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Brandon Johnson rebounds the ball during the first quarter against Illinois at Williams Arena on Saturday Feb. 20. The Gophers lost with a final score of 63-94.

Carr’s effort not enough against Nebraska

February 27, 2021
The Gophers’ men's basketball tournament hopes continue to dwindle as they stay winless on the road.
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 men’s basketball drops fourth straight, tournament hopes diminish

February 26, 2021
Without their second and third-leading scorers, the Gophers played one of their worst games of the season.
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.

Mashburn Jr. breaking out for Gophers

February 21, 2021
In just his first season, Jamal Mashburn Jr. has emerged as a key part of the Gophers men’s basketball team.
Gophers center Liam Robbins leaps for the ball at Williams Arena on Friday, Dec. 4. The Gophers went on to a 76-67 victory over the North Dakota Fighting Hawks.

Gophers’ first half lead turns into double-digit loss

February 18, 2021
Despite strong performances from Minnesota’s guards, the Gophers weren’t able to pick up their first road win despite another halftime lead.
Guard Gabe Kalscheur brings the ball up the court at Williams Arena on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.

Gophers get hot late, upset No. 24 Purdue

February 12, 2021
It wasn’t a conventional way for Minnesota to come back, but the threes were falling late to push the Gophers men’s basketball to a win.
Episode 31: Gophers men’s basketball ends three-game skid, looks towards Purdue

Episode 31: Gophers men’s basketball ends three-game skid, looks towards Purdue

February 11, 2021
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses the Gophers men's basketball team, their latest win against Nebraska, the team's difficulty shooting the three and what to expect on Thursday against Purdue.
Guard Marcus Carr shoots through the opponents at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Gophers top Nebraska, back in win column

February 8, 2021
It wasn’t pretty by any means, but the Gophers break out of losing skid with a 75-57 win over the Cornhuskers.
Gophers center Liam Robbins leaps for the ball at Williams Arena on Friday, Dec. 4. The Gophers went on to a 76-67 victory over the North Dakota Fighting Hawks.

Gophers’ road struggles show in loss to Rutgers

February 5, 2021
A slow start on the road wasn’t abnormal, and neither was the loss, however Minnesota kept the game close up until the buzzer.
Gophers Guard Marcus Carr prepares to inbound the ball at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 15.  Minnesota defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 75-69

Gophers men’s basketball continues to struggle on road after another double-digit loss

January 30, 2021
The Gophers are still waiting on their first road win of the season, losing to Purdue 62-81.
Episode 29: Gophers drop first home game to Maryland, up next is Purdue

Episode 29: Gophers drop first home game to Maryland, up next is Purdue

January 30, 2021
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown" our staff discusses the Gophers men's basketball team's first home loss of the season to Maryland, the team's shooting struggles and what to expect on Saturday against Purdue.
Gophers forward Eric Curry challenges a defender at Williams Arena on Thursday, Dec. 10. The Gophers went on to defeat the Kansas City Roos 90-61.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? Gophers basketball dominate at home, struggle on the road

January 29, 2021
Minnesota has shown they are a team with two personalities this year and will need to figure out how to win on the road.
Gophers forward Eric Curry challenges a defender at Williams Arena on Thursday, Dec. 10. The Gophers went on to defeat the Kansas City Roos 90-61.

Gophers men’s basketball drops first home game without a fight

January 23, 2021
The Gophers appeared to be half awake when the game started and failed to shoot their way back into the game.
Episode 28: Catching up with Gophers basketball

Episode 28: Catching up with Gophers basketball

January 22, 2021
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown" our staff discusses the Gophers men's basketball team, recaps the first 15 games of their season and looks ahead to the next stretch of Big Ten teams on the schedule.
Gophers Center Liam Robbins leaps for the ball at Williams Arena on Friday, Dec. 4. The Gophers went on to a 76-67 victory over the North Dakota Fighting Hawks.

