Red-hot Austin Hollins propels Gophers to another NIT victory

MINNEAPOLIS -- Austin Hollins and his Gophers teammates went to New York City two years ago and came back empty handed when they lost in the NIT championship. Hollins made sure he had one last chance to win a trophy in the Big Apple. Thanks to a career-high 32 points by the Gophers senior, Minnesota topped Southern Miss by an 81-73 final in Tuesday's NIT quarterfinal at Williams...
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March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers overcome slow start to put away St. Mary's

MINNEAPOLIS -- The game seemed over before it was even five minutes old. Minnesota couldn't make a shot and couldn't hang onto the ball. St. Mary's couldn't miss and held its own on defense. The result was a 14-point deficit for the Gophers before they scored a single point, a fact that had the fans at Williams Arena growing restless. One look at the 63-56 final score...
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March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers earn top seed, will play Robert Morris

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Gophers men's hockey team will be the top overall seed in this year's NCAA tournament, and Minnesota will be staying close to home to start the playoffs. After finishing the year with a 25-6-6 record, the Gophers will play host to Robert Morris in the West regional to open the 16-team NCAA tournament. Minnesota's reward for earning the top overall seed...
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March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers well-decorated with yearly hockey awards

MINNEAPOLIS -- Three days after clinching the Big Ten hockey title, several members of the Golden Gophers received yearly honors from the conference. Minnesota head coach Don Lucia, who led the Gophers to a 25-5-6 record this season, was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year. Meanwhile, sophomore Adam Wilcox earned two awards as both the Big Ten Player of the Year and Goaltender of...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Football: Practice facility situation is sinking the program

After reading an article posted by Joe Christensen “Gridiron Gold” in the Minneapolis Star Tribune about Northwestern  getting the go-ahead to build ”the multipurpose lakefront facility” that will forever change the dynamics of that program, I felt like ranting about it a bit. The football program at Minnesota has always had a difficult time getting recruits and a big reason...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers miss out on NCAA tournament

MINNEAPOLIS -- The bubble has burst for the Golden Gophers. The University of Minnesota men's basketball team missed out on an at-large bid to the 68-team NCAA tournament when the field was announced Sunday. The Gophers won their first game in the Big Ten tournament but lost by 26 to Wisconsin on Friday. A win over the Badgers likely would have stamped Minnesota's ticket...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan solidly defeats Gophers men's hockey

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- In a game that meant little in the grand scheme of things, the top-ranked University of Minnesota men's hockey squad suffered a one-sided, 6-2 loss at No. 13 Michigan on Saturday night. One night after clinching the Big Ten conference's regular-season title, Minnesota found itself in a huge early hole. Host Michigan blitzed the visitors to the tune of...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Rau's OT winner lands Gophers hockey Big Ten title

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Kyle Rau scored the overtime winner on Friday night, as the top-ranked Minnesota men's hockey squad clinched the inaugural Big Ten title in a 3-2 overtime win over No. 13 Michigan. Minnesota (25-4-6 overall, 14-2-3-0 Big Ten) has now won a program-record three-straight conference championships. Minnesota won back-to-back MacNaughton Cups as the WCHA regular...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers' next destination unknown after league-tourney ouster

INDIANAPOLIS -- Minnesota coach Richard Pitino is certain the Gophers' basketball team has a place in a postseason tournament next week. But will that place be the NCAA tournament or the NIT? Well, that's where things get cloudy. "Who knows?" Pitino said Friday night. After seventh-seeded Minnesota lost 83-57 to No. 2 Wisconsin in a Big Ten tournament quarterfinal...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Thumb healed, Streveler could challenge to be Gophers' starting QB

MINNEAPOLIS -- As Chris Streveler dropped a deep sideline pass squarely into the hands of Devon Wright in an 11-on-11 drill Tuesday, his teammates hooted and hollered in excitement. The bystanders watching would likely never have guessed that the Gophers' redshirt freshman quarterback had ever suffered a major thumb injury. Streveler tore a tendon in his right thumb in a practice...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers eyeing initial Big Ten regular-season title

MINNEAPOLIS -- High above the ice at Mariucci Arena hang many maroon and gold banners with different years printed on to indicate various achievements in Minnesota's hockey history. Fourteen of them indicate WCHA regular-season championships. As the Gophers prepare to face Michigan this weekend, they're hoping to add a banner of a different sort to the rafters: Big Ten champs...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers' passing game will feature new faces in new roles

