The Minnesota Daily

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Gophers hoops will host Florida State in 2013 Big Ten/ACC challenge

May 8, 2013

Gophers basketball will host Florida State on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Williams Arena.  Minnesota defeated the Seminoles 77-68 last season in Tallahassee, Fla. behind then-sophomores Joe Coleman, who had...

Gophers gave few multiyear scholarships

May 8, 2013

NCAA legislation to approve the use of multiyear student-athlete scholarships happened so fast that very few schools took the first step to distribute them. The University of Minnesota athletics department...

Minnesota high jumper Wally Ellenson practices at Bierman Athletic Field on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Ellenson is a two-sport athlete, competing in both basketball and track and field for the Gophers.

High jump ‘fuels’ basketball player

May 1, 2013

Wally Ellenson works 40 hours a week and doesn’t get paid for it. As summer nears, the freshman athlete estimates he spends more than a full-time job’s hours practicing for Gophers men’s...

NBA center Jason Collins comes out as first openly gay, active athlete in major U.S. sports

April 29, 2013

  As a player, NBA center Jason Collins hasn’t been relevant since the early 2000s when his New Jersey Nets made it to back-to-back NBA Finals. As a social icon, Collins made history Monday...

Pitino rounds out staff with Tubby asst.

April 29, 2013

Richard Pitino has taken steps to distance himself from the Tubby Smith era of Gophers basketball, taking very little from the national champion coach. But the University of Minnesota officially announced...

Pitino rounds out staff with four additions

April 25, 2013

  Richard Pitino has taken steps to distance him from the Tubby Smith era of Gophers basketball, taking very little from the national champion coach. But the University of Minnesota officially announced...

Coaching change doesn’t set back U’s recruiting efforts

April 23, 2013

The Gophers’ recruitment of Apple Valley High School star Tyus Jones began four years ago, and the nation’s top-ranked point guard prospect for 2014 hasn’t even started his senior year...

Pitino talks expectations, staff

April 18, 2013

Gophers men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino has hired three assistants and nabbed a recruit two weeks into the most recognizable job of his life — all after watching his father, Louisville...

Gophers nab Pitino’s FIU recruit

April 17, 2013

The Gophers’ 2013 recruiting class is no longer empty. Days after signees Alvin Ellis and Alex Foster decommitted amid Minnesota’s coaching transition, new head coach Richard Pitino netted...

Pitino set to follow role models’ paths

April 17, 2013

Empty white walls draped Gophers men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino’s office. Only hooks remained from what could have been Tubby Smith’s old décor. Twelve days into his...

Former Gophers player named Pitino’s third assistant

April 17, 2013

Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino added some Big Ten experience to his staff Tuesday. Ben Johnson, a former Gophers player and Nebraska assistant, was named Pitino’s third assistant, according...

Pitino names third assistant in former Gophers player Ben Johnson

April 16, 2013

Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino added some Big Ten experience to his staff Tuesday. Ben Johnson, a former Gophers player and Nebraska assistant, was named Pitino’s third assistant, according...

Pitino assistant Young to earn more than any Smith assistant

April 15, 2013

Richard Pitino’s newly hired assistant coach Kimani Young will make more money than any of former coach Tubby Smith’s assistants. Pitino, who will make about $600,000 less than Smith per year...

Pitino assistant Young to earn more than Tubby Smith’s assistants

April 12, 2013

Richard Pitino’s newly hired assistant coach Kimani Young will take home more money than any of former coach Tubby Smith’s assistants. And Pitino hasn’t even named his top guy yet. Ron...

Pitino brings two assistants from FIU, one with troubled past

April 11, 2013

New Gophers men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino is bringing two of his assistant coaches to Minnesota from Florida International. Mike Balado and Kimani Young were announced as assistant coaches...

Pitino brings two assistants, one with troubled past

April 10, 2013

New Gophers men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino is bringing two of his assistant coaches to Minnesota from Florida International. Mike Balado and Kimani Young were announced as assistant coaches...

Pitino hires two off FIU staff to join Gophers

April 10, 2013

New Gophers men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino is bringing two of his assistant coaches to Minnesota from Florida International. Mike Balado and Kimani Young were announced as assistant coaches...

