The Minnesota women's basketball team filmed numerous videos during the 2012-13 season that were used during home games, on Gophersports.com and on Twitter and Facebook. The end products used the best shots and were always professionally produced, but the Gophers had a lot more fun with the videos than their fans were able to see.
With 2012-13 coming to a close, Gophersports.com gives fans an inside look at some of the best bloopers from the year. Check out all of the fun that the team experiences behind the scenes!
Sunday, March 24, in Austin, Texas, the Gophers will
continue their quest to make a deep NCAA Tournament run
a Third Round matchup against No. 3 seed Florida in the South Regional. GopherSports.com's Jeff Fett took a peek at what the Gators have accomplished so far this season, and how the Gophers will match up with them.
Head Coach: Billy Donovan
Overall Record: 27-7
SEC Conference Record: 14-4
Top 5 Leading Scorers: Erik Murphy-12.8 ppg; Kenny Boynton-12.3 ppg; Mike Rosario-12.2 ppg; Patric Young-10.5 ppg; Scottie Wilbekin-9.1 ppg.
Top 5 Leading Rebounders: Patric Young-6.3 rpg; Will Yeguete-5.9 rpg; Erik Murphy-5.5 rpg; Casey Prather-3.8 rpg; Michael Frazier II-3.3 rpg.
Notable wins: Wisconsin, Middle Tennessee State, Marquette, Florida State, Air Force Academy, Missouri, Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama
Notable losses: Arizona, Kansas State, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi
Florida is a team that is a serious contender for the Final Four if they are hitting on all cylinders.
Senior forward Erik Murphy and senior point guard Kenny Boynton lead the Gators. The two led the team in scoring and on the defensive side of the ball. Sophomore guard Scottie Wilbekin's defense has also been important to Florida's success.
The Gators average 71.9 points per game and allow just 53.5 points per game, which is third in the nation. In fact, Florida's defense has been so stout that it has allowed more than 70 points just once (80 points in a loss to Arkansas) and allowed 50 points or fewer 13 times this season.
In their Second Round game, the Gators held the highest scoring team in the nation in Northwestern State to 34 points below its season average.
However, Florida is not without its weaknesses. The Gators are 0-6 in games decided by six points or fewer this season. They have also let three double-digit leads slip away.
If the Gophers can get up and down the court and take the Gators out of their element and turn this into a high scoring game, there is a good chance they could make it into the Sweet 16.
Minnesota fell 2-0 to Colorado College at the WCHA Final Five tonight.
Tigers Top Minnesota
Minnesota dropped a 2-0 contest to Colorado College in the semifinals of the WCHA Final Five. The Tigers will meet the University of Wisconsin in tomorrow's championship game. Despite outshooting the Tigers in ever period, the Gophers never solved Colorado College goalie Joe Howe, who made 35 saves to earn the shutout. Minnesota's final game at the WCHA Final Five will go down as a disappointment.
Gophers Play From Behind... Can Not Catch Up
After a scoreless first period, Colorado College took a 2-0 lead with two goals in the second period. Rylan Schwartz gave the Tigers a lead 59 seconds into the period when he let a strong wrist shot go after a fancy toe drag. Schwartz was able to use the Gophers defenseman as a screen for Minnesota goalie Adam Wilcox on the play. Charlie Taft doubled Colorado College's lead with his seventh goal of the season just over three minutes later. The two goals would be all that The Tigers needed to earn a birth in the title game. Minnesota is now 1-4-1 when trailing after two periods.
The Gophers now turn their attention to the NCAA tournament. The regionals are take place next weekend. Minnesota will find out their opponent at 8 p.m. Sunday night when the NCAA releases the tournament bracket. Signs point to the Gophers being the number one seed in Grand Rapids, Michigan, home of this year's west regional. The other three regional host sites and potential destinations for Minnesota are Toledo, Ohio, Providence, Rhode Island, and Manchester, New Hampshire. The selection show will be broadcasted on ESPNU.
