Minnesota's Sampson Still An Up-And-Down PerformerRalph 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.
Illinois Holds Off Minnesota 81-72 In Double OTBrandon 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.
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.
Minnesota Defeats St. Peter's 69-47Ralph 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.
Minnesota Beats Appalachian State 70-56Rodney Williams tied a career-high with 18 points as Minnesota held off Appalachian State 70-56 Tuesday night.
Gophers Bracing To Move On Without MbakweWhen 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.
Mbakwe, Sampson Lead Minnesota Over Bemidji StateTrevor Mbakwe had 17 points and Ralph Sampson III scored 15, leading Minnesota to a 71-58 exhibition victory over Bemidji State on Tuesday night.
Gopher Basketball Season Starts Tonight With Tipoff PartyThe 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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