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Gophers coach Richard Pitino said he didn't have his team prepared for the first meeting with Northwestern. The rematch comes Thursday night.
The Gophers battled and shoved their way to the rim all afternoon, but when the game was on the line, Minnesota settled for jump shots and lost its 11th straight game.
From sloppy defense to a problem sharing the ball on offense, college basketball Amelia Rayno gives the reasons why coach Richard Pitino's Minnesota team is winless in the Big Ten.
In the Big Ten annals it's made clear that success is often in close pursuit of failure.
The Gophers pushed No. 21 Purdue to the brink but couldn't overtake Boilermakers at Williams Arena.
The University of Minnesota is playing its role in helping the Big Ten's reach extend eastward.The school announced Wednesday that the Gophers will participate in…
Throughout a season marked by team-wide struggles, Jordan Murphy's foul trouble early in games might be among the most concerning for the Gophers heading into Wednesday's game against Purdue.
A late five-point lead disappeared before the Gophers got drubbed in overtime.
Carlos Morris has stepped up in recent games. His aggressive attack, combined with better rebounding, helped Minnesota keep the score close.
The Gophers continued to improve, but Michigan sent them to 0-7 in Big Ten Conference play.
Using a man-to-man defense against Indiana last weekend helped the Gophers. Coach Richard Pitino said he hopes the strong game inspires the players' confidence, a missing ingredient for a couple of weeks.
The Gophers hung with Indiana for most of Saturday afternoon, a handful of bad mistakes thwarted the Gophers' effort in a 70-63 loss.
Coach Richard Pitino called the team "extremely unconfident" and said the Gophers' offensive, defensive and rebounding struggles are the "recipe to lose a lot of games."
The weight of another 0-4 start to Big Ten play — and the pressure to avoid matching last year's 0-5 start when the Gophers visit Nebraska on Tuesday — is palpable now.
There were few signs of optimism in the Gophers' latest loss.
Amir Coffey is busy these days, leading Hopkins to a 13-0 record. Next year, he'll be in maroon and gold.
The Gophers led Penn State 71-63 with 6:06 left, but were held to only one basket down the stretch in losing for the seventh time in eight games.
The San Antonio native has recorded five double-doubles in the past eight games. But he still needs to up his game in some areas to be effective in the Big Ten.
Michigan State did what it had to vs. the Gophers.
The Gophers' poor play in the post takes a large share of the blame for five losses over the past six games. And No. 1 Michigan State is in town Saturday.
As Gophers' freshman Jordan Murphy sat out with fouls mounting, the Buckeyes pulled away from the Gophers on Wednesday night.
After a nonconference schedule full of surprises, the Big Ten still is puzzling as league games commence.
The Gophers hoped to head into the holidays and the Big Ten schedule with a winning record and a reason for optimism. Instead, they are a frustrated team with unhappy fans.
The world of Charles Buggs is a place where eye-popping dunks and spine-tingling athleticism combine with perplexing decisions and strange facial expressions.
Richard Pitino said freshman Jordan Murphy has responded to the coach's 'constant mocking' to become a force for the Gophers.
Coach Richard Pitino said matchups, especially against good passing and shooting teams, have contributed to the Gophers' limited press. The Gophers scoring defense is tied for 240th nationally.
Trip to Sioux Falls ends with third loss in a row, this one to Oklahoma State.
Gophers' men's basketball coach Richard Pitino asked players for more talk on defense as numbers tell a tale.
The main floor of the Sioux Falls arena seats 3,250 and combines executive suites and high-definition video boards with 1950s and '60s design.
After South Dakota sweep, U needs drastic changes.
Entering the weekend, Minnesota had not lost to either South Dakota or South Dakota State in 31 combined meetings. The Jackrabbits led by 23 at halftime Tuesday and were never threatened.
Already this season, there have been seven upsets in "guarantee games" — when big schools pay smaller schools to play in their buildings — among Big Ten teams.
Young team couldn't hang on to a six-point advantage in the first OT.
The 6-6 forward was a late arrival after dropping VCU.
Freshman Jordan Murphy scored 24 points and senior Joey King added 17 as the Gophers used a new combination in the frontcourt to rally past Clemson.
Some shaky foul shooting forced the Gophers to have to hang on at home against Nebraska Omaha.
