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Schwark earns All-Big Ten Honors for second consecutive season

Published April 29, 2008

Minnesota men's tennis player Raoul Schwark was named to the All-Big Ten men's tennis team this week. The senior from Dalheim, Germany is the first Gophers player to achieve the honor since 2004 to earn...

For Risebrough, sports run in the family

Published April 11, 2008

The daughter of a professional hockey player with six Stanley Cups to his name, Lindsay Risebrough, not surprisingly, felt comfortable on the ice from a young age. Risebrough, whose father is former Montreal...

‘Dangerous’ Gophers pick up pair

Published April 7, 2008

Minnesota men's tennis coach Geoff Young did not hesitate. up next northwestern what: Men's tennis when: Noon, Saturday where: Evanston, Ill. Before the Gophers set out to play a pair of conference...

Terps too much for Gophers in first round

Published March 24, 2008

The journey is over. The Minnesota men's basketball team lost to Maryland 68-58 in the opening round of the National Invitational Tournament Tuesday night at Williams Arena, ending Tubby Smith's first...

Men hit a new snag with Big Ten foes

Published March 24, 2008

Sometime over the last two months - between road trips to Arizona, Texas, Idaho and California - the Minnesota men's tennis team went from a squad looking to make its 14th NCAA tournament appearance in...

Gophers downed at home in opening round

Published March 23, 2008

The journey is over. The Minnesota men's basketball team lost to Maryland 68-58 in the opening round of the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) Tuesday night at Williams Arena - ending Tubby Smith's...

Williams lawsuit dismissed

Published March 21, 2008

The Hennepin County District Court has dismissed all claims brought by Jimmy Williams against the University and athletic director Joel Maturi, University of Minnesota General Counsel Mark Rotenberg announced...

Miracle shot sends Gophers to semis

Published March 21, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS - He did it, again. Minnesota freshman shooting guard Blake Hoffarber hit a running jumper as time expired Friday night at Conseco Fieldhouse, sending the sixth-seeded Gophers to a 59-58 upset...

Gophers NIT-bound

Published March 21, 2008

The Minnesota men's basketball team isn't calling it a season just yet. The Gophers ñ who lost to Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament Semis Saturday afternoon ñ aren't heading to the NCAA tournament,...

Minn. survives scare and advances to play Indiana

Published March 14, 2008

.INDIANAPOLIS - After a midseason loss, Minnesota men's basketball coach Tubby Smith said his team is like Dr. Jekyll at one moment and Mr. Hyde at another. The Gophers brought their multiple personalities...

Minnesota bounced by Illini

Published March 14, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS - If the Minnesota men's basketball team was thought to be a team of destiny after the heroics of freshman guard Blake Hoffarber Friday night, that notion was dropped ñ with the Gophers NCAA...

Minn. hoping Wildcats are first of four

Published March 13, 2008

After letting signature wins slip through its grasp on numerous occasions during the regular season, the Minnesota men's basketball team needs to win the Big Ten tournament, or at the very least make it...

White unanimous selection for Big Ten Player of the Year

Published March 11, 2008

The Big Ten's top four teams - No. 8 Wisconsin, No. 17 Purdue, No. 22 Indiana and No. 19 Michigan State - are all set to make it into the NCAA tournament. According to ESPN.com bracketologist Joe Lundari,...

Off to 8-1 start, Minnesota heads into possibly toughest weekend of play yet

Published February 29, 2008

The way Minnesota women's tennis coach Tyler Thomson sees things, his team is just as talented as nearly every opponent remaining on the Gophers' schedule. What will decide how well Minnesota does between...

Minnesota in need of big win over Ohio State at Williams this weekend

Published February 29, 2008

After letting yet another chance at a signature win go astray, the Minnesota men's basketball team is on the brink of being eliminated from NCAA tournament discussion. When the Gophers fell to No. 16 Purdue...

Final two weeks will decide Gophers’ fate

Published February 27, 2008

The final two weeks of the regular season for the Minnesota men's basketball team could be appropriately renamed "The Last Stand." With four games remaining, time is running out for the Gophers to pick...

