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Gopher head coach Richard Pitino looks down the court on Tuesday, March 5 at Williams Arena.

Gophers hoping key transfers obtain waivers to become eligible in 2020-21

June 25, 2020

Following three busy months of roster turnover, it appears the roster for the Gophers men's basketball team for the 2020-21 season is now set. While it is known who will be part of the team, who will be...

Gopher fans cheer during the game against the Fairfield Stags in the first round of the NCAA tournament at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Dec. 6.

Athletics department, fans preparing for possibility of empty stadiums in the fall

June 22, 2020

While fall sports are scheduled to begin in a little over two months, much uncertainty still remains as to what the upcoming season will look like for programs across the nation. As student-athletes return...

Head Coach PJ Fleck leads the team out of the tunnel at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 9. The Gophers defeated Penn State 31-26 to bring their record to 9-0. A first since 1904.

A game-by-game breakdown of the Gophers’ 2020 schedule

June 18, 2020

With Gophers' football players slated to return to campus and Big Ten universities already beginning summer workouts, teams are prepping to play the 2020 season as scheduled. Minnesota is scheduled to...

Gopher head coach Richard Pitino looks down the court on Tuesday, March 5 at Williams Arena.

Gophers land Utah transfer Both Gach

June 15, 2020

On Monday, former Utah guard Both Gach announced his decision to transfer to the University of Minnesota and join the men's basketball team. Gach chose the Gophers over Auburn, Creighton, Iowa State and...

Gopher head coach Richard Pitino looks down the court on Tuesday, March 5 at Williams Arena.

Incoming freshmen bring needed skills to help Gophers’ men’s basketball

June 14, 2020

In the midst of an offseason full of roster turnover, the Gophers' men’s basketball team will call upon multiple newcomers to contribute on the court in 2020-21. Two players expected to make an impact...

Gophers Defensive Back Benjamin St-Juste leaps for an Auburn pass at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Minnesota holds a 24-17 lead over Auburn heading into the third quarter of the Outback Bowl. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Gophers’ defense will rely on familiar faces to take on increased roles in 2020

June 8, 2020

Serving as the backbone during the Gophers' 11-2 campaign in 2019, Minnesota's defense featured several experienced players who comprised a strong core for the unit. Heading into the upcoming season, the...

Outfielder Drew Hmielewski runs for first base at Siebert Field on Friday, March 29. Eli Wilson's home run in the bottom of the tenth inning lead the Gophers to a 5-2 win over Nebraska.

Minnesota’s student athletes continue to make strides academically

June 4, 2020

Gophers student-athletes rank among the University's most recognizable figures. Thousands of supporters attend their events or tune in on television each year. However, when away from the spotlight, they...

Gopher head coach Richard Pitino looks down the court on Tuesday, March 5 at Williams Arena.

Recapping another eventful month for Gophers men’s basketball

May 31, 2020

As June begins, the outlook for the Gophers' men's basketball team in 2020-21 is beginning to come into focus. A pivotal offseason that ensued following the 2019-20 campaign's abrupt end has held multiple...

Gophers Head Coach P.J. Fleck talks to reporters after the game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Minnesota took the bowl game with a 31-24 win over the Auburn Tigers. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Talented 2021 recruiting class has Gophers optimistic about football program’s future

May 7, 2020

Gophers football reached a level of success in 2019 that the program had not experienced in generations. Minnesota had the best season since 1904, ended the season ranked in the AP Top 10 for the first...

Gophers fill roster voids after key departures

Gophers fill roster voids after key departures

April 30, 2020

When college basketball resumes, fans at the Barn will again have to familiarize themselves with some new faces. Throughout the past six weeks, multiple transfers have had their names linked to Minnesota....

A Gophers football player watches from the sidelines during a game on Sept. 16, 2017.

Draft day success another sign of Gopher football’s ascension

April 27, 2020

In the four NFL Drafts from 2016 through 2019, four Minnesota players heard their names called. Over the three-day event in 2020, teams selected five Gophers, the most in a single draft since 1990. Since...

Gophers Head Coach John Anderson observes the game and provides feedback to players at U.S Bank Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 29. The Gophers fell to Duke 3-7.

With season canceled, Gophers learning lessons that transcend baseball

April 27, 2020

For most teams, seasons end on the field, either in defeat or with a championship. It is rare that, midway through the schedule, the remainder of the year's games are ripped away. But that is the reality...

Defensive back Chris Williamson tackles Purdue during the game on Saturday, Nov. 10 at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers beat the Boilermakers 41-10. 

