March 2nd, the Gophers will conclude the home schedule against Penn State at
Williams Arena. In preparation for their only meeting with Penn State during
the regular season, Gophersports.com' s beat writer Jeff Fett takes a look at the
Head Coach: Patrick Chambers
This Year's Big 10 Record: 1-14
The Gophers hope to capitalize on Tuesday's dramatic win over No. 1 Indiana during Senior Day on Saturday.
Top 5 Leading Scorers: D.J. Newbill-15.8 ppg, Jermaine
Marshall-15.0 ppg, Sasa Borovnjak-6.9 ppg, Ross Travis-6.5 ppg, Brandon
Top 5 Leading Rebounders: Ross Travis-7.2 rpg, D.J. Newbill-5.6
rpg, Jermaine Marshall-4.5 rpg, Brandon Taylor-3.5 rpg, Sasa Borovnjak-3.4 rpg.
Notable wins: Michigan, Providence, Bucknell, Army
Penn State has
had its struggles, but a win over no. 4 ranked Michigan may have this team
finally turning the corner. Head Coach Patrick Chambers has had a tough time in
the Big Ten in his second season. At one point, Penn State lost 18 straight conference games dating back to last season, but the Nittany Lions will be coming in
with some confidence after the first Big Ten win of the season.
suffered a big blow just a few games into its season. All Big Ten point guard
Tim Frazier ruptured his Achilles tendon in its loss to Akron. He's out for the
year. He led Penn State last season in all of the major categories. He is a "Mr. Do Everything" for the Nittany Lions and is obviously missed.
for Penn State, the backcourt is still their strength, even without Frazier. Sophomore D.J. Newbill, a
transfer from Southern Miss has stepped up in his absence and is leading the
team in scoring and second in rebounds. Junior Jermaine Marshall has also upped
his game and provided much needed leadership on the court.
In a tough
Big Ten conference where there are plenty of big men to throw the basketball to,
that's where Penn State needs help. The tallest player playing consistent
minutes is 6'9" junior Sasa Borovnjak. He's averaging six points and three
rebounds a game. Chaska native Ross Travis leads this team in rebounding at 7.2 boards per game.
Penn State has
had its struggles this season, but a few more wins to end the year could build
some confidence as the Nittany Lions look toward next season.
Many Gopher Basketball fans are still on Cloud Nine after the Gophers' incredible upset of No. 1-ranked Indiana Tuesday at the Barn, Minnesota's first victory over a No. 1 team since 1989 (Illinois).
Gopher head coach Tubby Smith and his staff are busy preparing for Saturday's home final vs. Penn State, but Coach has taken some time to address the local media over the past couple of days to reflect on the victory. Above, GopherSports.com has exclusive video of Coach's post game address to his players in the locker room directly following the game -- it's not quite as hip-shaking as his post-Wisconsin speech, but still worth watching!
Coach also spoke with the media during a special availability on Wednesday. Watch highlights from that interview below:
In addition, the Big Ten Network was kind enough to share with us Coach Smith's post game on-court interview with Ann Carroll directly following the win. Take a look below:
It was one of the most memorable games in recent Gopher basketball history -- Tubby Smith's squad took down No. 1-ranked Indiana last night in dramatic fashion, and it was followed by an epic court storming by the Maroon and Gold faithful at the Barn, all in front of a national TV audience on ESPN.
Watch this video feature on Gopher men's basketball guard Maverick Ahanmisi. The junior and Santa Clarita, Calif. native has provided a spark off the bench for the Gophers in 2012-13, playing in all 26 games (through Feb. 20) and shooting a team-best 42 percent from behind the three-point line.
Through Feb. 20, Ahanmisi is averaging 3.7 points and 9.9 minutes per game. His 16 three-pointers (in 38 attempts) has already set a career high.
Feature originally aired during "Gopher Basketball with Tubby Smith" which can be seen Fridays on Fox Sports North. Check your local listing for exact times and dates.
