant support. Sources report that there are only obstructed seats remaining for each of the Gophers' weekend Big Ten games at Williams Arena directly from the Gopher Athletic office, so fans will need to buy Gopher Basketball tickets from local brokers like www.gopherbasketballtickets.com. There are still great seats available to all of the Gopher games so order now before they are gone!
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Gophers Men Basketball defeat Northwestern Wildcats in Big Ten home opener
The University of Minnesota Golden Gopher Mens basketball team defeated the Northwestern Wildcats at Williams Arena last night in the Gophers Big Ten home opener. The Gophers beat the Wildcats 82-63 in front of a season-high 13,079 fans at "The Barn." The Gophers remain unbeaten at Williams Arena this season thanks to their strong defense and ability to get baskets when the pressure is on.
Dan Coleman finished the game with a Gopher team-high 19 points and 14 rebounds. Blake Hoffarber scored an unbelievable 15 points on 5-for-5 shooting from three-point range in the first half. Hoffarber's final three-pointer before the half hung on the rim for a split second before dropping through, prompting Wildcats coach Bill Carmody to throw up his hands in disbelief. Freshman Al Nolen Jr. scored 10 points and senior Spencer Tollackson had 12 points.
The Gopher basketball team is strong this year and Gopher basketball fans will want to buy Gopher Basketball tickets to upcoming games. Go Gophers!
Gophers begin Conference Play
Minnesota Gophers mens basketball team begins the Big Ten portion of its schedule on Saturday, January 5 when it travels to Michigan State. The 7 p.m. game will be aired on the Big Ten Network. The next Williams Arena home game for the Gophers will be on Wednesday January 9th vs Northwestern. Be sure to buy your Gopher Basketball tickets early as "the Barn" is sure to fill up fast with Gopher and Big Ten basketball fans.
Gophers lose to UNLV, second loss of the season
The Gophers mens basketball team lost their second game of the season to UNLV in the final game of the Duel in the Desert Tournament. The Gophers lost 64-81 and showed college basketball groupies that they still have many weaknesses. The competition is only going to get tougher with the Big Ten Conference opener Saturday at Michigan State, but the Gophers will be hungry for a win. The Gophers 10-2 start is a solid base to build on as they move into conference play.
Gophers beat Kennesaw Owls in Vegas Tournament
The Minnesota Gophers mens basketball team continued to play well Saturday night as they beat Kennesaw State Owls 83-66 in the second game of the Las Vegas tournament. Gopher senior Dan Coleman scored a team-high 24 points and gave the Gophers their 10th win of the season. Two more wins this season will equal the Gopher program's best start since going 12-1 in 2000-01. The game wasn't a blowout and the Gophers know they will need to play even better when they face University Nevada Las Vegas in the final game of the tournament.
Gophers win first game of Las Vegas Tournament 77-32
The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers mens basketball team started the Duel in the Desert Las Vegas Tournament in grand style. The Gophers beat Nicholls State 77-32 Friday night in the opening game shooting 54 percent from the floor and racking up 15 steals and 30 turnovers. Senior Dan Coleman finished the game with a team-high 14 points and six rebounds. The victory set a record for the University of Minnesota Team - largest margin of victory on the road and tied the record for fewest points allowed in a game.
Gophers travel to Las Vegas for Tournament
The Golden Gophers mens basketball team will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada for the Duel in the Desert Tournament. Minnesota Gophers and the Nicholls State Colonels will be meeting for the first time on Friday, December 28 in game one of the tournament. Game two will be played on Saturday December 29 when the Gophers play Kennesaw State and the final game will be on Sunday vs UNLV.
There is no local TV coverage of the event so check back to www.gopherbasketballtickets.com for further updates on your super hot Minnesota Gophers!
Golden Gophers beat Santa Clara
The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers mens basketball team beat the Santa Clara Broncos 68 to 50 at Williams Arena Saturday night in front of a season high 12,548 fans. The "Barn" was filled with an intense energy that was easily fueled by Gopher steals followed with a Gopher slam dunk.
Four of the Gophers' six breakaway slams were by senior Dan Coleman, who finished with a team-high 20 points and a career best six steals. The entire Gopher team came up with 18 steals and continues to lead the Big Ten in that realm. The Gophers basketball team has definitely built a strong home base by going 7-0 at Williams Arena in the first part of the season and this Gophers fan is excited to see what 2008 and Big Ten Conference play will bring! Go Gophers!
