Ralph Sampson III

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Gophers Aim For Breakthrough Season Under Smith

Minnesota coach Tubby Smith has yet to win an NCAA tournament game since his celebrated arrival at the school five years ago.


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Minnesota Can Smile After Whipping Nebraska 81-69

Chip Armelin scored a career-high 20 points with seven rebounds, Rodney Williams had 16 points, eight rebounds and three crowd-pleasing dunks and Minnesota stopped a six-game losing streak with an 81-69 win over Nebraska on Saturday.


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Iowa Tops Minnesota 63-59

For about 37 minutes, Iowa and Minnesota played a weird game that leaned slightly toward the Gophers. Then Devyn Marble took over, providing an emphatic finish to a game that wasn’t clear until the final seconds.


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No. 10 Michigan State Tops Minnesota For Izzo’s 400th

Draymond Green had 22 points, 14 rebounds and six assists to help No. 10 Michigan State beat Minnesota 68-52 Wednesday night and give coach Tom Izzo his 400th win.


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Minnesota’s Sampson Still An Up-And-Down Performer

Ralph Sampson III came to Minnesota more than three years ago with a famous name and a 6-foot-11 frame, bringing plenty of potential to coach Tubby Smith’s program.


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Illinois Holds Off Minnesota 81-72 In Double OT

Brandon Paul scored a breakaway dunk that put Illinois ahead in double overtime Tuesday night and Meyers Leonard hit the layup that sealed the 81-72 victory over Minnesota.


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Sampson, Gophers Edge North Dakota State 63-59

Ralph Sampson III had 15 points, six rebounds and four blocks and Rodney Williams added 14 points and eight boards to lift Minnesota to a 63-59 victory over plucky North Dakota State on Thursday night.


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Minnesota Defeats St. Peter’s 69-47

Ralph Sampson III scored a season-high 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds in his return to the starting lineup, leading Minnesota to its fourth straight win, 69-47 over Saint Peter’s on Saturday.


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Minnesota Beats Appalachian State 70-56

Rodney Williams tied a career-high with 18 points as Minnesota held off Appalachian State 70-56 Tuesday night.


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Gophers Bracing To Move On Without Mbakwe

When Trevor Mbakwe crumpled to the court with a torn ligament in his right knee on Sunday, the Minnesota Gophers lost one of the most valuable players in the country.


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Mbakwe, Sampson Lead Minnesota Over Bemidji State

Trevor Mbakwe had 17 points and Ralph Sampson III scored 15, leading Minnesota to a 71-58 exhibition victory over Bemidji State on Tuesday night.


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Gopher Basketball Season Starts Tonight With Tipoff Party

The University of Minnesota men’s basketball season gets underway officially Friday night. The Gophers are hosting a tempered version of “Midnight Madness” at 7 p.m. at Williams Arena.


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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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Sampson Declares For Draft, But No Agent Yet

Minnesota’s Ralph Sampson III is among 89 players who filed as early entry candidates for this year’s NBA draft.


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Golden Gopher Daily Update

The Gopher Men’s Basketball team is at Michigan Saturday night. Mike Grimm chatted with Gopher big man Ralph Sampson III who likes the way his team is playing.


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Sampson Propels Minnesota Past Wofford 69-55

With more help down low, Ralph Sampson III is finally feeling more freedom to assert himself all over the court. Sampson scored 20 points and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds to lead Minnesota to a 69-55 victory over Wofford on Friday night.