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Head Coach Jerry Kill discusses his past four coaching years in his office on Monday.

Kill cultivates winning culture on campus

Published May 7, 2015

Through the first two years of Jerry Kill’s tenure as the University of Minnesota’s football coach, the NFL Draft didn’t mean much in Dinkytown.    After a 3-9 campaign in 2011,...

Senior Lynn Hodnett practices with the rowing team March 23, 2015, on the Mississippi River.

Gophers swept by Wisconsin

Published May 4, 2015

Minnesota’s first varsity eight was neck and neck with Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon until the end of the race. That’s when the No. 9 Badgers powered past the Gophers during the...

Four Gophers selected in NFL Draft

Published May 2, 2015

Damien Wilson was sitting with his family in Mississippi on Saturday afternoon eating chips and watching television when his phone started buzzing.  The former Gophers linebacker didn’t recognize...

Gophers shake lineup, seek results

Published April 30, 2015

The last time Minnesota raced, the first varsity eight fared uncharacteristically poor. The Gophers’ top boat finished sixth out of seven teams in both of its Saturday races and was fifth on...

Former Gophers look to NFL draft

Published April 30, 2015

Between the time the NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night and ends Saturday, Maxx Williams, David Cobb, Damien Wilson and Cedric Thompson hope to hear their names called.    The...

Thompson hopes to overcome the odds once again

Published April 28, 2015

All of Cedric Thompson’s life, he’s been the underdog.    He grew up in Bombay Beach, Calif., a Southern California desert wasteland, far from the reach of college football recruiters....

DeLaSalle High School senior Jarvis Johnson announces his commitment to play basketball for Minnesota on Sept. 12, 2014  at DeLaSalle.

Gophers to have young, talented guards

Published April 22, 2015

When Nate Mason played his first game at Minnesota last year, those who watched saw a freshman ready to contribute right away.   The Decatur, Ga., native stood out as one of the team’s only...

University rowing team practices on the Mississippi River on April 14.

Second varsity eight stands out

Published April 20, 2015

Sophomore McKenzie Lukacs had to improvise during Minnesota’s second varsity eight on Sunday morning, as a heavy rain shower caught the rowers by surprise in the middle of the race.   The...

Junior Kylie Anderson rows on the Mississippi River on Tuesday afternoon with her teammates in preparation for their trip to compete in the Clemson Invite in South Carolina.

Andersen quickly adapts to Minnesota’s top boat

Published April 16, 2015

Growing up, Kylie Andersen ran cross country, track and was an avid skier. When she came to the University of Minnesota in 2012, the lifelong athlete rowed competitively for the first time.    Since...

Minnesota quarterback Mitch Liedner runs the ball during the spring game on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.

Minnesota offense starts fast, then fades

Published April 13, 2015

After two consecutive Rodrick Williams runs to open up Saturday’s spring game at TCF Bank Stadium, the Gophers faced third-and-three.    That’s when Minnesota showed that...

Senior Lynn Hodnett practices with the rowing team on March 23 in the Mississippi River.

Gophers to face No. 1 Ohio State

Published April 9, 2015

One theme has consistently stood out during MinnesotaâÄôs spring season: improvement. After a long winter stunted their development last year, the Gophers continue to best their marks from a 2014...

Redshirt junior Briean Boddy-Calhoun warms up at practice at TCF Bank Stadium on Thursday.

Minnesota’s defensive backs could be Big Ten’s best

Published April 7, 2015

Whenever the Gophers defense needed a lift last year, there was a pretty good chance Briean Boddy-Calhoun would make a game-altering play. As the cornerback prepares for his senior season, heâÄôs...

Minnesota faces toughest test of the season so far

Published April 6, 2015

After a Saturday morning session of races at the Oregon State Classic that included two last-place finishes, head coach Wendy Davis had a simple message for her team.    “This...

Senior Lynn Hodnett (second from right) practices with the rowing team on Monday in the Mississippi River.

Hodnett has passion for rowing, nature

Published April 2, 2015

On their way back to Minnesota from a February race in San Diego, the Gophers had a layover in Colorado, where an underclassman looked out the airport windows, staring at the mountainous scenery.   Then,...

