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Pitino in victorious Gophers locker room: 'Let's keep this train moving'

While his father was forced to absorb a loss and a heated verbal exchange with an unruly fan on the road in the ACC on Wednesday night, Richard Pitino had a much more enjoyable evening in the Big Ten.

Big Ten Network cameras were in the Gophers locker room as Pitino addressed his team following Wednesday night's victory at No. 24 Maryland - a win that all but wraps up the Gophers' spot in the Big Dance.

In Pitino's mind, it's no longer a question.

"We're talking about seeds in the NCAA tournament," Pitino says.

The 1-minute clip is here:

Meet Minnesota's top-ranked men's college basketball team

Even the most faithful fans in the Minnesota basketball community might not be aware of the top-ranked college men’s basketball program in their backyard.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College appeared at No. 1 in the NJCAA Division 3 national rankings in the most recent poll released Wednesday. The 22-3 Golden Rams received five first-place votes to move up one spot to No. 1.

The school, located in Coon Rapids, competes in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference comprised other junior colleges throughout Minnesota and neighboring states. The Golden Rams Wednesday night host Rochester Community and Technical College at 7:45 p.m. in the Anoka-Ramsey Field House if you’re interested in seeing what the NJCAA Division 3’s top team looks like. 

The team is built of nine Minnesota high school products, three players from Iowa, and one from Florida. The regular starting lineup includes Mamadou Ngom, a sophomore guard from Hopkins, Edvonte Copeland, a sophomore guard from Minnesota Transitions, and Kevin Schramm, a freshman forward from Irondale.

Copeland leads the team averaging 17.1 points per game. Ngom is the team’s second-leading scorer averaging 15.8 points. Schramm leads the team with 6.9 rebounds per game.

The Golden Rams’ final game of the season is Saturday at Ridgewater College in Willmar. St. Cloud Tech dropped out of the NJCAA D3 Top 10 this weekend and is one of three teams receiving votes. If Anoka-Ramsey can survive the week without suffering its fourth loss, it should be the top seed heading into the District IV tournament hosted at the Anoka-Ramsey Field House in Coon Rapids, March 3-5.

The winner of the tournament advances to the March 16-18 national championship tournament at UCR Regional Sports Center in Rochester, Minn.   

TV Listings

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  • Purdue at Gophers women's basketball

    8 pm on BTN, 1500-AM

  • Tampa Bay at Twins (spring training)

    6:05 pm on 96.3-FM

  • Dallas at Timberwolves

    7 pm on FSN, ESPN, 830-AM

  • Wisconsin at Gophers men's hockey

    7 pm on FSN PLUS, 1500-AM

  • Twins at Boston (spring training)

    12:05 pm on 96.3-FM

  • Penn State at Gophers men's basketball

    2 pm on BTN, 1500-AM

  • Wisconsin at Gophers men's hockey

    7 pm on FSN PLUS, 1500-AM

  • Timberwolves at Houston

    8 pm on FSN, 830-AM

  • Gophers women's basketball at Maryland

    11 am on BTN, 1500-AM

  • Minnesota United FC vs. San Antonio

    11:30 am

  • Washington at Twins (spring training)

    12:05 pm on 96.3-FM

  • Miami at Twins (spring training)

    12:05 pm

  • Los Angeles at Wild

    7 pm on NBCSN, 100.3-FM

  • Timberwolves at Sacramento

    9:30 pm on FSN, 830-AM

  • Tampa Bay at Twins (spring training)

    12:05 pm

  • Wild at Winnipeg

    7 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

  • Pittsburgh at Twins (spring training)

    12:05 pm on 96.3-FM

  • Timberwolves at Utah

    8 pm on FSN, 830-AM

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