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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'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...

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...

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...

Minnesota guard DeAndre Mathieu dribbles at the game against Penn State on Sunday.

Mathieu proves all his doubters wrong

March 13, 2014

DeAndre Mathieu no longer wanted to play basketball. He was a walk-on freshman at Morehead State who played sparingly and wasn’t making much of an impact. What pushed him away, though, was far...

Gophers top Penn State, will face Wisconsin

March 13, 2014

Minnesota needed two wins over Penn State in a five day span — no one doubted that. And the Gophers, who have been so up-and-down this season, delivered two solid performances to do just that —...

Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino reacts to a call at the game against Penn State at Williams Arena on Sunday.

Pitino showcases style with suits

March 11, 2014

Florida International head coach Richard Pitino rocked a navy blue suit for the quarterfinals of the 2013 Sun Belt tournament last March — the same exact suit he wore on his wedding day. In the semifinals,...

Senior guard Austin Hollins dribbles against Penn State at Williams Arena on Sunday.  Minnesota beat Penn State 81-63.

Hollins shines, Gophers beat PSU

March 10, 2014

The Gophers needed this win, and with the way they played Sunday afternoon, it was clear they knew it. Minnesota (19-12, 8-10 Big Ten) trounced Penn State 81-63 at Williams Arena. Gophers coach Richard...

Minnesota’s Tereza Brichacova plays against Ohio State on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Baseline Tennis Center.

Minnesota beats Marquette 6-1

March 10, 2014

Gophers women’s tennis head coach Chuck Merzbacher can see the confidence growing in his players. That’s what three straight wins can do for a team. Minnesota (10-3) defeated Marquette 6-1...

Gophers don’t look at bracketology, but they know where they stand

March 9, 2014

Gophers coach Richard Pitino isn't going to act like he doesn't think about the NCAA Tourament. "That'd be silly," he said.  But his players don't seem to be too consumed...

Osenieks will not continue basketball career

March 6, 2014

Oto Osenieks will be honored at the Gophers’ Senior Day on Sunday when Minnesota takes on Penn State. That’s because Osenieks won’t be competing next season, the University announced...

Gophers junior guard DeAndre Mathieu dribbles up the court at Williams Arena on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013.

Minnesota still on the bubble after loss

March 3, 2014

A win in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Saturday might have locked the Gophers into the NCAA tournament. But the loss left them firmly on the bubble. It’s safe to assume that Gophers fans are still sweating...

Gophers at Michigan: 5 things to watch for

March 1, 2014

It seemed like a missed opportunity when the Gophers fell 63-60 to Michigan back on Jan. 2. A missed opportunity because the general consensus was this Michigan team, which was already minus star center...

Gophers fall to Michigan, remain on the bubble

March 1, 2014

A win in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Saturday and the Gophers might have been locked into the NCAA Tournament. A loss and they’d remained firmly on the bubble. It’s safe to assume Gophers fans are...

Minnesota's Jack Hamburg plays doubles against Drake at Baseline Tennis Center on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.

Hamburg healthy, dominant for Minnesota

February 27, 2014

Jack Hamburg has won six straight matches on the singles side and seven straight in doubles. Still, when the junior from South Dakota hears those stats, he stands stoically — unmoved, uninspired,...

Minnesota guard Andre Hollins fights for the ball against Iowa on Tuesday night at Williams Arena.

Gophers still on the bubble

February 27, 2014

Gophers head coach Richard Pitino said his team doesn’t talk about the NCAA tournament — ever. But ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi does, and Tuesday night’s 95-89 win over No. 20 Iowa...

One day later, Charles Buggs big game is still surprising

February 27, 2014

The Gophers have had quite a few different players step up this season, so there was a cast of characters to pick from for guys to provide a lift to Minnesota on Tuesday night against No. 20 Iowa. But...

Gophers guard Austin Hollins celebrates after making a three-point shot. Hollins scored a career-high 27 points.

Gophers get needed win over rival Iowa

February 26, 2014

The Gophers were on the ropes — to say the least. Minnesota (18-11, 7-9) had lost two straight and was sitting on the wrong side of the NCAA tournament bubble. The offense stunk and hadn’t...

At the Half: Buggs (Buggs?!) sparks the Gophers to a halftime lead

February 26, 2014

Charles Buggs has barely played this season. Clearly, head coach Richard Pitino was stashing his secret weapon away for the right moment. And trailing after a sluggish start to Iowa on Tuesday night, the...

Gophers vs. No. 20 Iowa: 5 things to watch for

February 25, 2014

No intro needed for this one. I don't think the magnitude of this game is lost on players, coaches or fans. If the Gophers win, they're back on the right side of the NCAA Tournament bubble. If...