Junior coxswain Taylor Gainey coordinates and guides the boat at the rowing teams practice March 23 in the Mississippi River.

Coxswain Gainey takes charge as junior

Published April 1, 2015

Last Tuesday afternoon, Taylor Gainey hunched down in the back of a boat floating on the Mississippi River.  With 36-degree water splashing onto her face, the Gophers’ first varsity eight coxswain...

Minnesota’s streak snapped

Published March 30, 2015

The Gophers combined for 16 runs in two contests at Nebraska on Friday and Saturday to win their 14th and 15th consecutive games. But No. 12 Minnesota saw its record-breaking winning streak come to an...

Offseason work, weather helps Gophers

Published March 26, 2015

Before heading to Tennessee to compete in the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invite earlier this month, the Gophers spent three days practicing on the Mississippi River. With the river frozen solid this time last...

Two request to transfer from Stollings’ team

Published March 25, 2015

Stabresa McDaniel and Tory Jacobs have requested to transfer, an athletics department spokesperson confirmed Tuesday. McDaniel and Jacobs are the fourth and fifth players to leave first-year head coach...

Minnesotas rowing team practices on the Mississippi River on Tuesday afternoon in preparation for its regatta against Iowa on Sunday.

Gophers jump out to strong start to season

Published March 23, 2015

Minnesota finished last year’s spring season sixth out of seven teams at the Big Ten championships. But this year, the Gophers started their spring slate quite a bit better, placing near the top...

Minnesota guard DeAndre Mathieu reacts to losing to Ohio State 79-73 in the Big Ten tournament on Thursday in Chicago. This was Mathieu, Hollin, Walker,Eliason, and Shell

After Big Ten tournament loss to Ohio State, Gophers season may be over

Published March 13, 2015

CHICAGO — One of them laid next to a heap of athletic tape on the locker room floor. The other was still laced up to DeAndre Mathieu’s left foot. After Minnesota’s 79-73 loss to Ohio...

Gophers focused on stopping Russell in second round game against Ohio State

Published March 12, 2015

CHICAGO — There's a reason why D'Angelo Russell is widely considered a top-5 pick if he chooses to enter the NBA Draft this summer. Just ask the Gophers.  Before winter prematurely ended...

Gophers hope Rick Pitino’s wisdom propels them further

Published March 12, 2015

CHICAGO — Earlier this week Richard Pitino and Rick Pitino sent each other texts back and forth, talking about Minnesota's Big Ten tournament game with Rutgers slated for Wednesday night. Then...

Gophers pass first round

Published March 12, 2015

CHICAGO — Minnesota spent more than 20 minutes of play going back and forth with the worst team in its conference on Wednesday night. Then the Gophers (18-14, 6-12 Big Ten) received a spark from...

Halftime Report: Gophers 30 Rutgers 27

Published March 12, 2015

Chicago — Richard Pitino's Gophers lead Rutgers 30-27 at the end of the first half of the first round of the Big Ten tournament. Here are five takeaways from the first half of action at the United...

Gophers vs. Rutgers Big Ten tournament preview

Published March 11, 2015

Chicago — The Gophers face off with Rutgers at roughly 6:15 from the United Center in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. Here's everything you need to know. The last time Minnesota played...

Minnesota has one shot to avoid NIT

Published March 11, 2015

Entering Minnesota’s first-round Big Ten tournament matchup against Rutgers on Wednesday, its 2015 NCAA tournament chances have never looked bleaker. Going back to the “Big Dance” for...

Minnesota guard Nate Mason drives the ball to the basket in the second half against the Badgers on Feb. 21 in Madison, Wis.

Wisconsin favored, flawed

Published March 11, 2015

Wisconsin has been stellar this season behind player-of-the-year candidate Frank Kaminsky and the team’s experienced supporting cast. Heading into the postseason, the Badgers appear poised to take...

Minnesota guard Andre Hollins looks for an opening against a UCLA defender Friday, March 22, 2013, at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

Hollins, Gophers look to right ship

Published March 11, 2015

About seven weeks ago, the Gophers were 0-5 in conference play, and Andre Hollins was taking most of the blame for the team’s slow start. The senior guard slumped in a big way, shooting 12-for-58...