The Gopher's new basketball head coach Richard Patino answers questions during a press conference Friday, April 5, 2013, at William's Arena.

Coach Pitino brings optimism, recruiting focus

April 8, 2013

The University of Minnesota turned a press conference into a pep rally Friday morning as it announced Richard Pitino as its new men’s basketball coach. The pep band, Goldy Gopher and more than 100...

Players welcome Pitino with praise

April 8, 2013

Rodney Williams was hanging out with fellow Gophers basketball players when he heard the news that Richard Pitino was hired. The outgoing senior said his teammate, sophomore Oto Osenieks, sent the team...

U taps young new coach

April 4, 2013

Richard Pitino, son of legendary coach Rick Pitino, will be the University of Minnesota’s next head men’s basketball coach. The University confirmed Wednesday in a release that Richard Pitino...

Reports: Richard Pitino is new Gophers basketball coach

April 3, 2013

From the Golden Panthers to the Golden Gophers, it looks like Florida International coach Richard Pitino will be the Gophers next men's basketball coach. CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman, who also...

Recruit Alvin Ellis reportedly decommits from Gophers

April 3, 2013

Basketball recruit Alvin Ellis has been released from his letter of intent to play for the Gophers next season, the Pioneer Press reported Wednesday. Ellis told the Pioneer Press that he asked to be released...

Tubby’s next stop is Texas Tech

April 1, 2013

A week after being fired at Minnesota, Tubby Smith has agreed to terms with Texas Tech to become its next men’s basketball coach. Texas Tech will hold a news conference to announce Smith's hiring...

Richardson breaks nose as Gophers drop 2 of 3

April 1, 2013

The Gophers could use power hitter Kaitlyn Richardson’s broken nose as an excuse for no hits in a 6-2 loss to Northwestern on Friday in Evanston, Ill. But with Richardson back in the lineup Sunday,...

Coach’s supporters struggle with firing

March 26, 2013

The negativity surrounding Gophers men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith seemed to gain intensity in each of his six seasons at Minnesota. No winning seasons in the Big Ten and one win in four games...

Mbakwe, Williams say farewell to frustrating Gophers careers

March 25, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas — Trevor Mbakwe walked off a basketball court for the last time in a Gophers jersey after Minnesota’s 14-point loss to Florida on Sunday. Mbakwe paused as he hit the tunnel and...

Minnesota forward Rodney Williams Jr. fights for a rebound Sunday, March 24, 2013 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. The Gators defeated the Gophers 78-64, ending the Minnesota's NCAA run.

Gophers’ season ends with NCAA loss to Florida

March 25, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas — The three kings of Gophers basketball stared in front of their name cards as they sat at the podium, defeated. Neither Rodney Williams, Trevor Mbakwe nor Andre Hollins looked up to...

NCAA tournament pregame: Gophers get tough draw in second game vs. 3-seed Florida

March 24, 2013

Florida is the best team in the nation according to Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball rankings. The “advanced analysis” the revered statistician conducts utilizes solely numbers –...

Styles clash as Hollins, Gophers quiet UCLA’s Wear in rout

March 23, 2013

A day before the 11-seeded Gophers tipped off against six-seed UCLA, Bruins forward Travis Wear wasn’t as fixated in promoting his own team as he was downplaying Minnesota’s chances. “They...

\mb11\ dunks the ball Friday, March 22, 2013 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. The Gophers defeated the Bruins 83-63 and will continue to the next round.

Gophers blow out UCLA in tournament opener

March 23, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas -- The No. 11-seeded Gophers dismantled No. 6 seed UCLA on Friday to grab coach Tubby Smith’s first NCAA tournament victory with the program. Minnesota toppled the Bruins 83-63 in front...

NCAA tournament pregame: Smith unsure about using pressure D

March 23, 2013

The Gophers dodged a bullet by the name of Jordan Adams. UCLA’s freshman guard Adams broke his foot in the PAC-12 semifinal against Arizona. Minnesota fans can look back to 2011, when starting point...

