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The Drexel forward might be just the first to check out the U campus.
With Rochester's Matthew Hurt set to announce his college choice - which will not be Minnesota - coach Richard Pitino has turned the page to 2020. Can he be more successful with another group that's attracting national attention?
Sam Freeman, who picked the Gophers over Virginia Tech earlier this month, averaged 13.5 points, 11 rebounds and 1.5 blocks this season for his prep team in Texas.
The Gophers have up to four scholarships still available for the Class of 2019 with the spring recruiting period starting Wednesday.
Four, possibly five, slots to be filled in next month.
This will be the third game for the Gophers at the Sanford Pentagon, which included playing Oklahoma State in 2015 and Vanderbilt in 2016.
College Basketball Insider: Successful teams take a page from the past to build winners for the future.
These two programs have never played each other. Here's a look at how this historic first meeting might play out in Monday's national championship.
As entertaining as the past couple of weeks of this year's NCAA tournament have been, it will take a lot for Monday's national championship game to crack this list of the top 10 title games.
The proposed change to the graduate-transfer rule would put colleges on the hook for a two-year scholarship commitment, instead of just one season.
Timetable on addressing NCAA violators, rules changes unclear.
Although he doesn't personally know about the relationship Tom Izzo has with his players, Chris Beard said "there's no doubt" that there's a lot of trust involved, just like in his Red Raiders program.
Even though he has declared and will work with an agent, new NCAA rules allow for Amir Coffey's return to the Gophers next fall for his senior season.
The Big Ten team will try to defend its 3-on-3 championship title during Final Four weekend this year, with another Gophers All-Big Ten standout leading…
Richard Pitino said he couldn't play everyone when referring to Washington, and the Gophers coach decided to use 6-foot-8 Amir Coffey as his main point guard.
Coaches lean on each other a lot for advice about how to deal with everything surrounding the event. Even Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, who's bringing a team for the eighth time, still asks for help.
Making an NCAA tournament run is Minnesota's goal next season, but coach Richard Pitino's biggest challenge is replacing one of the program's all-time greats.
Minnesota fans packed Wells Fargo Arena for both the Gophers' NCAA tournament games.
No. 2 seed Michigan State, which turned its season around and won the conference tournament, squares off against a Gophers team that in the opening round turned in its best performance of the season vs. Louisville.
Saturday's Gophers/Spartans game will be the earliest two Big Ten teams have played in the NCAA tournament since the expansion to 64 teams in 1985
Only a dozen of the 353 teams in Division I have fewer three-point baskets than the Gophers, who hit 11 of them in beating Louisville and moving into a Saturday night game against No. 2-seed Michigan State.
In the second round Saturday, the Gophers will need Jordan Murphy at his best against No. 2 seed Michigan State, who won the Big Ten regular-season and conference tournament titles.
The Cardinals ranked second in the ACC in three-point attempts overall (834) and first in free-throw shooting percentage (77.5), which is on pace for a school record.
The upperclassmen learned the hard way when the Gophers played their first NCAA tournament game under Richard Pitino as a No. 5 seed against Middle Tennessee State
The Gophers know another letdown can end their season.
The 10th-seeded Gophers won't have to travel far for their first-round matchup with 7-seed Louisville on Thursday - a familiar opponent for coach Richard Pitino.
Michigan led by 19 at halftime, and showed was playing for something bigger in a 76-49 throttling of Minnesota at United Center. But the Gophers' statement in Chicago was noted.
The former four-star recruit from New York missed his only shot, but Isaiah Washington had two assists and three fouls in 11 minutes against the Wolverines
Gophers' 7-footer Matz Stockman left Friday's game midway through the second half and was tested by the team trainer. He was hit in the head unintentionally by Purdue's Trevion Williams
The seventh-seeded Gophers got 27 points from Jordan Murphy and 21 from Amir Coffey to upset No. 2 Purdue 75-73 and advance to Saturday's semifinals in Chicago.
The Gophers are confident they've done enough to be named one of the 36 NCAA at-large bids to be announced Sunday.
Amir Coffey's 22 points in Thursday night's 77-72 overtime victory moves the seventh-seeded Gophers into Friday's third round vs. No. 2 Purdue, and all but assures them a spot in the NCAA tournament.
Richard Pitino believes the Gophers are in good shape to receive the program's second NCAA tournament at-large bid in three years. A win over Penn State on Thursday would firm that thought.
The Gophers faltered early against the Terps and now must wait on a rocky NCAA tournament bid.
The Gophers knew what was at stake for them on Senior Night — the potential for a major accomplishment to add to their NCAA tournament résumé.
Sophomore center Eric Curry had just returned this season from a knee injury.
The senior captains have backgrounds and paths to Minnesota that could not be more different, but they formed a strong bond during their four years with the Gophers,
ESPN's Joe Lunardi has become as synonymous with March as Cinderellas and pep bands.
Amir Coffey entered Thursday's game averaging just 11 points on 35.9 percent shooting in his previous seven games.
During Sunday's loss at Rutgers, the Gophers' most experienced players deferred to freshmen, who were the ones playing more like veterans.
