This is Amelia Rayno's third season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News.

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FIU gets postseason ban; could Rakeem Buckles news be on the way?

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball, Gophers players Updated: June 11, 2013 - 3:06 PM

Well, the numbers we have all been predicting have officially been released.

The Academic Progress Rate report was released on Tuesday and as expected, new Gophers' coach Richard Pitino's former school -- Florida International -- failed to meet the NCAA's minimum APR number.

FIU will be penalized by receiving a postseason ban for 2014.

This could affect the Gophers in a couple of ways. First of all, Malik Smith, who has already signed with Minnesota, should be granted a waiver to be eligible immediately. Rakeem Buckles, on the other hand, could have a clear path for following his former teammate to the Gophers. Will we get some Buckles news soon? Very probable if that is the guy. Buckles would need to enroll in a graduate program if that were the case. The Gophers could also be hot in pursuit for Derrick Randall, a transfer from Rutgers.

Minnesota has signed three guards and one power forward for next season already and have a single scholarship remaining (due to Joe Coleman's transfer). If Buckles were to come to Minnesota, he and Smith would open up two more scholarships for 2014 since they each have just one year of eligibility remaining.

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