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Giving thanks: Gophers excited to return to New York for NIT Tip-Off tourney

MINNEAPOLIS -- Second-year Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino felt Minnesota's recent stretch of three games in five days was beneficial for his team early in the season. The Gophers will find out just how beneficial later this week. After playing host to Western Kentucky, Franklin Pierce and Maryland-Baltimore County at Williams Arena, Minnesota now travels to New York...
Via Fox Sports North
4 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Fox Sports North
6 days 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...
Via AP on Fox
6 days 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...
Via Fox Sports North
6 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via The Rhino and Compass
21 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...
Via From The Barn
22 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.
Via From The Barn
23 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via AP on Fox
October 28, 2014  |  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...
Via Fox Sports North
October 27, 2014  |  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...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
October 27, 2014  |  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...
Via Fox Sports North
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...
Via From The Barn
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.
Via From The Barn
October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Big Ten’s Top 25 Players: 10-6

With the official start of practice three weeks from today, UM Hoops and Inside the Hall have again partnered to bring you a preseason breakdown of the top 25 players in the Big Ten for the 2014-2015 season. Our selection process involved much deliberation to arrive at a list we hope will provide plenty of reaction and debate. The series will be broken into five parts and our fourth...
Via UM Hoops
September 12, 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 outlasts Florida State 67-64 in OT at NIT

NEW YORK -- Maurice Walker made six free throws in overtime and Minnesota held off Florida State 67-64 on Tuesday night to reach the NIT championship game. Austin Hollins and DeAndre Mathieu scored 17 points apiece for the Golden Gophers (24-13), who squandered a 15-point cushion and overcame Devon Bookert's tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation. They will play Thursday night...
Via Fox Sports North
April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitino, Gophers want to leave New York with a trophy

Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino is no stranger to New York City -- or to the mecca of basketball. Though Pitino is a Massachusetts native, he spent plenty of his childhood following around his father, Rick, during the elder Pitino's time as both an assistant coach and head coach of the New York Knicks. Though Richard Pitino was just five years old when Rick took over as the...
Via Fox Sports North
March 31, 2014  |  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...
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March 28, 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...
Via Fox Sports North
March 23, 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...
Via Fox Sports North
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...
Via Fox Sports North
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...
Via Fox Sports North
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...
Via Fox Sports North
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...
Via Fox Sports North
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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