Gophers get defensive, take bite out of Retrievers

MINNEAPOLIS -- Things didn't often come easy for the Gophers men's basketball team on Saturday against Maryland-Baltimore County. Two days after Minnesota rolled to a 52-point victory against Franklin Pierce and scored 109 points, it was more of a struggle against the Retrievers. Shots didn't fall. The fouls racked up. UMBC hung around for the first half. The Gophers eventually pulled...
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2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Gophers rout UMBC, 69-51

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Mo Walker had 15 points, five rebounds and five blocks, helping Minnesota escape with a 69-51 victory Saturday over a pesky University of Maryland-Baltimore County squad. Playing in their third game in five days, the Gophers (3-1) eventually overcame a poor shooting start to live up to their heavy-favorite billing against the Retrievers (0-3). Walker and Andre...
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Gophers rout UMBC, 69-51

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Mo Walker had 15 points, five rebounds and five blocks, helping Minnesota escape with a 69-51 victory Saturday over a pesky University of Maryland-Baltimore County squad. Playing in their third game in five days, the Gophers (3-1) eventually overcame a poor shooting start to live up to their heavy-favorite billing against the Retrievers (0-3). Walker and Andre...
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Walker leads Minnesota past UMBC, 69-51

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Mo Walker had 15 points, five rebounds and five blocks, helping Minnesota escape with a 69-51 victory Saturday over a pesky University of Maryland-Baltimore County squad. Playing in their third game in five days, the Gophers (3-1) eventually overcame a poor shooting start to live up to their heavy-favorite billing against the Retrievers (0-3). Walker and Andre Hollins...
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2014-15 Minnesota Golden Gophers Basketball Preview

2014-15 Gopher Basketball Team The Gophers ended last year on a bit of a hot streak, beating SMU to win the NIT Championship. With most of the team remaining intact, as well as with Richard Pitino entering his second season with the program, expectations are higher going into this season. Minnesota opens up their season one week from today in Puerto Rico against Louisville, so the...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Gophers rip Minnesota-Duluth in not-secret exhibition

The not-secret portion of Minnesota’s preseason schedule kicked off Thursday night against Minnesota-Duluth. Usually reserved as a hockey rivalry, the Bulldogs probably wished the game was held on ice, as it would have mitigated the talent gap between the two teams. While the Gophers have had close calls with D-II teams in the past,  UMD was no match, falling easily 95-68. Five...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Gophers will be short-handed in last chance tune-up.

There is a non-hockey game between the Golden Gophers and Minnesota-Duluth on Thursday. The exhibition game, which tips off at 7 pm at The Barn, will be the last and only chance to see the Gophers play against a team other than themselves before the season starts.
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

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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26 days ago  |  Discuss

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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October 16, 2014  |  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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October 07, 2014  |  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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October 02, 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

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 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...
Via From The Barn
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...
Via Fox Sports North
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...
Via From The Barn
January 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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