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Gophers coach Richard Pitino has learned how career-defining it is to go your own way. Other second-generation college basketball coaches have discovered that as well, some sooner than others.
Richard Pitino looked to be holding his breath on the sideline for the final shot, choosing not to take a timeout and putting the game in the hands of point guard Marcus Carr.
The 2019-20 season was already tough for casual fans to watch with the absence of dominant teams or a transcendent player. Then there was Tuesday night's Fight at the Fieldhouse — Allen Fieldhouse.
The Gophers clearly outplayed the then-No. 3 Buckeyes in the 84-71 victory Dec. 15 at Williams Arena. But now comes the rematch in Columbus, and Minnesota hasn't yet won a true road game all season.
It wasn't necessarily the margin — but how his team was outplayed — that had coach Richard Pitino frustrated in a 64-56 loss at Rutgers.
Eleven NBA scouts representing eight teams were at the Rutgers Athletic Center, including reps from the Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets and Detroit Pistons.
Other than the two teams with a losing overall record — Northwestern and Nebraska — the rest of the Big Ten has a record of 115-10 at home, including a staggering 38-3 home record in conference play.
Freddie Gillespie's belief in himself took him from being a reserve at East Ridge, to Division III Carleton College to starting for No. 2 -ranked Baylor.
The Gophers kept their winning streak alive against Penn State, running it to five in a row over the Nittany Lions behind 53 combined points from Marcus Carr and Daniel Oturu.
Alihan Demir's link to ex-Gophers star Vincent Grier helped eventually steer him from Turkey to Minnesota.
Williams Arena was as silent as it's been all season when star center Daniel Oturu was on his back grabbing his left arm and writhing in pain midway through the second half.
Juwan Howard, the former Wolverines center who played in the NBA from 1994 to 2013, was impressed by Oturu's play.
Cassius Winston and Xavier Tillman dominated the Gophers by combining for 46 of Michigan State's 74 points in a game that was close until the final minutes.
Most early mock drafts didn't include him, but Daniel Oturu's head-turning play has resulted in him being ranked among the nation's top players who eligible for this year's NBA draft.
Payton Willis' return gives the Gophers all their parts again.
Daniel Oturu had 19 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Gophers 77-68 over Northwestern at the Barn while Marcus Carr finished with 17 points and seven assists.
The biggest victory in Richard Pitino's seven seasons in Minnesota — last month over then-No. 3 Ohio State — featured a student-led court-storming. But the announced attendance for that game was 9,854.
The Gophers lost a heartbreaker to the Boilermakers in a marathon contest.
Center Daniel Oturu and guards Marcus Carr and Gabe Kalscheur are averaging a combined 47.2 points per game.
His work and Gabe Kalscheur's hot hand turn momentum following the Gophers' slow start.
Free throws were notably absent from the Gophers' losses earlier this season.
Sophomore guard Gabe Kalscheur is coming off a career-high 34-point game against Oklahoma State.
Freshman Tre' Williams on Saturday earned the first start of his career, but senior Michael Hurt also helped to make up for the absence of a veteran presence in the rotation.
Payton Willis' lingering leg injury might mean more extended playing time for Tre' Williams against Oklahoma State on Saturday.
Adanna Rollins had a team-high 27 kills in two NCAA region matches and was named the Most Outstanding Player in the Austin Region last week.
After playing the best game of his young basketball career to upset the Buckeyes, Marcus Carr was swallowed up by the Gophers' student section. "I kind of knew it was coming."
The Gophers are attempting a higher percentage of three-pointers than any other team in the Big Ten.
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A Big Ten deep at the center position means there are no nights off for the Gophers' Daniel Oturu.
Players declaring early for the NBA often go undrafted, and in the Big Ten, rosters are feeling the impact of the lost talent. "You got a broken system here," Purdue coach Matt Painter said.
A disturbing Gophers' narrative continued in a humbling loss. "There are stretches out there where we're not connected offensively or defensively," senior captain Michael Hurt said.
Point guard Marcus Carr could do no wrong on the court Monday. The only blemish on his night was when he almost got hurt celebrating a teammate's success.
Part of coach Richard Pitino not relying on his bench is because of the lack of experience, with four freshmen and a sophomore. But there's more to the issue.
