Minnesota looks to reach nine wins for the first time since 2003 and end a five-game bowl losing streak when the Gophers face Syracuse in the Texas Bowl on Friday. It’s their second straight trip to this bowl after they lost to Texas Tech 34-31 last year after a late rally by the Red Raiders.
The Gopher basketball team takes on South Dakota State Tuesday night and one of the interesting story lines on this team has been the emergence of Joey king, a transfer who returned to the Twin Cities. He’s making an impact and enjoying life.
Minnesota improved by two wins in 2013, its best regular season in a decade. The Gophers reward? A return to the same bowl they lost in a year ago.
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.
DeAndre Mathieu scored 17 points and Minnesota came back in the second half to beat Chaminade 83-68 at the Maui Invitational on Wednesday. The Golden Gophers turned around a 9-point deficit in the second half by forcing the Division II school into bad shots and five turnovers over the final 10 minutes.
Alandise Harris scored 15 points and Arkansas had 52 second-half points to beat Minnesota 87-73 on Tuesday at the Maui Invitational.
Gophers can’t bring the Axe back to Dinkytown.
Did you realize NOT ONE team in the NFC North won a game yesterday?
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.
How’s this for a paradigm shift in Big Ten football? Minnesota has won straight three conference games and is favored, ever so slightly, to beat Penn State.
Dave Lee tells Flip his favorite NBA name….listen!
Minnesota had a pair of return touchdowns for the second week in a row and Roddrick Williams Jr. rushed for 148 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries to lead a 44-21 victory Saturday night at New Mexico State.
The State of Hockey has waited long enough to host a game outdoors. Minnesota announced on Tuesday that it will play Ohio State in a game at the football team’s TCF Bank Stadium on Jan. 17 in the Hockey City Classic.
University of Minnesota Athletics Director Norwood Teague joined Dave Lee on the WCCO Morning Thursday to share the excitement of Gopher football opening night.
Ra’Shede Hageman is perhaps the premier attraction on the team as his final season for Minnesota begins, and that’s not a surprise given the acclaim he carried as a recruit four years ago.