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Gophers prepare for Denver, then Big Ten schedule

December 14, 2011

Fresh off a four-game homestand, MinnesotaâÄôs womenâÄôs basketball team will take its show on the road to face the Denver Pioneers on Wednesday. The Gophers have won three games in a row...

Rachel Banham named Big Ten Freshman of the Week

December 12, 2011

Gophers women's basketball point guard Rachel Banham has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week. Banham scored 18 points in the Gophers' victory against Air Force along with six rebounds, six assists...

Minnesota guard Kiara Buford drivews down the court against Alcorn State on Sunday afternoon at Williams Arena.

Minnesota defeats Harvard and Alcorn State to win Best Buy Classic

December 12, 2011

The Gophers womenâÄôs basketball team defeated Harvard and Alcorn State over the weekend to win the Best Buy Classic and improve to 7-5 on the season. MinnesotaâÄôs shooting percentage...

Women’s basketball defeats Harvard with ease

December 10, 2011

Minnesota defeated Harvard 79-53 behind an impressive performance from senior guard Kiara Buford.  Buford drove to the rim at will and shot the lights out from outside for 25 points. She hit 11-of-14...

Guard Leah Cotton makes a lay-up in the game against Air Force Wednesday night in Williams Arena. Cotton started for the first time in Wednesday's game.

Gophers dominate Air Force

December 8, 2011

The Gophers womenâÄôs basketball team has leaned on its two top guards for much of the season. After getting thrashed by Baylor on Sunday, head coach Pam Borton rolled out a three-guard set to...

Gophers Freshman guard Rachel Banham drives past Baylor Sophomore guard Odyssey Sims Sunday at Williams Arena.  Banham scored a career-high of 19 points against the Lady Bears.

Minn. greets fast-paced Air Force

December 7, 2011

The Gophers host Air Force on Wednesday night at Williams Arena at 7 p.m. and will look to bounce back against the Falcons after losing Sunday to No. 1 Baylor. Air Force and Minnesota have identical records...

Minnesota guard Rachel Banham goes up for a basket against Baylor on Sunday at Williams Arena.

No. 1 Baylor routs Gophers at Williams Arena

December 5, 2011

Minnesota was unable to keep up with Brittney Griner and the No. 1 Baylor Lady Bears on Sunday, losing 89-60. The loss dropped the Gophers to 4-5. Griner led Baylor with 20 points, nine rebounds and five...

Gophers blown out by Deacons

December 1, 2011

Minnesota had a dreadful shooting performance and was in foul trouble yet again in a 82-65 loss to Wake Forest.  The team fell to 4-4 on the season with the loss. Wake Forest beat the Gophers at their...

Jerry Kill prepares for first full offseason with Minn.

November 30, 2011

The Gophers put their season to bed against Illinois last week with a 27-7 victory.  The win was one of only three in the first year of the Jerry Kill era.  Minnesota can now look ahead to the...

Royston named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week

November 28, 2011

Kim Royston finished his Gophers career Saturday versus Illinois and was awarded his first Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week award Monday. Royston said that this entire year was a blessing after...

Minnesota guard Rachel Banham against against the Binghamton Bearcats on Nov. 19 in the women's 2011 Subway Basketball Classic at Williams Arena.

Banham lifts Minn. with buzzer-beater

November 28, 2011

The Gophers womenâÄôs basketball team played an exciting weekend tournament in Moraga, Calif., splitting two games that featured last-second shots. On Friday night, Quinnipiac nabbed the victory...

Quick hitters

November 28, 2011

Minnesota led from start to finish Saturday in its win against Illinois, the first time the Gophers had a lead for an entire game this season. The Gophers won a game by double digits for the first time...

Banham hits game-winner as Gophers earn weekend split

November 26, 2011

Freshman Rachel Banham hit a game-winning shot for the Gophers womenâÄôs basketball team in a 65-64 win over Virginia Tech on Saturday. Minnesota beat the Hokies in the third-place game of the...

Women’s basketball upset by Quinnipiac

November 25, 2011

The Gophers womenâÄôs basketball team lost Friday night against Quinnipiac, 64-62. This was the first game of the St. MaryâÄôs tournament in Moraga, California. Minnesota shot poorly in...

Minnesota wide receiver Da'Jon McKnight gets taken down by Wisconsin defensive back Antonio Fenelus Saturday, November 12 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Seniors to be honored Saturday

November 23, 2011

The first year of the Jerry Kill era will come to a conclusion Saturday. The season has developed into a rebuilding project for Kill and his staff, something the seniors seemingly embraced to help the...

Junior Leah Cotton makes a layup Sunday, November 20 against NDSU at Williams Arena.

Minnesota heads to California for St. Mary’s Hilton tournament

November 23, 2011

The Gophers womenâÄôs basketball team travels to California this weekend for the St. MaryâÄôs Hilton Tournament. The Gophers will face Quinnipiac on Friday night to open the tournament...

