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Williams Arena as seen on Monday, June 17, 2019.

Meet new Gophers basketball coach Ben Johnson

AJ Condon
March 24, 2021
Johnson brings a Minnesotan-led initiative to try and turn around the Gophers’ program.
Athletic Director Mark Coyle addresses the Board of Regents in regards to a contract extension signed by head football coach P.J. Fleck at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. The deal, signed by Fleck last week, extends his contract through the 2026 season and will increase his base salary to $4.6 million.

Gophers basketball to hire Ben Johnson as new basketball coach

AJ Condon, Sports Reporter
March 22, 2021
Ben Johnson returns to his alma mater to become the next head coach of the Gophers’ men’s basketball team.
Guard Marcus Carr shoots through the opponents at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Gophers star guard Marcus Carr enters transfer portal

AJ Condon, Sports Reporter
March 19, 2021
The dominos keep falling since the men’s basketball program and coach Richard Pitino separated.
Gophers forward Kadi Sissoko blocks Eastern Illinois’ Karle Pace at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The Gophers defeated Eastern Illinois 72-68.

Gophers women’s basketball builds a foundation through season’s ups and downs

Tony Liebert
March 19, 2021
Minnesota’s inexperienced roster showed potential this season, finishing 8-13 in Lindsay Whalen’s third season as head coach.
Jamal Mashburn Jr. walks to the other end of the court during the second period against Illinois at Williams Arena on Saturday, Feb. 20. Illinois beat the Gophers with a final score of 94-63.

Gophers guard Jamal Mashburn Jr. enters transfer portal

Nolan O'Hara
March 17, 2021
Jamal Mashburn Jr. is one of two Gophers who’ve entered the portal already since the men’s basketball program parted ways with coach Richard Pitino.
Former Gophers head coach Richard Pitino looks on from the sidelines during a free throw attempt at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 26. The Gophers entered the second half with a 47-31 lead over the Maryland Terrapins.

The Gophers men’s basketball team has begun its coaching search. Here’s a list of six potential candidates.

AJ Condon, Sports Reporter
March 17, 2021
With Richard Pitino out, athletics director Mark Coyle has begun a nationwide coaching search to fill the void.
Gophers men's basketball head coach Richard Pitino speaks with media at the new Athlete's Village basketball facilities on Monday. The team held their first practice at the new facility on Jan. 9, 2018.

Gophers’ Richard Pitino out after eight seasons

AJ Condon
March 15, 2021
In eight seasons, Richard Pitino held a 141-123 overall record for the Gophers, but a 55-97 record in conference play.
The Gophers played Ohio State at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana on Thursday, March 11, 2021. The Gophers lost to the Buckeyes 75-79.

Gophers men’s basketball drops to Ohio State; season comes to an end

AJ Condon, Sports Reporter
March 12, 2021
A late-game push gave Gophers fans hope, but Ohio State held on to crush the comeback.
Guard Marcus Carr shoots through the opponents at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Gophers men’s basketball survives against Northwestern

AJ Condon, Sports Reporter
March 11, 2021
A sloppy game from both ends, and a late surge from Marcus Carr, pushed Minnesota past Northwestern.
Gophers center Klarke Sconiers fights for a pass at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The Gophers defeated Eastern Illinois 72-68.

Gophers women’s basketball’s offense stalls without top three scorers in Big Ten Tournament

Tony Liebert
March 11, 2021
No Jasmine Powell, Sara Scalia or Kadi Sissoko put Minnesota in a hole that almost any team couldn’t pull itself out of.