Gopher Basketball faces Santa Clara at Home
If you aren't going to the Minnesota Wild Detroit Red Wing game on Saturday December 22nd at the Xcel Energy Center in St Paul you should definitely go to the Gopher mens basketball vs. Santa Clara game at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. There are still good Gopher Basketball tickets left and you won't want to miss your chance to this hot gopher basketball team before they head off to their Duel in Desert tournament at the end of the month.
Gophers beat South Dakota State and remain unbeaten at the Barn
The Gophers mens basketball team fought a tough battle and beat the South Dakota Jackrabbits 78-72 Wednesday night at Williams Arena. It was a back and forth battle, but the Gophers came out on top even after being down by as many as nine points. The Golden Gopher basketball squad was once again led by senior Dan Coleman who scored 24 points.
The Gophers Jackrabbits game shouldn't have been so close and I am sure Tubby Smith will use the next few days to discuss better playing techniques for his Gophers. With the win, Minnesota improved to 7-1 for the first time since 2000-01.
Gophers beat Colorado State at Williams Arena
The Gopher mens basketball team steamrolled the Colorado State Rams Saturday night at Williams Arena. Dan Coleman and Blake Hoffarber combined to score 43 points to lead the Golden Gophers to a 91-74 victory over Colorado. The Gophers played stellar defense and shot 54 percent from the floor on offense. Gopher senior Dan Coleman scored his 1,000th career point in the second half, becoming the 34th player in the University of Minnesota school history to achieve the milestone. Congrats Dan!
Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Colorado State Rams
The Golden Gopher Basketball team takes on the Colorado State Rams at Williams Arena Saturday 12/8 @ 7:00pm. This game will be the third time in history that the Minnesota Golden Gopher Basketball Team has played the Colorado State Rams. The last time the two teams played was in 1998. It is still possible to buy excellent lower level Gopher Basketball Tickets for tomorrow's game for as little as $39/Ticket!
Gophers back at the Barn on Saturday
Gophers get first loss of the season
The Gophers basketball team traveled to Tallahassee to take on Florida State Seminoles, but the Florida State defense was too much for the Gophers to handle and the maroon and gold fell 75-61. It was the first loss for the Gopher basketball team under new head coach Tubby Smith. True freshman guard Blake Hoffarber was a bright spot for the Gophers, as he came off the bench to score a team-high 12 points. Gopher Sophomore Lawrence Westbrook, who scored 11 points, said turnovers and fouls were the difference. Florida State forced 17 turnovers on 11 steals and shot 27 for 32 from the foul line.
Tubbys defense works
It's no secret the Golden Gopher basketball team is playing differently this year than they did last year. A lot of the players are the same, but the coach is different and so is his approach to Gopher basketball. Tubby Smith teaches and preaches ball-line defense. His strong emphasis on getting players between the ball and the basket have led the Gophers to a first place standing in the Big Ten for steals in a game (11.67) and blocks (6.3), and fourth in scoring defense (56.3 points) and three-point field goal defense (31.5 percent).
Gophers go 3-0 with a win over Central Michigan
The Minnesota Gophers mens basketball team beat Central Michigan 77-59 at Williams Arena in front of over 12,000 fans Saturday night. The Golden Gophers are 3-0 for the first time since the 2002-03 season. Spencer Tollackson had 14 points while Lawrence Westbrook added 11 points and Lawrence McKenzie chipped in with 10. Coach Tubby Smith spent most of the game switching the line combinations looking for the right chemistry. There are tougher games ahead, but let's hope these first few wins will give the Gophers the momentum and experience they need.
Upcoming Gopher basketball games
The Gophers will head back to the Twin Cities for the holiday weekend, where they will face Central Michigan in a 7:00 p.m. match-up on Saturday at Williams Arena. The Tubby Smith era has officially arrived and Gopher fever is running high. Buy your Gopher Central Michigan tickets today!
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Gophers win on the road
The Gophers basketball team won their second game of the season and their first road win under the direction of Tubby Smith. The Gophers beat Iowa State 68-58 and proved that coaching does make a difference. This same team lost the game to Iowa State last year, but this year the Gophers' senior trio of Lawrence McKenzie, Spencer Tollackson and Dan Coleman each scored in double figures and combined for 51 of the Gophers' 68 points. A hostile crowd of 13,709 berated the Gophers at times, but the maroon and gold came back from a six-point second half deficit to win the game.