Minnesota guard DeAndre Mathieu defends Penn State guard D.J. Newbill in the first half at Williams Arena on Sunday.

Buzzer-beater spoils Gophers’ senior day

Published March 9, 2015

After the Gophers trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half against Penn State on Sunday, Mo Walker and Joey King led a comeback that knotted the score at 76 with 14 seconds remaining. Head coach...

Former Gophers graduate assistant Maiuri hired as Division III offensive coordinator

Published March 5, 2015

One day after the athletics department announced Adam Weber as his replacement, former Gophers graduate assistant Ryan Maiuri paced the sidelines of Minnesota's practice facility Tuesday with a pencil...

Minnesota guard Mo Walker reaches for arebound in the first half against the Badgers on Feb. 21 in Madison, Wis.

Walker looks to slow down Kaminsky

Published March 5, 2015

After Minnesota lost at Wisconsin on Feb. 21, Badgers star Frank Kaminsky had a simple postgame message for Gophers center Mo Walker: “See you soon.” When Minnesota hosts No. 6 Wisconsin on...

Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner practices in the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex on Tuesday afternoon during the Gophers first spring practice.

Gophers begin spring practice slate

Published March 4, 2015

When Mitch Leidner began spring practice for the Gophers last year, he had only passed for 619 yards in limited reps. But now — after a completed redshirt sophomore season in which he was Minnesota’s...

Senior Cedric Thompson performs the vertical jump during Pro Day at the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex on Monday.

Cedric Thompson impresses at pro day

Published March 3, 2015

Cedric Thompson sensed that NFL scouts saw his perceived lack of athleticism as a weakness. But at Minnesota’s pro day on Monday, he showed them exactly why it might be a strength. The former Gophers...

Gophers sit on NIT bubble

Published March 2, 2015

The Gophers topped Michigan State 96-90 in overtime on Thursday night for arguably their most impressive victory of the season. An NCAA tournament appearance is highly unlikely at this point — but...

Gophers firmly on NIT bubble

Published March 1, 2015

The Gophers topped Michigan State 96-90 in overtime on Thursday night for arguably their most impressive victory of the season. An NCAA tournament appearance is highly unlikely at this point — unless...

Minnesota guard Nate Mason drives the ball to the basket in the second half against the Badgers on Saturday, Feb 21 in Madison, Wis.

Pitino juggling freshmen, vets’ minutes

Published February 26, 2015

Barring an incredible run that culminates in a Big Ten tournament championship, the Gophers’ season won’t conclude in the NCAA tournament. Minnesota could go back to the National Invitational...

Gophers point guard DeAndre Mathieu cradles his 7-month-old son, Elijah, at his apartment on Sunday.

Taking his mind off basketball

Published February 24, 2015

Keys started to jingle outside the door of a Marcy-Holmes neighborhood apartment. Elijah Mathieu knew what came next. “Da da! Da da!” the 7-month-old shouted as he crawled toward the door. When...

Minnesotas Carlos Morris shoots the ball during the first half against the Badgers on Saturday in Madison, Wis.

Gophers fall to No. 5 Wisconsin

Published February 23, 2015

MADISON, Wis. – As the second half of Minnesota’s game at No. 5 Wisconsin began Saturday, fans in the Badgers student section started chanting. “N-I-T. N-I-T. N-I-T,” they said. But...

Gophers fall to Northwestern in upset

Published February 19, 2015

Early in the second half of Minnesota’s game against Northwestern on Wednesday, the usually deafening Williams Arena crowd was dead silent. That’s when the Wildcats coaching staff made some...

Buggs thrown into larger role for Gophers

Published February 18, 2015

A 17-second span in Minnesota’s game against Iowa last Thursday showed Charles Buggs’ pure talent yet revealed why he’s still far from a polished player. Buggs stole the ball from Gabriel...

Minnesota forward Charles Buggs goes in for a layup against Iowa on Thursday night in Iowa City, Iowa.

Gophers’ defense inconsistent on road

Published February 16, 2015

After the Gophers won 64-59 at Iowa on Thursday night, Andre Hollins answered different questions with the same response. What was the key to Minnesota winning its first Big Ten road game of the year? “Defense,...

