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Coach Richard Pitino had a different sales pitch for each of the three players who chose the Gophers men's basketball team this spring.
The Big Ten tournament champions are in a familiar spot: unseeded and traveling cross-country to another tough regional. The Gophers open play Friday night vs. Texas in Seattle.
The Lynx guard is also focused on recruiting for her Gophers women's basketball program. "I don't know who could turn down the opportunity to play with Lindsay," recruit Sara Scalia of Stillwater said.
Jason Bargy is the highest-rated recruit to commit to Minnesota since Carter Coughlin. The team also received a verbal commitment from a junior college linebacker.
Mercedes Staples had committed to Clemson, but the point guard from Utah reopened her college search after the head coach was fired and chose Minnesota.
Oklahoma State is a perennial Big 12 contender, winning 20 or more games seven times in the past 10 seasons.
An advisory committee can help steer borderline NBA prospects toward the draft or back to school. Richard Pitino is glad power forward Jordan Murphy is returning this fall.
Row The Boat and Ink That Arm: Incoming wide receiver Rashod Bateman got his coach's favorite saying tattooed on his arm.
Sara Scalia, a 5-10 guard, averaged 26.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.8 steals this season for the 17-11 Ponies.
The Gophers are one assistant coach and two players short of a full roster after offseason changes and a turbulent April recruiting season.
Danielle O'Banion, who was an associate head coach at Memphis this season, coached Lindsay Whalen as a player with the Gophers on Pam Borton's staff
The Lynx guard will start training camp Sunday while keeping in touch with her U assistants
The 60-page Rice Commission report on men's college basketball is expected to result in major changes, some of them coming as early as the 2018-19 season.
He will have two years of eligibility left after sitting out the 2018-19 season.
"There's not a living room she won't be able to get into," Gophers athletic director Mark Coyle said about new women's basketball coach Lindsay Whalen.
Lindsay Whalen says she feels prepared for the Gophers women's basketball job in part because of the Hall of Fame coaches she has played under.
Predicting where Carlie Wagner will be drafted or if she will at all is difficult. But her growth during four years with the Gophers put her in position to have this opportunity
Richard Pitino loses a strong Twin Cities recruiter in Ben Johnson, but gains an assistant with a strong coaching and recruiting record in Rob Jeter.
Former Gophers star Lindsay Whalen, 35, has given no public indication that she won't play for the Lynx during the upcoming WNBA season.
Jamir Harris, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound freshman, averaged 3.9 points and had 38 three-point field goals in 28 games this season
You can bet college basketball will look different before the 2019 Final Four at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. But how much different?
In this NCAA tournament, there was Villanova and then there was everybody else.
This March Madness is proof that more teams are following the Golden State Warriors model.
Hurt, a 6-9 five-star forward at Rochester John Marshall, was chosen to be on the U.S. junior national select team, which scrimmaged against players from around the world Saturday in San Antonio.
Moe Wagner was one of the most memorable players in this NCAA tournament even before he carried Michigan to tonight's title game against Villanova.
Star Tribune college basketball reporter Marcus Fuller takes a look at Michigan vs. Villanova ahead of Monday's game.
Michigan is one win away from ending the Big Ten's national championship drought, which dates to 200. But Wolverines coach John Beilein doesn't want his team to think about that entering Monday's game.
The bad guys from a perceived bad league are moving on. And the 11th-seeded Ramblers' storied run finally came to an end in a 69-57 loss to third-seeded Michigan in the first national semifinal at the Alamodome.
"I feel bad for Kansas," said Villanova coach Jay Wright, whose team will try to win its second national title in three seasons. "They're a great team; we just made every shot. And that happens sometimes."
Former Ramblers Jerry Harkness and Les Hunter talked about their inspirational national championship run.
The architect of Loyola's midmajor success from "rock bottom" is in it to see it through.
This time around, Jalen Brunson will most likely be the guy if his team cuts down the nets again.
The second semifinal pits the two No. 1 seeds that survived the first two weekends of this year's tournament.
The Cinderella story of this year's tournament faces a Big Ten team on a roll.
Three Final Four teams have at least one key contributor whose college career began elsewhere.
Carson Shanks transferred to Loyola after reaching the NCAA tournament with North Dakota last year, and said he has received text messages and calls from several players from Minnesota.
Davonte Fitzgerald earned his bachelor's degree in December and can transfer to another program without sitting out a season.
Destiny Pitts, the Big Ten freshman of the year, and all but three seniors will be back next season motivated to return to the NCAA tournament for a deeper run.
Minnesota was trying to make its first women's Sweet 16 appearance since 2005, but were done in by high-scoring Oregon and its spectacular star Sabrina Ionescu.
