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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The Opening Tip: Two big men on campus, Gophers improve on bubble, Bigfoot in Detroit

Posted by: Amelia Rayno Updated: February 19, 2014 - 9:31 AM

The Opening Tip (as you can see, the name is in a little bit of flux here)  is a new feature to Gold in the Barn, with the goal being to share five nuggets -- mostly Gophers or Big Ten related but occasionally not -- every morning between 8 and 10. Dig it? Hate it? Want to see something specific in it? Send me feedback at or tweet me @AmeliaRayno.

Five tidbits as I'm listening to birds -- (Birds??! Birds.) -- outside.

1. In case you missed it in today's Star Tribune: Signs of improvement for Gophrs' D. Still, it has a good ways to go before it isn't a liability. Previewing both teams here.

2. Keeping an eye on the bubble? There were several losers last night which probably helped -- certainly Providence' heartbreaker to Villanova and Richmond losing vs. George Washington -- to solidify the Gophers bid just a little more. From CBS Sports' Jeff Borzello.

3. Recruiting update, part one. Last night: Gophers commit Nate Mason scored 29 points and added seven assists, five rebounds and four steals in a win over Life Christian; Gophers  2014 target DuJuan Piper finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in a win vs. Bainbridge; Gophers 2015 target Eli Thomas had 20 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in a win over Sachse (via @D1Circuit).

4. Recruiting update, part two. In addition to Anas Osama Mahmoud coming to Minneapolis on his official visit, 6-11 center Bakary Konate (Kansas) is also in town, on his official, a source confirmed. So many big men on campus.

5. Just how desolate is Detroit? Apparently bad enough that Bigfoots think they're in the middle of nowhere and just come right out in the open. (Just kidding, Detroit, I have no hate, I enjoyed my brief stint living there!) But seriously, this was no squirrel.


*No Gophers were on the Cousy Award list of finalists, but Golden Valley native, Harvard's Siyani Chambers, did make the cut.

*Never complain about Williams Arena again.


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