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Freshman guard Mason has chance to make immediate impact for Gophers

MINNEAPOLIS -- Richard Pitino had just two freshmen on his roster last year in his first season as the Gophers men's basketball coach, and neither averaged a ton of playing time. There are three first-year players on the 2014-15 team, and there's one in particular that Pitino believes is the most ready to contribute. That would be Nate Mason, a 6-foot-1 guard and Georgia...
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Minnesota Gophers release Illinois State transfer Zach Lofton

The Zach Lofton experiment didn’t last long in Minneapolis, as head coach Richard Pitino announced the junior guard was dismissed from the team, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Lofton was about to sit out the 2014-15 season per NCAA transfer rules after coming back home to the Twin Cities from Illinois State. However, he won’t be a part of the basketball program any...
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Top-ranked Gophers say they're 'too easy to play against'

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Gophers men's hockey team is off to a 4-0 start to the year and is ranked No. 1 in both major college hockey polls. Even as that's taken place, though, Minnesota believes it can be better. Expectations are always high for the Gophers program, both from fans and players alike. Though Minnesota has skated to a perfect record through two weekends, the Gophers...
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Tyler Mason's Oct. 29 Gophers mailbag

MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota football team suffered one of the more disappointing losses in recent memory Saturday when the Gophers lost at Illinois, 28-24. It was a game Minnesota was favored in, and most fans expected the Gophers to roll over the struggling Illini. Instead, Minnesota came out flat and made a costly mistake late that resulted in a loss. Now the Gophers...
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Stability and familiarity set in at Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) In Richard Pitino's second season as Minnesota's coach, both he and the Gophers ought to be all the better for it. The players know his strategy, his personality and his expectations. He has learned their strengths and weaknesses, grasped the culture of the state and the program and figured out the routines of the job. ''That fear of the unknown...
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A look at final four games, bowl game prospects for Gophers

After a surprising loss to Illinois on Saturday, plenty of Gophers fans are now acting as if the sky is falling. While it was no doubt a game Minnesota probably should have won, there are still four big games remaining in the Gophers' season. A strong end to the regular season can help Minnesota redeem itself after Saturday's stumble. But the remainder of the schedule is...
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McLeod Blog: No. 1 Gophers hockey set for Huskies

Two of the nation's top teams are set for an I-94 clash this weekend: The No. 1 ranked Minnesota Gophers and St. Cloud State Huskies, ranked No. 7 on both of this week's national polls, play a key early-season home-and-home series that could go a long way toward either establishing Minnesota's national dominance or showing a few issues with its depth. The teams will cross...
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With Austin Hollins gone, Gophers need to fill leadership void

MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Gophers guard Austin Hollins has continued his basketball career by playing professionally in France. As Minnesota prepares for its first season without Hollins, it has to replace a few things Hollins contributed. Of course, it's worth noting that Hollins was the Gophers' second-leading scorer last year with an average of 12.4 points per game. He was...
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With Austin Hollins gone, Gophers need to fill leadership void

MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Gophers guard Austin Hollins has continued his basketball career by playing professionally in France. As Minnesota prepares for its first season without Hollins, it has to replace a few things Hollins contributed. Of course, it's worth noting that Hollins was the Gophers' second-leading scorer last year with an average of 12.4 points per game. He was...
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Minnesota Remains Atop USCHO College Hockey Poll After Pair Of Wins

Editor’s note: NESN’s Tom Caron is on the 50-member USCHO ranking committee, and you can find his votes and thoughts on the college hockey week that was every Monday on NESN.com. Minnesota stayed atop my poll this week after a pair of wins over Bemidiji State. The Gophers were one of three teams from last week’s top 10 to go 2-0-0 on the week. Boston College and Colgate were...
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Gophers report card: Missed opportunity against Illini

In a game the Gophers were expected to win, they left the state of Illinois in defeat after falling to the Illini, 28-24. Minnesota had another slow start for the second week in a row and, despite rallying to take the lead, gave it back late with a costly turnover. Here are the Gophers' grades from their loss to Illinois. Running offense: C-minus Yes, senior running back David...
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Gophers hockey shows grit, rallies past Bemidji State

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Gophers men's hockey team knew it would trail at some point this season. Through Minnesota's first three games, though, that scenario hadn't yet happened. So when the Gophers fell behind early against Bemidji State on Saturday, Minnesota finally had to rally from behind. The Gophers did so not once but twice as they won 5-3 against the Beavers to sweep...
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Illinois defeats Minnesota 28-24, first win over ranked team since 2011