Ralph Sampson III Commits to Gophers
Tubby Smith pulled off a recruiting miracle when he received a commitment for Ralph Sampson III. Sampson was heavily recruited by Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Auburn and Minnesota. However, in the end Sampson couldn't resist the opportunity to be coached by coaching legend Tubby Smith. It is so nice to have a basketball coach that demands respect and has given the Gopher Basketball Program credibility.
Ralph Sampson III is currently a senior at Northview High School in Duluth, GA. He is considered a player with an extreme upside that excels as a shot blocker and defensive player. He is ranked the 14th best center in this year's senior class by scouthoops.com.
I can't wait to watch Sampson run up and down the hard wood floor at Williams Arena next year. His basketball pedigree, his 6-11 frame and his athletic ability lead me to believe that he will some day become a special player for the Golden Gophers. Is it next year yet?
Gopher vs. Army Regular Season Opener
The Gophers' basketball regular season will commence when they take on Army on Saturday at Williams Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. The Army Black Knights return 16 players from last season, including leading scorer and All-Patriot League pick Jarell Brown. Tubby Smith and the Gopher basketball team will have to be ready to play some tough basketball, but this Gopher basketball fan is looking forward to a victory! Buy your Gopher Army tickets now!
Gophers fans: After the big basketball game, walk across the street to Mariucci Arena and see your Golden Gopher hockey team take on Minnesota State Mankato at 7:07 p.m. Make it a UofM Gopher Double Header! See ya on Campus!
Gophers win second Exhibition contest
The Golden Gopher mens basketball team wrapped up their exhibition schedule in style with a victory over Southwest Minnesota State last night. The Gophers were led by freshman point guard Al Nolen who came off the bench with a perfect shooting game, scoring 24 points on 6-of-6 shooting and 7-of-7 from the free throw line. Nolen helped the maroon and gold beat the Mustangs 88-52.
The Gophers really turned up the heat in the second half, outscoring the Mustangs 50-19 and proved they have the stamina to play the crucial final minutes of any game. Gopher senior Lawrence McKenzie sat out, but seniors Dan Coleman and Spencer Tollackson each racked up 16 points. The Gopher basketball team is looking strong and it should be a fun a season! Go Gophers!
Gophers beat Mavericks in Exhibition at Williams Arena
The University of Minnesota Mens Basketball team chalked up their first victory under new head coach Tubby Smith. It was only a preseason victory against Minnesota State Mankato Mavericks, but a victory none the less.
The Gopher seniors led the team just as Tubby Smith had expected them to. Lawrence McKenzie, Dan Coleman and Spencer Tollackson combined for 52 points to rocket the Gophers to a 94-68 victory.
The Thursday night game in Williams Arena was electrifying for the 11,000+ Gopher basketball fans. This Gopher basketball fan is ready for a new era of Gopher basketball and I may just get it with coaching legend Tubby Smith and his up-tempo team of maroon and gold.
Gophers vs. Mavericks at Williams Arena
The Minnesota Golden Gophers will host their first game of the new season at Williams Arena tonight. The game is only an exhibition game against in-state rivals Minnesota State Mavericks from Mankato, but it will be the first time Minnesota basketball fans will get to see Coach Tubby Smith in action as the University's basketball leader.
The maroon and gold roster is a little thin, but Tubby is excited to see how the team will play together in a real game set-up. As a preseason game, the outcome will not count towards the official season record, but a Golden Gopher win would mean bragging rights and a self-esteem boost for a Gopher basketball team that finished 9-22 last year.
Gopher Basketball Home Opener
The University of Minnesota men's basketball team's regular season opener vs. Army at Williams Arena is on Saturday, November 10th, it will tip off at 2 p.m.
The game will be the first official regular-season contest of the Tubby Smith era and just the second meeting all time between the Gophers and the Cadets. Minnesota defeated Army, 79-37, in the first game between the two programs on December 28, 1981 at Williams Arena. Let's hope the Gophers can win another one to start the new Gopher basketball season off right!
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Gopher Basketball Ready to Start
The Golden Gopher Mens Basketball team will tip off their preseason games on Thursday November 1st vs. Minnesota State and then will host Southwest Minnesota State on Tuesday, November 6th. Both games will be played on Gophers home court, Williams Arena.
New coach Tubby Smith is excited to get his maroon and gold team out on the court. Last week, Williams arena was filled with several thousand gopher fans decked out in gold "It's Tubby Time!" t-shirts.