Smith, Gophers doing best to reward fans for dedication

Published February 26, 2008

Minnesota men's basketball coach Tubby Smith has accomplished plenty in his first year at the helm of the Gophers. Smith has transformed a team that went a program-worst 9-22 last season into a 17-win...

Three-point shooting lifts Gophers to win

Published February 22, 2008

Lawrence McKenzie made sure the Minnesota men's basketball team didn't lose yet another conference home game. The senior guard scored a career-high 26 points to help the Gophers overcome a five-point second-half...

Gophers trying to figure things out

Published February 21, 2008

Earlier this week, members of the Minnesota men's basketball team gathered for a players-only meeting. The meeting, led by the Gophers' three seniors, Spencer Tollackson, Dan Coleman and Lawrence McKenzie,...

Missed chances sink Minnesota

Published February 18, 2008

;MADISON, Wis. - All season long the Minnesota men's basketball team has been involved in a running documentary on the Big Ten Network titled "Minnesota Basketball: The Journey." up next michigan what:...

Home games critical down the stretch

Published February 12, 2008

At season-opening media day in October, senior center Spencer Tollackson said the Minnesota men's basketball team would likely need to win every game played at Williams Arena to qualify for the NCAA tournament. Fast...

Minnesota nabs a win but drops a pair as well

Published February 12, 2008

The Minnesota men's tennis team came away with one win in three tries this weekend at the Baseline Tennis Center, even though the Gophers nearly swept their competition. On Saturday, coach Geoff Young's...

Struggling Gophers can rebound at home

Published February 8, 2008

After starting the spring season with a pair of losses last weekend, the Minnesota men's tennis team will certainly have their share of opportunities to rebound over the next few days. Coach Geoff Young's...

Road to Williams not an easy one for guard

Published January 31, 2008

Talk with Jamal Abu-Shamala about his journey from small high school standout to starting small forward in the Big Ten and you can instantly tell by the sparkle in his eyes and rasp of his voice that he...

Ticked-off Tubby denied win No. 400 again

Published January 28, 2008

.COLUMBUS, Ohio - After somehow managing to dig itself out of a 16-point first-half deficit, the Minnesota men's basketball team was entrenched into a tightly contested game with two-time defending Big...

Gophers have a chance to end 2-game skid in Columbus

Published January 25, 2008

The Minnesota men's basketball team is sick and tired of moral victories. Seeking an "authentic" win, the Gophers travel to Columbus, Ohio this weekend to challenge Ohio State. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m....

Smith takes a break from Ohio State prep to wrap burritos and sign a few bags

Published January 24, 2008

Tubby Smith is a fan of chicken burritos. University students are fans of Tubby Smith. That combination led to the Minnesota men's basketball coach assisting the staff at the Stadium Village Chipotle on...

A lot of guts, but little glory for managers

Published January 23, 2008

Bryan Bender practically lives at Williams Arena. He even admits to sleeping at The Barn on a few occasions. Bender, 20, is one of seven student managers employed by the Minnesota men's basketball team...

Better shooting is McKenzie’s goal

Published December 12, 2007

Moments after the Minnesota men's basketball team convincingly beat Colorado State on Wednesday night, senior guard Lawrence McKenzie was back on the elevated Williams Arena floor working on his jump shot. Unpleased...

Gophers show improvements in wins and in the stat book

Published December 11, 2007

It might be a surprise to some that the Minnesota men's basketball team is off to a 6-1 start with relatively the same group of players that completed a program-worst 9-22 campaign last season. But after...

Bench clutch once more

Published December 10, 2007

Don't call the five players coming off the bench for the Minnesota men's basketball team a "second unit." The way those individuals are playing right now, they aren't second to anyone. up next south...

Medved makes his return to Williams as Gophers host the Rams

Published December 7, 2007

While athletics director Joel Maturi was finalizing a deal to make Tubby Smith the next Minnesota men's basketball coach last March, Niko Medved was searching for a new job. Just hours before Smith was...

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Published November 30, 2007

After the senior trio of guard Lawrence McKenzie, forward Dan Coleman and center Spencer Tollackson went a combined 8-of-31 in the Gophers' 75-61 loss to Florida State on Tuesday, Minnesota's big three...