Gophers hand No. 7 Wolverines their first loss

January 16, 2021
Liam Robbins led the Gophers to a dominant victory to avoid a three-game losing streak.
Gophers Guard Marcus Carr prepares to inbound the ball at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 15.  Minnesota defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 75-69

Gophers ranked No. 21; Carr named Co-Big Ten Player of the week

December 28, 2020
Marcus Carr was named the Co-Big Ten Player of the week and the Gophers cracked the top 25 for the first time in three years.
Gophers Guard Marcus Carr dribbles the ball up the court at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. The Gophers went into the second half with a 47-31 lead over the Maryland Terrapins.

Gophers ride Carr again in win

November 30, 2020
In an unusual back-to-back against LMU, Marcus Carr hit a go-ahead three pointer as Minnesota swept the Lions and improved to 3-0.
Guard Marcus Carr shoots through the opponents at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Carr leads Gophers to second straight win

November 28, 2020
Marcus Carr scored a game-leading 28 points with 22 coming in the first half to boost Gophers over the Lions.
Center Daniel Oturu leaps to block an opponent at Williams Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The Gophers went on to defeat Cleveland State 85-50.

Clippers acquire Gophers’ Daniel Oturu in 2020 NBA draft

November 18, 2020
Oturu becomes the first Gopher selected in the NBA draft since Kris Humphries was taken No. 14 in the 2004 draft.
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.

Transfer Both Gach gains immediate eligibility

November 9, 2020
The Gophers’ final piece of their roster is set to make immediate impact after waiver.
Players on the Gophers bench observe those on the court at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 15.  Minnesota defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 75-69

Uncertainty hangs over Gophers’ basketball schedule

October 31, 2020
With under a month until the season starts, the Gophers, along with countless college basketball teams, are yet to know their schedules.
Junior Shane Wiskus performs on the rings during the meet against against the Fighting Illini at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 24.

Moran and Wiskus won’t give up on gymnastics program

September 24, 2020
The two upperclassmen have struggled with the idea of the program discontinuing but won’t just watch it happen.
Head Coach Mike Burns, left sits with Donte McKinney, middle, and Crew Bold during practice at Cooke Hall on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.

Men’s gymnastics program coming to an end

September 14, 2020
Gophers men’s gymnastics on the verge of final season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Big Ten football update

Big Ten football update

September 10, 2020
The start of the Big Ten football season is still unknown, but possible Thanksgiving and October start dates are being floated.
Head Coach PJ Fleck leads the team out of the tunnel at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 9. The Gophers defeated Penn State 31-26 to bring their record to 9-0. A first since 1904.

Dunlap Jr. stays on P.J. Fleck’s Boat

September 3, 2020

Just a day after entering the transfer portal, Gophers' starting right guard Curtis Dunlap Jr. will return to the team for the 2020 season. Though that start date is still up in the air, the Gophers and...

A Gophers football player watches from the sidelines during a game on Sept. 16, 2017.

Gophers’ Dunlap Jr. enters transfer portal

September 2, 2020

While the Gophers lost the majority of its defense to either graduation or the NFL Draft, the team expected to return its entire offensive line this upcoming season, until Tuesday.  The hope was for...

Gymnast Lexi Ramler poses on the beam in the Peik Gym on Thursday, Jan. 30. Ramler scored a perfect 10 in two consecutive weeks during meets against Rutgers and Illinois.

Without Peik Gym, women’s gymnastics finds alternatives to stay in shape

May 8, 2020

The shutdown of training facilities has been a roadblock for athletes across the country, and the Gophers' women's gymnastics team has not been immune to the challenges of training without the proper equipment....

Courtesy of University of Minnesota Athletics.

Assistant coach Kostya Kolesnikov sits at the heart of men’s gymnastics program

April 30, 2020

Throughout his 15 seasons with the Gophers' men's gymnastics program, assistant coach Kostya Kolesnikov has developed strong connections with the gymnasts that have come through, stemming from a special...

The Gophers cheer for a teammate during their meet against the Fighting Illini at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 24. 

Left without access to facilities, Gophers gymnasts find creative ways to train

April 27, 2020

Without access to the practice facility in Cooke Hall, it hasn’t been easy for the Gophers men’s gymnastics team to stay in shape during the quarantine. But that hasn't stopped them from trying.  Despite...