Tubby Smith Tip-Off Event
This Friday coach Tubby Smith is inviting all Gopher Basketball fans to Williams Arena for some old fashioned Minnesota basketball fun. Admission is free! There will be a scrimmage, a slam dunk contest, a 3 point contest, prizes, music, free food and more. This should be a great tip-off to the Gopher basketball season. University of Minnesota Golden Gopher basketball fans should be excited to get their first glance at Tubby Smith on his new home court, Williams Arena. Doors open at 8:45pm and activities start at 9:00pm. We'll see ya there Golden Gopher fans! Go Gophers!
Big Ten prediction for Minnesota Hoops
Athlon Sports featured Gophers coach Tubby Smith on the cover of its new college basketball preview magazine. Smith has some outsiders already expecting better things from a Gopher basketball team that finished 9th in the Big Ten Conference last season.
Athlon predicts the Gophers will finish seventh in the Big Ten this season above Michigan, Penn State, Iowa and Northwestern.
Gophers basketball head coach Tubby Smith has a new recruit under his belt. Colton Iverson of Yankton, South Dakota committed to the Golden Gophers after meeting with Smith again this week. Tubby spent Wednesday in Yankton (population < 14,000) guest speaking at the Yankton Quarterback Club, making an appearance at Iversons school and having dinner with the Iverson family. As a 6'90" power forward Colton Iverson has the ability to make big plays on the Williams Arena court and Gopher basketball fans will be excited to see him play for the maroon and gold.
Gophers Basketball Schedule Set
The University of Minnesota men's basketball schedule is finally complete. The Golden Gophers open the regular season at home on Saturday, November 10, against Army. The game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network and is one of 19 times the Gophers will appear on the Big Ten Network this season.
Williams Arena will get rocking on Thursday, November 1st when the Golden Gophers take on Minnesota State at 7 p.m. in the first exhibition game of the Tubby Smith era. Perhaps one of the most understated games of the year will be when the Gophers travel to Ames, Iowa for a matchup with the Iowa State Cyclones at 7 p.m., on November 20th. There are a lot of Iowa State Alumni in the Twin Cities area and Ames is only a couple hours drive away so I expect the arena to be packed with fans for both sides.
The Gophers will definitely start the season in their favor as they have a five-game homestand from December 1 to December 22nd that includes games against North Dakota State, South Dakota State, and Colorado State. Historically, these games have brought a lot of fans to Williams Arena and with a new head coach at the helm this year will be no exception so buy your Gopher Basketball tickets early!
Tubby Smith Recruits
Tubby Smith is known for his great recruiting skills and this Gopher Basketball fan is certain his big name and big rap sheet will help pull big talent into Williams Arena. Tubby may be starting slow in getting big players to sign on the dotted line. In fact, Tubby Smith's first recruit, Nate Garth, changed his mind about committing to the University of Minnesota. Garth is a 6-foot-4 senior point guard at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas. He said he had a phone conversation with Tubby Smith, and they both decided it was best for him to reopen his recruitment. "It's nothing against (Smith) or against me," Garth said. "The relationship is still fine. There were just a couple new factors."
Garth, who still plans to make an official visit to the University of Minnesota in mid-September, said the Golden Gophers are among his top three schools, along with California and New Mexico.
Tubby Smith's lone recruit for the 2008 class is now Missouri State-West Plains Community College freshman Paul Carter, a 6-foot-8 forward, who committed Tuesday to the Gopher Basketball team.
Gophers Search for Chemistry, Road Toughness
One thing the University of Minnesota Gophers men's basketball team might want to work on this year is becoming more poised on the road. The Gophers finished a dismal 1-10 away from their home court last season. If any coach in the Division I basketball can remedy a shaky road team, it's Tubby Smith, so look for the Gophers to improve on the road.
The Gophers come into the 2007-08 season with no significant losses, as their three leading scorers in Lawrence McKenzie, Dan Coleman and Spencer Tollackson are all returning. If the three players can gel this season and use positive chemistry to their advantage, they might be able to upset more talented Big Ten teams under Smith's guidance. Look for McKenzie to jack up more three-pointers this season - he set school records for three-pointers made and taken last season. Hopefully the trigger-happy McKenzie won't upset the inside-oriented Tollackson and Coleman.
Bryce Webster Released from Scholarship
The Minnesota Gophers men's basketball team announced it would release 6-9 center Bryce Webster from his basketball scholarship. Webster now has the chance to sit out a year at another Division I school or to play next year at a Division II or III school. Webster follows in the footsteps of another exceptional St. Thomas Academy big man in Issac Rosefelt, who left the Division I Bowling Green to play Division III basketball ball at the University of St. Thomas.