Seminoles make seniors a nonfactor

Published November 28, 2007

It was a humbling night for the Minnesota men's basketball team Tuesday in Tallahassee, Fla. With the senior trio of guard Lawrence McKenzie, forward Dan Coleman and center Spencer Tollackson struggling...

Gophers battle Seminoles in r

Published November 27, 2007

Just how much has the Minnesota men's basketball team improved under the tutelage of new head coach Tubby Smith? That question, among others, might be answered tonight when the undefeated Gophers travel...

Minnesota goes to 2-0 with 10-point win over Iowa State

Published November 21, 2007

.AMES, Iowa - The Minnesota men's basketball team understood before its season-opening road game Tuesday night that wins are not handed out away from home. After all, the Gophers' first and only road win...

Big 12 road test won’t be an easy one

Published November 20, 2007

In case you've forgotten, the Minnesota men's basketball team is currently in season. After a 10-day layoff, the Gophers finally return to the court tonight, taking on Iowa State at Hilton Coliseum in...

Smith rounds up solid first recruiting class at Minnesota

Published November 16, 2007

Recruiting was perceived to be one of Tubby Smith's weaknesses while at Kentucky. But from early indications, it doesn't appear Minnesota men's basketball fans will have any reason to be as critical about...

Gophers pound Army at Williams in Smith’s debut

Published November 12, 2007

Clearly, this isn't the same team that suffered a program-worst 22 losses last season. Displaying a balanced offensive attack, mixed with stifling defense, the Minnesota men's basketball team won its season-opener...

Smith to face Army in first official game

Published November 9, 2007

Now the Tubby Smith era really begins. After a month full of practices and two exhibition games, the Minnesota men's basketball team begins its 2007-08 campaign on Saturday when the Gophers host Army at...

Gophers defense lights out in second half

Published November 7, 2007

Earlier this week, Minnesota men's basketball coach Tubby Smith was asked if he was impressed that the Gophers held Minnesota State to 37 percent shooting in the team's first exhibition game Nov. 1. In...

McKenzie will miss exhibition tonight

Published November 6, 2007

The Minnesota men's basketball team's version of lineup musical chairs this preseason will continue once again tonight when the Gophers host Southwest Minnesota State in their final exhibition game at...

McKenzie’s 24 leads Gophers to victory

Published November 2, 2007

It was only a preseason game against a Division II opponent. Nonetheless, the Minnesota men's basketball team looked like a revitalized squad in its exhibition debut Thursday night. Playing in new coach...

Busch will get his first opportunity with Gophers in tonight’s exhibition

Published November 1, 2007

Don't tell Travis Busch exhibition games don't count. When the Minnesota men's basketball team opens its preseason slate tonight against Minnesota State at Williams Arena, the Gophers' redshirt sophomore...

Foes not underestimating Smith, Gophers

Published October 30, 2007

.CHICAGO - Speaking at Big Ten Basketball Media Day in Chicago on Sunday morning, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo sounded, at times, more like Tubby Smith's campaign manager than a college basketball coach. Izzo...

Smith lands big commitment

Published October 25, 2007

Tubby Smith's first recruiting class as head coach of the Minnesota men's basketball team continues to get stronger. On Thursday, Smith nabbed arguably his biggest target, literally and figuratively, when...

A lot of questions soon to be answered

Published October 25, 2007

There was no shortage of questions for the Minnesota men's basketball team when the Gophers held their annual season-opening media day at Williams Arena on Wednesday. With a completely overhauled coaching...

Schwark ends fall strong

Published October 22, 2007

Right now Baylor men's tennis coach Matt Knoll is probably kicking himself for not saving a scholarship for Raoul Schwark. After all, who wouldn't want a player who has won nearly 80 percent of his singles...

Men hosting ITA Regional at Baseline this weekend

Published October 18, 2007

Anyone looking to watch elite collegiate tennis should look no further than the Baseline Tennis Center this weekend. The Minnesota men's tennis team will host the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Midwest...

Williams arena, Tubby were rocking Friday night

Published October 15, 2007

Minnesota men's basketball fans, its official: The Tubby Smith Era has arrived. After a four-year absence from campus, Midnight Madness officially returned to Minnesota on Friday night when Smith, his...

