The Opening Tip: Gameday prep, dunk controversy, History of Rap
February 22, 2014 — 10:57am
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 email@example.com or tweet me @AmeliaRayno.
Disclaimer: The Tip is a little late this morning. But it's Saturday. You guys should all be sleeping in anyway. So stop complaining and just go refill your coffee.
Five tidbits from Columbus, Ohio, where I have this to look forward to (don't hate).
1. In case you missed it in today's Star Tribune: DeAndre Mathieu makes the Gophers go. Or he makes them stop. But it's hard to argue just how important the point guard is to the team. Previewing both teams here.
2. Recruiting update: Gophers 2014 target Kobe Eubanks had 30 points and six rebounds for Our Savior New American in a win over Upper Room; Gophers 2015 target Elijah Thomas finished with 18 points, 14 rebounds and for assists for Lancaster vs. Wylie (via @D1Circuit).
*Tweeted: "Big opportunity today for Richard Pitino and Minnesota. Gophers are in Columbus to face Ohio State." #CBSSuperSocial" -- @JonRothstein
*BTN's Brent Yarina is continuing with his campaign to raise awareness about the deadliness of Austin Hollins dunks and how the Gophers guard just might be the best in the league, but his colleague Tom Dienhart polled seven Big Ten writers and apparently no one agreed. My sample size isn't huge, but Sam Thompson can really fly.
*I sincerely hope you didn't miss the History of Rap 5 last night. But if you did, please entertain yourself now.
Marcus Fuller joined the Star Tribune in 2016 after 11 years covering Gophers sports – and just about every other team and league in town -- for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Before making the Twin Cities his home, Marcus spent two years in The Kansas City Star sports department. Marcus grew up in Hawaii and is a 2002 graduate of San Jose State. Follow Fuller on Twitter @Marcus_R_Fuller.
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