After NIT title, veteran Gophers 'striving to accomplish more'

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- They cut strands of netting in Madison Square Garden last April and celebrated a college basketball championship. There were hugs, smiles and a trophy -- all the elements players had dreamed about since before arriving at Minnesota. But what is a college basketball championship when it's not that college basketball championship? You know, the one that ends with...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Healthy again, Andre Hollins should bounce back.

The Golden Gophers will go as far as Andre Hollins can carry them this season, and Hollins will go as far as his ankles let him. The combo-guard has a good chance to become the Gophers' all-time leading scorer, despite being healthy for only one complete season, his sophomore year. That season he scored 41 points in a game, was named third team All-Big Ten, and helped his team...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Six things that need to happen at The Barn (but probably won’t).

It is getting perilously close to the start of the Golden Gophers basketball season. Practice starts tomorrow. The first game isn't much more than a month away. It might snow a bit this weekend. Things are getting real, as kids once said. Here is a wishlist for the upcoming season, with items both reasonable and unrealistic.
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Gophers win NIT title 65-63 over SMU

For some, it was redemption. For others it was just a party. Two years after falling just short of their goal at Madison Square Garden, a Minnesota team made up of veterans from that game and new faces this season made good on a second chance. The Gophers gained control of a back-and-forth contest in the final seconds Thursday night, pushing to the finish on a flurry of transition...
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April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Hollins comes up big, goes out a winner with Gophers' NIT title

NEW YORK (AP) -- Austin Hollins hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 46.1 seconds left and Minnesota won the NIT championship Thursday night, beating SMU 65-63 to give the Pitino family its latest postseason tournament title. Hollins scored 19 points and Andre Hollins had 14 for the Golden Gophers (25-13), who took home the trophy for the third time. They also won the National Invitation...
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April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota 67, Florida St. 64

Austin Hollins scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds as the Golden Gophers outlasted the Seminoles in New York to advance to the NIT final. DeAndre Mathieu added 17 points, four rebounds and four assists for Minnesota (24-13), which will meet Southern Methodist in Thursday's championship game. Andre Hollins chipped in with 13 points while Maurice Walker tallied nine points...
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April 02, 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

Minnesota 63, Penn St. 56

Austin Hollins hit four 3-pointers and scored 18 points as the Gophers held off a late charge from the Nittany Lions in a Big Ten tournament first-round matchup in Indianapolis. Deandre Mathieu added 13 points, five assists and three steals for sixth-seeded Minnesota (20-12), which defeated Penn State for the second time in five days to notch back-to-back victories for the first...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers get crucial win, keep NCAA tourney hopes alive

INDIANAPOLIS -- Talk of bubbles and brackets permeate college basketball this time of year. And though hundreds of teams vie for a coveted spot in the NCAA tournament field, only a handful of programs enter conference tournaments feeling safe regardless of the outcome. Minnesota was not one such team. And so, the Gophers did not have the luxury of walking into Bankers Life Fieldhouse...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers get by Penn State, advance to quarterfinals

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Austin Hollins scored 18 points, Deandre Mathieu added 13 and Andre Hollins hit a late 3-pointer Thursday to give Minnesota a badly needed 63-56 win over Penn State in the Big Ten tournament. The seventh-seeded Golden Gophers (20-12) advanced to Friday night's quarterfinal against No. 12 Wisconsin with their third win in four games. 10th-seeded Penn State...
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March 13, 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

Gophers shoot themselves in feet from 3-point range in loss to Illini

MINNEAPOLIS -- The 3-pointers just weren't falling Wednesday night, yet the Gophers kept launching them anyway. Miss after miss resulted in Minnesota falling behind visiting Illinois in the second half, and the Gophers' struggles ultimately played a big role in their 62-49 loss to the last-place Fighting Illini. Minnesota converted on just 4 of 25 shots from downtown for...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers Andre Hollins has awesome nameplate, NBA potential

I LOVE that the jersey of Andre Hollins says “Dre Hollins” on the back. He needs to stay and earn his Doctorate at the University of Minnesota so it can later say: “Dr. Dre Hollins.” In addition to the best nameplate in all of college basketball, not in all of sports, that honor belongs to the NHL’s Miroslav Satan, Andre Hollins also has a fair amount of NBA Draft stock...
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February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Andre Hollins is back to his old self, and it is just in time.