Minnesota picks up defensive intensity

Published February 12, 2015

When asked about his team’s No. 5 steal ranking in early December, Richard Pitino brushed off the statistic’s significance. “Numbers shouldn’t matter this early in the season,”...

Minnesota Head Coach Richard Pitino celebrates after the Gophers caused Purdue to turn over the ball in the second half at Williams Arena on Saturday. Minnesota beat Purdue 62-58.

Pitino rallies Gophers to victory

Published February 9, 2015

In the first half of Minnesota’s game against Purdue on Saturday, Richard Pitino felt a little too hot, so he took off his suit jacket. When the Gophers head coach emerged from the locker room at...

Dean Smith’s influence on basketball reached everywhere, even Minnesota

Published February 8, 2015

The college basketball world woke up to sad news Sunday as legendary North Carolina coach Dean Smith, 83, died Saturday night. Smith won 879 games, the fourth-most in history, and took the Tar Heels to...

Gophers basketball receives $6 million donation

Published February 7, 2015

The Gophers men's and women's basketball programs received a $6 million donation to help fund a new basketball facility, the University announced Friday. Former telecommunications executive Robert...

Despite speed, athletic QB Croft a pocket passer

Published February 5, 2015

At 6 feet, 5 inches with a 4.66 second 40-yard dash time, Demry Croft looks like a college wide receiver. Two years ago, that’s exactly what he was projected to be. But after switching to quarterback...

Craighton hopes to best ranking

Published February 5, 2015

A few weeks before Alonzo Craighton’s sophomore season of high school football was supposed to begin, it ended. The wiry defensive back from Louisiana was going through shuttle drills in practice...

Head basketball coach Richard Pitino signals to his players from the sidelines at the Williams Arena against Nebraska on Saturday evening.

Pitino alters style during struggles

Published February 3, 2015

Minnesota is 10 games into its conference season, and hardly anything has been constant. Andre Hollins went from a slumping shooter to a do-it-all leader whom Richard Pitino calls “the heart and...

Senior Forward Mo Walker maneuvers the ball at the Williams Arena where the Gophers took on Nebraska Saturday evening.

Walker powers Gophers past Nebraska

Published February 2, 2015

Mo Walker couldn’t stop thinking about his stat line at Nebraska on Jan. 20: Four points, four fouls and three turnovers. In practice last week, coach Richard Pitino kept reminding him. “Coach...

Minnesota guard Andre Hollins dribbles past Rutgers guard Mike Williams in the second half at Williams Arena on Jan. 17.

Gophers lose again despite Hollins’ 17

Published January 29, 2015

When Andre Hollins was slumping early on in Big Ten play as the Gophers started 0-5, he had to cope with a sobering fact. “I wasn’t helping them win,” he said Saturday. Now, he’s...

Konaté shows his raw potential

Published January 28, 2015

When Bakary Konaté visited Minnesota as a recruit to watch the Gophers play Illinois last February, he was in for a surprise. Konaté met Richard and Rick Pitino in Wichita, Kan.,...

Running back Edwards joins track team

Published January 27, 2015

Gophers running back Berkley Edwards is expected to be a sprinter on the men's track and field team this spring, the University confirmed. The redshirt freshman rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns...

Hollins’ complete game powers Gophers

Published January 26, 2015

Illinois’ Malcolm Hill drove to the baseline early in the second half and cocked the ball back behind his head, preparing to dunk over Bakary Konaté. No dice. Instead of being flushed...

Hollins’ complete game powers Gophers past Illinois

Published January 25, 2015

Illinois’ Malcolm Hill drove baseline early in the second half and cocked the ball back behind his head, preparing to dunk over Bakary Konate. No dice.   The ball was blocked out of bounds instead...

Missed free throws plaguing Minnesota

Published January 22, 2015

Minnesota’s slow start to conference play is due to a variety of reasons. Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan called the close losses “bad luck.” Iowa’s Fran McCaffery said the Gophers’...

Minnesota guard Andre Hollins shoots for three against Rutgers in the first half at Williams Arena on Saturday, January 17, 2015.  Hollins scored seven three-pointers and a season high of 31 points.

