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Gophers to try for NIT title that once got away

When the Gophers men’s basketball players entered Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, they saw a spotlighted court, engulfed by a yawning, nearly 20,000-seat expanse. The players ogled the collection of New York Rangers and Knicks banners. They snapped pictures with their cellphones of the arena’s spoked, suspended crown. A handful of them experienced something else, too: a tinge...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers find themselves in another NIT championship

In a game that felt like it would never end, and with a clown car of announcers and color commentators talking about anything other than the game in front of them, the Gophers overcame a back-breaking end of regulation to rebound and take care of Florida State in OT in the NIT semifinals, 67-64. With […]
Via From The Barn
April 02, 2014  |  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...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Senior Day 2014

The home careers of Austin Hollins, Maverick Ahanmisi, Oto Osenieks, and Malik Smith will (hopefully) come to an end on Sunday afternoon, as the Golden Gophers celebrate senior day, and hopefully inch one step closer to a return to the NCAA tournament. The basketball game is self-evidently big, and if the Gophers do want to return to the tournament, they need to win. After thirty...
Via From The Barn
March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Osenieks calls it quits early for Minnesota

Minnesota junior Oto Osenieks will end his playing career a year early.
Via Philly Sports Live
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Oto Osenieks is retiring.

The University of Minnesota announced today that Oto Osenieks will be honored as part of senior day festivities on Sunday afternoon, and that his playing career with the Golden Gophers. The red-shirt junior forward hasn't played in the last two games due to a knee injury that sounds degenerative in nature. There is a silver lining though. According to the announcement from the...
Via From The Barn
March 05, 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...
Via Fox Sports North
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers look to shake slump with lineup switch

MINNEAPOLIS -- Mired in a three-game losing streak, the Gophers men's basketball team hopes to shake things up by making a change to its starting lineup. Head coach Richard Pitino said Friday that sophomore Joey King will start at power forward for Saturday's game against Indiana, moving junior Oto Osenieks to the bench. Osenieks had started all 23 of Minnesota's games...
Via Fox Sports North
February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

He's not the big, bruising PF the Gophers could use, but Osenieks has really improved

Discussion of the Gophers' power forward situation has not been without fuel this season. With the center spot looking much better than expected, the 4-men are getting the majority of the scrutiny, and take much of the blame for why the Gophers aren't a better team. Some of that is fair. But within that context there is a notable bright spot, and one which should be acknowledged...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 11 Ohio State falls to Minnesota, suffers third straight loss

Elliott Eliason had 12 points and 13 rebounds to help Minnesota muscle past 11th-ranked Ohio State for a 63-53 victory Thursday night that stuck the Buckeyes with their third straight loss. DeAndre Mathieu had 13 points, five assists and three steals for the Golden Gophers (14-4, 3-2 Big Ten), who gave new coach Richard Pitino his first signature win. They did it by backing down...
Via AP on Fox
January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota muscles past No. 11 Ohio State 63-53

Elliott Eliason had 12 points and 13 rebounds to help Minnesota muscle past 11th-ranked Ohio State for a 63-53 victory Thursday night that stuck the Buckeyes with their third straight loss. DeAndre Mathieu had 13 points, five assists and three steals for the Golden Gophers (14-4, 3-2 Big Ten), who gave new coach Richard Pitino his first signature win. They did it by backing down...
Via AP on Fox
January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers pull off upset, take down No. 11 Ohio State

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Elliott Eliason had 12 points and 13 rebounds to help Minnesota muscle past 11th-ranked Ohio State for a 63-53 victory Thursday night that stuck the Buckeyes with their third straight loss. DeAndre Mathieu had 13 points, five assists and three steals for the Golden Gophers (14-4, 3-2 Big Ten), who gave new coach Richard Pitino his first signature win. They did...
Via Fox Sports North
January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota muscles past No. 11 Ohio State 63-53

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Elliott Eliason had 12 points and 13 rebounds to help Minnesota muscle past 11th-ranked Ohio State for a 63-53 victory Thursday night that stuck the Buckeyes with their third straight loss. DeAndre Mathieu had 13 points, five assists and three steals for the Golden Gophers (14-4, 3-2 Big Ten), who gave new coach Richard Pitino his first signature win. They did...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota begins brutal 4-game stretch in Big Ten

For middle-of-the-pack programs like Minnesota, the Big Ten schedule is always daunting. Well, the Gophers have rarely seen a stretch like the one they're about to begin. Four Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 20, including three in the top five, of the Associated Press poll. Those four teams also happen to be Minnesota's next four opponents. The Gophers play at No....
Via AP on Fox
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

It is the post power forward era and it is time to start four Gopher guards.