Justin Karstadt competes on the parallel bars against Penn State at the Sports Pavilion on Jan. 23, 2016.

Gopher alum Justin Karstadt makes the most out of delayed Olympics

April 20, 2020

Minnesota men's gymnastics alum Justin Karstadt has been away from the Gophers for over a year now, but he's still pursuing his goal of being an Olympian.  The 2019 graduate moved back home to Toronto...

Gophers Junior Shane Wiskus celebrates after completing a routine on the still rings at Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Feb. 7. The Gophers went on to a 398-375.55 victory over the Washington Huskies.

Wiskus wins MVP to cap off accolade-studded season

April 18, 2020

After earning several All-American awards, Gophers junior Shane Wiskus was again recognized for this stellar season as the College Gymnastics Association named him the 2020 Most Valuable Player last week.  "It...

Lexy Ramler competes on the beam at the Maturi Pavillion on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020.

Ramler repeats as Region 2 Gymnast of the Year

April 13, 2020

Podium finishes, event titles, All-Americans, perfect 10s.  The list just keeps on going for Gophers junior Lexy Ramler. She now adds another prestigious honor to the list after being named the Region...

Gymnast Lexi Ramler poses on the beam in the Peik Gym on Thursday, Jan. 30. Ramler scored a perfect 10 in two consecutive weeks during meets against Rutgers and Illinois.

Ramler, Loper receive regular season All-American awards

April 9, 2020

With the gymnastics season coming to an abrupt end, the Collegiate Gymnastics Association awarded regular season All-American awards to the top eight finishers in each event and the all-around, including...

Junior Shane Wiskus performs celebrates with his teammates during the meet against against the Fighting Illini at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 24.

Co-captains cap off regular season with All-American awards

April 9, 2020

While junior Shane Wiskus and senior Timmy Kutyla's final season together ended on an unexpected and disappointing note, the Gopher men's gymnastics co-captains received some good news last week as the...

Gophers Junior Shane Wiskus prepares to perform a floor routine at Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Feb. 7. The Gophers went on to a 398-375.55 victory over the Washington Huskies.

Pandemic delays Wiskus’ Olympic dreams until 2021

April 7, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Olympic Committee announced that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics would be postponed to no later than summer 2021. This decision delays the hopes junior Shane Wiskus...

Freshman David Pochinka competes in the horizontal bar at Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Underclassmen among Gophers to receive regular season All-American honors

April 4, 2020

Everything that has happened in the previous weeks has been all but ordinary, and as the pandemic continues on, college gymnastics digs into more uncharted territory.  All-American honors are not...

Gophers Junior Shane Wiskus performs a routine on the still rings at Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Feb. 7. The Gophers went on to a 398-375.55 victory over the Washington Huskies.

Wiskus’ Olympic dreams hang in the balance amid pandemic

March 20, 2020

In under a week, the collegiate gymnastics landscape has changed dramatically. With the rest of the season canceled due to the coronavirus, including the Big Ten Championships and NCAA Championships, many...

Ali Sonier performs a routine.

Walk-on sophomore Ali Sonier receives scholarship

March 5, 2020

The end to the women's gymnastics team's Feb. 18 practice appeared to be business as usual. The team lined up across the mats as they normally do, with head coach Jenny Hansen giving her usual announcements...

Gymnast Lexi Ramler poses on the beam in the Peik Gym on Thursday, Jan. 30. Ramler scored a perfect 10 in two consecutive weeks during meets against Rutgers and Illinois.

Women’s gymnastics loses to Mizzou in quad meet; men fall to No. 2 Wolverines

March 2, 2020

The No. 11 Gophers placed second in a quad meet with a score of 196.675 behind No. 20 Missouri, 196.775, and in front of Lindenwood, 194.700, and Ohio State, 194.675. Though the Gophers couldn’t pull...

Incoming freshmen Crew Bold, left and Donte McKinney pose for a portrait after practice at Cooke Hall on Tuesday, July 16. Both have qualified for the junior U.S. Championships in August.

Freshmen playing key role in Gophers’ success

February 27, 2020

As junior Shane Wiskus and sophomore Mike Moran prepared for the Winter Cup over the last several weeks, the Gophers men's gymnastics team needed a spark to replace the workload the pair carried.   That...