Gophers drop sixth Big Ten game

Published January 21, 2015

Holding sharpshooter Terran Petteway to 11 points on 4-for-12 shooting would usually be enough to beat Nebraska. But conventional wisdom doesn’t apply to the Gophers right now. Not when they keep...

Five things to watch: Gophers at Nebraska

Published January 21, 2015

The Gophers take on Nebraska on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. Here are five things to watch for in the game: 1. Will Minnesota go on a run? Richard Pitino's players took their 0-5 conference start rough...

Minnesota center Maurice Walker and guard Nate Mason fight for the ball against Rutgers in the first half at Williams Arena on Saturday, January 17, 2015.

Hollins scores 31 in first Big Ten victory

Published January 20, 2015

The last few weeks have been rough for Andre Hollins. He shot 28 percent or lower in Minnesota’s first five conference games, all of which were losses. Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff hit a game-winning...

Forward Shae Kelley defends the ball at Williams Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 against Southern University.

Newcomers power Gophers to win

Published January 20, 2015

Even with Amanda Zahui B. struggling and Rachel Banham sidelined, No. 23 Minnesota pulled out a 65-61 win over Indiana on Sunday. That statement was nearly unthinkable last season, as Banham and Zahui...

Postgame thoughts: Konate’s role growing, Mathieu moved to the bench

Published January 17, 2015

Taking a glance through the box score from Minnesota's 89-80 win against Rutgers on Saturday, Andre Hollins' 31 points stand out like a big beacon of hope for the Gophers who are still shooting...

Gophers nab first Big Ten win behind Hollins’ 31 points

Published January 17, 2015

The last few weeks have been rough for Andre Hollins. He shot 28 percent or lower in Minnesota’s first five conference games, all of which were losses. Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff hit a game-winning...

Williams likely to announce NFL decision this afternoon

Published January 2, 2015

Maxx Williams was mum after Minnesota's 33-17 loss to Missouri in yesterday's Citrus Bowl when asked if he'll remain with the Gophers or bolt for the NFL, but an announcement could be coming...

Column: Stop citing moral victories after another fourth quarter bowl game collapse

Published January 2, 2015

As the dust settled following a brutal 33-17 loss to Missouri in the Citrus Bowl on Thursday afternoon, Gophers fans took to social media to sound off as a season of growth came to a sour conclusion: “So...

Gophers pregame: Walker poised for clash with Purdue’s talented big men

Published December 31, 2014

Minnesota at Purdue Tip-off: 2:15 p.m. CT  T.V.: Big Ten Network  Before the season started, Minnesota’s Big Ten opener at Purdue on Wednesday projected to be a mouth-watering matchup between...

Column: Minnesota must stand out in Big Ten play

Published December 31, 2014

As the Badgers sauntered off of their home floor as double-digit losers to Duke earlier this month, this much became clear: the Big Ten is no longer college basketball’s top conference. Wisconsin...

Five takeaways: Minnesota routs Seattle University 92-57

Published December 20, 2014

It's winter break and I'll be about 1,000 miles away from Minnesota for the next three weeks. But that doesn't mean I can't still watch games on television and provide some insight. Until...

Morris gaining weight, responsibility

Published December 10, 2014

Carlos Morris leaned back in his chair and sighed. Positioned in front of his locker after a Friday game against Western Carolina, the junior guard-forward had just scored 16 points and helped Minnesota...

Gophers run past North Dakota

Published December 9, 2014

Minnesota trailed North Dakota 10-5 early Monday night, but those watching could tell the deficit wouldn’t last. Mo Walker was the reason for that. The redshirt senior center powered past North Dakota’s...

Pitino unable to look ahead to future games

Published December 8, 2014

Richard Pitino can’t afford to look ahead. Not when his team is second-worst at rebounding in its conference. Not when he has to implement a matchup zone defense if Carlos Morris isn’t on the...

Gophers land Citrus Bowl berth

Published December 8, 2014

It took four seasons, upset victories at Nebraska and Michigan, and Minnesota’s first AP top-25 ranking since 2008, but Jerry Kill’s team is finally in a New Year’s Day bowl game. Minnesota...