Men get much-needed experience

Published October 15, 2007

Minnesota men's tennis coach Geoff Young brought six of the eight players on his roster to the Northwestern Invitational in Evanston, Ill., this weekend so his inexperienced squad would finally be able...

Smith era begins tonight with maroon and gold madness

Published October 12, 2007

Minnesota men's basketball fans, tonight is for you. The long-anticipated start to the Tubby Smith era begins tonight when the Gophers hold their first team practice of the season at 9 p.m. at Williams...

Young returns to Northwestern as his young team gets some individual experience

Published October 12, 2007

As an undergraduate at Northwestern University, Geoff Young said he never really thought about being a collegiate tennis coach. "I was thinking about getting homework done at night," Young said. "I was...

Talent will not be scarce as Gophers head to Illinois

Published October 5, 2007

According to Minnesota women's tennis coach Tyler Thomson, its time for individuals on his team to start putting together eye-opening performances. For the first time this fall, the Gophers will get ample...

Schwark is Oklahoma-bound

Published October 4, 2007

When Minnesota men's tennis coach Geoff Young and top singles player Raoul Schwark boarded a plane for Tulsa, Okla. Wednesday morning, the pair left Minneapolis with different expectations of what can...

Smith wants Gophers to be up-tempo team

Published September 26, 2007

Coach Tubby Smith of the Minnesota men's basketball team is nearing his first season as head coach of the Gophers' basketball program. The Minnesota Daily was granted an exclusive one-on-one interview...

Schwark wins big

Published September 24, 2007

Raoul Schwark of the Minnesota men's tennis team plowed through the singles field at the Princeton Invitational in business-like fashion to win his first collegiate singles championship this weekend. up...

Schwark prepares for the season as the top man for the Gophers

Published September 21, 2007

When the Minnesota men's tennis team opens its fall season this weekend at the Princeton Invitational, like it or not, Raoul Schwark will have a target on his back. The senior from Dalheim, Germany, enters...

Iverson commits to U

Published September 21, 2007

The Minnesota men's basketball team took a significant step toward bolstering its future frontcourt late Wednesday night when 6-foot-9-inch, 240-pound Colton Iverson verbally committed to the Gophers for...

Iverson verbally commits to U

Published September 20, 2007

The Minnesota men's basketball team took a significant step toward bolstering its future frontcourt late Wednesday night when 6-foot-9 inch, 240-pound Colton Iverson verbally committed to the Gophers for...

Freshman Ferrazzi goes 8-0 at Gopher Invitational

Published September 17, 2007

A player that figures to be a fixture at the top of the Minnesota women's tennis team's lineup for the long haul made a splashing debut over the weekend. Freshman Alessandra Ferrazzi looked more like a...

A healthy Gophers team opens at home

Published September 14, 2007

What a difference a year makes. Last September, Minnesota women's tennis coach Tyler Thomson had never seen nearly half his squad compete in a single collegiate tennis match until the Gophers' opening...

Two states, two races, two first places

Published September 10, 2007

Saying the Minnesota men's cross country team had a good first weekend of competition would be a gross understatement. The Gophers, who were split between meets in River Falls, Wisc. and Provo, Utah, took...

Tubby has top recruits thinking Minnesota

Published September 6, 2007

It appears the hire of Tubby Smith is already paying dividends for the Minnesota men's basketball team. Just five months into the job, Smith has quickly transformed the image of the Gophers from a program...

Surprised Gophers don’t fall in rankings, receive NCAA tournament bid

Published May 3, 2007

The season will continue for the Minnesota men's tennis team after all. The 37th-ranked Gophers found out officially Tuesday night that they had qualified for the NCAA tournament and will meet No. 28 South...

Upset bid comes up short

Published April 30, 2007

It took over four hours to eliminate the Minnesota women's tennis team from the Big Ten tournament, but despite a valiant effort, the Gophers' season came to an end Friday night at the Baseline Tennis...