NCAA tournament: Gophers earn No. 11 seed, face No. 6 UCLA on Friday

March 17, 2013

Rodney Williams and Austin Hollins sat at the podium Sunday, looking like a team that just missed out on the NCAA Tournament. The co-captains were disjointed, appearing removed from the situation –...

Selection Sunday: Gophers are a faux bubble team, virtual lock to NCAA Tournament

March 17, 2013

Four months ago, Selection Sunday was the time Gophers players and fans alike couldn’t wait for. Now, with three straight losses including a first-round exit in the Big Ten Tournament, many fans...

Big Ten tournament pregame: Gophers still searching for go-to guy

March 14, 2013

Minnesota played within four points of Illinois at Williams Arena on Feb. 10. The Gophers were missing Rodney Williams, but the senior likely wouldn't have provided the spark Minnesota needed at the...

Minnesota forward Rodney Williams Jr. makes a basket at the first game of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Last-second shot ends Gophers’ Big Ten season

March 14, 2013

Andre Hollins clapped his hands together in frustration as teammate Trevor Mbakwe loosened his ankle braces for the last time at a Big Ten Tournament. The two players, separated by almost four years in...

Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe passes Nebraska forward Brandon Ubel and prepares to score on Jan. 29, 2013 at Williams Arena.

Finality sets in for Williams, Mbakwe

March 14, 2013

Gophers seniors Rodney Williams and Trevor Mbakwe met after Saturday’s loss at Purdue, mulling over how back-to-back losses ended their once-promising regular season. They know their next games are...

Mbakwe, Andre Hollins earn Big Ten honors

March 12, 2013

Sixth-year senior Trevor Mbakwe was named to the Third Team All-Big Ten by coaches and Second Team All-Big Ten by the media. Sophomore Andre Hollins earned All-Big Ten Honorable Mention by coaches and...

Minnesota guard Andre Hollins drives the ball to the basket against Penn State on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Williams Arena.

Gophers get No. 9 seed in Big Ten tournament after loss to Purdue

March 11, 2013

Andre Hollins tried to buoy the Gophers’ offense Saturday, but the anchor of inconsistency on both ends of the court was too damning. Minnesota lost its eighth straight road game, this time to Purdue,...

Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe dunks the ball against Penn State on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Williams Arena.

New lineup, slow pace dooms Gophers in Nebraska

March 7, 2013

The Gophers played their red-and-white uniformed foe like it was Wisconsin, scoring 51 points Wednesday in an upset loss at Nebraska after averaging 75 in their past two wins. The Huskers dictated the...

Minnesota center Elliott Eliason reaches for the ball Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at Williams Arena.

Eliason growing comfortable in backing up Mbakwe

March 6, 2013

Trevor Mbakwe picked up his third foul five minutes into the second half with the Gophers trailing then-No. 1 Indiana by eight points Feb. 26. The Gophers’ faithful had just witnessed Mbakwe score...

Mbakwe named Big Ten Player of the Week

March 4, 2013

The Hoosiers' Cody Zeller should buy Trevor Mbakwe a drink -- if he were old enough to. The Gophers' 24-year-old was named Big Ten Player of the Week after dominating performances against No. 1...

Consecutive wins boost confidence, NCAA résumé

March 4, 2013

Senior Trevor Mbakwe promised he’d repay his scholarship if the Gophers missed the NCAA tournament this year. He probably won’t have to. Minnesota is 5-5 against top-25 teams this season, a...

Minnesota forward Rodney Williams makes a move against Penn State on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Williams Arena.

Seniors give emphatic farewell in rout

March 4, 2013

The Gophers’ Julian Welch lobbed an alley-oop pass to Rodney Williams with 15 seconds left in the first half of Minnesota’s 73-44 win over Penn State on Saturday afternoon. Welch’s errant...

Pregame: Gophers need Williams Arena to avoid letdown

March 2, 2013

The two-foot raised court the Gophers play on at Williams Arena seems to elevate the team above their main issues – shooting and ball handling. Minnesota tips off against Penn State at 2 p.m. at...

Teague modest about facilities plan, but “in realm” of $80M to $125M

February 28, 2013

  Norwood Teague runs one of the only Big Ten athletics departments that still need annual appropriations from its University to break even. The first-year athletics director said his master facilities...

