Austin Hollins scored a career-high 32 points to lead Minnesota to an 81-73 win Tuesday night over Southern Mississippi and a spot in the NIT semifinals.
Minnesota coach Richard Pitino said he gave his team a little advice when St. Mary’s started Sunday’s second-round NIT game by scoring the first 14 points. “I told them to make shots, put the ball in the basket,” he offered, then backtracked.
Minnesota junior Oto Osenieks will end his playing career a year early. The university announced Wednesday it will seek an NCAA medical waiver to keep his scholarship from counting against the 13-player limit next season.
Gopher forward Joey King say there’s nothing like a Gopher-Wisconsin game. “Just the opportunity to play Wisconsin, it’s something that people from Minnesota really look forward to,” King said. The win the first time may have changed the Gopher’s season. It also changed the way teams see Mo Walker, a key down the stretch, according to Coach Richard Pitino.
Gophers are trying to make it a Men’s and Women’s sweep of Wisconsin at the Kohl Center. Amelia Rayno of the Star Tribune has a a preview. Click the above link to listen!
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.
Newcomer Joey King scored 20 points and Andre Hollins added 18 to lead Minnesota over Lehigh 81-62 on Friday night, giving Richard Pitino his first victory as the Gophers’ head coach.
The NCAA has cleared transfer Joey King to play this season for Minnesota. The 6-foot-9, 215-pound King grew up in the Twin Cities area and led Eastview High School to the 2012 state tournament. He’s in line to start at power forward for the Gophers, who are trying to replace Trevor Mbakwe and Rodney Williams in their frontcourt. King played last season at Drake, averaging 6.9 points and 2.9 rebounds per game and landing on the Missouri Valley Conference all-freshman team.
The Gophers basketball team has added another Minnesota native to the roster.
Tyus Jones became a starter for Apple Valley as an eighth-grader. Two years later, he’s the Minnesota Associated Press Player of the Year for high school boys basketball.
After Friday night, the field for the boys state tournaments next week will be determined and seeding will take place over the weekend. It’s the last tournament of a hectic winter season.
Eastview’s boys basketball team is ranked number one in the state, and they may very well have the best senior player, too.
It’s been a crazy time in high school sports, and a lot of what’s happened lately is making all of us reflect on what’s truly important in life.