When I played against Webster in high school, he was a strong big man with a nice free throw, but little else outside of the paint. Webster only mustered 1.2 points, 1.7 rebounds in 9.3 minutes last season. He was given the chance to start seven games, and was usually promptly removed by coach Dan Monson. The Gophers and Tubby Smith are probably doing themselves a favor by unloading the sluggish footwork of Webster and giving a scholarship to one of Tubby's recruits.
Gophers Big Ten Schedule Set
The Big Ten portion of the Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball team's schedule was released Tuesday. The Gophers will face 18 Big Ten opponents, up from 16 last year. The first Big Ten matchup will be at the Michigan State Spartans on January 5 in East Lansing, Michigan. The first home Big Ten game will be against the Northwestern Wildcats on Wednesday, January 9. The Gophers will be on the ESPN family of networks at least three times during their conference schedule: January 17 at home against the Indiana Hoosiers; February 9 at home against the Iowa Hawkeyes; and February 21 at home against the Michigan Wolverines. In the 18 game Big Ten schedule format, the Gophers will only play the Hawkeyes and the Purdue Boilermakers once. Don't miss out on tickets to The Barn to see some intense Big Ten action!
Tubby Smith busy as Ever
New Minnesota Gophers men's basketball coach Tubby Smith hasn't been very vocal in the media over the last couple of weeks, but he told the Star Tribune that it's not a cause for concern for Gopher basketball fans. Smith has been very busy searching for high school seniors and closing on his Minneapolis house. Other things Smith has been working on include getting to know returning players, serving on national coaching committees and monitoring his charity work. Smith's work is going to be cut out for him in the upcoming season and especially after next season, when he gets his chance to lay down the foundation of the Gophers men's basketball future. Perhaps the three best Gophers players are graduating this year in Dan Coleman, Spencer Tollackson and Lawrence McKenzie.
Gophers will Look to Upset Big Ten Powerhouses
This year's Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball team looks to rebound from a disappointing 2006-07 season, and it all starts with the new man stalking the sidelines, Tubby Smith. Smith can't be expected to turn this Gopher team around in one season, but hopefully we'll see these same Gophers players go out on the floor with more vigor and will power to stay with more talented teams in the second half. College basketball is all about the upsets, and this Gopher squad of relatively unknown players on the national level fronted by a prominent coach like Tubby Smith could be the perfect candidate to pull off some of the biggest Big 10 upsets of the year. Look out Bo Ryan, believe it that Tubby is gunning for you this year.
Humphries Hangs Out with the Kids
Former Minnesota Golden Gopher player and current Toronto Raptor Kris Humphries spent last weekend at the North Dakota State Fair's NBA booth in Minot, ND. He was mostly busy playing some ball with kids of all ages who showed up at the booth. He was at the booth on both Saturday and Sunday.
"I have a foundation that supports inner city youth at risk and I do a lot of stuff during the season that involves the community and trying to make a difference," Humphries told KXMB Bismarck.
Former Wolves Assistant Excited to Coach College Again
Minnesota Gophers Men's basketball will have another great basketball mind on the sidelines in assistant coach Vince Taylor this upcoming season. Taylor had spent two seasons on the Minnesota Timberwolves' bench before deciding to join Tubby Smith at the University of Minnesota. Previously, Taylor had experience with college level coaching at Louisville under Rick Pitino. Now that Taylor is working with Smith, he can compare the two great coaches. Taylor calls Pitino more "outspoken" and Smith more "reserved," but cites both as brilliant coaches.
Taylor is excited to get back to the college level because in some aspects, coaching college players is more difficult than the pros. Pro players are grown men, and after games and practices go off to do their own things while college athletes need more mentoring. Taylor looks forward to working with Tubby Smith and helping the Gophers men's basketball team mature into a winning program. It starts with helping the players achieve their goals, and from there the Gophers can start winning!
Tubby Smith Visits Gopher Greats
Minnesota Gophers basketball head coach, Tubby Smith, continues to shine in the public eye. Last week, Smith welcomed back Golden Gopher Basketball greats John Kundla and Grant Johnson for a visit to Williams Arena. Kundla and Johnson are the only two surviving members of Minnesota's 1937 Big Ten Championship Team. Both former Gopher basketball stars stated their visit with Tubby and the tour of Williams Arena was one of the best things that they had done in a long time.
