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Gophers find themselves in another NIT championship

In a game that felt like it would never end, and with a clown car of announcers and color commentators talking about anything other than the game in front of them, the Gophers overcame a back-breaking end of regulation to rebound and take care of Florida State in OT in the NIT semifinals, 67-64. With […]
Via From The Barn
April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Osenieks surprises, helps Minnesota Gophers advance to NIT final

Three weeks ago, Williams Arena fans thought they’d witnessed the end of Oto Osenieks’ career. Hampered by knee injuries, the junior power forward had announced he would hang up his sneakers, ending his career in maroon and gold as a student manager rather than a player. Tuesday, it was that future retiree — who hadn’t played since that day — who helped bring new life...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Osenieks calls it quits early for Minnesota

Minnesota junior Oto Osenieks will end his playing career a year early.
Via Philly Sports Live
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Oto Osenieks is retiring.

The University of Minnesota announced today that Oto Osenieks will be honored as part of senior day festivities on Sunday afternoon, and that his playing career with the Golden Gophers. The red-shirt junior forward hasn't played in the last two games due to a knee injury that sounds degenerative in nature. There is a silver lining though. According to the announcement from the...
Via From The Barn
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Osenieks' Gophers career over

MINNEAPOLIS -- Oto Osenieks' Gophers career appears to be over. The University of Minnesota announced on Wednesday that Osenieks, a redshirt junior, will be honored on Senior Night on Sunday. Osenieks did not play in the Gophers' last two games due to a knee injury, and head coach Richard Pitino indicated the injury will end his career with Minnesota. "Oto has been a...
Via Fox Sports North
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers look to shake slump with lineup switch

MINNEAPOLIS -- Mired in a three-game losing streak, the Gophers men's basketball team hopes to shake things up by making a change to its starting lineup. Head coach Richard Pitino said Friday that sophomore Joey King will start at power forward for Saturday's game against Indiana, moving junior Oto Osenieks to the bench. Osenieks had started all 23 of Minnesota's games...
Via Fox Sports North
February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

He's not the big, bruising PF the Gophers could use, but Osenieks has really improved

Discussion of the Gophers' power forward situation has not been without fuel this season. With the center spot looking much better than expected, the 4-men are getting the majority of the scrutiny, and take much of the blame for why the Gophers aren't a better team. Some of that is fair. But within that context there is a notable bright spot, and one which should be acknowledged...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

It is the post power forward era and it is time to start four Gopher guards.

Lost among the chatter of arbitrary NCAA decision making, tournament expansion, and conference realignment, the power forward has gone extinct, at least in the Big Ten. Even a few years ago, it would have been unthinkable for a Big Ten team to take the court without two true, back to the basket, low post players. With the graduations of Derrick Nix and Trevor Mbakwe after last season...
Via From The Barn
December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Oto Osenieks thriving in Gophers new uptempo style

When players from the Gophers men's basketball team talkedat their media day last month, many referred to this era under first-year coachRichard Pitino as a new start.That's certainly been true for redshirt junior Oto Osenieks,who has flourished so far with a new coach.A 6-foot-8 forward who originally hails from Latvia,Osenieks' first two seasons in a Gophers uniform...
Via Fox Sports North
November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Gophers display stellar 3-point marksmanship in rout

MINNEAPOLIS -- Gophers forward Oto Osenieks couldn't buy a bucket from downtown last season, but the Latvia native kept shooting anyway. He finished the year an abysmal 2-for-26 from 3-point range -- yes, 7.7 percent. But through two games this season, Osenieks has proven himself to be a much-improved shooter. With two more 3-pointers in Tuesday's 84-58 win over Montana...
Via Fox Sports North
November 12, 2013  |  Discuss
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