Gophers Men’s Basketball
Frank Kaminsky scored 21 points, Bronson Koenig added a career-high 17 and No. 5 Wisconsin beat Minnesota 63-53 Saturday for its 10th straight win. The Badgers (25-2, 13-1 Big Ten) maintained their three-game conference lead in the loss column over Maryland, Purdue and Michigan State.
Maurice Walker sank two free throws with 11 seconds left to help Minnesota beat Iowa 64-59 on Thursday night. Walker finished with seven points on 1-of-5 shooting, but went 5 of 6 from the line. Andre Hollins led Minnesota (16-9, 5-7 Big Ten) with 20 points, making 7 of 14 from the field.
Gophers great Randy Breuer, a Lake City, Minn., native, will have his No. 45 jersey retired during a halftime ceremony Saturday.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers have dug themselves quite a hole. They started the year with hopes of returning to the NCAA tournament after missing out last season under new coach Richard Pitino.
DeAndre Mathieu, Andre Hollins and the rest of their Minnesota teammates badly need to bounce back this week. The Gophers lost road games at Purdue and Maryland to start Big Ten play.
The Big Ten Conference announced Monday that Nate Mason of the University of Minnesota has been named the league’s Freshman of the Week for men’s basketball.
For the second straight week, a University of Minnesota men’s basketball player received recognition from the Big Ten Conference. Senior center Mo Walker was named the league’s Player of the Week on Monday.
The Big Ten Conference announced Monday that two University of Minnesota basketball players have been given player of the week honors. Senior guard Andre Hollins was named the Player of the Week on the men’s side after helping lead the Gophers to wins over Wake Forest and Western Carolina.
A suspended University of Minnesota basketball player made his first appearance in Hennepin County Court Monday on charges that he attacked his girlfriend. Daquein McNeil, 21, has been formally charged with felony third-degree assault substantial bodily harm and felony third-degree domestic assault by strangulation in connection with the Nov. 24 incident.
Minnesota sophomore guard Daquein McNeil has been charged with two felony counts of assault. The 20-year-old McNeil was charged Wednesday and was being held in the Hennepin County jail.
Minnesota sophomore guard Daquein McNeil was jailed Tuesday without bail after his arrest on a felony domestic assault charge involving his girlfriend. McNeil, who was suspended from all team activities pending the investigation, was booked Monday, according to jail records. The Hennepin County attorney’s office had until Wednesday to charge him, spokesman Chuck Laszewski said.
DeAndre Mathieu had 11 points, six assists and five rebounds, helping Minnesota control the pace from start to finish in a 76-54 victory Tuesday over Western Kentucky. Mo Walker led the Gophers (1-1) with 14 points, Joey King scored 10 and Elliott Eliason added seven, as the frontcourt had short shot after short shot set up by Mathieu’s deft driving to the basket.
Just days away from the season opener in Puerto Rico, University of Minnesota basketball coach Richard Pitino announced Wednesday that four players signed national letters of intent to join the Gophers in 2015. Highlighting the class is DeLaSalle point guard Jarvis Johnson, the top senior in Minnesota and the current favorite to win Mr. Basketball.
In his first season, University of Minnesota basketball coach Richard Pitino found out right away you can make a lot of friends in the Twin Cities by winning. Pitino put together a roster in his first season of many unknown players and finished with a school-record 25 wins as Minnesota went onto win the NIT after just missing the NCAA Tournament.
The University of Minnesota announced Tuesday the Gophers men’s basketball TV schedule for the upcoming Big Ten Conference season. Gophers officials said the team will have 15 conference games broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
The University of Minnesota men’s basketball program announced its 2014-15 schedule late last week as Richard Pitino enters his second year with the program. The Gophers, coming off an NIT title, will have 17 home gamed during the regular season.
The University of Minnesota announced Thursday the date and time has been set for the Gophers men’s basketball team to face off against Louisville in the Armed Forces Classic. Richard Pitino and the Gophers will face Rick Pitino and the Cardinals at 6 p.m. on Nov. 14 in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPN.
The University of Minnesota men’s basketball team finalized its match-up on Tuesday for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in early December. The Gophers will head to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and face Wake Forest at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, in a contest that will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
University of Minnesota men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino announced Wednesday he’s named a new director of basketball operations for the program. Pitino named Nate Pomeday, a former Big Ten Conference player at Northwestern, to the Gophers staff.
The University of Minnesota men’s basketball team added three more players to its 2014 class on Monday as they signed National Letters of Intent, coach Richard Pitino announced. Minnesota has added forwards Gaston Diedhiou and Bakary Konate as well as guard Zach Lofton.
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.
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.
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.
Less than 24 hours after losing to Florida in the third round of the NCAA Tournament, Tubby Smith is out as the Gopher men’s basketball coach.
Minnesota coach Tubby Smith has yet to win an NCAA tournament game since his celebrated arrival at the school five years ago.