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Amelia Rayno

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Gophers basketball transfers get better together

Gophers basketball transfers get better together

As Gophers basketball transfers Reggie Lynch and Davonte Fitzgerald sit out, they've built their games — and a friendship.
Pitino tears up script, Gophers try to avenge loss to Northwestern

Pitino tears up script, Gophers try to avenge loss to Northwestern

Gophers coach Richard Pitino said he didn't have his team prepared for the first meeting with Northwestern. The rematch comes Thursday night.
Gophers push back vs. Hoosiers but lose 74-68

Gophers push back vs. Hoosiers but lose 74-68

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.
10 reasons the Gophers basketball season has soured

10 reasons the Gophers basketball season has soured

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.
College basketball insider: Big Ten history shows bouncing back is possible

College basketball insider: Big Ten history shows bouncing back is possible

In the Big Ten annals it's made clear that success is often in close pursuit of failure.
Gophers lose to Purdue in frustrating finish

Gophers lose to Purdue in frustrating finish

The Gophers pushed No. 21 Purdue to the brink but couldn't overtake Boilermakers at Williams Arena.

NYC's spotlight to land on U teams

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…
Early foul problems plague Gophers freshman Murphy

Early foul problems plague Gophers freshman Murphy

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.
Gophers miss chance in OT for first Big Ten win

Gophers miss chance in OT for first Big Ten win

A late five-point lead disappeared before the Gophers got drubbed in overtime.
Morris finally giving Gophers a senior shot in the arm

Morris finally giving Gophers a senior shot in the arm

Carlos Morris has stepped up in recent games. His aggressive attack, combined with better rebounding, helped Minnesota keep the score close.
Gophers don't go quietly in loss to Michigan

Gophers don't go quietly in loss to Michigan

The Gophers continued to improve, but Michigan sent them to 0-7 in Big Ten Conference play.
Gophers rediscover defense; now, can they replicate it?

Gophers rediscover defense; now, can they replicate it?

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.
Gophers' energetic effort still proves futile

Gophers' energetic effort still proves futile

The Gophers hung with Indiana for most of Saturday afternoon, a handful of bad mistakes thwarted the Gophers' effort in a 70-63 loss.
Gophers sink to new depths in lopsided loss to Nebraska

Gophers sink to new depths in lopsided loss to Nebraska

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."
Pitino not looking for a 'magic trick' to change Gophers fortunes

Pitino not looking for a 'magic trick' to change Gophers fortunes

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.
Gophers lose by 25 to Northwestern, stay winless in Big Ten

Gophers lose by 25 to Northwestern, stay winless in Big Ten

There were few signs of optimism in the Gophers' latest loss.
Coffey anxious to play for Gophers — so are their fans

Coffey anxious to play for Gophers — so are their fans

Amir Coffey is busy these days, leading Hopkins to a 13-0 record. Next year, he'll be in maroon and gold.
Penn State's late 16-0 run keeps Gophers winless in Big Ten

Penn State's late 16-0 run keeps Gophers winless in Big Ten

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.
Jordan Murphy, the Gophers' quick study, still has more to learn

Jordan Murphy, the Gophers' quick study, still has more to learn

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.
Gophers give top-ranked Michigan State a scare, but lose 69-61

Gophers give top-ranked Michigan State a scare, but lose 69-61

Michigan State did what it had to vs. the Gophers.
For Gophers basketball, too much pain in the paint

For Gophers basketball, too much pain in the paint

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.
Murphy's foul trouble dooms Gophers in Big Ten opener loss

Murphy's foul trouble dooms Gophers in Big Ten opener loss

As Gophers' freshman Jordan Murphy sat out with fouls mounting, the Buckeyes pulled away from the Gophers on Wednesday night.
Big Ten basketball a big headache to figure out

Big Ten basketball a big headache to figure out

After a nonconference schedule full of surprises, the Big Ten still is puzzling as league games commence.
Gophers overwhelmed by Wisconsin-Milwaukee, fall to .500