Written by University of Minnesota intern Josh Brennock
The Frozen Four is finally here!
Since winning the national title last season, our sights have been set on returning to the Frozen Four, especially with it being hosted at Ridder Arena. And after a long, exciting and history 2012-13 season, we have finally achieved one of our goals.
With the rest of Minnesota on Spring Break, our schedule has been very flexible. We had a team breakfast this morning at Egg & I, and then we had our team practice around lunchtime.
The practice was business as usual, and we fine-tuned some things for tomorrow's game versus Boston College. At the end of practice, we did our ritual "Hair-Down Showdown", which is done the last practice before the weekend begins. Coach Frost was the surprise winner today as he somehow slipped the puck by Noora.
After practice, Noora, Amanda and Coach Frost addressed the media one last time before the weekend.
We are now getting ready to head to the NCAA Frozen Four Banquet, which will be held at TCF Bank Stadium. It will be a good chance for all the players, coaches and staff to mingle with one another and really take in the whole Frozen Four experience. I've heard the meal is the same as what we had at the Senior Banquet back in February, so we all are pretty excited about dinner tonight!
The banquet will wrap up our final prep day for the Frozen Four, and then it is business tomorrow morning! Everyone is pumped and excited to defend our national title this weekend!
By Jeff Fett, GopherSports.com
Friday, March 22, in Austin, Texas the Gophers will begin their quest to make it to their second Final Four in school history in a second round matchup against No. 6 seed UCLA in the South Regional. Here is a preview of what the Bruins have accomplished so far this season.
NCAA Tournament Preview: UCLA
Head Coach: Ben Howland
Overall Record: 25-9
Pac-12 Conference Record: 13-5
Leading Scorers: Shabazz Muhammad-17.8 ppg; Jordan Adams-15.3 ppg; Travis Wear-11.2 ppg;
Kyle Anderson-9.8 ppg; Larry Drew II-7.6 ppg.
Top 5 Leading Rebounders: Kyle Anderson-8.6 rpg;
Shabazz Muhammad-5.3 rpg; Travis Wear-5.2 rpg; David Wear-5.0 rpg; Joshua
Austin Hollins and the Gophers are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010.
Notable wins: Georgia, Texas, Missouri,
Long Beach State, California, Arizona, Stanford, Colorado
Notable losses: Georgetown, Cal Poly, San
Diego State, Oregon, Washington State
Gophers second round matchup against UCLA is a tough one to predict. UCLA won
the regular season Pac-12 title this season, but also went through some rough
stretches as well.
Bruins are led by freshman guard/forward combo Shabazz Muhammad, who leads the
team in scoring and is likely to be a top 10 pick in the NBA draft this season
should he choose to exit early.
can get up and down the court, averaging 74.7 points per game, which is 28th
in the nation. The team also is averaging 16.1 assists per game, which is 11th
in the country. However, the Bruins also give up a lot of points as well. In
the Bruins' 34 games, they have given up at least 60 points or more 26 times.
before the NCAA tournament, UCLA suffered a big hit. The Bruins will be without
freshman guard Jordan Adams after he broke his foot in their Pac-12 Conference
tournament semifinal victory over Arizona on Friday. Adams is the team's second
scorer and led the Pac-12 in steals with 73 this season. Sophomore Norman
Powell will take his place in the starting lineup.
could work in the Gophers favor is UCLA's depth. With the loss of Adams, the
Bruins will likely stick to a seven-man rotation. If the Gophers can make this
game into a track meet, there is a good chance they could move on.
GAME INFORMATION | Watch the Tournament Online
Quotes from Today's Media Activities: Minnesota | Florida
Blog: Previewing the Gators (by GopherSports.com's Jeff Fett)
Yesterday, the Gophers had one final practice before taking on UCLA. Other than that, the team had all day to relax before playing the very last game of the NCAA Second Round.
The band and spirit squads (including national champion mascot Goldy, of course) have done a phenomenal job this weekend. They were at the 'Sota Social at the Tavern before the game, along with a lot of family and fans who had an opportunity to chat and have snacks before taking a shuttle to the arena.