Gophers cornerback Chris Williamson selected in seventh round of NFL Draft

April 25, 2020

Saturday proved a busy day for Minnesota prospects and that continued until the final stages of the NFL Draft. Cornerback Chris Williamson became the fourth Gopher selected on the afternoon, the fifth...

Linebacker Carter Coughlin takes a sip of water on the sidelines at Ross-Ade Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. The Gophers earned a 38-31 victory over Purdue.

Carter Coughlin becomes fourth Gopher selected in 2020 NFL Draft

April 25, 2020

The NFL Draft continued on Saturday afternoon, seeing another Gopher selected. This time, linebacker Carter Coughlin heard his name called as the fourth pick of the seventh round.  The New York Giants...

Linebackers Jonathan Celestin, Kamal Martin and Thomas Barber run into formation on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers defeated Illinois 24-17 during the homecoming game.

Kamal Martin selected in fifth round of NFL draft

April 25, 2020

Gophers linebacker Kamal Martin became the second Gopher selected on Saturday, getting drafted late in the fifth round of the NFL Draft. The Burnsville, Minnesota native will head across the border to...

Gophers Wide Receiver Tyler Johnson receives a pass in the endzone at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Minnesota holds a 24-17 lead over Auburn heading into the third quarter of the Outback Bowl. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Gophers’ Tyler Johnson selected 161st overall in NFL Draft

April 25, 2020

Following a four-season career with the Gophers which saw him set multiple school records, wide receiver Tyler Johnson took the next step towards realizing his dream of playing in the NFL on Saturday....

Gophers Head Coach P.J. Fleck converses with Defensive Back Antoine Winfield Jr. at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Minnesota holds a 24-17 lead over Auburn heading into the third quarter of the Outback Bowl. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Gophers’ Antoine Winfield Jr. in NFL Draft

April 25, 2020

Although no team drafted safety Antoine Winfield Jr. during the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft on Thursday, he did not have to wait much longer.  Winfield heard his name called Friday night.  The...

Gophers Head Coach P.J. Fleck converses with a referee at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Minnesota holds a 24-17 lead over Auburn heading into the third quarter of the Outback Bowl. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

No Gophers selected in the first round of 2020 NFL Draft

April 24, 2020

Coming off its most successful football season in decades, Minnesota is expected to see multiple players selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. However, the Gophers prospects will have to wait  a little...

Gophers Head Coach P.J. Fleck converses with Defensive Back Antoine Winfield Jr. at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Minnesota holds a 24-17 lead over Auburn heading into the third quarter of the Outback Bowl. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Q&A: Daniel House previews NFL draft outlook for Minnesota’s prospects

April 23, 2020

Earlier this week, the Minnesota Daily spoke with Daniel House to discuss what the Gophers' top prospects can expect in this NFL draft, which begins Thursday night and continues through Saturday. House...

Gophers Head Coach Richard Pitino looks on from the sidelines during a free throw attempt at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 26. The Gophers entered the second half with a 47-31 lead over the Maryland Terrapins.

Roster change, uncertainty keeping Richard Pitino busy

April 17, 2020

Even without the NCAA Tournament, much has transpired over the past month in the college basketball world. The Gophers are no exception, with two players declaring for the NBA Draft, one entering the transfer...

Players on the Gophers bench observe those on the court at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Minnesota defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 75-69.

Gophers land grad transfer Brandon Johnson from Western Michigan

April 10, 2020

The Gophers added another player to their 2020-21 roster on Thursday, landing graduate transfer Brandon Johnson from Western Michigan University. He is the second transfer Minnesota has landed in the past...

Guard Payton Willis brings the ball up the court at Williams Arena on Sunday, Nov. 24. The Gophers defeated North Dakota 79-56.

Gophers guard Payton Willis to transfer

April 9, 2020

A busy day continued on Thursday for the Gophers. Shortly after graduate transfer Brandon Johnson announced he would join the program, guard Payton Willis announced his decision to transfer elsewhere. Willis...

Coach Ed Conroy speaks to players.

Gophers promote Ed Conroy to men’s basketball associate head coach

April 6, 2020

On Saturday, the Gophers men's basketball team announced the promotion of Ed Conroy to associate head coach. Conroy received the promotion after spending four seasons as an assistant to head coach Richard...

Gopher head coach Richard Pitino looks down the court on Tuesday, March 5 at Williams Arena.

