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Minnesota men's basketball head coach Richard Pitino watches his team play Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the National Invitation Tournament finals at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y.

Pitino’s six recruits could shape program

May 8, 2014

Richard Pitino accentuated the importance of recruiting from the moment he stepped foot on campus. The Gophers men’s head basketball coach punctuated his first season at the helm with an NIT title,...

Minnesota starter Tyler Hanson pitches against Augsburg at Siebert Field on Tuesday night.

Gophers’ offense explodes in win

May 7, 2014

The last time the Gophers met Augsburg, their offense struggled a bit. Minnesota’s bats mustered just three hits as the Gophers squeaked out a 1-0 win over the Auggies on April 2. It was a different...

Minnesota's Leandro Toledo plays a singles match against Penn State at the Baseline Tennis Center on Sunday, April 6, 2014.

Toledo qualifies for NCAAs

May 1, 2014

Elation rushed through Leandro Toledo when he glanced down at his iPhone on Wednesday afternoon. He’d just gotten a text message from head coach Geoff Young informing him that he’d been selected...

Gophers officially ink three spring recruits

April 28, 2014

Gophers head coach Richard Pitino's up-tempo system requires a rostor packed with athleticism to be able to reach its full force. His first recruiting class looks to have pushed the Gophers toward...

Women's Tennis coach Chuck Merzbacher directs training routines during practice Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at the Baseline Tennis Center.

Gophers show growth in Merzbacher’s second year

April 28, 2014

The Gophers were in a bit of a hole Thursday. Without top singles player Tereza Brichacova, Minnesota trailed rival Wisconsin 3-2 in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. Still, the Gophers didn’t...

Gophers women advance to Big Ten quarterfinals, men upset in first round

April 25, 2014

The Gophers women's tennis team is not at full strength. But that doesn't mean Minnesota was about to fall in the first round at the hands of their rival, head coach Chuck Merzbacher said. "We...

Josh Martin on Gophers six-man recruiting class: “We’re going to be able to become a family early”

April 24, 2014

Josh Martin was the first member of Gophers head coach Richard Pitino's 2014 recruiting class. But he was far from the last. Since Martin's commitment back in September, Minnesota has added five...

Minnesota doubles partners Mathieu Froment and Jack Hamburg celebrate after a victory against Tulsa on Friday at the Baseline Tennis Center.

Froment, Hamburg aim for NCAA berth

April 24, 2014

Jack Hamburg and Mathieu Froment didn’t identify as doubles players when they first arrived on campus. Like many successful tennis players, they came to college focused primarily on the singles game. A...

Report: Konate commits to Gophers

April 23, 2014

With Elliott Eliason and Mo Walker set for their senior seasons in the fall, the Gophers needed to add some depth to their front line with this year's recruiting class. Mission accomplished. Bakary...

Minnesota's Julia Courter and Natallia Pintusava play against Illinois on Friday afternoon at the Baseline Tennis Center.

Courter, Pintusava impress at No. 2 doubles

April 22, 2014

A pair of constant smiles, lots of laughs and a bunch of victories. That’s been the story of the season for senior Natallia Pintusava and junior Julia Courter on the doubles court. “We’re...

Julia Courter plays against Illinois Friday afternoon at Baseline Tennis Center. Minnesota lost to Illinois 4-3.

Minnesota falls twice in final weekend

April 21, 2014

It wasn’t exactly the weekend that the Gophers women’s tennis team was hoping for to wrap up the regular season. No. 59 Minnesota (16-8, 6-5) lost 4-3 to No. 43 Illinois on Friday night before...

Lambert emerges in third year

April 17, 2014

The Gophers women’s tennis team has been unpredictable at the top of the lineup this season. Tereza Brichacova, Natallia Pintusava and Jessika Mozia have experienced peaks and valleys at the No....

Minnesota sophomore Ruben Weber plays a singles match against Michigan at Baseline Tennis Center on Friday.

Gophers beat both Michigan schools at home

April 14, 2014

Sunday marked the last time Juan Pablo Ramirez competitively took the court at the Baseline Tennis Center. The senior walked out a winner, topping Harry Jadun of Michigan State in straight sets. Ramirez’s...

Minnesota men's basketball head coach Richard Pitino watches his team play at the NIT finals at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y. on Thursday April 4, 2014.

Pitino and players ready for first offseason together

April 10, 2014

DeAndre Mathieu didn’t have a true offseason a year ago. He spent his summer taking care of academics while the rest of his teammates learned new head coach Richard Pitino’s offensive and defensive...

Minnesota's Leandro Toledo plays against an opponent from Drake University at the ITA Central Regional Championship on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012.

Toledo on the cusp of NCAA berth

April 10, 2014

Leandro Toledo doesn’t hide from it. He said the thought sits in the back of his mind. It drives him forward and pushes him to improve. Toledo badly wants to earn a berth in the NCAA tournament this...