Carlie Wagner, Jessie Edwards and Bryanna Fernstrom were thrilled with reaching NCAAs, winning in first round.
If you like offense, you're in for a treat Sunday. In Division I women's basketball, only Connecticut and Baylor average more than the Gophers' 85.3 points per game. Oregon isn't that far behind at ninth (82.1).
Down 13 points in the third quarter, the 10th-seeded Gophers came alive down the stretch to win 89-77 against No. 7 seed Green Bay.
The Gophers set an NCAA tournament school record with 10 three-pointers vs. the Phoenix. Destiny Pitts led the team in threes, shooting 5-for-7 from beyond the arc
Senior scoring machine Carlie Wagner is the only player remaining from the Minnesota team that last played in the Big Dance in 2015, when it lost in the opening round to DePaul.
Green Bay women's basketball coach Kevin Borseth has picked up where he left off with the Phoenix.
From top seeds to top point guards to top match-ups, here are 14 things to watch as the NCAA men's basketball tournament starts with tonight's play-in games.
The Gophers were a bit on edge Monday after the selection show displayed a graphic of them as one of eight teams fighting for the final four spots.
Four teams this season argue they have as good a chance as any of their Big Ten predecessors to win the title.
The Gophers (23-8), who finished fourth in the Big Ten, are having a selection show viewing party for fans at Williams Arena on Monday night.
But FBI probe lingers in background of college basketball's biggest month.
The Gophers led the up-temo Big Ten semifinal early, but Ohio State went on a big run to finish.
A berth in the Big Ten semifinals was the only way Carlie Wagner's family would see her play this week.
The Gophers women's basketball team lost 90-88 to top-seeded Ohio State in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament.
After losing a 12-point lead in the first half, Minnesota had to fight off a Big Ten player of the year Megan Gustafson's Big Ten tournament record 48 points
The Big Ten freshman of the year opened the game 1-for-12 from three-point range. But Destiny Pitts scored 11 of her 14 points on 3-for-4 shooting from beyond the arc in the fourth quarter.
The Gophers were just 15-16 in junior Kenisha Bell's first season, but the team has blossomed behind her and senior guard Carlie Wagner into an NCAA contender.
The Gophers ended with losses in 14 of their final 16 games but could get better quickly with a restocked roster of healthy veterans and three recruits from the Twin Cities.
Marcus Fuller projects next season's Gophers starters and top reserves.
Isaiah Washington, a Harlem native, was the top recruit in Minnesota's 2017 class out of St. Raymond's High School in the Bronx.
Amid the team's struggles, Gophers' junior Jordan Murphy is finishing his best season. His parents moved to the Twin Cities from Texas so they could see his games.
Jordan Murphy averaged 17 points per game and also broke the program's single-season rebound mark with 352; Nate Mason only received honorable mention.
Kenisha Bell and Carlie Wagner were named All-Big Ten first team Monday by both media and coaches, and Destiny Pitts was selected as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
The Gophers finished the regular season with their 13th loss in 15 games after getting blitzed to open the second half. They open the Big ten tournament on Wednesday as the 11th seed.
Richard Pitino is confident in his program, which was reviewed by the U earlier this season. But like many, the coach is looking for answers as more layers of corruption are exposed.
A motivated Nate Mason put Monday's stinging loss behind him and finished his career at Williams Arena with 33 points in an 86-82 win Wednesday night against the Hawkeyes.
Gophers sophomore guard Amir Coffey is on the road to a long recovery process after successful surgery on his right shoulder Wednesday.Coffey, a 6-foot-8…
Whenever point guard Nate Mason faced adversity during his University of Minnesota career, he believed he had the strength to overcome it.
The Gophers led by seven with six minutes to play and by three with 13 seconds left. But key mistakes and a call they disagreed with combined to send them to their ninth straight loss.
The two-sport standout in high school is ignoring a shoulder injury to be a Badgers bright spot as they prepare to face the Gophers.
The sophomore has missed 10 of the past 12 games because of an injured right shoulder.
Coach Tom Izzo has chosen not to address any of the reports accusing his university of covering up sexual assault allegations against his program.
Already without four top players, mistakes by the Gophers basketball team now turn tight games into blowouts like Friday's at Assembly Hall because the talent and depth just isn't there.
Even going undefeated in the last five regular-season games wouldn't be enough to get the Gophers men's basketball team into the NCAA tournament for a second consecutive year.
Mason's 34 points, Murphy's latest double-double fail to save U vs. Huskers.
Amir Coffey, the Gophers' third-leading scorer at 14 points per game, missed his third consecutive game against Nebraska on Tuesday.
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