Gophers land Drake transfer Liam Robbins

April 6, 2020

The Gophers addressed one of their biggest offseason needs on Sunday, receiving a commitment from Drake transfer Liam Robbins. A 7-foot center, Robbins announced his decision to join Minnesota just one...

Gophers Infielder Zack Raabe makes a catch at U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. The Gophers fell to Duke 3-7.

Zack Raabe enjoyed breakout success in shortened 2020 season

April 3, 2020

When the 2020 season came to a sudden end, sophomore Zack Raabe had no idea he ranked near the top of Division I in batting average. At the time the season was called off, Raabe was hitting .463, which...

High school teammates reunited after taking different paths to Minnesota

April 1, 2020

Last fall, a trio of Mountain Vista High School alumni set foot on campus to join the University of Minnesota baseball team. The paths they took to get there were all unique but led to the same place. Two...

Gophers Guard Marcus Carr dribbles the ball up the court at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 26. The Gophers went into the second half with a 47-31 lead over the Maryland Terrapins.

Gophers’ Marcus Carr declares for NBA Draft

March 31, 2020

Gophers' redshirt sophomore guard Marcus Carr announced his decision to declare for the 2020 NBA Draft on social media Monday night. The decision comes one week after teammate, sophomore Daniel Oturu,...

Drake Davis winds up to throw a pitch.

After facing several obstacles, Drake Davis determined to overcome suspended season

March 27, 2020

During his first two seasons of college, redshirt sophomore Drake Davis got all too accustomed to waiting. In 2020, the right-hander finally made his collegiate debut. But with the season cut short, he...

Center Daniel Oturu looks to dunk at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The Gophers beat the Badgers 70-52.

Gophers’ Daniel Oturu declares for NBA Draft

March 23, 2020

Following a dominant sophomore season, Gophers center Daniel Oturu will be leaving the University of Minnesota early to turn pro. According to reports from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Oturu has made the...

Head Coach Richard Pitino observes the game at Williams Arena on Monday, Dec. 2.

Gophers men’s basketball entering pivotal offseason

March 19, 2020

It is a time of unprecedented uncertainty across the sports landscape. However, many knew weeks ago that the Gophers men's basketball team would enter the offseason with many crucial questions in need...

Gophers Center Daniel Oturu dunks the ball at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 15.  Minnesota defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 75-69. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament canceled amid COVID-19 pandemic

March 12, 2020

Wednesday, the Gophers earned a 74-57 victory over Northwestern which they thought would extend their Big Ten Tournament run another day. Thursday, the conference decided that Minnesota, along with the...

Gophers Guard Marcus Carr dribbles the ball up the court at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 26. The Gophers went into the second half with a 47-31 lead over the Maryland Terrapins.

Gophers ride strong second half to victory in opening round of Big Ten Tournament

March 12, 2020

On Wednesday, Minnesota opened the Big Ten Tournament fighting to keep its season alive. The Gophers swept their first round opponent, Northwestern, in the regular season, but the Wildcats had confidence...

Gophers Pitcher Trent Schoeberl scans the field at U.S. Bank Stadium on Tuesday, March 3.

Minnesota drops baseball series against Utah

March 10, 2020

The Gopher baseball team dropped a home series against Utah over the weekend, losing the final two games against the Utes after winning off a strong pitching performance Friday night. Friday — Minnesota...

Forward Michael Hurt attempts to block a shot by SC Upstate at Williams Arena on Friday, Nov. 10.

Gophers rout Nebraska on Senior Day, 107-75

March 8, 2020

Minnesota overcame its recent struggles to close out the regular season with a victory on senior day. Against a depleted Nebraska team, the Gophers eclipsed 100 points for the first time since Nov. 6,...

Forward Michael Hurt attempts to block a shot by SC Upstate at Williams Arena on Friday, Nov. 10.

Sunday offers one final chance for seniors to play in front of home fans

March 7, 2020

The Gophers' 2016 recruiting class will be remembered as an important one for the program. The highest touted recruit, Amir Coffey, chose to forgo his final year of eligibility and currently plays for...

Center Daniel Oturu jumps for a rebound at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 19. The Gophers fell to Indiana 68-56.

Gophers play from behind, fall to Indiana 72-67

March 5, 2020

On their final road trip of the regular season, the Gophers tried to put a week of disappointment behind them and finish strong before the Big Ten Tournament. Instead, Wednesday was another evening of...

Sophomore Sam Thoresen pitches during the game North Dakota State University on Tuesday, April 9.