Minnesota wide receiver Da'Jon McKnight gets taken down by Wisconsin defensive back Antonio Fenelus Saturday, November 12 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Gophers conclude 2011 with Illinois

November 23, 2011

The Gophers wrap up their season against Illinois on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. Minnesota has had a rocky road in head coach Jerry KillâÄôs first season with a 2-9 record (1-6 conference.)  With...

Minnesota forward Katie Loberg and guard Sari Noga defend against the Binghamton Bearcats  during the women's 2011 Subway Basketball Classic on Saturday at William's Arena. The Gophers defeated the Bearcats 65-40.

Gophers win Subway Classic Tournament

November 21, 2011

The Gophers womenâÄôs basketball team defeated North Dakota State 80-41 on Sunday in the Subway Classic championship and improved to 3-2 on the season. Minnesota dominated the glass, forced 26...

November 19, 2011: Brian Peters #10 of Northwestern goes in to tackle Devin Crawford-Tufts #80 of Minnesota during the NCAA football game between University of Minnesota and Northwestern University at Ryan Field, Evanston, Illinois. (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

Mistakes doom Gophers on the road

November 19, 2011

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Minnesota fell to 1-6 Saturday with a road loss to Northwestern 28-13.   The Gophers had numerous opportunities, but costly turnovers in the second half led to their defeat.  In...

Gophers open at home with Binghamton in Subway Classic

Gophers open at home with Binghamton in Subway Classic

November 17, 2011

The Minnesota womenâÄôs basketball team will play its first regular season home game this weekend against Binghamton University in the Subway Classic tournament. The winner of SaturdayâÄôs...

A constant state of flux

November 16, 2011

The Big Ten is known for power running games behind massive offensive lines.  This formula has worked well for Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan for years, but the Gophers have struggled in that regard...

Gophers start strong, finish 1-2 at WBI Tipoff

Gophers start strong, finish 1-2 at WBI Tipoff

November 14, 2011

The Gophers womenâÄôs basketball team won its regular season opener, but finished with a 1-2 record at the WomenâÄôs Basketball Invitational Tipoff on Nov. 11-13 in Daytona Beach, Fla. Minnesota...

Quick hitters: Gopher-Badger football game

November 14, 2011

Minnesota quarterback MarQueis Gray became a father late Friday night, as his girlfriend gave birth to twin boys named MarShawn and MarZell. Gray said he received a call during team activities and was...

Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien hoists Paul Bunyan's Axe after last season's Badgers victory over Minnesota on Oct. 9 at Camp Randall Stadium.

Badgers pose difficult test as heavy favorites

November 10, 2011

Minnesota hosts the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium to battle for Paul BunyanâÄôs Axe. This game will be the 121st in the interstate rivalry and Minnesota hasnâÄôt won...

Gophers open regular season with WBI Tipoff

November 10, 2011

The Gophers womenâÄôs basketball team opens its regular season this weekend in Florida with the WomenâÄôs Basketball Invitational Tipoff. Minnesota will play Arkansas, Florida State and...

Michigan State wide receiver B.J. Cunningham attempts to catch the ball for a touchdown under the pressure of Gophers defensive back Johnny Johnson Saturday at the Spartan Stadium.

Gophers show improvement in loss to MSU

November 7, 2011

Minnesota fought hard in East Lansing, but came up short against Michigan State, losing 31-24. Quarterback MarQueis Gray had a career day against the SpartansâÄô defense. He threw for 295 yards,...

Minnesota senior guard Kiara Buford goes in for a layup in Wednesday night's game against St. Cloud State.  Buford entered the season with 1,043 career points.

Gophers rout SCSU in opening night exhibition victory

November 3, 2011

The Minnesota womenâÄôs basketball team used its superior size and athletic ability to rout St. Cloud State 86-51 in its exhibition opener.  âÄúWe had six players in double figures,...

University of Minnesota Senior Kiara Buford guards Michigan State Senior Brittney Thomas Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010 at Williams Arena in Dinkytown.

Women’s basketball tips off against St. Cloud State

November 2, 2011

The Gophers womenâÄôs basketball team opens its season at 7 p.m. tonight at Williams Arena with an exhibition game against St. Cloud State. Minnesota lost six of its last seven games last year...

Wettstein named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week

October 31, 2011

Minnesota kicker Jordan Wettstein was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after the Gophers defeated Iowa 22-21 on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. Wettstein, a junior walk-on, started his first...

Senior D.J. Burris, left, and Junior Brandon Kirksey hold up the Floyd of Rosedale trophy after their win against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday at the TCF Bank Stadium. It was the Gopher’s first trophy win since 2006.

Gophers look to upset Hawkeyes

October 27, 2011

Minnesota will host the Iowa Hawkeyes this Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium for the Floyd of Rosedale trophy. Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill said that he has seen progress in his football program and he also...

The legend of Floyd of Rosedale

October 27, 2011

The history behind the Minnesota and Iowa rivalry game trophy is clouded by accused racism, a potential riot and a prize hog. In 1934, Iowa had a star tailback in Ozzie Simmons. Simmons was an African-American...

Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead applies a strait arm to Gophers defensive back Michael Carter Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. The Huskers defeated the Gophers 41-14.

Nebraska spoils Gophers’ homecoming

October 24, 2011

The Huskers were sharks amid a sea of red at TCF Bank Stadium, and the Gophers were the seemingly helpless victims that sank 41-14. Playing in front of a homecoming crowd that contained more red shirts...

Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead applies a strait arm to Gophers defensive back Michael Carter Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. The Huskers defeated the Gophers 41-14.

Gophers routed again at home

October 22, 2011

The Huskers were sharks amid a sea of red at TCF Bank Stadium and the Gophers were the seemingly helpless victims that sank 41-14. Playing in front of a homecoming crowd that appeared to contain more red...

Nebraska quick hitters

October 20, 2011

Minnesota leads the all-time series against Nebraska, but has lost 14 straight games dating back to 1963. Minnesota hasnâÄôt defeated Nebraska since 1960. -NebraskaâÄôs All-American defensive...

Senior Chris Bunders prepares for practice and weight training Wednesday in the Gibson-Nagurski complex.

A day in the life of senior O-lineman Chris Bunders

October 19, 2011

At the break of dawn, senior offensive lineman Chris Bunders wakes up at 6 a.m., not to get ready for practice, or class, but to drive for an hour and a half. âÄúI get the honor of taking my fiancee...

Reports: Christian Ponder is the new Vikings starting quarterback

October 18, 2011

Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier has told quarterback Christian Ponder he will start his first NFL game this week against the Green Bay Packers, according to numerous reports.  Frazier will address...

Gophers freshman wide receiver Marcus Jones lifts  weights with the team Friday afternoon in the Gibson/Nagurski Football Practice Facility.

A day in the life of freshman Marcus Jones

October 18, 2011

Marcus Jones is a true freshman on the Gophers football team adjusting to a busy schedule, life on a college campus and getting ready for a cold winter. Jones has had a good start to his college career....

Gophers look to rebound in Purdue

Gophers look to rebound in Purdue

October 6, 2011

The Gophers head to West Lafayette, Ind., this weekend to battle the Purdue Boilermakers and try to redeem themselves after getting steamrolled by Michigan last week 58-0.   Minnesota is 1-4 this...

Carly Niness, no. 21 for Penn State, defends the ball against Minnesota player no. 22, Lauren Bauer at Sunday's women's soccer game in Falcon Heights.

Pass rush struggles continue in 2011

October 4, 2011

The GophersâÄô defense has been terrible this season.  Minnesota has given up an average of almost five yards per carry on the ground and eight rushing touchdowns, while also allowing a completion...

Kill doesn’t mince words: Brewster left football team in rough shape

October 4, 2011

Jerry Kill addressed the media this week and began by reciting a line from Murray Warmath, the last Gophers coach to lead the team to the Rose Bowl in 1962: âÄúIf lessons are learned in defeat,...

Michigan head coach Brady Hoke and Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill greet each other on the field before kick off Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Gophers humiliated in 58-0 loss at Michigan

October 1, 2011

MarQueis Gray was unable to start Saturday, just one of a flood of disappointments for Minnesota in a 58-0 blanking in Michigan. True freshman quarterback Max Shortell started in his place and failed to...

Kill out of hospital, back to practice

September 29, 2011

Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill was released from the hospital at 11 a.m. Wednesday, and made it to a coachâÄôs meeting two hours later. He returned to late afternoon practice and said he plans...

A brief history of the Little Brown Jug

September 29, 2011

The Little Brown Jug rivalry has deep roots, and its interesting history of theft, imitation and recreation throughout the years still is up for debate. The origin of the trophy, however, can be linked...

Gophers ground game keeping offense afloat

Gophers ground game keeping offense afloat

September 27, 2011

The GophersâÄô offense as a whole has looked poor at times, but its running game continues to improve. MinnesotaâÄôs ground attack is led by a three-headed monster of senior Duane Bennett,...

Gophers head football coach Jerry Kill's wife Rebecca embraces him after the game Saturday against Miami Red Hawks at TCF Bank Stadium.

Kill returns for Gophers’ first win

September 19, 2011

MarQueis Gray scrambled across TCF Bank Stadium field Saturday and gave the Jerry Kill era a needed first win after stumbling out of the gates with two losses. The Gophers 29-23 victory over Miami of Ohio...

Gophers junior tight end John Rabe scores a touchdown against the Miami Red Hawks Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.

Gophers, Kill snatch first victory

September 17, 2011

After stumbling out of the blocks, the Jerry Kill and MarQueis Gray eras picked up some steam Saturday. The GophersâÄô 29-23 victory over Miami (Ohio) was KillâÄôs first as head coach of...

Walker to bring NMSU to TCF Stadium for first time

September 8, 2011

  This weekend marks the first time in University of Minnesota history that a former player will come back as an opposing head coach.  DeWayne Walker was a junior college transfer in the 1980...