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: Thinking about the postseason

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball, Gophers coaches, Gophers players Updated: February 28, 2014 - 8:54 AM

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.

Five tidbits as I get ready to head out to Ann Arbor:

1. Good story by the Minnesota Daily, on the Gophers' bubble chances.

2. If you want to look for yourself, the Gophers selection committee team sheet.

3. Get ready for the postseason -- it's just around the corner. Full schedule of conference tournaments here.

4. Starting to think about how you can win a billion dollars? Perhaps CBS Sports' Bracket Voodoo can help. 

5. Tweeted:

"For the 3rd time in #B1G history, each team has at least 5 conference wins. The other seasons were 1979-80 and 1993-94." -- @BTNStatsGuys (This after Penn State upset Ohio State to get to five; Indiana also upset Iowa to get to six.)

"Duquesne is now up 53-44 at Saint Louis, which will somehow prove someone's point about Wichita State. Just not sure who or what." -- @RobDauster (St. Louis went on to lose, 71-64). Speaking of which, Ken Pom's take on the Shockers. And that of CBS Sports' Jeff Borzello.

"Iowa loses its 3rd straight game. The #Hawkeyes become the 1st team to allow 90 points in consecutive #B1G games since Michigan in 2006." -- @BTNStatsGuys


*ICYMI, an ugly brawl broke out between New Mexico State players and Utah Valley fans last night. Just after there was all this back-and-forth about whether court stormings should be allowed.


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