With March Madness officially kicking off this Thursday, Facebook took the liberty to compile statistics of its users and the teams that they root for. Below are a handful of infographics that showcase the loyalties that reigh supreme during March Madness and the NCAA Tournament.
"It's the #8 seed in this region enjoying the most widespread support, not a surprise for UNC. The fans of Minnesota, Kansas, Michigan, and UNC dominate this part of the bracket. The playoffs for this region will take place in Texas - Michigan and Florida better be prepared to ship their fans in." via Facebook.com
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By: Chris Monter | GopherHole.com
Rashad Vaughn, a 6-foot-5 junior guard from Robbinsdale Cooper, scored 28 points to lead the Hawks to a first round win over Maple Grove in front of Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith. Vaughn is a prized in-state recruit for the Minnesota Gophers, who is ranked as the number ten player in the Class of 2014, according to ESPN.
Vaughn attended the Minnesota-Penn State game last Saturday. The talented junior is the leading scorer in the Metro area, averaging 28.5 points per game. Vaughn scored in double figures in all 27 games and has helped lead the Hawks to 18 straight wins. He has scored 30 or more points in ten games, including a season-high 51 points versus Marantha. He has 13 other games of 20 or more points. GopherHole.com caught up with Vaughn Thursday night after the playoff win to learn the latest on his recruitment and postseason thoughts...
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By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Minneapolis, MN - With representatives from thirteen NFL teams present, nine Golden Gophers seniors were joined by a couple dozen Division II and Division III players Monday morning at the University of Minnesota's pro day.
Scouts from the Seahawks, Chiefs, Packers, 49ers, Raiders, Jaguars, Chargers, Broncos, Browns, Titans, Giants, Raiders, Colts and Vikings were on hand to watch local Minnesota players showcase their talents and fight for remaining spots in April's NFL Draft and onto training camp rosters come August.
Representing the Gophers were Michael Carter, Keanon Cooper, MarQueis Gray, Brandon Green, John Rabe, Mike Rallis, Spencer Reeves, Troy Stoudermire and Jordan Wettstein. Headlining those from the University of Minnesota, MarQueis Gray opted to pass on a few of the events and failed to turn heads in those that he did participate in.
It should be noted that Gray's agent Mitchel Chargo did approach me to share that Gray was still operating at less than 100% with the injured ankle that hampered him down the stretch of the regular season. Chargo guessed that Gray was about 90% of his normal self, still scouts did not walk away from the Pro Day talking about the Gophers QB/WR hybrid. They left chattering about Terrell Sinkfield from the University of Northern Iowa.
Sinkfield and Gray have worked with the same training group at AMI Sports in Golden Valley. Before that, Sinkfield was highly recruited from Hopkins High School landing a starting role at UNI as an underclassman.
Sinkfield, 6-foot-1, wowed the crowd with a 11' 5" broad jump to kick off the morning's festivities. He then moved over to the vertical jump where he posted a daily high mark of 40.5". Still, that was not the most impressive part of Sinkfield's day.
While most of the gathered crowd was watching MarQueis Gray, Michael Carter and the other Golden Gopher players run their 40-yard dash on the near side of the field, Sinkfield joined the small school grouping on the far side. With Gopher players running in the foreground, the attention of the gathered audience jumped past the Division I players and into the background as Sinkfield ran a 4.19 40-yard dash!
Yeah, you heard me right. A 4.19 40-yard dash!
To put this in perspective for your, the NFL Combine record was run by Chris Johnson in 2008. Johnson's record setting time? 4.24!
"I knew it was good when I finished," Sinkfield said. "Hopefully I opened some eyes and got some interest."
Sinkfield is currently projected to get a nod in the seventh round of the NFL Draft but a lot could change after posting big numbers like he did today. The 6-foot-1 receiver led UNI last season with 43 catches for 499 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Prior to Monday, Sinkfield found his name in the headlines when he was arrested last October after a fist fight broke out near the UNI campus in Cedar Falls.
