While Rodney Williams, Austin Hollins and Joe Coleman were combining for ZERO points in Wednesday night's Minnesota loss at Nebraska, a pair of ex-Gophers were having big nights for their new teams.
Tubby Smith-transfers Colton Iverson and Justin Cobbs combined for 53 points. Iverson scored a career high of 29 as Colorado State went to Wyoming and ruined that school's Senior Night in a 78-56 victory.
Matt L. Stephens of the Coloradan.com wrote: "Wednesday was Senior Night for Wyoming, but CSU must not have received the memo. It was the Rams’ seniors who stole the show in their final trip to Arena-Auditorium, led by Colton Iverson. To put it kindly, he was unstoppable. Iverson dominated in the paint for Colorado State University, tying a Mountain West single-game record for baskets without a miss, as the Rams cruised to a 78-56 victory."
Here's the full story.
Meanwhile, Cobbs scored 24 points for Cal in an 83-71 loss to Stanford. Here's the game report from the San Francisco Chronicle.
Cobbs was named Big 12 Player of the Week a little while back. Cobbs is second in scoring for Cal at 15 points per game and leads the Bears with 4.8 assists per game. Here are his game-by-game stats. Iverson is leading Colorado State in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots.
Today happens to be the one-year anniversary of when Iverson spoke to Star Tribune college basketball writer Amelia Rayno about his decision to leave Minnesota. It was tough sitting on the sidelines and watching, he told Rayno.
But he explained: “I just felt I had more to offer to a program. I don’t regret going to Minnesota at all; I learned a lot and we had a lot of great moments, winning in Puerto Rico last year and our great run in the Big Ten tournament (in 2010). Those are moments I’ll never forget. … But I mean, I started more games as a freshman than I did as a junior and I just felt like I wasn’t really progressing.”
Looks like that's not the case anymore.
Here's the entire Gold in the Barn post from last March 7.
Tim Brewster is about to be named tight ends coach at Florida State, according to several internet reports, including a story on the Orlando Sentinel's website.
The first report was from Florida State's rivals.com affiliated site, according to Coley Harvey of the Sentinel.
Brewster was wide receivers coach in 2012 at Mississippi State after working as a commentator for FOX Sports telecasts of college and pro football following his firing at Minnesota. He was hired by former Gophers athletic director Joel Maturi before the 2007 season and fired in 2010.
You can read the full Sentinel report here.
Here's a report on Brewster's job change from cbssports.com.
Reaction to No. 1 Indiana falling at Minnesota on Tuesday night was what you might expect in the Hoosier State.
Michael Pointer of the Indianapolis Star had a nice little roundup today from media types in Louisville and Michigan in addition to takes from CBS Sports and NBC Sports. They're worth a read if kneejerk reactions interest you at all. It seems a team falling from a projected No. 1 seed to a No. 2 in the NCAA Tournament is the end of the world.
So what happened through the view of red-colored lenses?
Star writer Terry Hutchens pointed out in his postgame video report that Indiana's big men plain "just didn't show up" at Williams Arena.
Indiana fans saw what Gophers fans (and everybody else for that matter) saw: Cody Zeller was not Cody Zeller. Particularly after Zeller's early-game slam dunk attempt was monster-blocked by Trevor Mbakwe (described as Mbakwe being "possessed" on ESPN) . Of course, the play sent IU fans into a tizzy, because in their minds Mbakwe "fouled Zeller into the third row" and he was given "the Shaq treatment" all game long.
Here's a collection of storming-the-court videos from YouTube. Have fun watching.
OK, now watch them again and get back to work (or class).
Here's some of what was being posted on Twitter after the #Gophers shocked Indiana Tuesday night.
Photo by Nadine Babu, gopherhole.com
Congrats to Coach Tubby Smith and the Gopher BB team on defeatingNo. 1 ranked Indiana. Great job!— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) February 27, 2013
The last time I was at a super exciting game at the barn (Wisc, circa 2009), I almost puked from screaming too much. Good times. #gophers— K. (@KKnish) February 27, 2013
Just when you think the #gophers season is over they upset the number 1 team in the country— Hunter Bies (@hunterbies) February 27, 2013
My daughter is 9, and tonight is the first time in her lifetime that the court at Williams Arena has been stormed. #Gophers— Dan Brookens (@Dan_Brookens) February 27, 2013
Really happy to see these #gophers pull off this upset!!!!!!— Danny Valencia (@dannyvalencia19) February 27, 2013
Gophers beat Indiana and Wes Johnson looks like an NBA player? On the same night, no less? Dogs, cats will soon live together.— Dan Barreiro (@DanBarreiroKFAN) February 27, 2013
So the #Gophers won and I missed it. Crap. I guess I have to stop calling for Tubby's head for at least a week.— Lucas Klaehn (@lucasklaehn) February 27, 2013
Gophers get a major major W 4 their CONFIDENCE which has been shattered - should be High now! #GONZAGA— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) February 27, 2013
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