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Pitino Foresaw His Struggles With GophersWhen Richard Pitino took over at Minnesota, he told the administrators who hired him to anticipate some bumps along the road in building a consistent Big Ten contender. The third season, Pitino warned, would be especially taxing for the program.
Wilcats Maul Gophers 77-52Aaron Falzon tied his career-high with 20 points and Tre Demps added 13 as Northwestern defeated Minnesota 77-52 on Saturday. Joey van Zegeren added 11 points and Bryant McIntosh had 10 assists for the Wildcats (14-3, 2-2 in the Big Ten), who posted their biggest victory ever at Minnesota's Williams Arena.
Michigan State Bounces Back To Beat Gophers 69-61Bryn Forbes scored 20 points, making three 3-pointers in the second half to help top-ranked Michigan State stave off Minnesota for a 69-61 victory on Saturday in response to a loss at Iowa earlier in the week.
Carroll Helps Oklahoma State Slip By Gophers 62-60Jeffrey Carroll scored nine of his 12 points in the second half as Oklahoma State held on to beat Minnesota 62-60 in a neutral-site game at the Sanford Pentagon on Saturday night.
Gopher Punter Names Himself 'Holder Of The Year'A punter for the Minnesota Gophers got a lot of buzz online for crowning himself with a title of his own creation. After the Big Ten snubbed Peter Mortell for the "Punter of the Year" honor, he took matters into his own sturdy hands Tuesday.
Minnesota Women Take Down Duke 86-64 In Big Ten/ACC ChallengeAzura Stevens picked up her fifth double-double of the season, putting up 26 points and pulling down 11 rebounds, and No. 14 Duke used a fast start to get past Minnesota 84-64 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Thursday night.
Minnesota Women To Face 14th-Ranked DukeThe Minnesota women's basketball team has a tough test in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Gophers play on the road against 14th-ranked Duke. The game is Thursday, the first for the Gophers since senior guard Rachel Banham became the program's all-time leading scorer.
Despite Late Push, Gophers Fall To Iowa 40-35LeShun Daniels rushed for a career-high 195 yards and three touchdowns and No. 8 Iowa held off Minnesota 40-35 on Saturday night to start 10-0 for the first time in school history.
Despite Strong Performance From Leidner, Gophers Fall To Nebraska 48-25Tommy Armstrong Jr. bounced back from a pair of bad performances to start Big Ten play, passing for 261 yards and three touchdowns to start the salvaging of Nebraska's season and preserve a 48-25 victory over Minnesota on Saturday.
Gophers Trying To Recover From Rough StartThe Big Ten's West Division is the most winnable of the two these days. The current class of the conference, Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan, is in the other group. Nebraska and Minnesota were two of the early favorites, but they've already fallen behind. Their matchup on Saturday will be critical for remaining in the race, with undefeated Iowa off to the strongest start.
Brooks' Long Run Leads Gophers Past Purdue 41-13Shannon Brooks ran for 176 yards and changed the game with a 71-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter to help Minnesota break out of its offensive funk with a 41-13 blowout at Purdue.
Northwestern, Minnesota Meet In Big Ten OpenerUnbeaten and on the rise, No. 16 Northwestern would like to stay that way now that Big Ten play is about to begin.

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