Two-thirds of the Big Ten season has gone by, and the Minnesota Golden Gophers are still the worst defensive team in the Big Ten. It is too late in the season to hope that they'll become a good defensive team, probably too late to hope they'll become average, and will soon be too late to think they can get out of the defensive cellar. The Gophers are not going to win any...
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February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Sloppy Minnesota falls 78-70 to No. 21 Wisconsin

Andre Hollins had the step on Sam Dekker and a clear path to the basket for a shot. Not so fast, Minnesota. Dekker recovered to swat the ball way from behind in front of a raucous Wisconsin student section, a play that exemplified the 21st-ranked Badgers energetic effort up front in a 78-70 win over the Gophers on Thursday night. Hollins finished with 22. He combined with Malik...
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February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Andre Hollins' big night not enough to beat Badgers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Diving on the floor for loose balls. Strong drives to the hoop for dunks or to draw fouls. A blocked shot that whipped the "Grateful Red" student section into a frenzy. Wisconsin's frontcourt regained some of its swagger in a 78-70 win Thursday night over Minnesota. Frank Kaminsky scored 17 points, Nigel Hayes added 15 off the bench and Sam Dekker...
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February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Andre Hollins, Gophers eager to face Badgers again

MINNEAPOLIS -- Gophers guard Andre Hollins can't wait for Thursday's game against Wisconsin for two reasons. For starters, it was during Minnesota's game against the Badgers last month in which Hollins suffered a sprained ankle that forced him to miss his team's next two games -- both losses. On top of that, a now-healthy Hollins will be traveling to the Kohl Center...
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February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers enduring a hard time without Andre Hollins

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Gophers are finding out the hard way that life without Andre Hollins is no fun. Hollins suffered an ankle injury back on Jan. 22 in the early moments of Minnesota's game against Wisconsin. As Hollins scored on a jump shot, he landed on the foot of Badgers guard Josh Gasser. Hollins sprained his left ankle on the play and missed the remainder of the game --...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

There is crying in basketball: Gophers players emotional after close loss

MINNEAPOLIS -- Mo Walker was inconsolable. Just minutes after the Gophers lost 55-54 to Northwestern, Minnesota's big man sat at his locker with his No. 15 jersey over his head and his hands over his face as he tried to muffle the sobbing. After escaping briefly to the shower, he returned and again sat in disbelief. This time a blue towel hid the tears. Senior Austin Hollins...
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February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Big Ten's balance means every game's a competition

MINNEAPOLIS -- Richard Pitino has coached just eight games in the Big Ten, but Minnesota's first-year head coach has learned an important lesson about the conference: any game is winnable, and any game is losable. It might sound clichéd, but a look at the Big Ten schedule thus far proved that to be exactly the case. The Gophers' season epitomizes the parity as well. While...
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January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Malik Smith can replace Andre Hollins, if the front court can replace Smith’s scoring.

There is no good time for an injury, especially an ankle sprain that could linger for the rest of Andre Hollins' junior season. Some times are worse than others, and the Golden Gophers got a bit lucky with the timing of this injury. There will be only two games in the two weeks following the win over Wisconsin, and Nebraska and Northwestern can't compare to the four game...
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January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers likely to miss Andre Hollins for at least 2 games

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota will be without leading scorer Andre Hollins for a while. Gophers coach Richard Pitino said Saturday that the junior shooting guard's sprained left ankle was more severe than anticipated. Hollins won't play Sunday at Nebraska, and Pitino said the team was also assuming he will miss at least the game next Saturday against Northwestern. Malik Smith...
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January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers likely miss Hollins for at least 2 games

Minnesota will be without leading scorer Andre Hollins for a while. Gophers coach Richard Pitino said Saturday that the junior shooting guard's sprained left ankle was more severe than anticipated. Hollins won't play Sunday at Nebraska, and Pitino said the team was also assuming he will miss at least the game next Saturday against Northwestern. Malik Smith will start in...
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January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Game Preview: Gophers vs. Cornhuskers

Nebraska is not a great team.  Depending on your definition, they may not even be a good team.  They have, after all, lost six of their last seven games and hold only a win over Miami as anything remotely quality outside of conference play.  Nebraska, however, is certainly not the ****** team we've become accustomed to.  Of their last seven games only two were at home and...
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January 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota's Andre Hollins doubtful vs. Nebraska

Minnesota leading scorer Andre Hollins has a sprained left ankle that will likely keep him out of the next game. X-rays revealed no broken bones. Hollins also had an MRI test Thursday that confirmed the original diagnosis. The university announced Hollins' status for Sunday at Nebraska as doubtful, and the junior will be re-evaluated daily. Hollins has missed only one game in...
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January 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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