Mitch Ohnstad loves basketball. He trains players in the sport, and his wife coaches a high school team. And oh yeah, he still plays the game at a high level, 17 years since he was named Minnesota’s Mr. Basketball while at Faribault High School. “Growing up in Faribault and not far from the Twin Cities, I was able to follow the University of Minnesota, and grew up with the dream of playing there. And had a lot of opportunities playing in Faribault, being able to play as a young player coming up in eighth grade, being able to play varsity.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are working out another group of draft prospects. Their guests on Monday afternoon included a player that president of basketball operations Flip Saunders is quite familiar with: former Gophers standout Trevor Mbakwe.
Century Community College left-handed ace Jared Dettman, who is pitching in the Junior College World series, should get drafted for a second time next week. Cedar Rapids Kernels’ manager Jake Mauer sees some similarities between first-round prospect Byron Buxton and his brother – the Twins’ Joe Mauer. The Timberwolves are concerned about Kevin Love’s conditioning since his injury ended his season.
New Minnesota coach Richard Pitino has hired Dan McHale from Seton Hall to complete his staff.
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.
Sunday may feel like old times for Minnesota’s Tubby Smith and Florida’s Billy Donovan. They certainly are familiar with each other.
The brackets are set, and now they’ll be played. Millions of people will fill out NCAA basketball brackets again this year in hopes of winning a combination of money and bragging rights.
Minnesota made the NCAA tournament for the first time in three years, and the Gophers had their best record against ranked teams in Tubby Smith’s six seasons here.
Trevor Mbakwe and Rodney Williams are about to play their last home game for Minnesota.
After a strong start, Minnesota has fallen into a familiar midseason slide under coach Tubby Smith.
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.
Forward Rodney Williams has had to challenge himself to get to his senior year. And he’s finally emerging as a go-to leader for the Gopher basketball team. It’s been a work in progress that feels like it’s finally where it should be.
Andre Hollins, a day after scoring 41 points, made three free throws with 0.4 seconds to play to give Minnesota a 66-63 victory over Stanford on Saturday in the fifth-place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Minnesota coach Tubby Smith has yet to win an NCAA tournament game since his celebrated arrival at the school five years ago.