Teague: Facilities plan could cost up to $125M

February 28, 2013

Norwood Teague runs one of the only Big Ten athletics departments that still need annual appropriations from its university to break even. The first-year University of Minnesota athletics director said...

Minnesota forward Rodney Williams Jr. tries to pass Nebraska guard Shavon Shields on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at Williams Arena.

Smith wary of letdown against Penn State

February 28, 2013

Tubby Smith wants his players to have their cake — but not to eat it yet. The Gophers beat top-ranked Indiana on Tuesday, and their veteran coach looked back two weeks for a reason to postpone the...

Pregame: Gophers, PG Hollins need to revive efficient ways vs. Indiana

February 27, 2013

In the Gophers’ 3-0 start to the Big Ten schedule, Andre Hollins was putting up Victor Oladipo-like numbers – averaging 17 points per game, shooting 60 percent from the floor and 100 percent...

Gophers pull off historic upset

February 26, 2013

Fans lined the border of Williams Arena’s raised court with seconds remaining in Wednesday’s game against Indiana, pushing the security guards who tried to stop them. The final minute, slowed...

Minnesota guard Andre Hollins dribbles past a Badger on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at Williams Arena.

Gophers’ struggles temper expectations for upsetting Indiana

February 26, 2013

Minnesota’s single-digit loss to Indiana at Assembly Hall on Jan. 12 left many Gophers fans smelling blood in the water for Tuesday’s rematch at Williams Arena. Minnesota, then ranked No. 8...

Gophers hoops: Recent mid-season collapse is worst in Tubby Smith era

February 21, 2013

  Fingers point, blame spreads and Gophers basketball loses. Those are just a few motifs of late-season Minnesota hoops that continue as coach Tubby Smith’s February monkey has grown into a...

Minnesota forwards Mo Walker, left, and Andre Ingram and Toledo's Rian Pearson fight for the ball after a rebound Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at Williams Arena.

Buckeyes hand Gophers second straight blowout loss

February 21, 2013

Mo Walker’s free throw tied Minnesota and Ohio State at 21-21 with two minutes left in the first half, giving Gophers fans abroad hope of an upset. The Buckeyes went on a 50-24 run to end the game...

Pregame: OSU’s Thomas provides a nightmare matchup

February 21, 2013

Ohio State forward Deshaun Thomas provides a matchup problem for any team in the country. For Minnesota, a squad with shoddy perimeter defense, Thomas provides a nightmare. The Big Ten’s leading...

Minnesota forward Rodney Williams looks for an open teammate against Wisconsin on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at Williams Arena.

Williams’ injury leaves scoring void

February 20, 2013

Coach Tubby Smith touted the Gophers’ depth as one of their greatest strengths before the Big Ten season started. But it appears to be one of Minnesota’s looming weaknesses as the team is 6-7...

Minnesota guard Maverick Ahanmisi attempts a basket against Wisconsin on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at Williams Arena.

Iowa’s zone baffles Gophers, Smith in worst loss of season

February 18, 2013

IOWA CITY, Iowa — In some ways, the Gophers’ 72-51 loss at Iowa on Sunday resembles their rollercoaster year. The Gophers jumped out to a 21-5 lead in the first seven minutes at the Carver-Hawkeye...

Minnesota guard Maverick Ahanmisi attempts a basket against Wisconsin on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at Williams Arena.

Smith takes the lead as midseason woes continue

February 14, 2013

Andre Hollins is only a sophomore, but he knows when it’s time to right the ship. Hollins and coach Tubby Smith had lunch together Wednesday to discuss the Gophers’ 2-6 record in their past...

Gophers hoops drops out of AP Top 25

February 12, 2013

For the first time since November, the Gophers men's basketball team is not ranked in the Associated Press Top 25.  Minnesota, ranked No. 18 a week ago, lost at Michigan State on Wednesday and...

Minnesota center Elliott Eliason takes a rebound away from Illinois forward Nnanna Egwu on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Williams Arena.

Skid continues with blown lead at home

February 11, 2013

Coach Tubby Smith shook his head at the podium Sunday after the Gophers’ 57-53 home loss to Illinois, looking for answers to explain his team’s struggles. “We found another way to lose,”...