Gophers host trio of ACC opponents in Cambria College Classic

March 4, 2020

The Gophers hosted the Cambria College Classic over the weekend, a six-team, three-day round robin tournament at U.S. Bank Stadium. In addition to Minnesota, participants featured Iowa and Purdue from...

Close calls, missed opportunities story of Gophers’ season

March 3, 2020

With one game remaining in the regular season, the Gophers currently have a sub-.500 record, meaning anything short of an unlikely run to the Big Ten Tournament Championship will see them miss the NCAA...

Center Daniel Oturu receives a pass at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The Gophers beat the Badgers 70-52.

Gophers drop back-and-forth match against Wisconsin, 71-69

March 2, 2020

Four days removed from a crushing defeat at home that likely dashed Minnesota's hopes of an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament, the Gophers were playing for bragging rights on Sunday, going for a road...

Freshman Isaiah Ihnen looks to pass the ball at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb 19.

Gophers give up 17-point lead as NCAA Tournament hopes vanish against No. 9 Maryland

February 27, 2020

On Wednesday night, Minnesota had one last opportunity to save their chances of an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament. The Gophers saw that bubble burst as a last-second 3-pointer handed them a heart-breaking...

Gophers and Cambria College Classic

February 27, 2020

Wednesday - Minnesota 4, South Dakota St. 2 In a warm-up before the Cambria College Classic, the Gophers secured a 4-2 win over South Dakota State Wednesday. After a weekend in which Minnesota's pitching...

Center Daniel Oturu shoots the ball at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Minnesota connections highlight ‘Border Battle’ rivalry with Wisconsin

February 27, 2020

Barring an improbable win streak, it appears the Gophers' chances of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament are now slim. That does not mean they won't have plenty to play for on Sunday when they travel east...

Max Meyer watches the ball at Siebert Field on Tuesday, April 9.

Gophers face Twins, lose series to TCU

February 26, 2020

Minnesota could not find many hits or score runs against the Minnesota Twins and the TCU Horned Frogs, resulting in three losses in four games over the weekend.  Friday - Gophers 0, Twins 16 The Gophers...

Center Daniel Oturu jumps for a rebound at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 19. The Gophers fell to Indiana 68-56.

Gophers cruise to road victory against Northwestern

February 24, 2020

Down to their final five games of the year and sitting one game under .500, the Gophers entered Sunday in need of a victory to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive. Unable to afford another slip-up,...

Guard Gabe Kalscheur drives the ball through the defenders at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Gophers shooting disappears down the stretch in 68-56 defeat to Indiana

February 20, 2020

Running out of opportunities and losing ground in the Big Ten standings, Minnesota needed to defend its home court on Wednesday against Indiana to get back on track in the quest for a NCAA Tournament bid. They...

Guard Bryan Greenlee looks on from the sidelines at Williams Arena on Monday, Dec. 2.

Gophers freshmen starting to see increased role

February 20, 2020

On head coach Richard Pitino's most successful teams at Minnesota, freshmen have always made an impact. Amir Coffey and Eric Curry played significant roles on the 2016-17 NCAA Tournament team, as did Daniel...

5Sophomore Max Meyer pitches the ball on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Siebert Field. The Gophers beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 5-4 in the bottom of the 18th inning. 

Minnesota baseball opens up season in Arizona

February 18, 2020

While the Twin Cities are still in the clutches of winter weather, Minnesota's baseball team traveled south over the weekend where they found green grass, blue skies and brown infield dirt to begin the...

Players on the Gophers bench observe those on the court at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Minnesota defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 75-69.

Late scoring drought dooms Gophers in 58-55 loss to Iowa

February 17, 2020

With 5:25 remaining, Minnesota found itself in position to secure a much-needed victory in front of a sold-out home crowd. Instead, a late offensive slump proved costly as victory slipped away from the...

Gophers Forward Alihan Demir attempts a dunk at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 15.  Minnesota defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 75-69. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Alihan Demir provides Gophers with front court consistency

February 13, 2020

When senior Alihan Demir transferred to Minnesota, the Gophers did not expect him to become a fixture in the starting lineup. Now, 23 games into the season, Demir has started in all but one. Demir, a native...

Center Daniel Oturu does a layup at Williams Arena on Monday, Dec. 2. The Gophers defeated Clemson 78-60.

Comeback effort falls short as Gophers drop road game to Penn State

February 9, 2020

Fresh off of a dominant performance against Wisconsin on Wednesday, Minnesota had another chance to climb the standings in the Big Ten with a victory on Saturday. Although the final score would suggest...

