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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Opening Tip: Letting you re-live Iowa-Minnesota with all kinds of links

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball, Gophers coaches, Gophers players Updated: February 26, 2014 - 9:49 AM

Five tidbits following the biggest Gophers win of the season.

The Opening Tip 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.

1. In case you missed it, my story from last night's Gophers win over Iowa. Plus, Pat Reusse's column on Austin Hollins' resurgence.

2. Coach Richard Pitino on the victory: "We are happy with where we are at. We were picked at the bottom of the league -- 10th, 11th, 12th ...

[Here he asked me where I picked them; I said 9th; he reminded me they are two better than that.]

 "I didn't take this job and make the NCAA tournament our goal. I hope we make it, but if we don't I'm not looking at this as an unsuccessful season. I'm proud of what they've showed so far."

3. New bracketology from CBS' Jerry Palm. "Welcome back, Minnesota," he says. In his last four in. Plus Eye on CBB's Bubble watch.

4. Recruiting update: Gophers 2015 target Elijah Thomas scored 19 points, 10 rebounds and added three blocks for Lancaster in game vs. Whitehouse last night (via @D1circuit).

5. Video highlights so you can watch the win over Iowa all over again.



@DaveCampbellAP: "Worth repeating: 95 points total for #Gophers in losses last week to Illinois/Ohio State. 95 points tonight in win over Iowa."

@FromTheBarn: "#gophers had highest effective field goal percentage (3s count as 1.5 made FGs) since at least 2003. Stats not available further back.

@NadineBabu: "Fran McCaffery: (Minnesota) is a good three-point shooting team. The numbers have not told the story recently." #Gophers

@DanOwen247: "With that win, the #Gophers will be undefeated at home against ranked teams, which hasn't happened in at least 10 years (got bored looking)."

@TrendsmapMPLS: "'buggs' is not trending in #Minneapolis."

*Gopherhole poll: Who was the Gophers MVP from Tuesday -- Austin Hollins? Charles Buggs? DeAndre Mathieu? Check it out here.


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