Minnesota guard Andre Hollins dribbles the ball down the court against Iowa on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Williams Arena.

Inconsistency bites again in Gophers’ loss at MSU

February 7, 2013

The Big Ten, known as one of the country’s toughest conferences, is not the place to be inconsistent. Austin Hollins went from hero to scapegoat in No. 18 Minnesota’s 61-50 loss to No. 12 Michigan...

Minnesota guard Austin Hollins drives to the basket against Iowa on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Williams arena.

Improved MSU awaits Gophers in rematch of Big Ten opener

February 6, 2013

These aren’t the same Spartans the Gophers pushed around on New Year’s Eve. No. 18 Minnesota travels to face No. 12 Michigan State on Wednesday in a rematch of the Big Ten Conference opener,...

Former Gophers basketball player Quincy Lewis

The Transition: Quincy Lewis

February 5, 2013

Randy Handel remembers the first time he walked the parking lots of TCF Bank Stadium. It wasn’t the high-arching entranceways or the vibe of football back on campus that cemented the memory in fall...

Minnesota guard Austin Hollins looks for an open pass against Iowa on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Williams Arena.

Hollins’ late heroics lead Gophers past Iowa

February 4, 2013

The Gophers almost took one more step toward another Big Ten season collapse Sunday at Williams Arena. But Austin Hollins wasn’t about to let that happen. Hollins drained the game-winning three-pointer...

Minnesota guard Andre Hollins defends Nebraska guard Dylan Talley on Jan. 29, 2013, at Williams Arena.

Historically rough month begins with Iowa

January 31, 2013

February is a historically bad month for head coach Tubby Smith and the Gophers men’s basketball team. No. 23 Minnesota will host Iowa on Sunday to kick off one of Smith’s most critical stretches...

Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe heads towards the hoop to goal against Nebraska on Jan. 29, 2013 at Williams Arena.

Williams, Gophers bounce back against Huskers

January 30, 2013

Rodney Williams only needed the first half of Tuesday’s game to answer his critics. The senior co-captain scored a Big Ten career-high 23 points in an 84-65 win against Nebraska, including 19 points...

Stat Sheet: One reserve stands alone in scoring efficiency

January 29, 2013

Plenty of stats get thrown around about points per game, shooting percentage and overall effectiveness to describe a team’s offense. But in the Gophers’ four-game losing streak, who has been...

Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe looks for a pass against Michigan on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Williams Arena.

Midseason funk adds pressure to home game

January 29, 2013

Austin Hollins knows Minnesota needs to stop the bleeding. Hollins called Tuesday’s home game against Nebraska a “must-win” after four straight losses. Down 11 spots in the most recent...

Starters struggle while reserves sit

January 28, 2013

MADISON, Wis. — Rodney Williams said confidence isn’t the problem in his team’s four-game losing streak. “We won 15 games coming into this losing streak,” Williams said. “We...

Minnesota guard Andre Hollins (1) competes for the ball against Wisconsin forward Mike Bruesewitz on Saturday at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. The game ended in a 44-45 loss for the Gophers.

Offense struggles again in last-second loss

January 28, 2013

MADISON, Wis. — Rodney Williams had a chance to redeem himself and his struggling Gophers with 1.7 seconds left in Minnesota’s 45-44 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday. The senior co-captain stepped...

Third straight loss comes in ugly fashion

January 24, 2013

There’s something about Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill. No. 12 Minnesota dropped its third straight game to Northwestern, 55-48 — its fifth straight loss at the Wildcats’ arena dating...

A Michigan player attempts to block Minnesota guard Joe Coleman on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Williams Arena.

Williams, Coleman recovering as Gophers head to Northwestern

January 23, 2013

Rodney Williams and Joe Coleman both played through injuries in the Gophers’ loss to then-No. 5 Michigan on Thursday, coach Tubby Smith said Monday during his Big Ten conference call. Williams and...

Stat Sheet: Gophers lead Big Ten in turnovers

January 23, 2013

Minnesota's men's basketball team has flirted with the idea of being a top-10 squad in this young Big Ten season.  The No. 12 Gophers are currently third in the conference in scoring -- putting...

Michigan player falls over Minnesota guard Joe Coleman, Thursday night at Williams Arena.