MINNEAPOLIS -- When the 2013 football season started, the Gophers were hoping wide receivers Derrick Engel and Isaac Fruechte would emerge as go-to targets for quarterback Philip Nelson. One year later, the landscape of Minnesota's aerial attack has completely changed. Engel graduated after suffering a torn ACL during his senior year. Fruechte will be a redshirt senior in 2014...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

More Minnesota Golden Gophers and Nebrasketball Bubble talk

That time of year again: Minnesota Golden Gophers NCAA Tournament bubble article/column/blog/post/analysis/meta-analysis. The Golden Gophers “will they or won’t they?” bit always comes up during the Big Ten Tournament lately. And we’ll update again when they’re done in Indianapolis. The Golden Gophers, with an RPI of 49 are one of two bubble teams in the Big Ten. Nebraska...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers' Andre Hollins, DeAndre Mathieu earn honorable mention league honors

MINNEAPOLIS -- Gophers juniors Andre Hollins and DeAndre Mathieu were both named All-Big Ten honorable mention honorees, the conference announced Monday. Hollins was tabbed to the honorable mention list by both the coaches and the media, while Mathieu was voted to the list by the media. Minnesota did not have any players on the first, second, or third team lists. Hollins led the...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Hollins, Ahanmisi provide lift for Gophers on Senior Night

MINNEAPOLIS -- Austin Hollins hopes Sunday was his last game at Williams Arena. If it's not, that means the Gophers senior guard and his teammates fell short of their goal of playing in the NCAA tournament and instead settled for a trip to the NIT. Thanks in part 14 points from Hollins on Senior Night, Minnesota thumped Penn State by a 81-63 final and inched ever closer to a...
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March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Time to take a bow for Austin Hollins, Gophers seniors

MINNEAPOLIS -- Sunday's regular-season finale will likely have a different meaning for the three seniors on the Gophers men's basketball team. Malik Smith's senior year was his one and only season at Minnesota after transferring from Florida International. While he's had plenty of good moments during the season as a sharpshooter, his Gophers career was a brief one...
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March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Sherels named Gophers new linebackers coach

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Gophers' new linebackers coach is a familiar face. The University of Minnesota announced Friday that Mike Sherels has been promoted to take over for Bill Miller as the coach of the team's linebackers. Sherels, who played for the Gophers from 2003-07, has been on head coach Jerry Kill's staff since 2011. His most recent position before Friday's promotion...
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March 07, 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...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Annual Minnesota Golden Gophers NCAA Tournament Bubble Watch

That time of year again: Minnesota Golden Gophers NCAA Tournament bubble article/column/blog/post/analysis/meta-analysis. The Golden Gophers “will they or won’t they?” bit always comes up during the Big Ten Tournament lately. And we’ll update again when in Indy. The Golden Gophers, with an RPI of 44 are one of two bubble teams in the Big Ten. Nebraska is the other, and we’ll...
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March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Buggs pays big dividends in Gophers' upset of Iowa

MINNEAPOLIS -- As Charles Buggs took a seat on the bench late in the first half of Tuesday's win over Iowa, the Gophers fans rose to their feet to give him a standing ovation. Yes, the seldom-used Buggs, the same player who had scored five total points all year, provided a huge offensive spark for Minnesota and elicited a standing ovation from the home crowd. While Buggs didn...
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February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitino believes confidence is missing ingredient for Gophers

MINNEAPOLIS -- Richard Pitino doesn't think the Gophers' offense is broken, at least not from an X's and O's standpoint. Yet despite the assertion from Minnesota's head coach, there's no mistaking the fact that the Gophers have struggled offensively in their last two losses. Pitino's team failed to top 50 points in games against Illinois and Ohio State...
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February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Kill '˜blessed'€™ to be given raise, extension at Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jerry Kill seemed almost embarrassed to be getting a pay raise. The Gophers' head football coach is a simple and modest man who years ago lived in a trailer and made $250 a month before he eventually ascended to coach a Big Ten program. So when a restructuring of his contract, announced this weekend, boosted his salary from $1.2 million to $2.1 million in 2014...
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February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers give Kill raise and extra year on contract

Minnesota has given football coach Jerry Kill a raise and another year on his contract. The university announced Saturday that Kill's deal was extended through the 2018 season and that he'll make $2.1 million in 2014, a big spike from the previous figure of $1.2 million that was put his salary last among Big Ten coaches. This will push him closer to the middle of the conference...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers restructure Kill's contract, add a year

MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota is so pleased with the work that football coach Jerry Kill has done in his first three seasons that the school decided to add a year to his contract. The Gophers announced Saturday that Kill's contract has been restructured. That includes the addition of an extra year, which means the contract now runs through the 2018-19 season. Kill...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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