Andre Hollins scored 21 points and Austin Hollins added 16 as the Gophers beat Florida State 71-61 Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Williams Rena. Minnesota improved to 7-2 under new coach Richard Pitino.
C.J. Fair scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds as No. 8 Syracuse held off Minnesota 75-67 on Monday in the first round of the Maui Invitational. The Orange (5-0) pushed through a late run by the Golden Gophers, who pulled within 67-65 with little more than two minutes left.
Will it be enough for the Gophers to keep up in the tough, deep Big Ten? That’s the biggest of many questions about this team, which must find a way to counteract the loss of standout post players Trevor Mbakwe and Rodney Williams.
Officials announced Wednesday that the Gopher men’s basketball team will host Florida State in early December as part of the Big 10/ACC Challenge.
What made the Gophers’ win over No. 1-ranked Indiana all the more stunning was how poorly the Gophers have been playing with back-to-back 20-point plus losses on the road.
The Gopher basketball team’s Big Ten season is again an anticipated event. On Thursday the Barn will rock when Michigan comes to town.
Gophers’ point guard Andre Hollins has been named a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, which is given every year to the nation’s top point guard, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Thursday.
Austin Hollins hit five 3-pointers during an impressive three-minute stretch in the second half, finishing with 19 points and sparking ninth-ranked Minnesota to a 69-51 victory over Northwestern on Sunday night.
Andre Hollins had 22 points and six assists and Rodney Williams added 15 points and six rebounds to lift No. 9 Minnesota to a 76-63 victory over No. 18 Michigan State on Monday.
Aggressive defense and the fast break go together in basketball, and Minnesota has both facets working well so far.
Austin Hollins scored 15 of his career-high 20 points in the first half as Minnesota jumped out to a big lead on its way to 72-36 win over American in the season opener for both teams Friday night.
Outsmarted, outhustled and even outrebounded for most of the game, Michigan State snapped back to stun Minnesota.
Joe Coleman scored a career-high 23 points and Minnesota defeated Penn State 80-66 on Sunday for its second Big Ten win of the season and the Golden Gophers’ second in as many games.
Minnesota had lost four straight, was on the road against the nation’s No. 7 team and had lost star forward Trevor Mbakwe to an ACL injury more than a month earlier.
When Trevor Mbakwe crumpled to the court with a torn ligament in his right knee on Sunday, the Minnesota Gophers lost one of the most valuable players in the country.