Back-to-back losses have team seeking answers

January 22, 2013

A bead of sweat trickled down Andre Hollins’ face. His then-No. 9 Gophers had lost 83-75 to then-No. 5 Michigan more than 20 minutes earlier. The sophomore point guard had already showered, but he...

Gophers’ late surge falls short in Indiana

January 12, 2013

No. 8 Minnesota’s second-half surge against No. 5 Indiana wasn’t enough to overcome the 23-point hole the Gophers dug by halftime. The Gophers (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten) dropped their first conference...

Starting five lifts Gophers past Illinois

January 9, 2013

Coach Tubby Smith said one of his Gophers’ most vital strengths is their depth. On Wednesday night, he didn't need it. The Gophers' starting five scored all of their points in an 84-67 win at No....

Ugly start turns pretty in Gophers’ 10th straight win

January 6, 2013

The Gophers survived an ugly first half to beat Northwestern 69-51 on Sunday at Williams Arena for their 10th straight win. No. 9 Minnesota has won its first two Big Ten games for the first time since...

Late run sparks Gophers in conference opener

December 31, 2012

This year’s Gophers are a force to be reckoned with in the Big Ten. No. 9 Minnesota outlasted No. 18 Michigan State in the conference season opener 76-63 behind Andre Hollins’ game-highs in...

Mbakwe struggles in first start as Gophers cruise

December 22, 2012

Trevor Mbakwe made his debut in the starting lineup Saturday night against Lafayette in the Gophers' final nonconference game. Minnesota beat the Leopards 75-50 in front of an announced sellout crowd of...

Mbakwe pushes Gophers past slow start to win

December 12, 2012

Slow starts have plagued the Gophers this season, but that hasn’t stopped them from blowing out weaker nonconference foes. Minnesota trailed North Dakota State with 12 minutes left in the first half...

Minnesota guard Andre Hollins dunks during against Minnesota State-Mankato on Nov. 1 at Williams Arena.

Hollins’ unique path leads to success on and off the court

December 11, 2012

Andre Hollins wanted to wear Cardinal red. The Gophers’ star sophomore point guard knew Stanford was his top choice after scouting out the campus as a high school senior in October 2010. “Early...

No. 13 Gophers take on NDSU

December 11, 2012

The Gophers moved up to No. 13 in the Associated Press top-25 poll Monday — their highest ranking in Tubby Smith’s six years with the team. But the head coach said he doesn’t pay much...

Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith watches his team play against Minnesota State-Mankato on Nov. 1 at Williams Arena.

Smith earns 500th win as Gophers beat USC

December 10, 2012

Gophers coach Tubby Smith said he believed in a deep bench before heading to play Southern California on Saturday. In Smith’s 500th career victory, his philosophy matched his personnel. No. 14 Minnesota...

Gophers hit road again to play USC

December 6, 2012

The Gophers will hit the road again after a two-game homestand to play Southern California on Saturday. The Trojans (3-5) have struggled in recent years, and they’ve already dropped two games to...

Minnesota guard Joe Coleman (11) scores against South Dakota State on Tuesday night at Williams Arena.

Gophers capitalize on Wolters’ absence, light up Jackrabbits with hot shooting at home

December 5, 2012

South Dakota State didn’t come to play the Gophers as advertised Tuesday at Williams Arena. In a potential point guard shootout, Gophers guard Andre Hollins fulfilled his end of the bargain. But...

Minnesota forward Rodney Williams dunks against Minnesota State-Mankato on Nov. 1 at Williams Arena.

NBA prospect Wolters returns to face improved Gophers

December 4, 2012

The Gophers never recruited Nate Wolters. But the St. Cloud, Minn., native said he didn’t care. He didn’t think he could play in the Big Ten, anyway. “I was never really recruited by...

Minnesota guard Joe Coleman shoots a jumper against Toledo on Nov. 12 at Williams Arena.

Easier game offers relief after successful road trip

November 29, 2012

Following the Gophers’ road win over Florida State on Tuesday, Andre Hollins tweeted about returning to Minnesota to “catch up on class work and get some rest finally.” Hollins’...