The team had press conferences this afternoon, and will be finishing up their closed practice soon. A false fire alarm during Miami's practice earlier today pushed back the schedule for the rest of the practices. I used practice time to explore the surrounding part of campus. At Texas Memorial Stadium, a gate was ajar, so I walked through without asking, just to snap a couple pictures.
March 21 -10:30 p.m.
It's fitting that I mentioned the bat bridge earlier today, because we ended up having a close encounter with a bat tonight. A few different times during the Gophers' open practice, everyone stopped for a moment while a bat flew around in the court area at the Frank Erwin Center. (See the video above for some bat footage.) The bat even went at Julian Welch. I don't think Dre Hollins was a big fan--he kept running away. I guess Barnyard animals follow the Gophers around even when they're not playing in Williams Arena.
Before practice, the media had access to the team. The locker room was open to media for half an hour. Coach Tubby Smith and the two captains, Austin Hollins and Rodney Williams, fielded questions in the press conference area during part of that time. As most of the media cleared out of the locker room, we started watching the Michigan-South Dakota State game before heading out to the court for practice.
A few tidbits from the locker room:
Rodney Williams, on the city of Austin:
"It's a pretty nice city, from what we've seen. I'm most happy about getting out of the cold weather, just being somewhere warm."
Williams, on being back in the Tournament as a senior:
"It's definitely nice. To come in my freshman year and get to the Tournament and then not go for a couple years, that was tough. To go out with an NCAA Tournament, I think that's the best way to go out."
Andre Hollins, on his first NCAA Tournament experience:
"It's very exciting. As a kid, you grow up watching college basketball with a sense of excitement. You're on the couch watching these games back to back with the players playing their hearts out. You just hope that one day that's you. Now that I have the opportunity to be here, it's crazy. It's exciting."
The Gophers will have one last practice tomorrow before playing in the very last game of the 2013 Second Round (formerly known as the First Round) at about 9:00 p.m. For information about the viewing party in Roseville, the 'Sota Social in Austin and home viewing options, scroll down to the bottom of this article.
March 21 - 3:00 p.m.
Thursday has a day of practice and meetings so far. Some of the staff attended morning meetings to go over tournament procedures so that everything would run smoothly later in the day and on game day. The coaches' meeting starts pretty soon, as well.
Pictured above: Frank Erwin Center
At noon, the Gophers practiced at St. Edward's University in Austin. Several of us watched basketball on our phones on the way there. (Check out the NCAA March Madness Live app if you have a smart phone or tablet--but be prepared to charge your device soon if you do. The app is free and allows you to track scores and watch games live.) At practice, we could see passers-by stopping at the windows to take a peek at the Division I team using the Division II Hilltoppers' gym.
Our bus driver gave us a nice tour of the University of
Texas campus and other parts of Austin before bringing us back to the hotel.
The Longhorns have some incredible facilities, and their campus is spread out
like the University of Minnesota. Places we saw included the state capitol
building, the Longhorns' football and baseball stadiums, the Lyndon Baines
Johnson Library and a bridge under which a lot of bats live (kind of creepy). There would be pictures of some of this if we had gotten off the bus--maybe I will add some tomorrow if I have a chance to walk around in the morning.
It has been kind of fun just walking or driving around Austin and seeing some of the quirky things in this city. It seems like there are food trucks just about everywhere. There are a handful of them right outside our hotel, and there are some streets with a whole bunch them lined up in a row. On one street not far from our hotel, people have converted most of the houses into bars/restaurants.
The Gophers will be going back to the Frank Erwin Center for
media availability and open practice tonight. Practice is open to the public
and runs from 6:40 to 7:20.
March Madness has officially begun for the Golden Gopher basketball team. The team, band, cheerleaders, staff and others involved with the program flew to Austin, Texas, this afternoon to get ready for Minnesota's game against UCLA on Friday night.