Minnesota head men's basketball coach Richard Pitino answers questions at his introductory press conference April 5, 2013, at Williams Arena.

Pitino positive amid woes

February 25, 2014

Gophers head coach Richard Pitino has the moxy of well-known life coach Tony Robbins. He might not have the books, the movie cameos or the goatee Robbins has, but the head coach definitely has the mindset....

Minnesota senior Natallia Pintusava plays against Marshall, Sunday at the Baseline Tennis Center.

Gophers drop match against Marshall

February 24, 2014

The Minnesota women’s tennis team puts a lot of emphasis on the doubles point. On Sunday, losing it put the Gophers behind the eight ball from the start, and they never fully recovered. Minnesota...

Minnesota loses against Ohio State

February 24, 2014

The Gophers were in control heading into the locker room in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday afternoon. They utilized an 11-2 run late in the first half to nab a 28-18 lead over the Buckeyes at halftime. Minnesota...

DeAndre Mathieu on dealing with traps: “I’ve struggled”

February 20, 2014

Richard Pitino stared at the table, scanning the box score for a good five seconds after the Gophers 62-49 loss to Illinois on Wednesday night, likely searching for a solution. The question: What does...

Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino after the 62-49 loss to Illinois on Wednesday evening at Williams Arena.

Minnesota falls to Big Ten-worst Illinois

February 20, 2014

Woof. The Gophers looked like a good bet to get back to .500 in conference play, entering a matchup at home with the last-place team in the Big Ten. But after shooting a woeful 4-for-25 from deep and committing...

Gophers fall to Illinois

February 20, 2014

Woof. Heading into a matchup at home with the last-place team in the Big Ten, the Gophers looked like a good bet to get back to .500 in conference play. But after shooting a woeful 4 for 25 from deep and...

At the Half: No DeAndre Mathieu = no offensive rhythm

February 20, 2014

When junior point guard DeAndre Mathieu was on the court for the first 8-plus minutes the Gophers looked like a well-oiled machine that would cruise to a victory over Illinois. When he picked up his second...

Gophers vs. Illinois: 5 things to watch for

February 19, 2014

Illinois did some damage to the Gophers a year ago.  After Minnesota defeated the Fighting Illini in Champaign in early January, Illinois came into Williams Arena 57-53 on Feb. 10. "It really...

Minnesota Gophers Men's Basketball hosts Wisconsin, January 22nd, 2014.

McNeil fills vital role as a freshman

February 19, 2014

Daquein McNeil had an unusual request for head coach Richard Pitino early in the season. McNeil, who originally committed to play for Pitino at Florida International before following him to Minnesota,...

Minnesota high jumper Wally Ellenson practices at Bierman Athletic Field on Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

Ellenson leaves basketball program

February 19, 2014

Wally Ellenson hasn’t played a single minute in the Big Ten this season. And apparently, he didn’t like that. Ellenson has decided to leave the men’s basketball team, the University announced...

Richard Pitino on Twitter: “I don’t like it one bit”

February 17, 2014

Gophers head coach Richard Pitino understands how relevant Twitter is in today's world. And he knows how much his players use it. "It's very much a part of everyone's lives," Pitino...

Thursday evening at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.. Minnesota lost to Wisconsin 70-78.

Gophers rebound with win at Northwestern

February 17, 2014

EVANSTON, Ill. — The Gophers likely needed a weekend split to stay in bracketologists’ NCAA tournament projections. That’s exactly what they got when they beat Northwestern 54-48 on Sunday...

Gophers finally get a road win, top Northwestern

February 17, 2014

Evanston, Ill. -- The Gophers likely needed a weekend split to stay inside the field of most bracketologists’ NCAA Tournament projections. That’s exactly what they got when they beat Northwestern...

At the Half: Gophers still turning the ball over

February 17, 2014

Turnovers and committing too many fouls killed the Gophers in their loss to Wisconsin on Thursday night. Not much has changed. Minnesota turned the ball over 10 times in the first half and trails the Wildcats...

DeAndre Mathieu: a barometer of the Gophers success

February 15, 2014

The Gophers have certainly been inconsistent in the Big Ten this season. One minute, they're taking Michigan State into overtime in East Lansing, Mich. and convincingly beating the likes of Ohio State...

Gophers at Northwestern: 5 things to watch for

February 15, 2014

It's getting to the point of the season, when the calendar turns into late February and coaches, players and fans begin to taste that sometimes sweet, sometimes salty flavor of March.  This is...

Gophers fall to Wisconsin on the road

February 14, 2014

Madison, Wis. -- The Gophers used an excellent interior offensive attack and limited turnovers in their 81-68 win over Wisconsin on Jan. 22. The script was flipped on Thursday night. Minnesota (16-9, 5-7)...