Minnesota guard Joe Coleman makes a basket against Southwest Baptist onThursday, Nov. 1, 2012, night at Williams Arena.

Aggressive Gophers handle FSU

November 28, 2012

Joe Coleman has said anyone could be a scorer for the Gophers this season — that’s how much talent they have. No. 21 Minnesota, led by Coleman’s 16 points and six rebounds, handled Florida...

Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe scores against Southwest Baptist on Nov. 5 at Williams Arena.

Gophers take new ranking to Florida

November 27, 2012

The newly ranked No. 21 Gophers will wrap up a week-long road trip Tuesday at Florida State in the annual Big Ten/Atlantic Coast Conference Challenge. The Seminoles are the Gophers’ fourth opponent...

Hollins wins Big Ten Player of the Week

November 26, 2012

Gophers point guard Andre Hollins was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday after scoring 61 points in three games at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. Hollins scored 41 points Friday against his...

Minnesota guard Andre Hollins makes a basket during a game against Minnesota State on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at Williams Arena.

Hollins stars as Gophers finish 5th in Bahamas

November 26, 2012

When opportunity knocked at the Gophers’ door, Andre Hollins answered it with a smile. The sophomore point guard scored 61 points in three games — including 41 against his hometown team, Memphis...

Gophers impress with talent, disappoint with turnovers

November 26, 2012

Three games in three days can wear down a team’s focus and energy — but not its natural talent. After expected wins against four easy nonconference opponents, the Gophers rose to the occasion...

Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe successfully shoots in a free throw at the game against American University onNov. 9, 2012 at Williams Arena.

Gophers get shot at Duke, other tough teams at Bahamas tourney

November 21, 2012

After months of listening to naysayers and fighting controversy, head men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith has a chance to put Gophers basketball on the map on Thanksgiving Day. Minnesota (4-0) beat...

PSU’s star point guard out for season

November 20, 2012

Penn State's star point guard Tim Frazier will miss the rest of the season with a torn left achilles tendon. Frazier, a 6-foot-1 senior, was averaging 16.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists per...

Gophers fans share mixed views on Williams Arena improvements

November 20, 2012

Joe Jurusik and Lonny Phernetton have attended Gophers men’s basketball games together for more than a decade. Yet the two couldn’t disagree more on the future of the Gophers’ current...

Minnesota forward Andre Ingram and Richmond guard Cedrick Lindsay collide midair after a rebound on Sunday at Williams Arena. Minnesota beat Richmond 72-57.

Gophers survive first close game of season

November 19, 2012

If the Gophers needed a dose of reality before playing behemoth Duke on Thanksgiving Day, they got one. The undefeated Gophers beat Richmond 72-57 at Williams Arena on Sunday in the team’s toughest...

Maryland, Rutgers negotiating to join Big Ten

November 17, 2012

The University of Maryland is in "serious negotiations" to join the Big Ten Conference, according to ESPN.com. ESPN reported that if Maryland goes, Rutgers is expected to leave the Big East and...

Team struggles to maintain pressure D

November 15, 2012

Minnesota has sprinted out to huge leads in the first half of each of its nonconference games this season. The Gophers have a combined 56-point advantage in their first halves against American and Toledo. But...

Gophers revive shooting stroke in easy win

November 15, 2012

The Gophers flipped a switch on their inconsistent shooting Thursday, catching fire from long range in a 72-43 win over Tennessee State at Williams Arena. After shooting poorly in its first two games,...

Hollins shows leadership on defense, off the court

November 15, 2012

As a kid, Austin Hollins told his parents he was going to play basketball on TV one day. The 21-year-old has already surpassed his youthful ambitions. Undefeated Minnesota will host winless Tennessee State...

Hoops freshman Buggs to redshirt 2012-13

November 13, 2012

Gophers head coach Tubby Smith said Tuesday that he has decided to redshirt Charles Buggs, one of his two freshman for the 2012-13 season. Smith said he sat down with Buggs and his parents after Minnesota’s...

NCAA “glitch” removes Penn State merchandise from online store

November 13, 2012

Shortly after being reported that Penn State merchandise was no longer available online, the NCAA put up a disclaimer on the front page of its online store. "Due to a technical glitch, Penn State...