Gophers overwhelmed by Wisconsin-Milwaukee, fall to .500

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.
Buggs is the Gophers' high-flying head-scratcher

Buggs is the Gophers' high-flying head-scratcher

The world of Charles Buggs is a place where eye-popping dunks and spine-tingling athleticism combine with perplexing decisions and strange facial expressions.
Murphy gets the message, sparks Gophers past Chicago State

Murphy gets the message, sparks Gophers past Chicago State

Richard Pitino said freshman Jordan Murphy has responded to the coach's 'constant mocking' to become a force for the Gophers.
Gophers men's basketball will try to ratchet up defense

Gophers men's basketball will try to ratchet up defense

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.
Gophers basketball drops third straight, 62-60 to Oklahoma State

Gophers basketball drops third straight, 62-60 to Oklahoma State

Trip to Sioux Falls ends with third loss in a row, this one to Oklahoma State.
After losses to S.D. teams, Gophers find they may need to talk more

After losses to S.D. teams, Gophers find they may need to talk more

Gophers' men's basketball coach Richard Pitino asked players for more talk on defense as numbers tell a tale.
Posh Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls ready for Gophers-Oklahoma St.

Posh Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls ready for Gophers-Oklahoma St.

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.

How to fix Gophers basketball team? Here's three modest proposals

After South Dakota sweep, U needs drastic changes.
Another South Dakota shocker: Gophers scorched by South Dakota State

Another South Dakota shocker: Gophers scorched by South Dakota State

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.
Gophers the latest Big Ten team to get an unhappy surprise

Gophers the latest Big Ten team to get an unhappy surprise

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.
Gophers stunned by South Dakota in two OTs

Gophers stunned by South Dakota in two OTs

Young team couldn't hang on to a six-point advantage in the first OT.
Surprisingly fast start for Jordan Murphy, the surprise Gopher

Surprisingly fast start for Jordan Murphy, the surprise Gopher

The 6-6 forward was a late arrival after dropping VCU.
Unlikely pairing helps Gophers push past Clemson

Unlikely pairing helps Gophers push past Clemson

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.
Gophers basketball squeaks by Nebraska Omaha

Gophers basketball squeaks by Nebraska Omaha

Some shaky foul shooting forced the Gophers to have to hang on at home against Nebraska Omaha.
Gophers basketball enduring too many whistles while they work

Gophers basketball enduring too many whistles while they work

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.
Tubby's revenge: Texas Tech pulls away from Gophers for 81-68 win

Tubby's revenge: Texas Tech pulls away from Gophers for 81-68 win

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
Gophers fall apart in early hours vs. Temple; no time to dwell

Gophers fall apart in early hours vs. Temple; no time to dwell

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.
Many benefits - and risks - in Gophers' basketball trip to Puerto Rico

Many benefits - and risks - in Gophers' basketball trip to Puerto Rico

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.
Gophers' second-half deficit vs. Louisiana Monroe only a blip

Gophers' second-half deficit vs. Louisiana Monroe only a blip

The Gophers reasserted themselves down the stretch after seeing a 15-point lead disappear.
Gophers men's basketball gets going in second half in season-opening victory

Gophers men's basketball gets going in second half in season-opening victory

Smaller lineup helps Gophers hit eight second-half threes, overcome slow start against Kangaroos
Hawkeyes have sights on crashing College Football Playoff party

Hawkeyes have sights on crashing College Football Playoff party

No. 8 Iowa, off to a 9-0 start, has convinced skeptics and has lofty goals.
Can Gophers make big leap? It might depend on rebounding

Can Gophers make big leap? It might depend on rebounding

Undersized and inexperienced, rebounding-challenged Gophers need all five to crash boards
This time, message to Gophers football players led to joy

This time, message to Gophers football players led to joy

Even recruits said hiring Claeys was "only option."
Gophers basketball pulls away from Southwest Minnesota State in final exhibition

Gophers basketball pulls away from Southwest Minnesota State in final exhibition

The shorthanded Gophers had trouble early vs. Southwest Minnesota State.
Other big events hurt Minneapolis quest for college football title game

Other big events hurt Minneapolis quest for college football title game

"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.

