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Gophers Point Guard Mathieu Exceeds Expectations

The Gopher basketball team opens the Big 10 Thursday against Michigan. One of the bright spots thus far has been point guard Deandre Mathieu. He came with Coach Richard Pitino from Florida International University. So far, he’s been better than most expected.

12/31/2013

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Minnesota Defeats Texas A&M-CC 65-44

To Andre Hollins, every game is a matchup against a top-tier opponent. Andre Hollins scored 18 points and Austin Hollins added 13 as Minnesota finished non-conference play with a 65-44 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday night. Even though it was a ragged win over an obscure smaller school, Andre Hollins said it was another step in preparation for the spotlight of Big Ten play. “I come out every day like Texas Corpus Christi is Michigan St. That’s the mentality you need,” he said.

12/28/2013

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Minnesota Defeats New Orleans 80-65

Andre Hollins led six Golden Gophers in double figures with 18 points as Minnesota defeated New Orleans 80-65 on Saturday afternoon. Center Mo Walker, making his first start of the season, scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Minnesota (8-2). Cory Dixon led the Privateers with 16 points, while Matt Derenbecker added 14 points and eight boards. The Gophers were coming off their most impressive victory of the season, a 10-point win over Florida State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Tuesday. But hoping to avoid a letdown against the lightly regarded Privateers (1-4), Minnesota coach Richard Pitino had his team on a short leash early.

12/07/2013

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Green Bay Beats Minnesota-Duluth 92-57

Alec Brown had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks on Saturday night to lead Green Bay in a dominating effort against Minnesota-Duluth 92-57. Green Bay (2-1) coach Brian Wardle subbed Brown out late in the game when he was just shy of the triple-double with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 9 blocks. But Kenneth Lowe fouled out and Brown returned to the game to get the block and rebound. It was the first triple-double by a Phoenix player since Javier Mendiburu on Feb. 5, 2005. Keifer Sykes shot 8 of 9 from the field and 5 of 5 from the line to finish with a game-high 21 points. Vincent Garrett added 15 and Carrington Love had career-high 13 points.

11/23/2013

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Minnesota Gets Road Win At Richmond, 74-59

Behind 26 points from junior guard Andre Hollins, Minnesota defeated Richmond 74-59 on the road in the refurbished Robins Center Saturday night. The Golden Gophers (3-0) avoided being upset in their only nonconference road game of the season. Austin Hollins and Malik Smith scored 11 points apiece on a night where neither team shot very well. Both teams shot under 40% from the field and 70% from the line. Senior Cedrick Lindsay paced the Spiders (2-1) with 15 points on 5 of 16 from the field. Deion Taylor scored 11 points and Terry Allen ripped down 12 rebounds for the home team.

11/16/2013

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College Basketball’s Future Coaches Meet At Villa 7

In a ballroom in a downtown Minneapolis hotel sit the brightest young minds in college basketball. It’s an exclusive event. You can’t buy or even win your way in – you have to be invited to Villa 7. Mike Ellis is the Gophers associate athletic director and founder of Villa 7

05/11/2013

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Rising Star: Louisville Junior Luke Hancock

Most pundits expected Louisville to be in the national championship game, but no one expected Luke Hancock to play an important role.

04/09/2013

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Michigan’s McGary Plans To Wake Up Today And ‘Get Back At It’

But he sidestepped one big question — Will he return to Michigan next season?

04/09/2013

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Riot Police Called In After Louisville Celebration Gets Out Of Hand

Fans poured into the streets, rejoiced in dorms, bars and living rooms, and at one point became so raucous that riot police were briefly called in as the city held all-night parties to celebrate the Cardinals’ first NCAA title in a generation.

04/09/2013

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Louisville Beats Michigan 82-76 For NCAA Title

Relentless Louisville rallied from a 12-point deficit to beat Michigan 82-76 in the NCAA championship game Monday night.

04/09/2013

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Wolverine Fans Praise Team After Loss

University of Michigan basketball fans in Ann Arbor took the heartbreaking loss as well as could be expected.

04/09/2013

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Tyus Jones: Gophers ‘Still On My List’

The college basketball season ended Monday night, but the competition continues for another big prize: Apple Valley’s Tyus Jones. Most figure Minnesota is a longshot to land Jones, the most coveted point guard in the country. But he continues to insist the Gophers have a chance.

04/09/2013

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Louisville Beats Michigan 82-76 For NCAA Title

Rick Pitino capped the greatest week of his life with the prize he wanted most of all.

04/08/2013

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Pitino Leads Class Of 7 Into Naismith Hall Of Fame

Rick Pitino, who will coach Louisville in the NCAA championship game Monday night, is among seven people elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

04/08/2013

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Five Things: Cards Find A Way And Reserves Shine For Wolverines

Tonight, the No. 1 overall seed takes on a team once ranked No. 1 and now playing its best basketball. On one side is Louisville, the favorite when the field was announced, trying to keep the national championship trophy in the state of Kentucky.

04/08/2013

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