Men ousted early, women advance to day two of tourney

Published April 27, 2007

The Minnesota men's tennis team might have seen its season come to an end after a shocking first-round exit from the Big Ten Championships on Thursday afternoon in West Lafayette, Ind. The sixth-seeded...

Fresh start renewing lost passion

Published April 10, 2007

Endings are usually final. Second chances are few and far between in life. And while everyone wishes at one point or another they could go back and do something differently, most never get a chance to...

A blow-by-blow, play-by-play national title account

Published April 4, 2007

On Monday, my excitement level was through the roof. It was opening day of the baseball season, WrestleMania 23 had just concluded and the NCAA college basketball National Championship was to be decided...

Maturi deserves big-time praise for big-time hire of Smith

Published March 28, 2007

Athletic director Joel Maturi has taken plenty of heat over the past 14 months for making some more-than-questionable decisions. But with the slam-dunk hire of former Kentucky coach Tubby Smith on Thursday,...

New coach hopes to bring tradition back to Barn

Published March 26, 2007

It took athletic director Joel Maturi 114 days to find a new coach for the Minnesota men's basketball team. But from all indications, the lengthy search was well worthwhile. Former Kentucky coach Tubby...

U names head coach

Published March 23, 2007

The wait is over. After almost four months of anticipation, the University has named former Kentucky coach Tubby Smith the 16th head coach in Minnesota men's basketball history. Smith, who had four more...

Men and women have solid showings

Published March 19, 2007

The Minnesota men's and women's swimming and diving teams took advantage of home cooking over spring break. Competing in their home pool at the University Aquatics Center, both teams put forth impressive...

Gophers end season on a nine game skid

Published March 9, 2007

>CHICAGO - It wasn't the homecoming that interim Minnesota men's basketball coach Jim Molinari was hoping for. Molinari, who grew up in Glen Ellyn, Ill., approximately a half hour away from United Center,...

Red-y, Set, Georgia?

Published March 8, 2007

Oh, the drama. When the Big Ten tournament kicks off today at the United Center in Chicago, as many as six Big Ten teams will be fighting for their NCAA tournament lives. During the four-day span, all...

Tournament foes changing in Classic

Published March 2, 2007

Off to its best start since 1998, the Minnesota baseball team is ready to showcase its arsenal against some of the toughest teams in the country - if the weather cooperates. The Gophers are supposed to...

Turnovers abound in another Gophers loss

Published March 1, 2007

It's been a forgettable month of February for the Minnesota men's basketball team. In their final regular season game, the Gophers extended their season-long losing streak to eight games after falling...

Gophers can play spoiler in final contest

Published February 28, 2007

In its final game of what has been a tumultuous regular season, the Minnesota men's basketball team could potentially play the role of the spoiler. With not much else to play for, the Gophers will try...

Abu-Shamala’s efforts not enough for Minnesota

Published February 26, 2007

The seventh straight loss for the Minnesota men's basketball team might have hurt the most out of any of the losses in the three-week stretch. up next purdue when: 7 p.m. Wednesday where: West Lafayette,...

Minnesota not quitting as losses mount

Published February 23, 2007

Playing in front of its home fans for the final time this season, the Minnesota men's basketball team will try and put to bed its season-long six-game losing streak. The Gophers play their final game at...

Minnesota’s losing skid at six after Indiana loss

Published February 22, 2007

Like every other team that has traveled to Bloomington, Ind., this season, the Minnesota men's basketball team found itself on the losing end of things at Assembly Hall. Despite a valiant effort, the Gophers...

Brutal stretch continues as Gophers try to snap losing skid

Published February 21, 2007

The Minnesota men's basketball team isn't out of the clear just yet. After a brutal week in which the Gophers lost to the then-No.2 and No. 3 teams in the country, they now must find a way to beat Indiana...

Gophers can’t stop dominant Buckeyes

Published February 19, 2007

The Minnesota men's basketball team had no answer for Ohio State freshman sensation Greg Oden, but it didn't have an answer for many other Buckeyes players either. up next Indiana when: 6 p.m. Wednesday where:...

Buckeyes and Greg Oden come to Williams Arena for tilt with Gophers

Published February 16, 2007

A few short days after giving third-ranked Wisconsin nearly all it could handle, Minnesota's men's basketball team now has the daunting task of derailing the second-ranked team in the country. The Gophers...

