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NCAA leaves Gophers out in the cold

May 5, 2005

Just two days after Minnesota's men's tennis team learned the careers of its full-time coaches were not ending, its season officially did. The Gophers (9-13, 6-6 Big Ten) found out at approximately 4 p.m....

Loss to Ohio State hurts NCAA hopes

May 2, 2005

In the immortal words of author Alexandre Dumas, Minnesota's men's tennis team can only wait and hope. The seventh-seeded Gophers (9-13, 6-6 Big Ten) were swept by second-seed Ohio State (19-7, 10-2) 4-0...

Women conclude season; men extend it

April 29, 2005

Minnesota's men's and women's tennis teams had two very different days at the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday. On one hand, the men's team (9-12, 6-5 Big Ten) had no trouble dispatching Wisconsin 4-1. On...

Minnesota ends another difficult season with one eye trained on the future

April 28, 2005

Minnesota's women's tennis coach Tyler Thomson sat on a bench between courts at Baseline Tennis Center, sweat rolling down his face as he gazed over the courts. Thomson had just finished a personal marathon...

Gophers hope near-miss can spur them at Big Tens

April 26, 2005

Minnesota's men's tennis team had a chance to make everyone forget about its trying season Saturday. The Gophers led 3-2 against No. 4 Illinois, a team that was undefeated in the Big Ten and 18-3 overall,...

Gophers gain split after tough loss to fourth-ranked Illini at Baseline

April 25, 2005

The weekend was a study in contrast for Minnesota's men's tennis team. On Saturday, the team took on Illinois, the No. 4 team in the country and the Big Ten leader with an undefeated conference record. Then,...

Four wins in two duals? Gophers play host to top and bottom of Big Ten

April 22, 2005

Minnesota men's tennis interim coach David Wheaton thinks his team is capable of turning in four wins this weekend. Never mind the fact that the Gophers (7-11, 4-4 Big Ten) play only two duals. "There's...

Gophers face prospect of a third one-win Big Ten finish in four seasons

April 20, 2005

For the third time in four years, Minnesota's women's tennis team appears headed for a one-win Big Ten campaign. In both the first and third seasons of coach Tyler Thomson's tenure (2002 and 2004), the...

Women steal first B-10 win

April 18, 2005

Just once, Ida Malmberg let loose. In the third set of her three- hour-plus match against Penn State's Andreea Niculescu on Sunday, Malmberg screamed "Bring it!" Three games later, she put the finishing...

Women seek win at home

April 15, 2005

It would be an understatement to say Minnesota's women's tennis team is glad to be returning to the Baseline Tennis Center. After all, the Gophers have lost four straight matches without truly being threatening...

Gophers hold off Jackrabbits 8-5

April 14, 2005

It was a fairly typical mid-week game for Minnesota's men's baseball team. Pitching changes were abundant, 19 Gophers found their way into the box score and Minnesota won, pushing its record on Wednesdays...

Wilkins travels his own path on and off the court

April 13, 2005

Every time Sion Wilkins steps onto a tennis court for Minnesota's men's tennis team, he's making history. Though there's no official statistic saying so, the sophomore said he believes he is the first...

Makeshift lineups struggle to 1-2

April 11, 2005

The top player on Minnesota's men's tennis team was the last hope the Gophers had to salvage an otherwise forgettable weekend. With both teams and many fans lining the court, senior Avery Ticer broke the...

Thomson emphasizes a very un-McEnroe style of play as Gophers women seek first Big Ten victory

April 8, 2005

Minnesota's women's tennis team traded its rackets for a remote control and the hard tennis courts for some cozy chairs Tuesday. For the first half of the team's practice, coach Tyler Thomson showed the...

Minnesota shines outdoors

April 4, 2005

It hasn't happened often in the last four years, but Minnesota's men's tennis team might hope for more outdoor matches this spring. Instead of being played inside the Baseline Tennis Center, Sunday's match...

With mental game in mind, Gophers play host to pair of Michigan teams

April 1, 2005

You don't have to look very hard to see that interim head coach David Wheaton has made an impact on Minnesota's men's tennis team. First, there's the obvious: All players now wear the same maroon shirts...