On Wednesday, Feb. 20, the Gophers will continue the Big Ten season against
Ohio State in Columbus. In preparation for their only meeting with OSU during the regular season, GopherSports.com's Jeff Fett previewed the Buckeyes.
Head Coach: Thad Matta
2012-13 Record: 18-7 (8-5)
Leading Scorers: Deshaun Thomas-20.2 ppg; Lenzelle
Smith, Jr.-10.3 ppg; Aaron Craft-9.5 ppg; LaQuinton Ross-7.8 ppg; Sam
Leading Rebounders: Deshaun Thomas-6.2 rpg; Lenzelle
Smith, Jr.-5.3 rpg; Evan Ravenel-4.6 rpg; Amir Williams-4.2 rpg; Aaron
Ohio State is
one of those scary young teams no one wants to face this time of year.
have only one senior in Evan Ravenel, and are led by junior guards Aaron Craft and
Lenzelle Smith, Jr. and junior power forward Deshaun Thomas.
Jared Sullinger and William Buford led this team, but Thomas has stepped up this
season and is shooting the lights out, averaging a conference-high 20.2 ppg.
Craft is also one of the best defenders in the nation.
Craft and Thomas, the Buckeyes are getting nice contributions this season from
their sophomore class of Amir Williams, LaQuinton Ross, Sam Thompson and
non-conference season where they beat respectable teams in Washington and
Winthrop, the Buckeyes have taken care of business in the Big Ten this season.
They've beat the teams they needed to in Nebraska, Penn State and Northwestern,
which are near the bottom of the standings, but they've also knocked off conference
contenders in Michigan and Wisconsin too.
Right now, the
Buckeyes appear in safe position for a spot in the NCAA tournament, but the
schedule still has some roadblocks. Such is life in the Big Ten Conference.
What is Trevor Mbakwe looking to accomplish during his final year in college basketball? Go inside the mind of this St. Paul native as he talks about coming back from a torn ACL to try and lead Minnesota to the NCAA Tournament.
This video feature originally appeared during "Gopher Basketball with Tubby Smith" Friday nights on Fox Sports North. Check local listings for exact times and channel information.
The No. 23/24
Gophers picked up a 19-point win against Nebraska to snap a four-game losing
streak. They will take on Iowa, which just beat Penn State, at noon on Sunday.
GopherSports.com's Jeff Fett previewed the Hawkeyes.
Head Coach: Fran McCaffrey
Rodney Williams scored 23 points against Nebraska and will look to carry the momentum into Sunday.
Current Record: 14-7 (3-5 Big Ten)
Last Year's Big Ten Record: 8-10
Top 5 Leading Scorers: Roy Devyn Marble-14.1 ppg; Aaron
White-14.0 ppg; Mike Gesell-8.8 ppg; Melsahn Basabe-7.4 ppg; Zach McCabe-5.9
Top 5 Leading Rebounders: Aaron White-6.0 rpg; Adam Woodbury-5.3
rpg; Melsahn Basabe-4.5 rpg; Roy Devyn Marble-4.0 rpg; Zach McCabe-3.8 rpg.
Notable Non-Conference Wins: Gardner-Webb, Iowa State, University
of Northern Iowa, Western Kentucky
Notable Non-Conference Losses: Wichita State, Virginia Tech
Conference Wins: Northwestern, Wisconsin, Penn State
head coach Fran McCaffery led the Hawkeyes to a few good wins over a couple of
mid-major programs during the non-conference season, and Iowa appeared to be
turning the corner thanks to a strong freshman class.
brought an 11-2 record into Big Ten play. They have had some struggles against
the tough conference competition, but three of their losses have been by three
points or fewer.
So far this
season, junior Roy Devyn Marble leads the Hawkeye attack. The guard/small
forward has been a strong leader for a young team. Sophomore Aaron White has
had some strong performances, too. Along with the top scorers, two freshmen in guard
Mike Gesell and center Adam Woodbury have Iowa fans believing in this team
know how to score points. They are averaging 73.0 points per game, just behind
the Gophers at fourth in the conference.
