Men’s Basketball

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Ralph Sampson III Will Return To Gophers

Sources tell WCCO that Ralph Sampson III plans to return to the Gopher men’s basketball program and not enter the NBA Draft.


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St. Thomas Wins NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Title

It’s been a tough few months for Minnesota sports fans. The Vikings, Wolves and Wild all struggled, not to mention a bunch of Gopher teams. However, the University of St. Thomas has been an island of success in that sea of struggles.


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Nance, Hannon Lead St. Thomas To D-III Title

Surprisingly reserved and composed after winning the Division III men’s basketball national championship, Tyler Nicolai spoke for three teammate and his coach.


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Tubby Smith Expects To Be Back At Minnesota

Minnesota coach Tubby Smith says he expects to be back at Minnesota next season.


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Freefall: Gophers Get Left Out Of NIT, Too

Minnesota’s late-season slide was sharp enough to keep the Gophers from even getting in the NIT.


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Nostalgia With Former Gopher Star Mychal Thompson

In an era sprinkled with first round picks, one stood out — Mychal Thompson.



Northwestern Makes 1st NCAA D3 Tournament Trip

The Northwestern College men’s basketball team is in the NCAA Division III tournament for the first time.


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Minnesota Pounds Iowa, 62-45

Minnesota’s first response to its four-game losing streak was six points in 10 minutes against Iowa.


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Tubby Concerned About Hoffarber Wearing Down

Blake Hoffarber has played at least 34 of 40 minutes in nine of Minnesota’s 11 Big Ten games this season.


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No. 16 Minnesota Loses Nolen To Broken Foot

Minnesota point guard Al Nolen will have surgery on his broken right foot, raising the question about whether he’ll be able to play for the Gophers again this season.


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No. 15 Minnesota Beats Slumping Michigan 69-64

Trevor Mbakwe and Ralph Sampson III scored 13 points apiece to lead No. 15 Minnesota over slumping Michigan 69-64 on Saturday night.


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Gophers Get Back In AP Poll At No. 15

The Minnesota men’s basketball team has surged back into the national rankings.


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Mbakwe, Sampson Lead Minnesota Past Iowa 69-59

Trevor Mbakwe had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Ralph Sampson III matched his career high with seven blocked shots to help Minnesota beat Iowa 69-59 on Sunday night.


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No. 2 Buckeyes Survive Scare From Gophers

David Lighty scored 19 points and No. 2 Ohio State survived a scare when Austin Hollins’ 3-pointer came up short in the final seconds, allowing the Buckeyes to remain unbeaten with a 67-64 victory over Minnesota on Sunday.



St. Thomas Men’s B-Ball Again At The Top

Once again, the St. Thomas Tommies are unbeaten and sitting atop the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in men’s basketball.


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Nolen’s Goal To Be Back With Gophers By End Of Dec.

Al Nolen’s solid performance helped Minnesota win the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament last month and surge into the national rankings.


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Gophers Grab Spot In AP Poll At No. 15

The Minnesota men’s basketball team has cracked the national rankings at No. 15 in this week’s Associated Press poll.


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Gophers Sign 2 To Letters Of Intent For Basketball

The Minnesota men’s basketball team has signed Hopkins guard Joe Coleman and Memphis guard Andre Hollins to national letters of intent.