Not quite enough to get past Wisconsin

Published February 15, 2007

On Valentine's Day, Minnesota's men's basketball team played with plenty of heart, but couldn't get a win over the third-ranked team in the country. The Gophers made things interesting for awhile but couldn't...

Gophers have brutal week ahead of them

Published February 14, 2007

It's arguably the toughest five-day span in college basketball, but the Minnesota men's basketball team is embracing it. While a tilt with No. 2 Ohio State waits in the wings Sunday, the Gophers (9-16...

Gophers drop close contest to Michigan

Published February 12, 2007

It's starting to get a little ironic for the Minnesota men's basketball team. A team that couldn't buy a basket and relied on a defensive identity to pull out wins most of the season has recently transformed...

Gophers trying to find defensive identity again

Published February 9, 2007

A few short days after surrendering a season-high 91 points to Iowa, Minnesota men's basketball is trying to recapture its defensive identity. The Gophers don't have much time to rediscover their defensive...

Iowa’s Haluska ruins Tollackson’s return

Published February 8, 2007

Junior center Spencer Tollackson's heroic return to the court was not enough for Minnesota's men's basketball team to overtake Iowa and the Big Ten's leading scorer Wednesday night. Hawkeyes senior guard...

Tollackson likely back for tonight’s game

Published February 7, 2007

The most consistent low-post presence the Minnesota men's basketball team has to offer is finally set to return. After missing seven games in three weeks because of a broken left hand, junior center Spencer...

Minnesota loses to Illinois, again

Published February 5, 2007

While the Minnesota men's basketball team snapped a pair of losing streaks earlier in the week, it couldn't end a third Saturday. The Gophers put up a solid effort but lost for the 17th consecutive time...

Coming off a pair of wins, Gophers have a chance to end another streak

Published February 2, 2007

Just days after ending one lengthy losing streak against a Big Ten opponent, Minnesota's men's basketball team will try to end an even longer one. After putting to rest their six-game losing streak against...

Minnesota finally beats Northwestern

Published February 1, 2007

Minnesota's men's basketball team has a road win on its résumé. Led by a career-high 19 points from sophomore guard Jamal Abu-Shamala, the Gophers beat Northwestern 62-55 on Wednesday night...

Minnesota trying to solve Northwestern’s unique 1-3-1 zone

Published January 31, 2007

After snapping its five-game losing streak Saturday, Minnesota's men's basketball team will try and end another skid tonight. The Gophers have lost six straight games to Northwestern but will try to end...

Gophers practicing pack defense, Tucker and Oden honored

Published January 30, 2007

Lawrence McKenzie, meet Tracy McGrady. If the pack defense Minnesota's men's basketball team runs on a regular basis looks familiar, look no further than the NBA - the Houston Rockets in particular. Interim...

Desperate Minnesota squad ends losing streak

Published January 29, 2007

It took career days from two role players, but Minnesota's men's basketball team finally has a reward for its hard work. Led by the surprising play of redshirt freshman Kevin Payton and sophomore Jonathan...

Minnesota squares off against fellow cellar-dweller

Published January 26, 2007

The way Minnesota's men's basketball team has struggled this season, the Gophers are cherishing any moral victories they can find. However, that doesn't mean Minnesota isn't still desperate to snap its...

Shooting woes lead to fifth straight loss

Published January 25, 2007

It's a case of bad getting worse for Minnesota's men's basketball team. The slumping Gophers lost their fifth straight game Wednesday night as they were unable to keep pace with red-hot Michigan State,...

Gophers not giving up despite disappointing season

Published January 24, 2007

Interim Minnesota men's basketball coach Jim Molinari wants to make one thing abundantly clear: Despite its many short comings thus far this season, his team has not - and will not - give up. The Gophers,...

Wildcats not alone at the bottom anymore

Published January 22, 2007

The one team most people thought Minnesota's men's basketball team could beat instead embarrassed the Gophers on their home court. up next Michigan State WHEN: 6 p.m. Wednesday WHERE: East Lansing, Mich. Minnesota...