The Gophers freshmen combined for 41 points against the Scarlet Knights.
Freshmen Gabe Kalscheur and Daniel Oturu were the only Minnesota players in double figures, combining for 41 points in a 68-64 loss.
In a Q&A with the Star Tribune, Richard Pitino gave an assessment so far of this season, how the offense can improve, talks with athletics director Mark Coyle about his program's future and more.
Forward Jordan Murphy admitted that the Gophers were so discouraged with their poor shooting at times that it carried over to defensive lapses.
Beating seventh-ranked Michigan tonight at Williams Arena could be what nails down Minnesota's spot in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
The Gophers were down one player to injury for Saturday's 84-63 win vs. Indiana, but they gained another back into the rotation.
The Gophers enter Saturday's home game against Indiana hoping to climb back up and stop a four-game losing streak. They are 0-for-February and have fallen from sixth to eighth place in the Big Ten since the slump began.
James Palmer Jr.'s two free throws with 1.1 seconds left following a controversial foul call sealed Nebraska's 62-61 victory. "We deserved to win the game," Gophers coach Richard Pitino said.
The Cornhuskers' seven-game losing streak — one that ended by edging the Gophers 62-61 on Wednesday — put the program in danger of missing the NCAA tournament for the fifth consecutive year.
Poor shooting, undisciplined defense and an absence of mental and physical toughness to finish games have all contributed to a 1-6 road record filled with lopsided losses.
"We need Eric back," coach Richard Pitino said. "We're clearly a better team, just a more complete team with him back."
The Gophers are among the nation's worst teams at shooting three-pointers, and are on pace to set a program record for lowest three-point percentage.
Nate Reuvers attended Gophers games as a standout at Lakeville North, but he always wondered what it would be like to play on the Barn's raised floor. Wednesday he got his chance.
Minnesota's remaining schedule, beginning with tonight's game vs. Wisconsin, is ideal for a team needing more quality victories to feel comfortable on Selection Sunday in March.
Purdue put together a 21-2 run midway through the second half to end Minnesota's upset bid. "We went cold at the wrong time," Richard Pitino said.
The 6-10 Cretin-Derham Hall product carried his team in the first half Sunday, scoring 13 of his 19 points in a 73-63 loss at No. 17 Purdue.
Junior guard Amir Coffey is having a banner season, averaging a career-high 18.9 points (third in the Big Ten), 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists in conference play.
He had 11 points and eight rebounds in 19 minutes, going 7-for-10 from the free-throw line.
The Illinois team that dominated the Gophers 95-68 on Jan. 16 will be on the other bench again Wednesday night at Williams Arena as Minnesota looks to take another step in its recovery process.
Playing without starter Daniel Oturu, Minnesota shot 57 percent from the field and dished out 25 assists on 32 field goals. "When we get the ball moving, good things can happen," coach Richard Pitino said.
The Gophers knew Daniel Oturu's absence Sunday would be difficult to overcome, but Eric Curry and Matz Stockman rose to the challenge.
"We thought we were going into overtime," said Gophers center Eric Curry, who blocked the shot that was tipped to Michigan's Charles Matthews for the game-winner.
Every missed shot is another rebound-in-waiting for Gophers' senior Jordan Murphy, whose 12 boards per game leads the Big Ten and ranks second nationally.
For the second game in a row, the Gophers faced a winless Big Ten team, but Dupree McBrayer's free throw with 2.7 seconds left helped them escape with a 65-64 victory over Penn State.
The Gophers needed some last-second help to avoid being the first conference victory for a second consecutive Big Ten foe.
Earlier in the season, Ryan Saunders made a commitment to talk to the Gophers booster club before Saturday night's game against Penn State. That was before he got a pretty big job change. But he stuck to it.
College basketball insider: What recruiting analysts and Minnesota basketball fans suspected long ago was that Tyus Jones' little brother also could lead Duke to the No. 1 ranking.
College basketball reporter Marcus Fuller will get about a dozen weeks this winter to predict the four teams coming to Minneapolis in April. Here's his second shot.
Illinois hadn't won a game since beating East Tennessee State more than a month ago and had dropped its first five Big Ten games. Gophers coach Richard Pitino said, "We didn't compete like a Big Ten team physically."
Missing last season and games into this season was the most adversity Eric Curry had experienced in his career, but his mother helped him get through it from afar.
As much as he's gone through in the past month, Dupree McBrayer has still been the most consistent all-around player for the Gophers, who will lean on his leadership tonight at Illinois.
The Gophers made 20 of 25 attempts from the foul line against the Scarlet Knights.
College basketball insider: The Big Ten greatly benefited from a majority of the league's top non-seniors deciding to stick around for one more season.
Maryland's Anthony Cowan and Jalen Smith combined for 48 points and the Gophers shot just 9-for-23 from the free-throw line to end Minnesota's six-game winning streak.
Maryland was rated No. 1 in the Big Ten and top-10 nationally last year with a six-player 2018 class that included McDonald's All-America Jalen Smith