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: Gameday reading, Tony Robbins and unsolicited advice to use when riding in cabs

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball, Gophers coaches, Gophers players Updated: February 25, 2014 - 10:55 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 amelia.rayno@startribune.com or tweet me @AmeliaRayno.

Five tidbits as I thaw out from the worst commute anywhere of the year (see below).

1. Please do read my story in today's Star Tribune on Gophers center Elliott Eliason, the player he's made himself into, and his charming one-stoplight Nebraska panhandle home town, Chadron. Had a great time meeting everyone involved in this story, and am honored to be able to tell the story! 

2. Leading up to tonight's game at Williams vs. Iowa, a new Raise the Barn episode, focusing on Andre Hollins. Yes, it talks about his constant smile, something we've gotten used to over the last three years. That demeanor makes times like after the Ohio State game -- as upset as I've ever seen him -- kind of disturbing. 

3. UM (Michigan) Hoops does a good job with this power poll, inserting a lot of interesting tidbits -- but that doesn't mean they put the Gophers any higher (they have them at 7th).

4. Where are the Gophers turning in this time of great need? Why, Tony Robbins, America's favorite life coach of course. I mean, not really. But coach Richard Pitino is channelling him with his positive-thinking speeches to his team, in great need of a spark after losing six of eight games. Pitino said he is choosing to look at the Gophers positioning as a place they put themselves with some good early wins, rather than a place they've slipped to by some bad losses. Some of Pitino's thoughts from yesterday:

"You've got two choices," he said. "It's approach vs. avoidance ... Do you believe when you get the ball you're going to make the shot, you're going to make a great play or do you believe you're going to miss the shot and turn over. That's what we're trying to get guys to understand. After 28 games, do you believe that being close is a great thing that you're excited about? Or do you believe that being close is 'Oh, we're blowing an opportunity.' And i think the guys in the locker room right now believe that we put ourselves in a good position and we're excited moving forward ... let's get excited about these next three games and Big Ten tournament, four more potential games. Get excited about it because we put ourselves in a good spot."

5. Need anyone else to tell you how important tonight's game vs. Iowa is? How about CBS' Jeff Borzello, who calls it must-win for "desperate" Minnesota.

Bonus:
*More bracket stuff: Busting the Bracket has the Gophers as the last four out. The Daily Gopher breaks down just exactly where Minnesota is in extremely specific terms, and Late Night Hoops glances at the Gophers' adjusted winning percentage and how it could look at the end of the year. 

*How much has this season played out the way everyone thought? Take a look at BTN's preseason thoughts. (Remember when we all voted Nebraska last in the Big Ten? Oops.)

*Unsolicited piece of advice: When in a cab, when three busses have failed to arrive on their regularly scheduled routes, and the weather is $#@%##!!, do not critique the driver's route, not even if he takes you in a giant loop around Loring Park, over into Stevens square and back by the Convention Center only to find his way back to Hennepin Avenue. Do not tell him that he should listen to you, that you know where the hell you are, that you have lived in Minneapolis for longer than the apparent five minutes that he has. Do not suggest that he get into the passenger seat and that you take the wheel yourself, or perhaps put that squirrel over there in charge because either of us would do a better job and do not, DO NOT suggest that you would be better off crawling to your destination with your hands and feet tied together and a sleep mask over your face.

He will kick you out of the cab.

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San Francisco - WP: M. Bumgarner 8 FINAL
Pittsburgh - LP: E. Volquez 0
Minnesota 7:25 PM
Green Bay
Buffalo 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Chicago 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Carolina
Cleveland 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
St. Louis 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Atlanta 10/5/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Tampa Bay 10/5/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Houston 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Dallas
Baltimore 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Indianapolis
Pittsburgh 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Arizona 10/5/14 3:05 PM
Denver
Kansas City 10/5/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
NY Jets 10/5/14 3:25 PM
San Diego
Cincinnati 10/5/14 7:30 PM
New England
Seattle 10/6/14 7:30 PM
Washington
Washington 1 FINAL
Buffalo 6
Carolina 3 FINAL
Columbus 6
Pittsburgh 2 FINAL
Detroit 0
Montreal 3 FINAL
Chicago 1
Arizona 2 FINAL
Edmonton 3
Fla Atlantic 6:00 PM
FIU
UCF 6:00 PM
Houston
Arizona 9:30 PM
(2) Oregon
Louisville 10/3/14 6:00 PM
Syracuse
San Diego St 10/3/14 9:00 PM
Fresno State
Utah State 10/3/14 9:15 PM
(18) BYU
(6) Texas A&M 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(12) Miss State
Ball State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Army
Iowa State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(21) Oklahoma State
Marshall 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Old Dominion
Southern Miss 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Middle Tennessee
(20) Ohio State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Maryland
Purdue 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
Florida 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Tennessee
SMU 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(22) East Carolina
Virginia Tech 10/4/14 11:30 AM
North Carolina
Eastern Mich 10/4/14 1:00 PM
Akron
North Texas 10/4/14 1:30 PM
Indiana
Massachusetts 10/4/14 1:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
Tulsa 10/4/14 2:00 PM
Colorado State
New Mexico 10/4/14 2:30 PM
TX-San Antonio
(3) Alabama 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(11) Ole Miss
(14) Stanford 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(9) Notre Dame
(17) Wisconsin 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Navy 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Air Force
(7) Baylor 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Texas
(4) Oklahoma 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(25) TCU
Wake Forest 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(1) Florida State
NC State 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Clemson
Buffalo 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Bowling Green
Ohio U 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Central Mich
Oregon State 10/4/14 3:00 PM
Colorado
Vanderbilt 10/4/14 3:00 PM
(13) Georgia
Kansas 10/4/14 3:00 PM
West Virginia
Kent State 10/4/14 4:00 PM
Northern Ill
South Alabama 10/4/14 5:00 PM
Appalachian St
Texas-El Paso 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
(15) LSU 10/4/14 6:00 PM
(5) Auburn
UAB 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Western Ky
Texas Tech 10/4/14 6:00 PM
(23) Kansas State
Michigan 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Rutgers
Hawaii 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Rice
Toledo 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Western Mich
ULM 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Georgia State 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana
Idaho 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Texas State
Memphis 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Arizona State 10/4/14 6:30 PM
(16) USC
So Carolina 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Kentucky
Pittsburgh 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Virginia
Miami-Florida 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Georgia Tech
(19) Nebraska 10/4/14 7:00 PM
(10) Michigan State
UNLV 10/4/14 7:00 PM
San Jose St
Ga Southern 10/4/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 10/4/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
Utah 10/4/14 9:30 PM
(8) UCLA
Boise State 10/4/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
Winnipeg 10/3/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 10/3/14 9:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Edmonton 10/4/14 3:00 PM
Toronto
Brt Columbia 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Hamilton 10/10/14 6:00 PM
Toronto
Ottawa 10/11/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 season     
Aug 28 - vs. E. Illinois 6 pmX42-20
Sep 6 - vs. M. Tennessee St. 2:30 pmX35-24
Sep 13 - at TCU 3 pmX30-7
Sep 20 - vs. San Jose St. 3 p.m.X24-7
Sep 27 - at Michigan 2:30 pm30-14
Oct 11 - vs. Northwestern 11 am
Oct 18 - vs. Purdue 11 am
Oct 25 - at Illinois 11 am
Nov 8 - vs. Iowa TBA
Nov 15 - vs. Ohio State TBA
Nov 22 - at Nebraska TBA
Nov 29 - at Wisconsin TBA

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