B1G Basketball Preview: Minnesota

Written October 21st, 2011 by Eric

This is Trevor Mbakwe's team now.

Tubby Smith’s troops took one in the chin last year, but you can bet that they’re ready to go this time around.  Unfortunately, they’re a little light in experienced ball players this year around, and are missing a couple of key players from last season.  Al Nolen, Blake Hoffarber and Colton Iverson (transfer to Colorado State) are all gone from what could have been a very successful team last season.

Take this as a compliment, but I for one am fervently thankful that Hoffarber has graduated and moved on from Minnesota.  Easily one of the most dangerous sharp-shooters in the Big Ten last year – and considering the company that puts him with, that’s saying something – Hoffarber drove defenders, and me, nuts with his devastating three-balls.  Every time he would spot up for a trey you simply knew it was going down, and it was honestly a surprise when it didn’t.

Well, ok, that only really ever happened against the Buckeyes, but it was still very annoying.

We continue our preseason Big Ten conference previews with the Hoffarber-less Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Last Season:

Minnesota fans, we’ll wait while you avert your eyes.  I’m sure you don’t want to relive this crime against your basketball team again, and I can’t say I blame you. Read More