At the Half: Gophers giving away the ball, and the game

February 14, 2014

Minnesota beat Wisconsin 81-68 on Jan. 22 at Williams Arena. The Gophers did so with a simple formula: limiting turnovers and a steady dose of DeAndre Mathieu and Mo Walker. They haven't done any of...

Gophers at Wisconsin: 5 things to watch for

February 13, 2014

The Gophers convincing 81-68 win over Wisconsin on Jan. 22 seemed to be a breakthrough, with Minnesota announcing its candidacy as a darkhorse for the Big Ten crown. Since then, however, both teams experienced...

Minnesota experiences experimental rule changes

February 13, 2014

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association implemented experimental scoring rules for the first month of this season. These rules were designed to speed up matches and make them easier for fans to watch. These...

Minnesota head basketball coach Richard Pitino calls to his players on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

Gophers attack with efficiency, not speed

February 13, 2014

Gophers head coach Richard Pitino persistently spoke of his up-and-down tempo when he took over the program in April. His message was clear: Even if Minnesota wasn’t good, it was going to be fast. That...

Richard Pitino likes the Yankees, but does he like the NBA?

February 13, 2014

Richard Pitino found it fitting to give his thoughts on Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and his decision to retire following the 2014 season at Wednesday's pre-Wisconsin press conference. "He's...

Minnesota forward Mo Walker protects the ball against Concordia-St. Paul at Williams Arena, on Nov. 4, 2013.

Walker’s emergence helps offense evolve

February 12, 2014

The Gophers needed an interior offensive presence, and Mo Walker needed a significant role. But the match seemed to fit as perfectly as peanut butter and ketchup. Walker had lost 60 pounds in the offseason...

Minnesota junior guard DeAndre Mathieu protects the ball against Indiana, Saturday at Williams Arena. Minnesota won, 66-60.

Gophers snap losing skid, beat Hoosiers

February 10, 2014

DeAndre Mathieu’s younger twin brothers and cousin made the trip from Tennessee to watch him battle vaunted Indiana point guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell. So Mathieu had to show off for them. “You...

At the Half: For the Gophers, something has to to change

February 9, 2014

Indiana came ready to play. A barrage of triples and offensive rebounds have the Hoosiers up 36-30 over the Gophers at the half. Indiana has been led by sophomore point guard Yogi Ferrell, who has 10 points,...

Gophers vs. Indiana: 5 things to watch for

February 8, 2014

It's no secret the Gophers have lost three-straight games. It's no secret they find themselves firmly on the NCAA Tournament bubble. And it's no secret Minnesota's recent history includes...

Two days after dropping a 55-minute marathon, the Gophers are ready for Indiana

February 8, 2014

A 40-minute game can suck every ounce of energy out of a college basketball player. The Gophers just went toe-to-toe with Purdue for 55 minutes in a triple-overtime loss on Wednesday night in West Lafayette,...

Joey King will start at power forward against Indiana

February 7, 2014

Gophers head coach Richard Pitino decided it was time to change it up. He announced on Friday that sophomore forward Joey King will start in place of junior Oto Osenieks on Saturday when Minnesota welcomes...

Starting lineup change on the horizon for the Gophers?

February 6, 2014

All season Gophers head coach Richard Pitino has been bombarded with questions about potential changes to his starting lineup. And all season Pitino has deflected the questions, saying he wasn't going...

Gophers fall to Purdue in triple overtime

February 6, 2014

The Gophers lost their third straight game Wednesday night, falling to Purdue 77-74 in triple overtime. “We’ve got a pretty disappointed team [in the locker room],” head coach Richard...

Gophers fall to Purdue in 3 OTs

February 6, 2014

The Gophers lost their third straight game on Wednesday night, falling to Purdue 77-74 in three overtimes. “We’ve got a pretty disappointed team [in the locker room],” Gophers head coach...

At the Half: Mo Walker has it going again, but that’s about it for Minnesota

February 6, 2014

Andre Hollins made a surprise start for the Gophers on Wednesday night, just two weeks after going down with a severe left ankle sprain. But his return didn't amount to much in the first half as Minnesota...

Gophers at Purdue: 5 things to watch for

February 5, 2014

Read my story in today's Daily on the Gophers attempting to avoid another February slide. Wednesday night marks an important point in the Gophers (15-7, 4-5) season as they travel to West Lafayette...

Minnesota guard Austin Hollins looks to pass against Iowa on Feb. 3, 2013, at Williams Arena.

Pitino tries to flip script on team’s Feburary woes

February 5, 2014

It took one game this month for Gophers head coach Richard Pitino to notice the alarming trend fans have stewed over for the past few seasons: Come February, the Gophers tense up, and the season goes awry. On...