Maybe, for the Gophers, a NIT title was better than a NCAA loss

April 8, 2014

By now, it's become an age-old question of sorts: Is it better to win the NIT championship or get bounced in your first game of the NCAA Tournament? My answer in the past was simple, make the NCAAs....

Minnesota freshman Franz Sydow plays a singles match against Penn State at Baseline Tennis Center on Sunday.

Gophers drop two at home

April 7, 2014

No. 51 Minnesota (9-10, 3-4 Big Ten) faced a tough draw this weekend against a pair of top-25 opponents. And it only got tougher for the team, which was without junior Jack Hamburg — one of its top...

Minnesota men's basketball team hold up their first place  trophy with excitement Thursday evening at the National Invitation Tournament finals at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Pitino caps off Year 1 with a championship

April 7, 2014

NEW YORK — The Gophers posed for pictures, took turns cutting down the net and snapped selfies with the trophy — all hallmarks of a victorious postseason campaign. At a glance, it was hard...

DeAndre Mathieu won’t use the NIT title for offseason motivation, he already had plenty of that

April 4, 2014

DeAndre Mathieu didn't care what tournament the Gophers were playing in on Thursday night; they were champions. "I'm just so excited right now," he said.  Minnesota's NIT title...

At the Half: Hollinses taking control for Gophers

April 3, 2014

This season is wrapping up the way it was supposed to play out the entire time. With the Hollinses leading the Gophers. Austin Hollins has 10 points, while Andre Hollins has nine, as the Gophers lead SMU...

Gophers vs. SMU in the NIT championship: 5 things to watch for

April 3, 2014

New York -- This is it, the end of the line. The Gophers season will come to an end tonight, the only question remaining is, how? Will it be with first year head coach Richard Pitino and his players jubilantly...

Andre Hollins getting back into a groove, finally

April 3, 2014

New York -- Andre Hollins' Feb. 5 return to the Gophers starting lineup from his left ankle sprain after missing just two games was remarkable. But nearly two months after his initial return to the...

Minnesota guard DeAndre Mathieu drives past two Florida State defenders Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Gophers search for redemption in final

April 3, 2014

NEW YORK — We’ve seen this movie before. The Gophers are back in the National Invitation Tournament final for the second time in three years. Minnesota’s first appearance didn’t...

Pitino vs. Larry Brown — A hall of famer’s son vs. a hall of famer

April 2, 2014

New York -- Southern Methodist coach Larry Brown and Gophers head coach Richard Pitino don't really know one another. That'll change, at least to some point, on Thursday night when Minnesota meets...

Minnesota guard DeAndre Mathieu drives past two Florida State defenders Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Gophers scrape by Florida State in overtime

April 2, 2014

NEW YORK — There’s no question the NCAA tournament provides the brightest stage in college basketball. Still, the spotlights illuminating the Gophers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night...

Gophers use hot shooting, defense to build halftime lead

April 2, 2014

The Gophers looked mighty comfortable early at the Garden. Minnesota hit its first six shots en route to a 17-6 lead over Florida State less than six minutes into the game in the NIT semifinals at Madison...

Gophers vs. Florida State: 5 things to watch for

April 1, 2014

New York -- The Gophers made this a goal as soon as they were snubbed from the NCAA Tournament -- get to Madison Square Garden for the NIT semifinals. Three wins later, they're here. Now the question...

Minnesota guard Austin Hollins waves goodbye after finishing his last home game on Sunday, March 9, 2014 against Penn State.

Hollins takes court one last time

April 1, 2014

It was the beginning of February, and the Gophers had just lost 55-54 to Northwestern at home — their second consecutive loss to a team they should have beaten. It was likely the most dejected the...

Minnesota sophomore Jessika Mozia returns the ball to Purdue on Friday at Baseline Tennis center. This match ended in a loss of 3-4 by Minnesota.

Women lose to Purdue, beat Indiana

March 31, 2014

The Gophers women’s tennis team entered the weekend hoping for a sweep over two ranked Big Ten opponents. Minnesota didn’t accomplish its goal, but players and coaches weren’t necessarily...

Eliason injures ankle, questionable for NIT semifinal

March 31, 2014

Elliott Eliason gingerly strolled through the Bierman Field Athletic Building on Saturday afternoon with his left foot in a walking boot. Eliason turned his left ankle in practice Thursday when he came...

Sweet 16: What to watch for (Ranking and discussing every matchup)

March 27, 2014

While the Gophers are off until Tuesday, when they head to Madison Square Garden for their NIT semifinal matchup with , fans can catch what should be some fantastic NCAA Tournament action this week. I...

Minnesota senior Juan Pablo Ramirez returns a serve at the match against Tulsa on Friday, December 10, 2013 at Baseline Tennis Center.

Minnesota improves at No. 5 singles

March 27, 2014

The Gophers men’s tennis team lost 11 consecutive matches at the No. 5 singles spot to start the season. Even for a team that doesn’t measure its success with results, that’s hard not...