More trouble could be ahead with Friday's opponent, Nebraska Omaha, which sports a fast-paced, driving game that could spur another flurry of whistles.
Minnesota's offense never got going vs. Texas Tech, and lapses on the boards and on defense proved too much to overcome as the Gophers lost to Tubby Smith, their former coach
Temple went on a 13-2 run to win Thursday morning's matchup in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Gophers are back on the court at 9:30 a.m. Friday.
The events bring great exposure, challenging competition, bonding opportunities and provide another recruiting draw. But problems can arise too. The Gophers play Temple at 10:30 a.m.
The Gophers reasserted themselves down the stretch after seeing a 15-point lead disappear.
Smaller lineup helps Gophers hit eight second-half threes, overcome slow start against Kangaroos
No. 8 Iowa, off to a 9-0 start, has convinced skeptics and has lofty goals.
Undersized and inexperienced, rebounding-challenged Gophers need all five to crash boards
Even recruits said hiring Claeys was "only option."
The shorthanded Gophers had trouble early vs. Southwest Minnesota State.
"In a way we are a victim of our own success," said Michele Kelm-Helgen, chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and a member of the bid committee.
Leaders say Twin Cities will bid for future games.
The renewed anticipation over a state-of-the-art home for Gophers athletics came just two days after football coach Jerry Kill left fans reeling with his resignation.
Jordan Murphy and three other freshmen represent a big part of the rebuilding Gophers' core.
Eighteen prep football players have committed to Jerry Kill for 2016.
The Gophers trotted out several first-year players during an open scrimmage.
Just before the start of the Gophers basketball intrasquad scrimmage on Sunday evening, an image of a young, baby-faced Philip "Flip" Saunders flashed across the Jumbotron in the arena he loved so much.
The elder Pitino is at the center of an NCAA investigation looking into claims raised in a recently published book that contains firsthand accounts from a former escort in Louisville.
At Big Ten Media Day, Richard Pitino addressed for the first time the accusations detailed in a recently released book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen."
The Terrapins have risen to the top — at least if you believe the preseason predictions — prompting rival coaches at Big Ten media day to gush and use words like "elite" and "cream of the crop."
Asked whether she thought she'd ever play that spot — or all four positions in college except for center — she said Thursday at Big Ten media day: "No, not at all, but I like it."
How is Nebraska only 2-4 this year? It only takes a couple seconds to explain their pain.
The Gophers and their fans celebrated last season's national title and showed they are serious about another one.
The fifth-year senior, back after a torn ACL, is near the school career women's basketball scoring record.
The Wildcats' ability to move past obstacles is a big part of why they are 4-0 and the biggest surprise in the Big Ten West. Minnesota travels to Evanston on Saturday.
Minnesota continued its strong start to Big Ten play Wednesday, blanking Northwestern 3-0 two days after bouncing up to No. 16 in this week's American Volleyball Coaches Association poll.
Senior veteran Hannah Brandt and hotshot freshman Sarah Potomak are expected to lead defending champion Minnesota on its charge for a fourth national title in five years.
Kent State put up a fight last week against the Gophers. Frank Solich's Ohio Bobcats are better.
Eric Curry — a top-150 prospect in the 2016 class — committed to Minnesota, capping a momentous week for the Gophers and coach Richard Pitino.
Hopkins' Amir Coffey is trying to persuade friend Eric Curry to join Gophers.
Amir Coffey, one of the nation's top high school basketball players, announced Monday that he plans to attend Minnesota after his senior season at Hopkins High School.
Minnesota is one of eight schools, including five in the Big Ten, that the Hopkins High School star is considering. His father played for the Gophers.
Its final site is undecided, but the U's golf course is no longer an option.
Colorado State scored 65 points in Week 1 but did a double-take after noting the Gophers' stats on defense vs. then-No. 2 TCU.
"There are definitely plays we'd like to have back, but we are going to keep moving forward and keep getting better," quarterback Mitch Leidner vowed.
University of Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague resigned Friday amid revelations that he sexually harassed two female university employees — inappropriately touching both at a university-sponsored event, and sending a slew of graphic texts to one.
When former University of Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague abruptly resigned on Friday amid sexual harassment complaints, some wondered if other shiver-inducing tales would emerge. I knew of one more: mine.
Drunken advances lead to downfall at a critical time for U sports
Coach Richard Pitino hopes the 10-day trip to Spain will foster closeness.
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