Lost among the chatter of arbitrary NCAA decision making, tournament expansion, and conference realignment, the power forward has gone extinct, at least in the Big Ten. Even a few years ago, it would have been unthinkable for a Big Ten team to take the court without two true, back to the basket, low post players. With the graduations of Derrick Nix and Trevor Mbakwe after last season...
Via From The Barn
December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Syracuse Recap and Arkansas Preview

Well.....damn.  I sure wasn't expecting that.  Syracuse is a top 10 team, and not just because they're ranked in the top 10 - they're legitimately one of the handful of National Title contenders.  I kind of expected the entire game to look like the first four minutes, but in reality without those first four minutes this game might have had a completely different outcome...
Via Down with Goldy
November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Oto Osenieks thriving in Gophers new uptempo style

When players from the Gophers men's basketball team talkedat their media day last month, many referred to this era under first-year coachRichard Pitino as a new start.That's certainly been true for redshirt junior Oto Osenieks,who has flourished so far with a new coach.A 6-foot-8 forward who originally hails from Latvia,Osenieks' first two seasons in a Gophers uniform...
Via Fox Sports North
November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Oto Osenieks thriving in Gophers new uptempo style

When players from the Gophers men's basketball team talkedat their media day last month, many referred to this era under first-year coachRichard Pitino as a new start.That's certainly been true for redshirt junior Oto Osenieks,who has flourished so far with a new coach.A 6-foot-8 forward who originally hails from Latvia,Osenieks' first two seasons in a Gophers uniform...
Via Fox Sports North
November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Minnesota blows out Wofford 79-57 in Maui warm-up

Elliott Eliason had 11 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high seven blocks to lead Minnesota to an easy 79-57 victory over Wofford on Thursday. Austin Hollins led the Gophers (5-0) with 18 points, and he grabbed eight rebounds, too. Oto Osenieks had a career-high 14 points, and Deandre Mathieu added 10 points. Making well-timed cuts and drives to the basket, the Gophers were as crisp...
Via AP on Fox
November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Minnesota blows out Wofford 79-57 in Maui warm-up

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Elliott Eliason had 11 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high seven blocks to lead Minnesota to an easy 79-57 victory over Wofford on Thursday. Austin Hollins led the Gophers (5-0) with 18 points, and he grabbed eight rebounds, too. Oto Osenieks had a career-high 14 points, and Deandre Mathieu added 10 points. Making well-timed cuts and drives to the basket, the...
Via Fox Sports North
November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Short-handed Gophers receive boost from frontcourt duo

MINNEAPOLIS -- No Joey King, no Mo Walker, no problem forthe short-handed Gophers mens basketball team.Playing with a small lineup for most of the night, Minnesotaeasily dispensed of visiting Wofford. Thanks to big contributions from big menOto Osenieks and Elliott Eliason, the Gophers handed the Terriers a 79-57 lossto improve to 5-0 in the Richard Pitino Era.King, a 6-foot-9 sophomore...
Via Fox Sports North
November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Gophers play as group in win over Coastal Carolina

MINNEAPOLIS -- Whenever the Gophers needed an answer in the first half of Tuesday's game against Coastal Carolina, Andre Hollins was there. But when Hollins went quiet in the second, other players stepped up. Minnesota found a balance offensively that helped the Gophers pull away from the Chanticleers for an 82-72 win at Williams Arena. It likely will never be a one-man show...
Via Fox Sports North
November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Gophers play as group in win over Coastal Carolina

MINNEAPOLIS -- Whenever the Gophers needed an answer in the first half of Tuesday's game against Coastal Carolina, Andre Hollins was there. But when Hollins went quiet in the second, other players stepped up. Minnesota found a balance offensively that helped the Gophers pull away from the Chanticleers for an 82-72 win at Williams Arena. It likely will never be a one-man show...
Via Fox Sports North
November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Gophers display stellar 3-point marksmanship in rout

MINNEAPOLIS -- Gophers forward Oto Osenieks couldn't buy a bucket from downtown last season, but the Latvia native kept shooting anyway. He finished the year an abysmal 2-for-26 from 3-point range -- yes, 7.7 percent. But through two games this season, Osenieks has proven himself to be a much-improved shooter. With two more 3-pointers in Tuesday's 84-58 win over Montana...
Via Fox Sports North
November 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Gophers display stellar 3-point marksmanship in rout

MINNEAPOLIS -- Gophers forward Oto Osenieks couldn't buy a bucket from downtown last season, but the Latvia native kept shooting anyway. He finished the year an abysmal 2-for-26 from 3-point range -- yes, 7.7 percent. But through two games this season, Osenieks has proven himself to be a much-improved shooter. With two more 3-pointers in Tuesday's 84-58 win over Montana...
Via Fox Sports North
November 12, 2013  |  Discuss
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