Minnesota guard Austin Hollins passes the ball, Tuesday night at the National Invitation Tournament game against Southern Mississippi at Williams Arena. Gophers won 81-73 and are advancing to the semifinals.

Hollins leads Gophers to New York for NIT semifinals

March 26, 2014

Austin Hollins must really love New York. That, or he knows that every time he steps out on the floor, he’s playing to extend his college career. That might explain the herculean effort the senior...

Mathieu tops his former coach en route to NYC

March 26, 2014

It was clear last night meant a little more to DeAndre Mathieu. Mathieu wanted Minnesota to win to extend its seniors' careers at least one more game and earn a spot at Madison Square Garden for the NIT...

At the Half: Austin Hollins

March 26, 2014

Austin Hollins last first-half at Williams Arena was one for the books.  The senior guard poured in 18 points -- canning 5 of 8 from deep -- as Minnesota leads Southern Miss 44-40 The Gophers needed...

Gophers vs. Southern Miss: 5 thing to watch for

March 25, 2014

The motivation for nearly every player in the NIT is the same -- get to Madison Square Garden. The Gophers are one win away from achieving that goal. To clinch their berth in the NIT semifinals in New...

Gophers have five main reasons to keep going in the NIT

March 25, 2014

The media waited outside the locker room for customary post-game interviews with the players after the Gophers 63-55 win over St. Mary's in the 2nd round of the NIT on Sunday afternoon. The wait was...

Minnesota guard Maverick Ahanmisi dribbles down the court Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Williams Arena.

Ahanmisi shines late in his career

March 25, 2014

It’s an all-too-familiar scene this time of year — seniors’ faces flood with tears as their teams fall in the postseason and their college careers end. Gophers senior guard Maverick Ahanmisi...

Gophers celebrate a shot that puts them in the lead, Sunday afternoon against St. Mary's at Williams Arena. Gophers won 63-50 and will be advancing to the quarterfinals in the National Invitation Tournament.

Gophers still alive in NIT after slow start

March 24, 2014

The Gophers looked poised to lethargically step aside and bow out of the National Invitation Tournament on Sunday afternoon. Minnesota fell behind 14-0 to St. Mary’s in the second round of the NIT...

Osenieks, Ahanmisi among 32 hottest male college athletes

March 19, 2014

The Gophers might not have qualified for the NCAA Tournament this season, but a couple of the players are in the midst of a different form of March Madness. Senior guard Maverick Ahanmisi and junior forward...

Gophers sneak past High Point

March 19, 2014

A loss would have ended the Gophers season. Senior Maverick Ahanmisi wasn’t about to let that happen.  Ahanmisi dropped a career-high 21 points as No. 1 Minnesota defeated High Point 88-81 on...

Gophers vs. High Point: 5 things to watch for

March 18, 2014

This isn't where the Gophers wanted to end up, but it's where they are. Yes, Minnesota wanted to be, and felt it deserved to be in the NCAA Tournament, but the committee didn't agree. "It...

Gophers left out of NCAA Tournament Field

March 16, 2014

The Gophers elite strength of schedule wasn't enough to overcome a lack of wins against Top 50 RPI teams, a poor road record and a 26-point loss to Wisconsin in the Big Ten Tournament. Minnesota was...

Selection Sunday: Comparing the Gophers’ resume to other bubble squads

March 16, 2014

The day has arrived. A Gophers team that's been up-and-down all season with great wins and devastating losses will find out if its done enough to earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the second-consecutive...

Saturday Bubble Watch — what the Gophers need to happen

March 15, 2014

The Gophers joined the ranks of the idol on Friday with their blowout loss to Wisconsin in the Big Ten quarterfinals. Judging from Twitter reactions after the game, you would have thought the loss was...

Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals: 5 things to watch for

March 14, 2014

This is probably the end-all, be-all for the Gophers. Beat Wisconsin and they’re in the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight year. Lose and sweat it out on Selection Sunday -- likely ending up...

Chip Armelin “Doing Well” for bubble contender Southern Miss

March 14, 2014

One of the teams the Gophers are battling on the bubble with these days is Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles enter a conference semifinal matchup with Conference USA’s top seed Louisiana Tech on Friday....

Gophers loss to Wisconsin hurts chances

March 14, 2014

There were many bracketologists across the country that treated the Gophers quarterfinal matchup with Wisconsin as a make-or-break game for Minnesota's NCAA Tournament hopes. The Gophers now have...

Big Ten Tourney First Round: 5 things to watch for

March 13, 2014

First off, read my story on DeAndre Mathieu and how he's proving all of his doubters wrong. Minnesota, currently on the "First Four Out" of most NCAA Tournament projections, enters this week...

Gophers ready for some outdoor action

March 13, 2014

Apparently, Gophers do head south for the winter. They just wait until March to do it. Minnesota’s men’s and women’s tennis teams will head to the Sunshine State next week to take on...