Guard Payton Willis brings the ball up the court at Williams Arena on Sunday, Nov. 24. The Gophers defeated North Dakota 79-56.

Gophers victorious in ‘Border Battle’ 70-52

February 6, 2020

Entering Wednesday, Minnesota had not defeated Wisconsin at The Barn since 2014. While defeating their border rivals may have carried extra importance to the Gophers, the more important streak they needed...

Gophers Forward Jarvis Omersa lays up the ball at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 15.  Minnesota defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 75-69. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Sophomore Jarvis Omersa energizes the Gophers

February 6, 2020

Jarvis Omersa is tough to miss. The 6-foot-6 sophomore with bleached-blonde hair is easy to spot on the court, either sprinting up the court to catch an alley-oop or cheering on his teammates from the...

Forward Alihan Demir fights for the ball at Williams Arena on Sunday, Jan. 26. The Gophers lost to the Michigan State Spartans 70-52.

Gophers drop low-scoring affair to No. 19 Illinois

January 31, 2020

Coming off its first home loss of the conference season, Minnesota's schedule did them no favors as the team faced a road test against one of the toughest opponents in the Big Ten. Following a similar...

Center Daniel Oturu drives the ball through a defender at Williams Arena on Sunday, Jan. 26. The Gophers lost to the Michigan State Spartans 70-52.

Road games will determine Gophers’ NCAA Tournament fate

January 30, 2020

In college basketball, earning a victory in another team's arena is never easy. It's a fact that Gophers head coach Richard Pitino is well aware of. His teams have gone 2-9 in true road games each of the...

Gophers Guard Marcus Carr makes his way down the court at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 15.  Minnesota defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 75-69. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Offensive struggles too much for Gophers to overcome against Michigan State

January 27, 2020

On Thursday, a 62-59 road victory gave Minnesota a season sweep over Ohio State. Against Michigan State on Sunday, the Gophers found themselves on the opposite end of the same scenario. For the first time...

Gophers Guard Marcus Carr drives past a defender at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 15.  Minnesota defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 75-69. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Gophers men’s basketball erase 11-point second-half deficit to top Ohio State, 62-59

January 24, 2020

Since Minnesota upset Ohio State, then-ranked No. 3, on Dec. 15, the Buckeyes had been reeling, dropping five of their past eight games. On Thursday, redshirt sophomore Marcus Carr, who had a big game...

Gophers Center Daniel Oturu dunks the ball at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 15.  Minnesota defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 75-69. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

In sophomore season, Daniel Oturu has established himself as one of the nation’s best centers

January 23, 2020

Prior to the 2019-20 season, the Gophers knew their front court production would rely heavily on the play of sophomore Daniel Oturu.  Although Oturu turned in a solid freshman campaign in a complementary...

Gophers Center Daniel Oturu pushes past a defender for a layup at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 15.  Minnesota defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 75-69. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Gophers struggle offensively, drop road tilt with Rutgers 64-56

January 20, 2020

In past years, Minnesota may have looked at a trip to Rutgers as an ideal opportunity to pick up a victory on the road. However, the Gophers knew that this season they would receive a battle from a Scarlet...

Gophers battle back in second half for 75-69 victory over Penn State

January 16, 2020

In a hyper-competitive Big Ten, defending home court has become essential. Coming off on a victory over Michigan at The Barn on Sunday, the Gophers once again fought back from a first-half deficit to claim...

Center Daniel Oturu does a layup at Williams Arena on Monday, Dec. 2. The Gophers defeated Clemson 78-60.

Michigan State pulls away late from Gophers, 74-58

January 11, 2020

In Minnesota's last road game on Jan. 2, the Gophers hung close with Purdue before running out of energy and falling 83-78 in double overtime. On Thursday, they once again battled tough in a hostile environment,...

Defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr. celebrates after a tackle on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. The Gophers beat Buffalo 17 to 7.

Gophers all-American safety Antoine Winfield Jr. declares for NFL Draft

January 9, 2020

After a prolific redshirt sophomore season, Gophers safety Antoine Winfield Jr. announced on Instagram that he was declaring for the 2020 NFL Draft. In 2019, Winfield played an integral role on Minnesota's...

Guard Bryan Greenlee looks on from the sidelines at Williams Arena on Monday, Dec. 2.