Webb’s transfer makes three who won’t be with team

March 30, 2005

Minnesota's men's basketball team announced Tuesday that yet another player would not be with the program next year. Miles Webb, a 6-foot-3-inch freshman guard from Brooklyn Park, Minn., said in a statement...

Minnesota copes with the growing pains that come with such a young squad

March 30, 2005

In college sports, leadership from upperclassmen is usually a key part in the success of any team. What, then, to make of Minnesota's women's tennis team, with no seniors and just one junior? Though it's...

Pair won’t be with Gophers next year

March 29, 2005

Minnesota's men's basketball team announced Monday that it will not have the services of two players who were expected to contribute next season. Gophers coach Dan Monson said in a statement that 7-foot...

Gophers upbeat after near-miss versus Buckeyes

March 28, 2005

Minnesota's women's tennis team did everything but take home a victory Sunday. The Gophers led Ohio State 3-1 after sophomore Lindsay Risebrough put the finishing touches on an inspired comeback victory. But...

Thomson tries to instill toughness in his team

March 25, 2005

On an end court at Baseline Tennis Center on Wednesday, Minnesota women's tennis coach Tyler Thomson diligently traded groundstrokes and volleys with junior Megan Steiger for at least an hour. "I'm tired,"...

Doubles spell trouble for Gophers’ chances

March 24, 2005

In most cases, two is better than one. But that maxim hasn't been the case for Minnesota's men's tennis team so far. In fact, even though the doubles point is just one out of seven possible in a college...

Four under 80 the key as Minnesota aims for the top half of the Big Ten

March 22, 2005

The concept of success is rarely easy to describe. Usually, it hinges on multiple factors, and it's difficult to point to just one thing a team can do to attain it. But in the case of Minnesota's women's...

Cyclones neutralize Grier

March 21, 2005

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Minnesota men's basketball junior Vincent Grier didn't want to be asked about poor shooting Friday. After the Gophers lost 64-53 to Iowa State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament,...

Bag of tricks empty at long last

March 21, 2005

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Minnesota's men's basketball team has made a habit of falling behind early in most of its games this season. And yet, somehow, the Gophers always found a way to work themselves back into...

Gophers loose entering Big Tens

March 11, 2005

With multitudes of college basketball tournaments going on around the country, there are plenty of high-quality games to see. Gophers coach Dan Monson said there might be none better than his team's game...

Grier named All-Big Ten; Hagen, Coleman honored

March 9, 2005

Vincent Grier wasn't just speechless. He was wordless. "It's definitely remarkable," Grier said after learning he was named first team All-Big Ten by coaches and second team by the media. "To be known...

Bye arrives not a moment too soon as Gophers ready for Big Ten Tournament

March 8, 2005

A two-day weekend simply isn't long enough for most people. But if you heard Minnesota's men's basketball team talk about it, it seemed to view it more as a two-week tropical getaway. "You'd be surprised...

20-win fantasy becomes a reality

March 3, 2005

Minnesota's men's basketball team achieved two impressive milestones in one very unimpressive performance Wednesday. The Gophers picked up their 20th overall win and 10th Big Ten win of the season, making...

Top-five finish done, more awaits

March 2, 2005

It seemed absolutely absurd when Minnesota's men's basketball team talked about a top-five Big Ten finish in early December. After all, the team was predicted by some to not even win a conference game...

Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson

February 28, 2005

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - If Minnesota's men's basketball team garners an NCAA bid when the brackets are announced March 13, it can thank senior Aaron Robinson. For the second-straight game, Robinson almost...

Minnesota heads to Purdue for Keady’s farewell

February 25, 2005

Purdue men's basketball coach Gene Keady has been around long enough to develop special relationships with every Big Ten school. But Minnesota, in particular, holds a unique place in his heart. Keady gushes,...

Seniors have their night vs. Iowa

February 24, 2005

It wasn't a perfect start, but it was a fitting ending for the seniors on Minnesota's men's basketball team. In their last home game, Jeff Hagen, Brent Lawson and Aaron Robinson opened the game shooting...

