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  1. For Tubby Smith and Gophers, it was time

    Eamonn Brennan

    Two weeks ago, after his team's 51-49 loss to Illinois, Tubby Smith sat down at his news conference in the bowels of the United Center and tried to answer the same question -- differently phrased -- over and over: Why? He sighed and rubbed his tem...

    Blog | March 25, 2013
  2. Disjointed Minnesota limps to finish

    Eamonn Brennan

    CHICAGO -- Seriously: What's wrong with Minnesota? What is it, exactly, that allowed the Gophers to look like one of the best teams in the country for the first two months of the season, and utterly pedestrian for the final six weeks? Why can the ...

    Blog | March 14, 2013
  3. Bubble Watch: Day's winners, losers, more

    Eamonn Brennan

    Well, well, well. Apparently, a few teams want to go to the tournament after all. OK, so of course everyone wants to play in the NCAA tournament. But watching the past week or so of college hoops, you could have been convinced otherwise. Why, it w...

    Blog | March 10, 2013
  4. Saddle Up: Is Minnesota done?

    Eamonn Brennan

    Saddle Up is our semi-daily preview of the night's best basketball action. It is still not feeling great. No. 1 Indiana at Minnesota, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN Every now and then in the past few weeks, folks have asked me whether I still think Minnesota...

    Blog | February 26, 2013
  5. Trevor Mbakwe could face jail time

    Eamonn Brennan

    This summer, Trevor Mbakwe was arrested for driving while intoxicated. In September -- as Minnesota coach Tubby Smith revealed at the Gophers' media day last week -- Mbakwe pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one year of probation and community servi...

    Blog | October 18, 2012
  6. Five offseason storylines in C-USA

    Eamonn Brennan

    Editor's note:'s Summer Shootaround series catches up on the offseason storylines for each conference. For more on Conference USA, click here. Five offseason storylines in C-USA ... 1. The end of the Memphis era: And what an era it was...

    Blog | July 25, 2012
  7. Mbakwe injury latest Gophers setback?

    Eamonn Brennan

    If Trevor Mbakwe's tweets Sunday were any indication, the Minnesota Golden Gophers forward may be out for the season. Mbakwe was still in the locker room Sunday night when this heartbreaking tweet -- "Lord please get me through this." -- broke throug...

    Blog | November 28, 2011
  8. Tubby Smith not pleased with turnovers

    Eamonn Brennan

    Minnesota beat Fairfield 67-57 Thursday night. That's a decent result. The Gophers are still figuring their backcourt out, Fairfield is a soild mid-major with a good coach (Sidney Johnson) and a shot at making the NCAA tournament this season. Gi...

    Blog | November 18, 2011
  9. Wait: Will Ralph Sampson return to school?

    Eamonn Brennan

    Late Sunday night, as the deadline decision news releases poured in from schools around the country, one player was noticeably quiet. That player: Minnesota forward Ralph Sampson III. Sampson's draft candidacy had gone unnoticed throughout late Ap...

    Blog | May 09, 2011
  10. Tubby Smith plans to 'finish career' at UM

    Eamonn Brennan

    For a variety of reasons, rumors of Tubby Smith's imminent departure from Minnesota seem to dog the coach every offseason. Sometimes the rumors are based in truth. (Oregon was very interested in Smith's services last summer.) Sometimes the rumors are...

    Blog | March 07, 2011
  11. Upset Tubby Smith goes anti-political

    Eamonn Brennan

    I could be wrong -- maybe this has been around forever and I just haven't noticed it -- but the hottest new coaching phrase of the season seems to be some variation of the following: "I don't play politics." Every time a bubble team gets a big win...

    Blog | February 28, 2011
  12. Saddle Up: It's go time for the Gophers

    Eamonn Brennan

    Saddle Up is our semi-daily preview of the night's best basketball action. It thinks you should check out Quickish, because Quickish is pretty great. No. 8 Purdue at No. 25 Minnesota, 7 p.m. EST, ESPN: Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe spent time i...

    Blog | January 13, 2011
  13. Minnesota's personnel issues carry on

    Eamonn Brennan

    File this one under: "From Bad To Worse." According to various reports, Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe was arrested and jailed Monday night for allegedly violating a restraining order filed by an ex-girlfriend. How did Mbakwe allegedly violate this ...

    Blog | January 11, 2011
  14. Devoe Joseph appears done in Minnesota

    Eamonn Brennan

    On Monday afternoon, Minnesota coach Tubby Smith told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Myron P. Metcalf that junior guard Devoe Joseph would be suspended for the Gophers' game versus Indiana on Tuesday. That was maybe slightly disconcerting for Gophers...

    Blog | January 04, 2011
  15. Saddle Up: ACC-Big Ten quietly kicks off

    Eamonn Brennan

    Like its Morning After and Afternoon Links brethren, Saddle Up -- our nightly rundown of the hoops your TV wants you to watch -- returns for another season. To the previewmobile! Virginia at No. 17 Minnesota, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2: The Big Ten-ACC Chal...

    Blog | November 29, 2010
  16. Minnesota suspends Devoe Joseph

    Eamonn Brennan

    Since we don't know what "indefinite" means -- OK, so we know what it means, Daniel Webster, just not what it entails -- and we don't know what Devoe Joseph did, it's hard to get much of a read on how big of a deal this is. One thing's for sure: It's...

    Blog | November 12, 2010