Tiarre Sales finishes her move as her teammates cheer on the side at the Maturi Pavillon on Saturday, Feb. 8. The win was the Gophers' fourth in a row.

Gophers place second in Big Fives behind Michigan

February 24, 2020

With a chance to clinch their first Big Ten regular season title since 2016, the Gopher women's gymnastics team came up just short, coming in second behind Michigan at the Elevate the Stage event and in...

Gophers women lead the field in the mile run at the Minnesota Cold Classic at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse on Friday, Feb. 21.

Gophers dominate Minnesota Cold Classic

February 24, 2020

The Gophers women’s track and field team picked up eight event titles and eight runner-ups at the Minnesota Cold Classic on Friday. It wasn’t just the event titles the that showed their dominance —...

Gophers Junior Shane Wiskus prepares to perform a floor routine at Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Feb. 7. The Gophers went on to a 398-375.55 victory over the Washington Huskies.

Wiskus and Moran reflect, prepare for the Winter Cup

February 20, 2020

While most of the Gophers men's gymnastics team will be taking a much-needed weekend off from competition, two of their top competitors, junior Shane Wiskus and sophomore Mike Moran, are headed west to...

Tiarre Sales finishes her move as her teammates cheer on the side at the Maturi Pavillon on Saturday, Feb. 8. The win was the Gophers' fourth in a row.

Gophers continue dominance in Big Ten with win over Nebraska

February 18, 2020

The No. 7 Gophers women’s gymnastics team faced off against the No. 16 Nebraska Cornhuskers in a ranked Big Ten meet on Sunday.  The Gophers were able to pick up their fifth straight win to improve...

Courtesy of University of Minnesota Athletics.

Former national champion leads Minnesota’s strong beam performance

February 14, 2020

It should come as no surprise that halfway through the regular season, the Gophers' women's gymnastics team boasts the second-best balance beam unit in the country. After all, they have a former national...

Lexy Ramler competes on the beam at the Maturi Pavillion on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020.

Women’s gymnastics continue win streak over Iowa

February 10, 2020

The No. 6 Gophers hosted and beat the Iowa Hawkeyes 196.825-196.175 on Saturday, winning their fourth-straight meet to improve to 4-1 this season. The Gophers started their night on vault, giving sophomore...

Senior Timmy Kutyla competes in the parallel bars at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019.

Gopher men’s gymnastics takes home every event title against Washington

February 10, 2020

Behind strong performances from the underclassmen, the No. 10-ranked Gopher men’s gymnastics team took care of No. 17 Washington Huskies 398.000-375.550 on Friday at Maturi Pavilion. “I was really...

The Gophers huddle up during the meet against against the Fighting Illini at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 24.

Men’s gymnastics to host Washington in “Flashback Friday” meet

February 6, 2020

When the Gophers' men's gymnastics team hosts the Washington Huskies on Friday, Feb. 7 at Maturi Pavilion, they will do so hoping to get more casual fans familiar with the sport.  The International...

The No. 7 University of Minnesota defeated No. 17 Illinois in their home opener at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 25 with a score of 196.300 to 195.225.

Women’s gymnastics win their third straight; Men lose despite strong showing from underclassmen

February 3, 2020

Both the Gophers' men's and women's gymnastics teams were in action Saturday but only one was able to pick up a road win. The No. 8 women’s team triumphed over Ohio State while the No. 10 men’s team...

Senior Timmy Kutyla competes in the parallel bars at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019.

Finally, Kutyla climbs to the top

January 30, 2020

For the first time in his career, Gopher men’s gymnast Timmy Kutyla saw his name at the top of the standings.  The senior captain for the Minnesota squad has competed in the high bar event in every...

The Gophers cheer for a teammate during their meet against the Fighting Illini at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 24. 

Gophers men’s gymnastics wins in Big Ten opener against Illinois

January 25, 2020

In their first home meet of the season, the No. 9 Gophers’ men’s gymnastics team pulled out a close win over No. 6 Illinois 402.800-400.900 to secure their first victory of the young season. Junior...