Minneapolis loses to New Orleans in bid for 2020 college football title game

Leaders say Twin Cities will bid for future games.
Amid tumult, scramble is on for new U athletics game plan

Amid tumult, scramble is on for new U athletics game plan

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.
Four freshmen expect to play big roles for Gophers men's basketball

Four freshmen expect to play big roles for Gophers men's basketball

Jordan Murphy and three other freshmen represent a big part of the rebuilding Gophers' core.

Early reaction from Jerry Kill's recruits: no change

Eighteen prep football players have committed to Jerry Kill for 2016.
Gophers newcomers learn way around the Barn

Gophers newcomers learn way around the Barn

The Gophers trotted out several first-year players during an open scrimmage.
Gophers fans remember Flip Saunders

Gophers fans remember Flip Saunders

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.
Richard Pitino defends father again, but says a coach's job is to know

Richard Pitino defends father again, but says a coach's job is to know

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.
Richard Pitino comes to father's defense regarding Louisville escort accusations

Richard Pitino comes to father's defense regarding Louisville escort accusations

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."
Rest of Big Ten agrees: Maryland is team to beat in men's basketball

Rest of Big Ten agrees: Maryland is team to beat in men's basketball

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."
Banham at power forward for Gophers? She says she's game

Banham at power forward for Gophers? She says she's game

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."
Heartbroken Huskers lead only in last-second losses

Heartbroken Huskers lead only in last-second losses

How is Nebraska only 2-4 this year? It only takes a couple seconds to explain their pain.
Gophers women's hockey celebrates last season, wins home opener

Gophers women's hockey celebrates last season, wins home opener

The Gophers and their fans celebrated last season's national title and showed they are serious about another one.
New, improved Banham expected by Gophers

New, improved Banham expected by Gophers

The fifth-year senior, back after a torn ACL, is near the school career women's basketball scoring record.
Northwestern football not wilting this season

Northwestern football not wilting this season

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.
Gophers sweep Northwestern in home volleyball opener

Gophers sweep Northwestern in home volleyball opener

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.
Freshman, senior expected to lead No. 1 Gophers women's hockey

Freshman, senior expected to lead No. 1 Gophers women's hockey

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.
Another MAC attack: Ohio should be a tougher test for Gophers

Another MAC attack: Ohio should be a tougher test for Gophers

Kent State put up a fight last week against the Gophers. Frank Solich's Ohio Bobcats are better.
Eric Curry completes Pitino's best recruiting class

Eric Curry completes Pitino's best recruiting class

Eric Curry — a top-150 prospect in the 2016 class — committed to Minnesota, capping a momentous week for the Gophers and coach Richard Pitino.
Gophers recruit Coffey asks Arkansas star to join him

Gophers recruit Coffey asks Arkansas star to join him

Hopkins' Amir Coffey is trying to persuade friend Eric Curry to join Gophers.
Hopkins star Amir Coffey picks Gophers

Hopkins star Amir Coffey picks 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.
Amir Coffey, state's top basketball recruit, will reveal college choice

Amir Coffey, state's top basketball recruit, will reveal college choice

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.
U track complex to be built on East Bank, not on golf course

U track complex to be built on East Bank, not on golf course

Its final site is undecided, but the U's golf course is no longer an option.
Gophers' defense gives Colorado State pause

Gophers' defense gives Colorado State pause

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.
Wasted chances hurt Gophers in sold-out season opener

Wasted chances hurt Gophers in sold-out season opener

"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.
U's Teague quits after groping women, sending graphic texts

U's Teague quits after groping women, sending graphic texts

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.
Star Tribune's Rayno adds own story to Teague scandal

Star Tribune's Rayno adds own story to Teague scandal

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.
U athletic chief quits after admitting he harassed 2 women

U athletic chief quits after admitting he harassed 2 women

Drunken advances lead to downfall at a critical time for U sports
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