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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.
The Cornhuskers were predicted to finish 13th in the Big Ten, but are currently tied for fourth with Michigan and looking at an NCAA tournament berth.
Minnesota led for much of the game early before losing for the seventh time in eight games.
The No. 24 Wolverines, who play host to the Gophers on Saturday, are led by Kentucky transfer Charles Matthews, who is averaging 14.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists this season.
Jordan Murphy is playing center again is the latest tweak to a starting lineup that has changed eight times this season. Small ball appears to be Minnesota's last hope
There have been some ups but many downs lately for Isaiah Washington, playing few minutes on a struggling Gophers basketball team.
The Wildcats faced a 10-point first-half deficit and trailed 40-34 at halftime, but they shot 54 percent in the second half.
Amir Coffey's sooner-than-expected return gives the team hope to turn things around this season, a task they'll try to begin tonight against Northwestern at the Barn.
Following a one-goal win at Michigan State on Thursday, the Gophers kept the momentum going with a 2-1 victory against the Spartans on Saturday in New York City.
The Gophers fell to 1-5 without suspended center Reggie Lynch in a 67-49 loss at Madison Square Garden.
Maryland on Thursday shot 56 percent from the field, and a blistering 68 percent in the second half to shut down the Gophers.
Freshman Jamir Harris' first start and 36 minutes on the floor boosted the Gophers' offense on Monday in edging Penn State on the road.
Nate Mason and Dupree McBrayer combined to score 49 points, and Jordan Murphy had 22 points and 19 rebounds.
The Gophers are quickly finding out they can't replace injured guard Amir Coffey's versatility.
Purdue looked like the defending Big Ten champions, but the Gophers resembled a team still struggling mightily.
Nate Mason and Jordan Murphy compounded the Gophers' problems Wednesday by picking the worst time to struggle in the same game — letting frustration lead first to foul trouble and then the bench.
Coach conferred with athletic director Mark Coyle. Lynch, appealing two sexual misconduct decisions, can practice but not play in games.
McKinley Wright, a former Minnesota Mr. Basketball at Champlin Park, leads a loaded Class of 2017 from Minnesota.
He's Purdue's leading scorer (16.9 points per game), a confident shooter and arguably the Big Ten's top guard.
Jordan Murphy's string of double-doubles came to end at 17 games and the Gophers suffered their worst lost in two years.
To make the NCAA tournament, nearly every player that sees the floor for the Gophers, including Jordan Murphy, is going to need to do more the rest of the way with a shorthanded lineup.
Missing two starters, the Gophers were up by four with under four minutes to play but allowed the Hoosiers to close the game on a 10-2 run.
The Illini made only one of their first 19 shots, but Minnesota struggled to finish them off. Nate Mason returned from an ankle injury, and scored 17 points.
Expectations were for the Gophers to look like not only a potential high seed in the NCAA tournament, but a team that could eventually could compete for the Big Ten title. That's not the reality, though, as the conference season gets into full gear with home games Wednesday vs. Illinois and Saturday vs. Indiana.
The Gophers announced Saturday night that senior guard Nate Mason is day-to-day after injuring his left ankle while trying for a steal early in the second half.
After struggling to pull away early, the Gophers turned up the defensive pressure in the second half in their return to the court after a 10-day break.
The Gophers are in a nine-day stretch without a game, and coming off a narrow victory over Drake in which they were booed at halftime.
The Gophers trailed Drake, which was 7-24 last season and picked to finish last in the Missouri Valley Conference this season, until the final nine minutes.
Without players to replace the graduated Akeem Springs and injured Eric Curry, Minnesota has been exposed as a team that fails to communicate in its half-court defense.
The loss, Minnesota's third in the past four games, will likely drop the Gophers out of the top 25.
Sophomore forward Eric Curry won't get a chance to play in his homecoming game Saturday at Arkansas because of a knee injury but Gophers staff, teammates and family have kept Curry's spirits high..
The No. 14-ranked Gophers lacked energy and squandered chances on both ends of the court in losing for the fifth straight time at Nebraska.
Dupree McBrayer came back Sunday after missing a game because of a right leg infection that caused him to be hospitalized and lose nearly 20 pounds
Dupree McBrayer missed Wednesday's game against No. 10 Miami with an infection in his leg, and was replaced in the starting lineup by freshman Isaiah Washington.
Gophers forward Jordan Murphy has won the conference player of the week award in men's basketball for the third straight week.
The fired Louisville coach watched both of the Gophers' games in Brooklyn.
Alabama's entire bench was ejected midway through the second half, and the Crimson Tide finished the game with just three players vs. the Gophers.
Alabama, Miami and the first two Big Ten games are coming up for the No. 14 Gophers, who play UMass at 11 a.m. this morning in Brooklyn.
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