Coach Smith continues to charm the Minnesota public and hopefully will win back lost Gopher basketball fans. Coach Smith said, "As the season gets closer, we hope more and more former Gophers return to the Barn and reconnect with our program." I am sure Tubby hopes former Gopher fans return as well. If Tubby can keep up his fantastic PR skills, I am sure he will be able to win over Gopher basketball fans and sell plenty of Gopher basketball tickets!
Coleman and Tollackson Coming Back as Expected
The two Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball players who declared eligible for Thursday's 2007 NBA Draft both withdrew their names last week. Both Spencer Tollackson and Dan Coleman were expected to pull their names off the official draft list, as they would most likely been selected in the second round if at all. The two Gophers forwards initially entered the draft with little hopes of garnering any pre-draft buzz, but the players' actions were mostly intended to improve future stock, specifically for the 2008 draft, as both players will play their senior season next year.
Coleman and Tollackson withdrew their names along with 46 other players from the originally 83 player long list. The NBA Draft will include 60 selections this year by the league's 30 teams.
Now that Golden Gopher basketball fans know that two of their best players are coming back for next season, tickets for next season's Gophers basketball team will maintain popularity.
Smith Gaining Minnesota Celebrity Status
Evidently, part of Tubby Smith's Minnesota initiation includes discovering the great northern land of the state. Smith, women's basketball coach Pam Borton and women's hockey coach Laura Halldorson were on hand in Grand Rapids, Minnesota as part of the Minnesota Golden Gophers Coaches Caravan. Smith told the Grand Rapids crowd that he has never received a warmer welcome from any other place he has been invited to coach than Minnesota. Lately, Smith has been involved extensively in getting to know Minnesota better. He was recently invited into the booth of a Minnesota Twins television broadcast in addition to his travels outstate. So far, Smith has done a great job in raising awareness in Minnesota about the Minnesota Gophers men's basketball team and his intention to turn the team around.
Basketball Staff Finalized
Gophers basketball head coach Tubby Smith has finalized his staff for the 2007-08 season. Smith named Ron Jirsa, Vince Taylor, and Saul Smith assistant coaches and Joe Esposito, Director of Basketball Operations. Smith said. "I have close professional and personal ties to each coach on this staff, and with familiarity brings understanding, of the way we want to run this program. They understand what it will take to bring the Gopher program to the top of college basketball."
Associate Head Coach Ron Jirsa has coached with Smith 3 prior times in his 24-year collegiate coaching career. In his seasons with Smith, Jirsa helped four consecutive teams win at least 21 games and reach the NCAA Tournament each season.
Assistant Coach Saul Smith, son to head coach Tubby Smith, has served the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Tennessee Tech under head coach Mike Sutton where he was involved in all phases of the program, including player development, recruiting, organization, on-floor coaching and academics. Saul Smith also lettered four years at Kentucky under his father, and started at point guard for the Wildcats in each of his final two seasons. He was part of winning three SEC Championships, three SEC Tournament titles and one NCAA National Championship. Assistant Coach Vince Taylor joins Coach Smith's staff after spending the previous two seasons with the NBA Minnesota Timberwolves. With the Wolves, Taylor was responsible for player development.
Director of Basketball Operations Joe Esposito will be in charge of all administrative duties of the Golden Gopher basketball program. Esposito's relationship with Coach Smith dates back to his tenure as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Tennessee State.
With the Gopher basketball coaching staff finalized, recruiting should be in full force as Tubby Smith tries to rebuild the gopher basketball legacy.
Maturi Making Right Moves, Smith Emanates Confidence
I'm kind of getting frightened by how serious Minnesota Gophers athletic director Joel Maturi has gotten at making Gophers sports more nationally recognized. Maturi hired Tubby Smith whose name itself makes the Gophers credible, but even football coach Tim Brewster, as lesser known head coach appointee, has said he is dedicated to winning the Big Ten and actually believes it. On the subject of Tubby though, he has just announced his appointments as his coaching staff on Tuesday. They include Ron Jirsa as associate Head Coach, Vince Taylor and Smith's son Saul as assistant coaches and Joe Esposito as director of basketball operations. Smith said that he has "close professional and personal ties to each coach" on his staff, and "with familiarity bring understanding." Smith added that he wants "to bring the Gopher program to the top of college basketball." Scary. Or just unheard of by Gopher fans? Get tickets now to see Tubby this winter!