Gophers’ men’s basketball leans on balanced offense in 77-68 victory over Northwestern

January 6, 2020

In a draining double-overtime loss at Purdue on Thursday, sophomores Daniel Oturu, Gabe Kalscheur and redshirt sophomore Marcus Carr accounted for 69 of Minnesota's 78 points. Against Northwestern, a more...

Gophers Wide Receiver Tyler Johnson receives a pass in the endzone at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Minnesota holds a 24-17 lead over Auburn heading into the third quarter of the Outback Bowl. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Tyler Johnson caps historic career with big afternoon in Outback Bowl

January 2, 2020

The ascension of Minnesota football this season coincided with a potent passing attack that featured two first-team All-Big Ten receivers in Tyler Johnson and Rashod Bateman. In the Outback Bowl against...

Gophers crush Florida International 89-62 to finish non-conference play

December 28, 2019

One week removed from a 20-point victory over Oklahoma State in Tulsa, OK, the Gophers closed out the 2019 calendar year and their non-conference schedule with a home game against Florida International. Facing...

Wide receiver Seth Green hypes the team up before the start of the game at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 30.

Gophers offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca departing for Penn State

December 26, 2019

After another successful season in Minneapolis, offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca has accepted the vacant offensive coordinator position at Penn State. Ciarrocca is leaving Minnesota to join the Nittany...

Guard Gabe Kalscheur goes for a layup at Williams Arena on Sunday, Nov. 24. The Gophers defeated North Dakota 79-56.

Gophers lean on Kalscheur’s hot shooting in 86-66 victory over Oklahoma State

December 22, 2019

In Minnesota's 84-71 upset against No. 3 Ohio State on Dec. 15, redshirt sophomore Marcus Carr powered the offense by scoring 35 points. On Saturday's matchup against Oklahoma State, it was two other sophomores,...

Guard Marcus Carr brings the ball up the court at Williams Arena on Monday, Dec. 2.

Marcus Carr leads Gophers to upset over No. 3 Ohio State

December 16, 2019

Coming off of a 20-point defeat at Iowa on Dec. 9, there was little reason to believe the Gophers would improve to .500 in conference play as they faced one of the nation's best teams on Sunday. Nevertheless,...

Guard Gabe Kalscheur brings the ball up the court at Williams Arena on Monday, Dec. 2.

Non-conference schedule provides Gophers’ men’s basketball with early challenges

December 12, 2019

It is no secret that the Big Ten, a conference that sent eight teams to the NCAA Tournament a year ago, is one of the most competitive leagues in college basketball. This year, however, head coach Richard...

Head Coach P.J. Fleck runs onto the field before the start of the game at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 30.

Questions from the other side: Jake Weese from The Auburn Plainsman

December 12, 2019

The Minnesota Daily called up Jake Weese, sports writer for The Auburn Plainsman, the student newspaper of Auburn University, to preview the Gophers' Outback Bowl matchup against the Auburn Tigers on New...

Quick Hitters: Gophers historic season comes up one victory short of Big Ten Championship game

December 11, 2019

Final Record: 10-2 For the first time since 1905, Minnesota secured a 10-win regular season and will play in a New Year's Day Bowl game for the first time in five years. An 11-game winning streak carried...

Center Daniel Oturu does a layup at Williams Arena on Monday, Dec. 2. The Gophers defeated Clemson 78-60.

Gophers’ offense out of sorts in 72-52 defeat against Iowa

December 10, 2019

After going .500 in non-conference play to open the season, the Gophers men's basketball team began their Big Ten schedule on Monday hoping to win their first road game of the season.  However, inconsistency...

Guard Marcus Carr brings the ball up the court at Williams Arena on Monday, Dec. 2.

Transfers Payton Willis and Marcus Carr have reshaped the Gophers’ offense

December 5, 2019

With the departures of Amir Coffey and Dupree McBrayer, the Gophers knew they would need two new starters at guard for the 2019-20 season. Luckily, the replacements for the long-time starters have already...

Guard Marcus Carr jumps to shoot the ball at Williams Arena on Monday, Dec. 2. The Gophers defeated Clemson 78-60.

Gophers’ men’s basketball solid from start to finish in 78-60 victory over Clemson

December 3, 2019

Coming off of a 73-68 defeat against DePaul, the Gophers had one more opportunity to defeat a major conference opponent before the start of Big Ten play when they hosted Clemson on Monday. Shooting 53.8%...

