Gophers Men’s Basketball Ranked 15th in Preseason Polls

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Fifteenth, huh? Does this mean the Sweet Sixteen is a lock? I’m pretty sure that’s how this works. Go ahead and circle March 22nd/23rd 2018 on your calendar. If the Associated Press or Coaches Poll know what the hell they’re talking about, that’s when Gophers Men’s Basketball will end their season. You can’t be fifteenth and reach the Elite Eight. It’s simple math.

Wolves with Juan: OT Victory over the Miami Mafia

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After a sluggish start on Monday night, the Timberwolves needed bonus basketball to take down the Heat. The slow start in Miami is a staple for most NBA teams. It’s tough to beat that South Beach nightlife. As a result, there is a process to sweating out all of the related toxins acquired the prior evening. It’s science. For MN, this process lasted until halfway through the second quarter.   Timberwolves 125, Heat 122   Before I talk about Miami’s Center, a quick rant about ours. Karl Anthony Towns finished…

Wolves with Juan – We Won. Butler is a Blessing

Jimmy Butler

Timberwolves 119, Thunder 116   What Tony Romo was to Jerry Jones, Jimmy Butler is to Timberwolves fans. The man is a blessing. After two loses without the former Chicago Bull, Butler returned to action Friday night vs. OKC. While heroically battling through the snot bubbles (what’s up hockey guys), Jimmy helped spark the Wolves to Victory.   Trailing by seven, MN began the second quarter with Wiggins, Butler, and Towns on the bench. Gorgui found himself in an unfortunate matchup with Carmelo Anthony. Melo lulled Dieng to sleep on…

Wolves with Juan: Back to Back

Jimmy Butler

Less than twenty-four hours after an embarrassing home loss, much was the same on Wednesday for the Timberwolves. An uncomfortable 20 plus point blowout. Losing to what’s considered a sub-par Eastern Conference team. Allowing their opponent to reach triple digits early in the fourth. Dominated on the fast break. No Jimmy Butler (upper respiratory infection).   Timberwolves 101, Detroit 122 MN Record: 2-3   “It’s only a mistake if you don’t learn from it.” Per this Fleck-like quote, we had an opportunity to redeem ourselves from Tuesday’s disaster. It appeared…

Wolves with Juan: I Jinxed us. That loss is on me

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The Wolves took on a new look Pacers squad Tuesday night from Target Center. A Pacers squad that was without their best player, Myles Turner (concussion). Even with Jimmy Butler inactive (upper respiratory infection), Timberwolves Nation expected to pick up a third straight victory. After losing Paul George via trade, Indiana isn’t near the team they’ve been. Sports Illustrated preseason predictions had them finishing eleventh out of fifteen in the East. Easy, win, right? That’s what my dumb ass thought.   Hours before tip, I was thinking about how I…

Wolves with Juan: Walk off Bank

Andrew Wiggins Dunk

Kobe Bryant, 2009. Paul Piece, 2015 (“I called game”). Andrew Wiggins, 2017. Not bad company for our up and coming 22-year-old. Unless the Sunday scaries forced you to hide under a rock, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Wiggins joined the two future Hall of Famers by hitting a GW bank shot heard around the NBA. Wolves 115, Thunder 113. Poetry in motion… #ThisIsYourTime #PhantomCam pic.twitter.com/VifN6W18IT — NBA (@NBA) October 23, 2017 Feel free to play that another time or two. Might help crank up the serotonin levels on…

Wolves with Juan: The Return of Ricky Rubio

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Timberwolves fans have been looking forward to Friday’s game since the NBA schedule was released on August 14th. It was then we realized our former PG of six years would be facing MN in their home opener. Opinions on Ricky Rubio differ greatly throughout Wolves Nation. Personally, I appreciated what the Spaniard did while he was here, but wasn’t sad to see him traded. PGs who can’t shoot, RBs who can’t catch. No time or patience for either. With that being said, I guess I look at Rubio like an…