Tubby Having a Busy Spring
Two big names the Minnesota Gophers basketball team is looking at are Ralph Sampson III from Georgia and Stan Simpson from Chicago. According to Ryan James of Gophersillustrated.com, head coach Tubby Smith has been going to spring national AAU tournaments throughout the country in search of the big men of the future. Sampson has been wowing crowds this spring, and Simpson has played attention-grabbing basketball as well. Smith is also looking at Chris Johnson out of Brookhaven High School in Columbus, Ohio, a school some Gophers fans might be familiar with as the Gopher football team took three players from it last year.
Tubby Networks with New Network
The Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball team got another recruiting tool with the announcement of the Big Ten Network, which will expand national media coverage for Big Ten teams starting in August. Now, when Minnesota Gophers coach Tubby Smith visits player's families, he can tell them that they can watch their son on television no matter where they are in the United States. High profile high school players want to go to high profile schools and get as much exposure as they can in attempt to sign that first big NBA contract, but recently the University of Minnesota hasn't been the place to get that kind of exposure. The Big Ten Network, which will chose games to televise after CBS and ESPN get first dibs, hopes to change this trend. Smith has already been able to recruit Texas guard Nate Garth, let's hope the combination Smith and a new television network will attract even more solid talent to the Minnesota Gophers.
Smith Starts Recruiting
Minnesota Golden Gophers head basketball coach Tubby Smith has attracted his first recruit, a 6-foot-4 point guard named Nate Garth out of Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas. In his senior year of high school, Nate Garth posted numbers of 18 points a game, eight assists and three steals. Garth didn't even need to make an official visit to the University of Minnesota to decide he wanted to play for Tubby Smith.
"With the work ethic (Tubby) has, he's going to turn things around quickly," Garth said in an interview with the Pioneer Press.
Back when Smith was at Kentucky, he had originally scouted the Woodrow Wilson team for another one of its players, but Garth caught his eye as well, and with the current point-guard situation as it is with the Gophers, Smith decided to offer a scholarship to Garth to play at Minnesota.
Tubby's Son named Assistant Coach
To go with new Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach Tubby Smith, the University of Minnesota has also brought in Smith's son, Saul, to be an assistant coach. Saul Smith has experience as an assistant coach with Tennessee Tech. With Saul Smith as assistant coach, the Gophers continue to bring in a history of winning, as the younger Smith won a NCAA National Championship with Kentucky as a player under his father. As far as helping his father recruit at the University of Minnesota, Smith said it's not difficult to get prospects excited.
"This is a good school in a well-known conference, so it is pretty easy getting people to listen when you say "Minnesota Basketball,"' Smith said in a May 3 interview with gophersports.com. "People actually pick up the phone to call you back."
Along with his national championship, Saul Smith was part of three SEC Championships and three SEC Tournament titles.
Vitale Praises Gophers Acquisition of Smith
College basketball expert and analyst Dick Vitale called Tubby Smith "one of the greatest steals" in NCAA coaching history in favor of the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Vitale was at the Minnesota Twins vs. Tampa Bay Devil Rays game on Thursday night when he was interviewed by Marney Gellner of Fox Sports Net North. Vitale is a Tampa Bay Devil Ray season ticket holder.
Future Gopher Player’s Magical Night
Soon to be Minnesota Gopher basketball player Blake Hoffarber won an ESPY two years ago for his famous shot from the seat of his pants in the Minnesota State Basketball Tournament. Golden Gopher sports unofficial website gopherhole.com recently ran a set of photos of some of the people Hoffarber met on that magical night at the ESPYs. Photos include Hoffarber with Terrell Owens, Lebron James, Baron Davis and Maria Sharapova. Certainly a dream come true for a junior in high school.
Text Message Ban will Challenge Tubby
Responding to complaints from athletes, a top NCAA panel voted Tuesday to eliminate the use of text messaging in college recruiting. If endorsed next week by school presidents and chancellors on the Division I Board of Directors, the measure will take effect August 1st. The rules change would limit electronically transmitted correspondence to recruits to e-mail and faxes only within current NCAA guidelines.
The rule makers feel that text messaging is too intrusive in high school players' lives and because of cell phone costs, their pocketbooks. Many coaches are frustrated with the ban stating that coaches need to contact recruits through modern means, the same way teenagers often chat with friends and family, to build relationships. Despite coach push back, it looks like the rule will pass and recruiting will become more difficult for college coaches.
