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Richard Pitino's team earned by far the lowest academic score of all Gophers sports. If a program's four-year average score dips too low, postseason bans or a loss of scholarships could be assessed.
Dwayne Springs said he and his son were told Akeem would have the chance to compete for a starting spot, a major factor in his commitment to Richard Pitino's team.
The transfer of Kevin Dorsey's gives the Gophers another scholarship to use as early as next season, if they wish.
Kris Jenkins' pull-up three-pointer wins it for Villanova, countering the heroics of North Carolina's Marcus Paige only seconds before.
Dorsey, Nate Mason and Dupree McBrayer were suspended after reports surfaced of a sex video appearing on a social media account belonging to Dorsey.
The question irritates him; his players say he's having too much fun to quit.
Tar Heels and Wildcats, big winners in semis, will employ clashing styles and lineups in bid for title.
After missing their first 12 three-point shots, the Tar Heels made four of their last five to eliminate the Orange.
Wildcats shoot 71.4 percent on their way to Final Four record rout of Oklahoma
Oklahoma's hot-shooting Buddy Hield is finally getting his Final Four spotlight moment. The Sooners play Villanova in Saturday night's Final Four semifinals.
As the Final Four approaches, there is the sense that the squad that downed Kansas, the No. 1 overall seed, could be sneaking up on people. Villanova an underdog? Hey, it's been a strange year.
Gophers guards Nate Mason, Kevin Dorsey and Dupree McBrayer were suspended for this season's final four games. All will be permitted back to the team next season.
The casualties added up vs. Kentucky, but Indiana reached the Sweet 16 with a 73-67 second-round victory in Des Moines.
Indiana makes Sweet 16 despite casualties in marquee matchup.
Indiana and Kentucky ended a heated series four years ago. It bubbles back up Saturday in Des Moines during the NCAA tournament second round.
Des Moines officials said this week that an additional 25,000 people were expected in the city for games including college basketball powers Kansas, Kentucky, Indiana and UConn.
College basketball writer Amelia Rayno writes: "The No. 1 seeds aren't that untouchable and the No. 12, 13 and 14 seeds aren't that far behind. This is the year to do something crazy like..."
Michigan State stayed alive for Sunday's final against Purdue and held on to its perch as the league's best chance to make waves in the NCAA tournament, which begins Tuesday.
Sports Illustrated wrote Wednesday that since 2010 each of the 11 NCAA basketball programs that had booked tours with Promosport & Tours — a company on Gran Canaria, a tiny Spanish island — also had signed at least one player who competed at Canarias Basketball Academy, an elite basketball program on the island.
The most tumultuous Gophers basketball season in recent memory ended with a 33-point loss to Illinois and the fewest victories in a season since 1968.
Out of necessity, freshman walk-on Stephon Sharp has filled a big hole in the backcourt for a Gophers team that has dealt with setback after setback.
Gophers men's basketball coach Richard Pitino delivered his strongest hint yet that the punishments for three suspended guards might not be final, when he…
Support for Richard Pitino in some high places in and around the university has not greatly eroded even though the Gophers basketball team's woes.
It's been a trying season on and off the court for the Gophers but Joey King has reflected on the big picture — three years of opportunity he never thought he'd get.
"I would be lying if I said that I wasn't concerned about some of this stuff, and some of the things that have happened over there this year," said Richard Coffey.
Minnesota has dropped two in a row after snapping a historically bad 14-game losing streak with back-to-back wins for their first league victories of the year.
After discussions with Gophers AD Beth Goetz and staff, basketball coach Richard Pitino reversed an earlier stance and suspended three players for the remainder of the season.
Video of a sex act appeared on the social media sites of Gophers freshman guard Kevin Dorsey on Friday night. He was one of three players suspended for Sunday's game at Illinois.
The Gophers guard has found a groove after a slow start that had him recalling his mom's message.
Looking like a team facing the cold, sobering reality of morning after a night of partying, the Gophers slogged through the opening minutes before extending Rutgers' Big Ten winless streak to 29 games.
Since joining Minnesota two summers ago, the big man from West Africa has gained a reputation for attacking just about everything in his life — from school, to basketball, to salsa dancing — at full force.
Tubby Smith's Texas Tech squad is among the teams on the NCAA tournament bubble. Wisconsin, Michigan and Clemson are there, too.
The win snapped a 14-game losing streak, the Gophers' worst start to league play in program history, and a stretch of 17 losses in 18 games.
Thursday night's victory set off the first court rush of the Richard Pitino era, and the coach had a message for his daughter two months in the making.
Coach Richard Pitino wouldn't say why he booted one of the team captains before tonight's game with No. 6 Maryland. "We addressed it and we move on."
The loss was the Gophers' 14th in a row and 17th in 18 games, and it further deepened the worst start to Big Ten play in program history.
The interim athletic director, who took over last summer after Norwood Teague's resignation, said that she will apply for the job.
There are some unusual programs leading the way around the nation this season.
The Gophers trailed by 17 points with 7:30 remaining, but went on a 19-4 run to make the game interesting before falling short.
As Gophers basketball transfers Reggie Lynch and Davonte Fitzgerald sit out, they've built their games — and a friendship.
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.
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