We left Williams Arena and well-below-average "spring" temperatures late in the morning and arrived in balmy Texas this afternoon. The Minnesota Rouser played in the airport as we were boarding. When we got off the plane at the airport, it was nice not to need a winter coat. A local news crew was at the hotel when we arrived to greet our buses and interview Tubby Smith.
The Gophers had lunch at the hotel, and went to practice later in the evening, where they had a chance to meet Texas Longhorns football coach Mack Brown and listen to a little talk from him. The Gophers will have their first look at the Frank Erwin Center court tomorrow during open practice. Anyone in Austin who wishes may come to watch on Thursday. Minnesota's open practice runs from 6:40 to 7:20 p.m.
"Had a chance to visit with my friend Tubby Smith. Great coach and class act! Enjoyed catching up. twitter.com/UT_MackBrown/s..."-- Mack Brown (@UT_MackBrown) March 21, 2013
Info for Friday
The No. 11 Gophers will play No. 6 UCLA in the second game of the Friday night session. The first game will start at 6:27 p.m. CT, and the Gophers will start 30 minutes after the conclusion of that game between Florida and Northwestern State. Find both teams' game notes and all the other information you need on our preview page.
For Gopher Fans in Minnesota
There will be a viewing party at Joe Senser's in Roseville. If you would like, come early for the Gopher men's hockey game at 7 p.m. and stay for the basketball game at 9 p.m. There will be food and beverage specials and chances to win prizes.
If you're watching on TV at home, try these channels:
Comcast 51, DirecTV 246, Dish 204. Or look for your provider with the TruTV channel
finder. Games are also available online at ncaa.com.
For Gopher Fans in Austin
The NCAA Tournament edition of the 'Sota Social runs from 5-7 p.m. at the Tavern (922 West 12th Street, Austin, Texas, 78703). The event will feature snacks, a cash bar, prizes and entertainment. Starting at 6:30, fans can take a shuttle from the social to the arena for the game.
Members of the Minnesota men's hockey team met with the media ahead of this weekend's WCHA Final Five at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. Based on earning a share of the MacNaughton Cup and the tournament's No. 2-seed, the Gophers receive a bye and will first play in Friday night's semifinal against either North Dakota or Colorado College.
The players are looking forward to participating in the program's last WCHA Final Five before leaving to join the new Big Ten Hockey Conference next season. "It is one of the more fun tournaments of the year. We know that our fan base will be behind us and whoever we play will have a lot of fans there as well," forward Erik Haula said.
The Gophers opponent on Friday night will be determined by Thursday night's quarterfinal between North Dakota and Colorado College. Regardless of the opponent, head coach Don Lucia believes a quick start will be key, "I think the first period is very important. I think the team who played the day before has an advantage early in the game. Hopefully, we have an advantage as the game goes on because we are rested."
Minnesota is very familiar with both North Dakota and Colorado College. Erik Haula thinks the semifinal game will come down to intangibles. "Whoever we play, I do not think it will be about systems. It will be who works harder, and who wants it more."
Minnesota will need to win two games this weekend in order to hoist the Broadmoor Trophy for the fist time since 2007. "Our goal, like every team here, is to be playing on Saturday night," Lucia said. "I think our guys are real excited to head down (to the Xcel Energy Center) this weekend."
Players and coaches were cautious not to put too much emphasis on the results this weekend, with an eye towards the NCAA tournament. Coach Lucia mentioned he might use the games in St. Paul to tweak lines in order to find the best combinations for national postseason. Minnesota hopes to use the WCHA Final Five as a springboard the NCAA tournament. "Whoever wins the (WCHA Final Five) will have great confidence going towards the NCAAs and that is what you are looking for at this time," forward Kyle Rau said.
It will certainly be an exciting weekend for the fans. The Gophers play in the semifinals Friday night a 7:00 p.m. at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. The game can be seen on FOX Sports North, and it can be heard on 1500 ESPN.
-Story By Minnesota Communications Intern Josh Brennock