Recruiting is definitely an art that Gopher coach Tubby Smith is good at, but with all of the current restrictions and upcoming text message ban, Tubby may have to work a little harder, be a little more creative to draw the attention of high school basketball players. I am looking forward to Tubby making the carefully planned and timed chess moves to secure the athletes the University needs.
Big Ten Tournament
The Ninth Annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge tournament match-ups have been announced and the Minnesota Golden Gophers have drawn a first round meeting with the Florida State Seminoles. The game will be played on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 6:30 p.m., in Tallahassee, Fla. The game will be televised on the ESPN2 network.
"I'm very excited to be part of the ninth annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge," Gophers head basketball coach Tubby Smith said in an interview with gophersports.com. Smith has coached against Seminoles head coach Leonard Hamilton in the past and knows it will be a challenge to play the Seminoles on their home floor, but he said "the Gophers will be ready."
The Gophers hold a 3-5 all time record in the Challenge. Last year's team was beaten by Clemson 90-68 at Williams Arena. Hopefully, the Gophers basketball team can contend in this year's tournament under Tubby Smith's guidance and not get blown out.
Travis Busch back at The Barn
Minnesota's Mr. Basketball 2005 is coming back home. After a short stay at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Travis Busch has transferred to the University of Minnesota. He hopes to see his first Big Ten action this upcoming season under new Gopher basketball head coach Tubby Smith.
"When you grow up in Minnesota, this is where you want to play," Busch said in an interview for gopherhole.com. "It's amazing to practice in here everyday and play in Williams Arena. It's awesome. It's a dream come true."
On a side note, Tubby Smith was in the house Wednesday night for the Minnesota Timberwolves game against the Dallas Mavericks. His introduction from the Target Center PA announcer triggered raucous applause. It would have been a standing ovation if Timberwolves fans weren't so worn out from watching the Wolves play.
Kentucky has No Love for Tubby
Kentucky Wildcat fans have a website dedicated to the firing of Tubby Smith. It is unbelievable how negatively critical they were about Tubby Smith's coaching in Kentucky. On the website are merchandise t-shirts that read "Tuck Fubby, fire Tubby Smith." The fans of the Kentucky Wildcats will not settle for second place in the SEC, whereas if the Minnesota Gophers finished second in the Big Ten, Gophers' fans would be elated.
The hatred of Tubby Smith in Kentucky is all the better for the Minnesota Gophers men's basketball team. Tubby Smith is the shot in the arm the team needed, and Tubby Smith will only attract more fans while helping the team win. His recruiting ability is second to none in the nation, and he will bring the Minnesota Gophers men's basketball team not only players within Minnesota, but great talent from around the United States.
Tubby Will Help Sell Tickets
Minnesota Golden Gopher Basketball Fans have been fired up about Tubby Smith. From the day he walked to the podium at Williams Arena with hundreds of Golden Gopher fans chanting "Tubby! Tubby!" to the now busy Gopher ticket office, fans have jumped on the proverbial Gopher Basketball band wagon.
"This is what it's all about," Tubby Smith said Friday after being introduced as the new coach at Minnesota. "I feel the love already."
Joel Maturi definitely met his goal of finding a big-name coach who would sell Gopher season tickets and energize the lethargic fans. Maturi shelled out $1.75 million a year for seven years to lure Smith away from Kentucky and, more importantly, to lure the once vocal fan base of the Minnesota Golden Gophers back into Williams Arena stands.
Minnesota Names Tubby Smith New Head Coach
University of Minnesota Athletics Director Joel Maturi announced that Tubby Smith has been named the 16th head basketball coach for the Golden Gophers.
Tubby Smith has spent the past 10 seasons as the head coach at the University of Kentucky Wildcats. Smith led the Wildcats to the 1998 national championship, four "Elite Eight" appearances and six "Sweet Sixteen" finishes. Smith has made 14 straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament spanning through his 10 years with Kentucky, two seasons at Georgia and his final two seasons at Tulsa.
Tubby Smith is known for winning games. His record at Kentucky was 263-83, wowser - he has definitely proven he can win games and the Gophers need his talent behind the whistle. Maturi said, "We're extremely excited to bring a coach of Tubby Smith's caliber to the University of Minnesota. His record on the court speaks for itself, but more importantly, he is an educator of young men and has unquestioned integrity to lead this program to the highest level."
Welcome to Minnesota Tubby, we look forward to the positive changes you can bring to our great Golden Gophers Basketball team!
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