Gophers come up short of division title in 38-17 blowout loss to Wisconsin

December 1, 2019

 A morning of excitement and anticipation for Gophers fans turned into an evening of disappointment as Minnesota's regular season ended on the doorstep of the Big Ten Championship game. Paul Bunyan's...

Linebacker Carter Coughlin takes a sip of water on the sidelines at Ross-Ade Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. The Gophers earned a 38-31 victory over Purdue.

For Gophers’ seniors, playing in national spotlight is the culmination of long journey

November 27, 2019

Over the past four seasons, the Gophers have won 30 games, but on Saturday, Minnesota's seniors will try to win the biggest game yet. This year's senior day matchup will be the first time since 2004 that...

Guard Payton Willis brings the ball up the court at Williams Arena on Sunday, Nov. 24. The Gophers defeated North Dakota 79-56.

Sophomores power Gophers to 79-56 victory over North Dakota

November 25, 2019

Fresh off of a 82-57 victory over Central Michigan on Thursday, the Gophers returned to action at The Barn against North Dakota on Sunday. Leaning on a trio of sophomores, Minnesota secured their second...

Gophers slight underdogs at home with ‘The Axe’ and Big Ten West title at stake

November 25, 2019

It's difficult to overstate exactly how much is on the line in No. 9 Minnesota's (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten) regular season finale against No. 13 Wisconsin (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten). A victory will send the Gophers to...

Last time they met: “The Axe is back”

November 25, 2019

Final: Minnesota 37, Wisconsin 15 Preceding the 2018 regular season finale, it seemed unlikely that the Gophers would secure their sixth victory of the season to reach bowl eligibility. To do so would...

Quarterback Tanner Morgan looks to throw the ball at Ryan Field during the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday, Nov. 23. The Gophers earned a 38-22 victory bringing their record to 10-1.

Morgan throws four touchdowns to lead Gophers past Northwestern

November 24, 2019

On the final drive of Minnesota's 23-19 loss at Iowa last week, quarterback Tanner Morgan absorbed a hard hit from Hawkeyes defensive end A.J. Epenesa. After trainers attended to him on the field, Morgan...

Guard Marcus Carr drives towards the hoop at Williams Arena on Thursday, Nov. 21.

Gophers end three-game losing skid with 82-57 victory over Central Michigan

November 22, 2019

Following a three-game losing streak, the Gophers returned to Williams Arena for the first time since Nov. 5 on Thursday to tip off a four-game homestand.  In front of the home fans, Minnesota (2-3)...

Linebacker Thomas Barber recovers a fumble on Saturday, Oct. 6. at TCF Bank Stadium. The Hawkeyes defeated the Gophers 48-31.

Coming from a lineage of Gophers, Thomas Barber is among team’s senior leaders

November 21, 2019

If anybody was ever truly born to be a Gopher, they would be senior Thomas Barber. Nearing the end of his college career, the linebacker is adding to a family legacy and playing a key role on a team that...

Minnesota falls 23-19 at Iowa in first defeat of the season

November 17, 2019

 Last week, the Gophers upended No. 5 Penn State's perfect season with a 31-26 victory at TCF Bank Stadium. On Saturday, Minnesota was on the receiving end of an upset. A perfect season was not to...

Center Daniel Oturu leaps to block an opponent at Williams Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The Gophers went on to defeat Cleveland State 85-50.

Gophers can’t overcome slow start in 73-69 defeat at Utah

November 16, 2019

On Friday night, the Gophers played their third game in six days — all in different stadiums and not including The Barn. After falling 64-56 against Butler in Indianapolis on Tuesday, Minnesota traveled...

Head Coach PJ Fleck leads the team out of the tunnel at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 9. The Gophers defeated Penn State 31-26 to bring their record to 9-0. A first since 1904.

At 9-0, Gophers continue to reach new heights

November 14, 2019

On Nov. 12, 1904, less than a week after Theodore Roosevelt was reelected for a second term as president of the United States, Minnesota defeated Wisconsin 28-0, improving to 9-0 on the season. Not until...

Gopher head coach Richard Pitino looks down the court on Tuesday, March 5 at Williams Arena.

Gophers drop second-straight game, 64-56 to Butler

November 13, 2019

Following a victory at home and a neutral-site loss in Sioux Falls, S.D., the Gophers men's basketball team took on Butler for their first true-road test of the season at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis,...

Guard Gabe Kalsheur shoots at Williams Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The Gophers went on to defeat Cleveland State 85-50.