Gophers show defensive growth under Pitino

Published December 4, 2014

Carlos Morris looked like an octopus playing Wake Forest on Tuesday night, stretching his long arms to pick off passes left and right as the Gophers won 84-69. When the junior college transfer’s...

Gophers top Wake Forest

Published December 3, 2014

One day before facing Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Tuesday night, Mo Walker lamented Minnesota’s tendency to play stretches of games conservatively. “We just need to play more aggressive...

5 things to watch: Gophers at Wake Forest

Published December 2, 2014

Minnesota will play at Wake Forest on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The game can be seen on ESPNU and heard on 1500 ESPN. Here are five things to watch during the contest: 1....

Minnesota adjusts lineup without McNeil

Published December 2, 2014

With Daquein McNeil serving an indefinite suspension from all team activity, Minnesota is forced to move forward without a major piece of its rotation. “It certainly is a very difficult situation...

Gophers escape NYC with a win

Published December 1, 2014

Minnesota escaped its trip to New York City for the NIT Season Tip-Off with a .500 record and two sloppy second halves. The Gophers lost 70-61 to St. John’s at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday...

Gophers can’t claim Axe

Published December 1, 2014

MADISON, Wis. — Just over 15 minutes into Minnesota’s game at Wisconsin on Saturday, the Gophers had built up a 14-point lead. The Big Ten West was theirs, and it looked like the Gophers would...

Gophers fall 34-24 at Wisconsin

Published November 30, 2014

MADISON, Wis. — With David Cobb hobbled and likely limited coming into No. 22 Minnesota's clash at No. 14 Wisconsin for the Big Ten West title, it didn't look like the Gophers had much of...

Halftime Report: Gophers lead Badgers 17-13

Published November 29, 2014

  After speculation all week that running back David Cobb might miss today’s unofficial Big Ten West championship game, the senior has put the Gophers on his back en route to a 17-13 halftime...

Gophers, Badgers look to avoid postgame altercation

Published November 26, 2014

As the Badgers sprinted toward TCF Bank Stadium’s east end zone wielding Paul Bunyan’s Axe, the Gophers crowded in front of their goalpost in force. After winning the rivalry trophy, it has...

Minnesota heads back to the Garden

Published November 26, 2014

Minnesota will play St. John’s on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, which is arguably the most storied arena in basketball history. But for the Gophers, primetime matchups in New York...

Minnesota running back Donnell Kirkwood runs the ball Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Gophers’ Big Ten championship hopes still alive

Published November 24, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. — As Donnell Kirkwood trotted onto Tom Osborne Field with 1:19 remaining, there were just three words in his head. “Hold the ball,” he said. The redshirt senior running...

Halftime report: Gophers trail Nebraska 21-7

Published November 22, 2014

The Gophers trail Nebraska 21-7 at halftime after the Cornhuskers blocked a Ryan Santoso field goal attempt and returned it 85 yards for a touchdown.  Quarterback Mitch Leidner has used his legs to...

Young big men see valuable playing time in blowout win

Published November 21, 2014

After Minnesota had beaten Franklin Pierce 109-57 Thursday night at Williams Arena, Richard Pitino wasn't quite sure what to say. There wasn't much the second year head coach could take away from...

Minnesota center Elliott Eliason looks for a pass Tuesday at Williams Arena.

Big men look to improve rebounding

Published November 20, 2014

Richard Pitino has high hopes for his redshirt senior big men. Before the season, he said eight rebounds per game was a realistic average for Elliott Eliason. On Tuesday, he said he thinks Mo Walker is...

Minnesota running back David Cobb runsteh ball on Saturday TCF Bank Stadium.

Cobb on track to break rushing record

Published November 20, 2014

With at least three games left in his senior season, David Cobb is on the verge of getting his name in the record books. “If you told me two years ago I would be close to this, I wouldn’t believe...

Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah rushes for 165 yards on Saturday, Oct 26 against the Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium.

Minnesota aims to correct slow starts

Published November 19, 2014

Cameron Botticelli remembers the sequences well. In both of Minnesota’s Big Ten losses and in its closest win — a 39-38 shootout against Purdue — the Gophers’ defense came out slow...