Aj Mansour covers the Twins, Vikings, & Gopher Football for KFAN.com. Feel free to leave comments and questions on this post or others in the designated comment box below. For Golden Gopher updates and breaking news follow Aj on Twitter @AjKFAN
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Retaining that No. 1 national ranking has been elusive throughout this wild season in college basketball, and Indiana was the latest to lose at the top - again.
Most important and maybe more challenging for the Hoosiers, however, is holding on to first place in the tough-as-ever Big Ten.
Trevor Mbakwe had 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting and 12 rebounds to help Minnesota take down top-ranked Indiana 77-73 on Tuesday night, the seventh time the No. 1 team in the Associated Press poll has lost this season. Three of those losses were by the Hoosiers, who were No. 1 when they fell to Butler and Wisconsin earlier this season. All three opponents were unranked at the time.
Indiana (24-4, 12-3) has held the No. 1 ranking for 10 of the 17 polls by the AP this season, including the last four, and that will likely change next week. But fending off Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin is what's on the minds of the Hoosiers, who'll take a one-game lead in the conference race into Saturday's game against Iowa.
"Winning the Big Ten was going to be tough whether we won today or lost," said star guard Victor Oladipo, who had 16 points. "We knew it was going to be tough from the jump. Now it's even tougher. But I think my team is ready for it. We just have to go back and see what we did wrong and correct it."
Andre Hollins added 16 points for the Gophers (19-9, 7-8), who outrebounded Cody Zeller and the Hoosiers by a whopping 44-30 and solidified their slipping NCAA tournament hopes with an emphatic performance against the conference leader. The fired-up fans swarmed the court as the last seconds ticked off, the first time that's happened here since a 2002 win over Indiana.
"There were just too many times when that first shot went up and they were there before we were because we didn't get into their bodies," Hoosiers coach Tom Crean said. "We weren't physical enough on the glass. That's the bottom line."
Zeller, the second-leading shooter in the Big Ten, went 2 for 9. He had nine points with four turnovers. Minnesota had 40 points in the paint to Indiana's 22.
Mbakwe, a sixth-year senior, had a lot to do with that. While positing his conference-leading seventh double-double of the season, the 24-year-old Mbakwe was a man among boys in many ways in this game, dominating both ends of the court when the Gophers needed him most. He grabbed six of Minnesota's 23 offensive rebounds, two of them to keep a key possession alive. His off-balance put-back drew contact for a three-point play with 7:22 left that gave the Gophers a 55-52 lead.
Mbakwe was called for a loudly questioned blocking foul, his fourth, with 4:39 remaining on Zeller's fast-break layup and free throw that put the Hoosiers up 59-58. But Austin Hollins answered with a pump-fake layup that drew a foul for a three-point play and a two-point advantage for the Gophers.
The Hoosiers didn't lead again, and Joe Coleman's fast-break dunk with 2:35 left gave Minnesota a 68-61 cushion that helped it withstand a couple of 3-pointers by Christian Watford and one by Jordan Hulls in the closing minutes. That was the only basket Hulls made after halftime. He had 17 points.
"Just the way we bounced back is unbelievable. We showed that we can beat one of the best teams in the country. Now we have to build off this," said Mbakwe, whose team lost eight of its previous 11 games starting with an 88-81 loss at Indiana on Jan. 12. The Gophers were ranked eighth then. They didn't even receive a vote in the current poll. That could change next week.
The Hoosiers are still in position for their first outright Big Ten regular-season championship since 1993. With another home game against Ohio State on March 5, Indiana could still clinch the title before the finale at Michigan on March 10.
For now, though, the Hoosiers have to regroup and re-establish their inside game after the trampling in the post they endured here.
"They were relentless on the glass. We just didn't do a great job of boxing them out," Oladipo said.
By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Fresh off the Golden Gophers 58-53 overtime victory against border rivals the Wisconsin Badgers, Tubby Smith broke out some dance moves in the Gophers locker room. So we here at KFAN did what any self-respecting adult would do, we cropped it into the internet's hottest rage right now, the Harlem Shake...enjoy!