Iowa to be a sleeper team this season. If they continue to win their most winnable
games, and pick up a few victories from ranked teams as well, the Hawkeyes
could still finish somewhere in the middle of the Big Ten. A finish in the
upper half would be a major accomplishment for this young team.
Austin Hollins has emerged as one of the Gophers' go-to scorers this season.
Go behind-the-scenes with Gopher juinor Austin Hollins in this exclusive video feature story on the Tennessee native. The junior guard is having a solid season in 2012-13, averaging 10.9 points and 29 minutes per game.
This feature originally aired during "Gopher Basketball with Tubby Smith" which appears each Friday during Big Ten Season on Fox Sports North. Check your local listings for times and more details.
Hollins scored a career-high 21 points against Michigan earlier this season and also led the way in the Gophers' Jan. 6 victory over Northwestern at Williams Arena, hitting a career-high five three-pointers in just three minutes of play.
The Gophers and Cornhuskers will meet again in March.
In just its
second year playing Big Ten basketball, Nebraska hopes it can make a little
noise as the Cornhuskers transition into what they hope will be a contender in
years to come.
who was the head coach at Colorado State last year and took over for the fired
Doc Sadler, has a team with only one returning starter in Brandon Ubel. Miles
has been making progress on the recruiting trail, but it may take a little
while before he sees the Cornhuskers make a move in the Big Ten.
Cornhuskers lost 73 percent of the team's minutes from last year's squad,
meaning a lot of inexperienced players are getting a chance to contribute this
year. To take some of that burden, they are relying on a pair of freshmen and a
couple of transfers.
Nebraska is off
to a 2-6 start in the conference season. While the transition to better
basketball may take a little while, the Cornhuskers hope to finish strong
during this steppingstone season as they wait for Miles recruits to hit the
This Saturday, the No. 12 Gophers will look to bounce back from some tough losses as they take on Wisconsin at the Kohl Center in Madison. Gophersports.com's Jeff Fett takes a look at Minnesota's border rival.
Head Coach: Bo Ryan Current Record: 13-6, 4-2 Big Ten Last Year's Big Ten Record: 12-6
Top 5 Leading Scorers: Jared Berggren-12.5 ppg; Ryan Evans-10.9 ppg; Ben Brust-10.6 ppg; Sam Dekker-9.2 ppg; Mike Bruesewitz-7.5 ppg.
Top 5 Leading Rebounders: Ryan Evans-7.0 rpg; Jared Berggren-6.4 rpg; Ben Brust-5.7 rpg; Mike Bruesewitz-5.2 rpg; Sam Dekker-3.4 rpg. Notable Non-Conference Wins: Arkansas, California Notable Non-Conference Losses: Florida, Marquette, Virginia, Creighton
Conference Wins: Penn State, Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana
Conference Losses: Iowa, Michigan State
Wisconsin is one of those teams you can always pencil in to compete in the top half of the Big Ten and, once in a while, make a long run in the NCAA tournament. This year should be the same. The Badgers have 12 of 14 lettermen returning and a solid freshman class contributing right now.
The season did not get started the way Wisconsin wanted. The Badgers lost Jordan Taylor to graduation and then lost his replacement, Josh Gasser, to a torn ACL. But the Badgers still got off to a 4-0 start in Big Ten play. Ben Brust has been taking the reins leading the Badger backcourt.
Perhaps Wisconsin's biggest strength is inside. Forwards Jared Berggren, Mike Bruesewitz and Ryan Evans have been making life difficult for teams to pound the ball inside night in and night out. They've also been getting help from athletic 6-7 freshman forward Sam Dekker.
If there is a weakness on this team it is that the Badgers do not have the premier scorer that can light it up night in and night out. They play as a team in every sense of the word.
The Badgers have not missed the NCAA tournament since 1998, and if their backcourt can stay productive, they should make it again this year.