On Saturday, Illinois earned its first win over a ranked team, AP or Coaches, since September 17, 2011 against No. 22 Arizona State with a hard fought 28-24 victory over No. 24 Minnesota. It also moved the total wins up to four for the season and for fourth quarter comebacks this year.  The Illini defense came out strong against the Golden Gophers by only allowing 86 yards in the...
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5 things we learned: Gophers at Fighting Illini

Few people saw this one coming. Minnesota went on the road and was favored to beat Illinois, but it was the Illini pulling off a 28-24 upset over the visiting Gophers. Minnesota fell behind early and, despite taking a second-half lead, couldn't make enough plays when it counted. The Gophers now head into the bye week with a sour taste in their mouths after losing on the road...
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Boyd leads top-ranked Gophers past Bemidji State

MINNEAPOLIS -- Power play. Shorthanded. It didn't matter for Travis Boyd. The Gophers senior scored a goal of each variety Friday for his first two tallies of the young season as he helped pace Minnesota to a 5-2 win over Bemidji State. It was the first multi-goal game for Boyd and it came in his 119th career game. Better late than never. "There's a first time for everything...
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Minnesota’s Adam Wilcox Makes Unreal Stick Save To Rob Bemidji State

College hockey’s top-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers hosted Bemidji State on Friday night for the first... Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
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5 things to watch: Gophers vs. Illini

MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota football team continues to find ways to win. After last week's one-point victory over Purdue, the Gophers are now 6-1 and in first place in the Big Ten West. Minnesota looks to improve to 4-0 in conference play when it takes on Illinois this weekend. Here are five things to watch when the Illini host the Gophers on Homecoming. 1. Can...
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5 things to watch: Gophers vs. Illini

MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota football team continues to find ways to win. After last week's one-point victory over Purdue, the Gophers are now 6-1 and in first place in the Big Ten West. Minnesota looks to improve to 4-0 in conference play when it takes on Illinois this weekend. Here are five things to watch when the Illini host the Gophers on Homecoming. 1. Can...
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Minnesota Golden Gophers at Illinois Fighting Illini: Betting odds, point spread and tv info

On Saturday two Big Ten schools will play against one another when the Minnesota Golden Gophers travel to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini. Both schools enter this contest unranked and with different results in conference play. Minnesota (6-1) is 3-0 in Big Ten play while Illinois (3-4) is 0-3. Coverage of the game between Minnesota and Illinois will air on ESPNU and WatchESPN...
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Minnesota clicking while Illinois struggles

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Minnesota has won four straight, is undefeated in the Big Ten and has locked up a spot in some kind of bowl game. Coach Jerry Kill says his Gophers (6-1, 3-0) have done all that without really playing their best. ''I'd say for us that we have a whole lot more to improve, to be a really, really good team,'' the fourth-year coach said. '...
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Gophers point guard Mathieu focused on better decisions, fatherhood

MINNEAPOLIS -- No other player brought an energy to the Gophers men's basketball team last year quite like DeAndre Mathieu. Though the 5-foot-9 point guard was almost always the smallest player on the court, he played a big game. Mathieu wasn't afraid to go into the lane and put up a shot amid a forest of opposing big men. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. There...
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Talking 10 Mailbag: Are the Minnesota Gophers a Big Ten title contender?

Welcome to the talking10 weekly mailbag. Every week we’ll answer fan and journalist questions from around the Big Ten — no team, no topic is off-limits (including your food & beverage questions). If you want your question answered, get ahold of us on Twitter @Talking_10, Facebook or send us an e-mail to talkingbig10@gmail.com.  As the month of October draws to a close things...
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After strange season-opening schedule, Gophers ready to get going

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Wild aren't the only hockey team in town with a weird schedule to start their season. The Golden Gophers will finally play their first home game of the 2014-15 season this weekend after an odd first few weeks of play. Minnesota opened up the year at the Ice Breaker tournament, hosted by Notre Dame, but the Gophers were playing afternoon games in front...
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Tyler Mason's Oct. 22 Gophers mailbag

MINNEAPOLIS -- Six wins. First place. Top 25. The Gophers achieved all of those milestones over the weekend with a come-from-behind, 39-38 victory over the visiting Purdue Boilermakers. Minnesota improved to 6-1 with the win and is in first place in the Big Ten West -- as well as No. 24 in the coaches poll. You submitted your questions after the victory, and I answered them. Thanks...
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First-place Gophers trying to stay grounded

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Resiliency will be as important for Minnesota the rest of the season as its most tangible strength of running the ball. Last week's win over Purdue provided plenty of time to polish both of those attributes. The comeback victory that left the Gophers (6-1, 3-0) alone in first place in the Big Ten's West Division also set them up for another test, of their...
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