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Jordan Murphy had 20 points and 18 rebounds, while Isaiah Washington had a double-double of his own with 14 points and a career-high 13 assists.
With Dupree McBrayer out of town to be at his mother's wake, Richard Pitino likely will look to Brock Stull to fill one of the backcourt spots alongside Amir Coffey and Gabe Kalscheur.
Daniel Oturu had a career-best 19 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in Saturday's 72-56 victory over Arkansas State.
Amir Coffey showed what he can do with a big game against Nebraska. Now, the Gophers want to see more: drive hard, push the ball up court or take open jumpers.
Amir Coffey's 32 points vs. Nebraska guided the Gophers' inspired play for senior guard Dupree McBrayer, who lost his mother to a battle with cancer on Monday.
Players from both teams honored Dupree McBrayer's mother on the court and tributes showed up all across social media to Tayra McFarlane, 58, who died Monday.
Tayra McFarlane, who died at age 58 on Monday in New York after a battle with cancer, taught her three sons to be tough, work hard and stay out of trouble while raising them as a single mom in Queens.
The Gophers didn't look ready for the toughness of the Big Ten and were completely overmatched physically in a 79-59 loss against the No. 16 Buckeyes on Sunday.
Highlights from the Gophers' 79-59 loss at No. 16 Ohio State on Sunday.
Seven Big Ten teams were ranked in the latest poll, the most since 1999. And 10 teams received Associated Press Top 25 votes, including the Gophers.
Jordan Murphy's 24 points and 16 rebounds helped the Gophers, who led by 18 at one point, fend off the Cowboys and erase some memories of a loss at Boston College.
A stretch of 18 days and five games away from their home court continues Friday night for the Gophers, when they take on Oklahoma State at U.S. Bank Stadium, site of the Final Four in April.
Five games into his Gophers career, Gabe Kalscheur already has established himself as a steady shot with good defensive instincts.
The Gophers shot just 26 percent from the field in the first half, but erased a nine-point deficit and finished the game off in style in the final seconds.
Now that Jordan Murphy is the Gophers' career leading rebounder, he has his sights set on other big goals.
The freshman made seven three-pointers to lead all scorers with a career-high 25 points.
The 6-9 redshirt sophomore is out at least another two weeks after having surgery on his previously injured left knee before the season.
The bench provided a lift in their Vancouver Showcase opener.
The Gophers looked sloppy at times handling the ball, but relied on defense to salt away a five-point win over Texas A&M.
The Gophers' nonconference schedule has lost some luster thanks to unexpected losses, but any high-major foe will do. First up: Texas A&M on Sunday in Vancouver.
When it comes to in-state talent, Richard Pitino is at zero so far for 2019, and Rochester John Marshall's five-star forward, Matthew Hurt, has every major program after him and won't sign until the spring period.
Freshman Gabe Kalscheur scored 12 of his team-best 19 points in the first half and hit five three-pointers as the U defeated last season's NIT runner-up.
While not being able to convince any top-tier teams to come to the Barn, Gophers coach Richard Pitino felt like he delivered by scheduling tougher opponents such as the Utes.
Daniel Oturu, Gabe Kalscheur and Jarvis Omersa have the chance to make the biggest impact of any crop of freshmen in recent program history.
Marcus Carr transferred from Pittsburgh in the offseason and had hoped to play this year, instead of sitting out, per NCAA rules.But his waiver request to play this season was denied
Minnesota started 2018-19 with little fanfare from national media. But Tuesday's 104-76 victory over Omaha showcased what's possible from a team coming off a sub-.500 season notable for its run of injuries.
Toronto native Marcus Carr averaged 10 points and started 27 games for Pittsburgh in 2017-18. The NCAA still hasn't made a decision on his waiver request to play for the Gophers this season.
Gophers quietly open season and display depth by dismantling Omaha
Nate Mason wishes he would have had surgery before last season and was now getting ready to be a redshirt senior. He thinks delaying surgery caused him to miss his chance at pro basketball.
Amir Coffey's shoulder. Dupree McBrayer's leg. Nate Mason's hip and ankle. Eric Curry's knee. Injuries defined a 2017-18 that collapsed into a losing record.
A look at five issues facing the Gophers as the season tips off.
They hit their first 11 shots from the floor on their way to a 56-point victory.
Jordan Murphy was the team's only dependable inside presence at the end of last season. But he should get some help from freshman Daniel Oturu and, when healthy, sophomore Eric Curry.
After he tore multiple ligaments and his meniscus in August 2017, Eric Curry was fully cleared on Oct. 20 and played in the private scrimmage at Creighton the same day.
Gophers basketball fans getting a first glimpse of the 2018-19 team came away with a pretty clear theme from Sunday's Maroon and Gold scrimmage:
Gophers coach Richard Pitino admits he has fun “shaming” players on his basketball team that don’t go hard enough in practice, so he came…
For the first time, Tom Izzo on Thursday vehemently defended himself and his program against criticism he faced last season after reports surfaced that Michigan State poorly handled sexual assault allegations.
After being hampered by injuries to end a disappointing 15-17 campaign in March, the Gophers' most versatile offensive players are showing they are ready to be leaders in the backcourt this year.
When it comes to the NCAA Women's Final Four and Minnesota, the first thing that comes to mind is Lindsay Whalen's memorable run with the Gophers in 2004.
Richard Pitino has made it obvious, Lindsay Whalen said, that he's willing and able to help her find her way as Gophers basketball coach.
The Huskies, expected to be Pac-12 contenders, are the late addition to the slate, after Vancouver Showcase scheduling plans fell through.
The 6-8 forward is a Detroit native who plays at Sunrise Academy in Kansas. "Minnesota was just different," Tray Jackson said.
The Gophers will face the toughest early-season stretch since Richard Pitino became coach before the 2013 season. That includes two games in the Vancouver Showcase in November, with a third game possible.
Tough Big Ten stretch in January highlights new coach's debut schedule.
Three of the final four Big Ten games for Richard Pitino's team are on the road.
Excitement was in the air about Whalen soon focusing her full attention on being the Gophers women's basketball coach.
Julian and Jacob Huff have been models of hard work and academic achievement for the Gophers. They're still waiting for that one season when they can make an impact together.
The NCAA adopted a series of sweeping new legislation and policy Wednesday that University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler called, "Perhaps historically remarkable."
Describing Matthew Hurt as a sharpshooting, slam-dunking, shot-blocking 6-foot-9 forward who can play inside or outside -- and his brother plays for the Gophers.
Sophomore Eric Curry is on a conservative recovery path this summer after last year's knee injury, and the Memphis native hopes to again be a major contributor at center.
Jalen Suggs won his second gold medal with a U.S. national team Sunday, adding to a successful summer of international basketball for Minnesota prospects.
Tuesday night at Target Field, the first All-Metro Sports Awards gala brought 500 people — high school athletes, coaches, athletic leaders, family, friends and fans — together to celebrate the best sports moments of the 2017-18 seasons.
Geno Crandall, an all-Big Sky who is transferring from North Dakota, has visited with the Gophers, Gonzaga and Xavier after getting only a couple of offers while playing in high school.
Next season, Jordan Murphy looks like the leading candidate to be the first Minnesota player drafted since 2004. But there could also be a rich pipeline ahead.
7-foot center Matz Stockman, who came to the U from Louisville, will transfer before playing a game with the Gophers.
The momentum to end the one-and-done era in college basketball has begun, and at least two young stars from Minnesota's 2020 graduating class could face this decision: scholarship or the pros.
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.
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