June 12, 2013 Gophers: Tubby Smith May Have Another $225k Coming
According to consulting firm Pleasant Avenue Athletics (PAA), the University of Minnesota may still be on the hook for $225,000 related to APR incentives in Tubby Smith’s contract with the school. Continue reading →
June 5, 2013
Minnesota’s 2012-13 RPI: Skill vs. Luck
The Minnesota Golden Gophers had the nation’s 34th best RPI on Selection Sunday. Despite the RPI’s inherent flaws, Minnesota’s RPI ranking likely was a significant aid in making a case for an invitation to the 2012-13 NCAA tournament.
Many have noted the Gophers’ top-5 strength of schedule (“SOS”) ranking and called it “difficult” and “impressive”. How much of the SOS should be attributed to intelligent scheduling as opposed to factors at least partially out of the team’s control? Continue reading →
June 1, 2013
2014 Recruiting: Gophers Have Advantage Over Duke, Others
Coach K in Dubai
The Pitch Minnesota’s new head coach Richard Pitino can offer something to 2014 recruiting targets that many other schools, including the Duke Blue Devils, cannot.
The Minnesota high school class of 2014 features the “Big Three” of Tyus Jones, Rashad Vaughn and Reid Travis. In addition to pursuing those players, Richard Pitino won’t shy away from head-to-head recruiting battles with traditional basketball powerhouses. Continue reading →
May 29, 2013
Nike EYBL Session #4 Articles & Interviews
Late Night Hoops’ J.B. Bauer assisted several media outlets with coverage of the EYBL session in Eagan, Minn. this weekend. We’ll update this page with links and other notes as articles and interviews are published.
May 24, 2013 Gophers Recruiting: Another 2013 PF Graduate Student Hits the Market
There’s yet another player the Minnesota Golden Gophers could consider adding to help their front line in 2013-14. As has been expected, DePaul today formally announced that they had granted permission for Donnavan Kirk to look elsewhere and added that Kirk will graduate from DePaul this summer. Continue reading →
May 20, 2013 Recruiting: Top 100 Teammate of Gophers’ McNeil Back on Market
2013 big man Dominic Woodson (#83 RSCI) is looking for a new school after deciding against attending Baylor. The Bears will return 7’1″ center Isaiah Austin (13.0p, 8.3r per game in 2012-13) and 6’9″ forward Cory Jefferson (13.3p, 8.0r).
Woodson spent the 2011-12 school year at Vermont Academy where he played with Minnesota Gophers’ incoming guard Daquein McNeil. Dominic is a native of Louisville, Ky. although he left the area in middle school.
During the 2011-12 season, Louisville and the Pitinos were quite involved with Dominic’s recruitment. Continue reading →
May 15, 2013 Q&A: FIU’s Academic Mess is Minnesota’s Gain
Minnesota could add Florida International student-athletes Rakeem Buckles and Malik Smith for the 2013-14 season and have them be immediately eligible for competition. Both players would have no eligibility remaining after the season and thus they would not impact the Gophers’ 2014 recruiting class.
This morning Malik Smith said that he will be joining the Gophers. While things have been quiet on Buckles for several weeks, we believe there’s a high likelihood that both he and Smith will play as Gophers in 2013-14. However, beneath the scenes things may not be as cut and dry as they seem. Continue reading →