Junior carves out his Stamping grounds

February 23, 2005

If there's one player who sums up this year's Minnesota men's basketball team, it's junior college transfer J'son Stamper. On a team that prides itself on being tough and ugly, the 6-foot-6-inch, 233-pound...

Stamper shields Gophers’ bubble

February 21, 2005

Minnesota men's basketball junior Vincent Grier leapt onto teammate J'son Stamper's back and raised his arm in triumph after Saturday's game against Ohio State at Williams Arena. It was a rather simple...

Boone given sixth year; Buckeyes come to town

February 18, 2005

The long wait is over and it's now official: Adam Boone will be back for Minnesota's men's basketball team. The senior point guard was finally informed that he has been awarded a sixth year of eligibility...

Gophers can’t compete with State

February 17, 2005

Dan Monson was more upset Wednesday night than he has been all season. The coach of Minnesota's men's basketball team threw his jacket to the floor early in the first half and ran onto the court screaming,...

Gophers look to synergize offense at Michigan State

February 16, 2005

It seems like a long time ago that Minnesota's men's basketball team had 22 assists in its Big Ten opener against Penn State. That game, an 83-62 trouncing of the league's worst team, was a high water...

NCAA berth slipping from Gophers’ grasp

February 14, 2005

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - It was anything but a banner week for Minnesota's men's basketball team. The Gophers blew a 10-point lead at home against a Northwestern team that had not won a road game all season...

Twenty wins not quite 20/20 after 71-56 loss at Indiana

February 14, 2005

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - On its first possession of the second half Saturday, Minnesota's men's basketball team had a chance to draw even with - or take the lead from - Indiana. Rico Tucker had an open look...

Indiana game is a chance to rebound after a letdown

February 11, 2005

In every sport and at every level, there are invariably "sandwich" games. These are games that, as the name suggests, are sandwiched between two seemingly more- significant games. For Minnesota's men's...

Northwestern pulls 55-53 upset

February 10, 2005

For once, Vincent Grier threw the ball down with a little too much authority Wednesday night. With just more than four minutes to play, Grier collected a loose ball on the baseline, took one step and threw...

NCAA expectations begin to materialize

February 9, 2005

No matter what Dan Monson says, nobody is going to be confusing Vincent Grier and Jimmy Chitwood anytime soon. "We were drawing stuff up for Vincent that we've never ran before," the Minnesota men's basketball...

Sheer Grier: Junior pelts Badgers

February 7, 2005

In three Big Ten losses for Minnesota's men's basketball team, Vincent Grier has been too quiet for coach Dan Monson's taste. "If this is going to be his team, he's got to be accountable in big games,"...

Rivalry takes back seat to postseason versus Wisconsin

February 4, 2005

On Oct. 16, college basketball practices officially began at 12 a.m. all across the country, with many schools holding "Midnight Madness" extravaganzas for fans to meet the new team. Minnesota men's basketball...

Gophers win 71-54 in Ann Arbor

February 3, 2005

.It has been even longer since it delivered on such an expectation. The Gophers (15-6, 5-3 Big Ten) did so in dominant fashion Wednesday at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich., handing the Wolverines (12-10,...

Michigan game pivotal for bracketology equation

February 2, 2005

Getting an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament isn't much different from applying for a job. Just like job applicants, hopeful teams are rigorously reviewed by a committee. There's no true interview process,...

Gophers overwhelmed 89-66 by Illinois’ top-ranked talent

January 31, 2005

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With 11:25 left in Saturday's game against Minnesota's men's basketball team, Illinois guard Dee Brown took some time out to toss a promotional T-shirt into the crowd. And why not - No....

No. 1 Illini true test for upstart Minnesota

January 28, 2005

Minnesota's men's basketball team members stood facing the student section Wednesday at Williams Arena with wide smiles on their faces, clapping and singing the rouser in their typical post-game tradition. The...

Gophers do it again, down Indiana 70-65

January 27, 2005

It wasn't a good night to be at Williams Arena for two of the leading scorers in the Big Ten on Wednesday. Indiana's Bracey Wright and Minnesota's Vincent Grier, the conference's top- and sixth-ranked...