After a big Gophers play to open Saturday's game, the Badgers contained Minnesota's big-play receivers.
Daniel Oturu finished with 19 points and 18 rebounds but the Gophers shot just 34% from the field, and dropped to 0-4 against high-major conference teams.
The question the Gophers have yet to answer this season is this: Can they beat a high-major opponent?
It's not known yet whether Casey O'Brien will be with the team for Saturday's game against Wisconsin.
After slipping to No. 10 last week, the Gophers moved back up after beating Northwestern.
For Minnesota native Jarvis Omersa of Orono, what happened Sunday night is the sort of thing he imagined when he decided to play for the Gophers.
The Gophers lead the Big Ten with 10.6 three-point baskets per game. They have made 93 three-pointers in five game (compared to 53 last season) and attempted 147 (93 last season).
Last season, the Gophers were among the worst in the nation in shooting three-pointers. On Thursday at the Barn, they hit the second most in team history.
The 6-foot-11 forward from Prior Lake, who listed Minnesota among his final four schools, is the sixth state high school player in the class of 2020 to commit to a Division I program elsewhere.
Richard Pitino's team will try to break a three-game losing streak tonight, one day after Prior Lake's Dawson Garcia became the latest Minnesota star to leave the state instead of accepting an offer from the U.
The Gophers gave up the first 16 points, and spent the rest of the night trying to come back — pulling within one — but ultimately never did take the lead, losing their third game in a row, 73-69 to Utah.
The all-Minnesota signing day class two years ago of Daniel Oturu, Gabe Kalscheur and Jarvis Omersa received more buzz than any other recruiting class in Richard Pitino's tenure.
Despite playing while sick, Daniel Oturu produced 24 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, but he didn't get much help from teammates in a 64-56 loss to Butler.
Isaiah Ihnen was ranked as a top-100 recruit when he picked Minnesota over Texas Christian and Tennessee, but Gophers fans will have to wait longer than they expected to see him play.
Richard Pitino watched the Gophers men's basketball team miss jump shot after jump shot during a scoreless 4½-minute stretch during Saturday's loss to Oklahoma.
Minnesota has a big test coming, starting Saturday against Oklahoma in Sioux Falls, and continuing with two more tough opponents on the road.
Blue-blood college programs such as Duke and Kentucky often get any player they want, but some recent top recruits have opted to play for home-state schools.
Transferss Marcus Carr and Payton Willis combined for 35 points in their first start as the team showed much more three-point prowess than last season.
Entering Tuesday's season opener against Cleveland State, the Gophers face more skeptics than believers on whether they can sustain last season's success.
Raised in a family that spent years apart and crossed an ocean before reaching Minnesota, Daniel Oturu calls it "God's work" that he's a Minnesota-grown talent playing for the hometown Gophers.
A Hennepin County investigation into Gophers standout heavyweight Gable Steveson remains active.
After winning the exhibition game 73-48, coach Richard Pitino said he didn't want to reveal too much about his team before the games actually count.
With three transfer students in the starting lineup, the U plays Southwest Minnesota State tonight before the season starts for real next week.
They haven't played an official game together. But Marcus Carr, Payton Willis and Gabe Kalscheur have separately started games in the Big Ten, ACC and SEC.
How this freshmen class came together for the Gophers wasn't traditional, but Richard Pitino's team needs them ready to contribute.
Eric Curry, who will have surgery next week, said he is frustrated by a season-ending injury but will overcome it like he has others in the past.
Gophers junior forward Eric Curry, who was coming back from two injury-plagued basketball seasons, suffered his latest knee injury last week and will need surgery.
Nearly 30 years after their fathers teamed up at Kentucky to reach a Final Four, Richard Pitino and Jamal Mashburn Jr. will form a second-generation connection at the U.
The progress junior forward Eric Curry made toward being ready to play this season suffered a significant setback Monday with an injury to his right knee in practice.
The Gophers men's basketball team was the only Big Ten program without a 2020 commitment before 6-10 Martice Mitchell's announcement.
It took a state with 58 schools and thousands of NCAA athletes to flex enough muscle to give nine other states, including Minnesota, the confidence to announce plans to introduce similar legislation.
The opener is less than five weeks away, but the Gophers men's basketball team hasn't named any captains yet for the upcoming season.
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