Minnesota rolls past Western Kentucky in home opener

Published November 19, 2014

After Louisville thoroughly outplayed them last week in Puerto Rico, the Gophers rebounded from their season-opening loss with a 76-54 victory over Western Kentucky on Tuesday night at Williams Arena. The...

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

Gophers welcome tough opponent

Published November 18, 2014

Many Big Ten teams tip off their seasons with multiple games against inferior opponents. But after playing then-No. 8 Louisville in Puerto Rico on Friday, Minnesota will play another quality opponent —...

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett runs the ball on Saturday, Nov. 15 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Barrett outshines Leidner in loss

Published November 17, 2014

By the time the Gophers escaped the snow and filed through TCF Bank Stadium’s tunnel to their locker room, they had come within a few plays of defeating one of the best teams in the nation. But when...

Minnesota guard Andre Hollins pushes the ball up the court against Coastal Carolina on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 at Williams Arena.

Gophers lose to elder Pitino on big stage

Published November 17, 2014

When the Gophers lost to Louisville 81-68 in the Armed Forces Classic on Friday night during primetime on ESPN, they got an unusual amount of exposure. Before the contest, head coach Richard Pitino...

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett runs the ball on Saturday, Nov. 15 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Leidner outshined by Barrett in 31-24 loss

Published November 15, 2014

  By the time the Gophers escaped the snow and filed through TCF Bank Stadium’s tunnel toward their locker room, they had come within a play or two of beating one of the best teams in the nation. But...

Halftime Report: Gophers trail Louisville 43-30 in Puerto Rico

Published November 15, 2014

20 minutes into its game against Louisville in Puerto Rico, Minnesota is close to winning the turnover battle, Nate Mason looks much older than a freshman and Andre Hollins is back to his sharpshooting...

It’s Gophers basketball season and here’s everything you need to know about it

Published November 14, 2014

  The college basketball season officially begins tonight — and Minnesota is on center stage in a prime-time ESPN matchup against No. 8 Louisville. Stop pinching yourselves, Gophers fans.  Here...

Gophers defensive back Jalen Myrick returns a kick against Purdue on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Loss to TCU helps Gophers prep for OSU

Published November 13, 2014

The Gophers looked helpless when they lost to TCU 30-7 in September. David Cobb rushed for only 41 yards, Mitch Leidner threw three interceptions and cornerback Jalen Myrick couldn’t stop high-flying...

Minnesota forward Joey King goes up to block a shot at the game against Indiana on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2014 at Williams Arena.

Elite forward Harrell to challenge King

Published November 13, 2014

Last spring, Montrezl Harrell went back and forth with decisions about his future. He could have joined the heralded 2014 NBA Draft class, where he likely would have been a first-round pick, but he turned...

Head coach Richard Pitino and his father Rick Pitino

The Pitino system

Published November 13, 2014

Rick Pitino burst out of his seat in the final minutes of Minnesota's 65-63 NIT championship victory in April. The Louisville head coach was situated just behind the bench and his son, Richard, yelling...

Johnson to sign national letter of intent Wednesday

Published November 12, 2014

Richard Pitino and his coaching staff will charter a plane to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday for their Friday matchup with Louisville in the Armed Forces Classic.  But back in Minneapolis, coveted...

Gophers turn up Bierman to prepare for Puerto Rico

Published November 10, 2014

When Minnesota faces Louisville in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, on Friday night, the temperature will be around 80 degrees with 83 percent humidity.  But the Gophers practice gym at Bierman Field Athletic...

Pitino hopeful Mason and Walker will play against Louisville

Published November 10, 2014

Redshirt senior center Mo Walker and freshman guard Nate Mason will practice Monday after sitting out Minnesota's 95-68 exhibition win over Minnesota-Duluth on Thursday.  Walker, who head coach...

Guard Deandre Mathieu tries to escape a block on Thursday at Williams Arena. The Gophers won the preseason game against the UMD bulldogs 95-68.

Gophers flash defensive potential in rout

Published November 10, 2014

Before the Gophers pulled off their full-court press with about 13 minutes remaining in a 95-68 exhibition victory against Minnesota-Duluth on Thursday night, they flashed the defensive intensity coach...