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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12 days ago  |  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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12 days ago  |  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...
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14 days ago  |  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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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Clemson, Florida State Carry ACC Flag Into NIT Semifinals

They may have been snubbed by the selection committee, but the Clemson Tigers and Florida State Seminoles can get some satisfaction out of the college basketball season by winning the 2014 National Invitation Tournament. The Tigers and Seminoles have both reached the semifinals, and with a pair of victories on Tuesday, they can make it an all-ACC final at Madison Square Garden. Clemson...
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota 63, St. Mary's 55

Joey King scored a team-high 18 points as the Golden Gophers downed the visiting Gaels in the second round of the NIT. DeAndre Mathieu added 14 points for top-seeded Minnesota (22-13), which will face Southern Mississippi in the quarterfinals. Austin Hollins chipped in with 10 points and five assists while Elliott Eliason recorded eight rebounds and a game-high seven blocks for...
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23 days ago  |  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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23 days ago  |  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

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 look to finish off three-game sweep

MINNEAPOLIS -- In Richard Pitino's lone season as the head coach at Florida International last year, his team just couldn't get past Middle Tennessee in the regular season. Pitino's Panthers dropped their first game against their conference foes by 17 points in a road loss in late December. In a rematch with Middle Tennessee one month later, FIU watched a 17-point halftime...
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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

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 bruise postseason resume with frustrating home loss

MINNEAPOLIS -- One day before hosting last-place Illinois, Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino offered a warning that his players and Gophers fans shouldn't start penciling in any wins or losses on the schedule. Time to get that eraser out. Despite facing an Illini squad that came to Williams Arena having lost 10 of their last 11 games, Minnesota stumbled at home in a game that...
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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

Minnesota defeats cold Northwestern 54-48

DeAndre Mathieu scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half and Minnesota came back to defeat cold-shooting Northwestern 54-48 on Sunday. Maurice Walker and Andre Hollins each had eight points for the Gophers (17-9, 6-7 Big Ten), who won for just the second time in six games. Minnesota also avenged a 55-54 loss to Northwestern at Minneapolis on Feb. 1 and ended a five-game losing...
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February 16, 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

Northwestern Eyes Another Road Win at Minnesota

Photo: Mary Langenfeld | USA Today Sports Northwestern (11-11, 4-5 Big Ten) ends its road trip Saturday afternoon at Minnesota (15-6, 4-4). The Wildcats upset No. 14 Wisconsin their last time out and have won three of their last four games. Minnesota sits tied for fourth place with Wisconsin in the Big Ten, and Northwestern sits only a half-game behind in sixth. The Golden Gophers...
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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

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