Gophers’ offense fades late in 71-62 loss to Oklahoma

November 10, 2019

With the football team's victory earlier in the day, it was already an exciting sports day on the University of Minnesota campus. But 236 miles southwest of Minneapolis, the men's basketball team had an...

Quarterback Tanner Morgan looks to throw the ball at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Gophers’ passing attack fuels victory over Penn State

November 9, 2019

Tasked with breaking down a strong Penn State defense that averaged 68.4 rushing yards per game going in to Saturday, it seemed likely Minnesota would need production from their passing attack to prevail...

Ben Elliot, left, the bone marrow donor, and Doug Parisano, right. Courtesy of Gina Elliot.

Minnesota vs. Penn State game holds extra significance for two ‘blood brothers’

November 7, 2019

When Minnesota and Penn State meet on the gridiron this weekend, it will be the second time in 45 years that two undefeated Big Ten teams have met this late in the season. TCF Bank Stadium seems like an...

Gophers shoot their way to victory in season opener

November 6, 2019

On Tuesday night, Minnesota's men's basketball team began their quest for a second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance against Cleveland State.  The Gophers gave fans at The Barn a first look at...

Head Coach P.J. Fleck prepares to run onto the field with the Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 26. The Gophers defeated Maryland 52-10 bringing their record to 8-0.

Fleck signs seven-year extension to remain with the Gophers

November 5, 2019

Ahead of its meeting with No. 5 Penn State on Saturday, the University of Minnesota announced a contract extension with football head coach P.J. Fleck, pending Board of Regents approval. The University...

Gophers take another step forward with victory over Maryland

November 5, 2019

Final: Minnesota 52 - Maryland 10 Minnesota scored the game's first 28 points and never let up, remaining unbeaten in 2019 to arrange a matchup of undefeated teams as Penn State comes to Minneapolis this...

Looking forward: Gophers football’s toughest challenges lie ahead

November 3, 2019

It has been a historic first two months of the season for Gophers football. Minnesota sits at 8-0 (5-0 Big Ten) for the first time since 1941 and has a two game lead in the Big Ten West with four weeks...

Guard Marcus Carr drives towards the hoop during the Gophers' exhibition game against Southwest Minnesota State at Williams Arena on Monday, Oct 28. The Gophers won 73-48.

Men’s basketball season preview: Minnesota looking to forge new identity

October 31, 2019

Last season was a successful one for Minnesota men's basketball: a 22-14 overall record, an appearance in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament and a victory in the NCAA Tournament — the program's...

Gopher head coach Richard Pitino looks down the court on Tuesday, March 5 at Williams Arena.

Gophers provide glimpse at new-look roster in exhibition game

October 29, 2019

Coming off a season in which they won their first NCAA Tournament game since 2013, the Gophers men's basketball team entered Monday's season-opening exhibition game with a roster featuring seven newcomers. Minnesota...

Gophers keep rolling, trounce Maryland 52-10

October 27, 2019

While Saturday's weather was pleasantly warm for late October, the Gophers' play remained red hot as they defeated Maryland 52-10 to remain undefeated. Minnesota out-gained Maryland 498-210 in terms of...

Defensive back Benjamin St-Juste, right, raises his arm with his teammates at Ross-Ade Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 28. (Courtesy of Brad Rempel / Gopher Sports)

Benjamin St-Juste’s unconventional path to Minnesota is paying off

October 24, 2019

Through the first seven games of 2019, Minnesota's secondary has quietly put together one of the strongest seasons of any of the team's position groups. The Gophers currently rank No. 7 in the Footbal...

Daily Breakdown: Gophers significant favorites once again versus Maryland

October 22, 2019

Since winning its first two games of the season by a combined score of 142-20, Maryland (3-4, 1-3 Big Ten) has struggled, dropping four of its last five contests. Meanwhile, Minnesota (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten)...

Last time between Minnesota and Maryland

October 21, 2019

Final: Maryland 42, Minnesota 13 The Gophers' second-ever visit to Maryland Stadium marked the start of what would become a four-game losing streak for the team as Minnesota dropped its first game of the...

The Gophers tackle Rutgers' ball carrier at SHI Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 20. They defeated the Scarlet Knights 42-7 bringing their record to 7-0. (Courtesy of Dustin Niles / The Daily Targum)

Gophers’ defense stifles Rutgers in lopsided victory

October 20, 2019

In the team's first ever visit to Piscataway, New Jersey, Minnesota's defense led the way to victory, building upon its dominant performances from the prior two weeks. The Gophers defense had no difficulties...