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January 9
Gophers guard Marcus Carr drives around a pick by center Daniel Oturu as Ohio State guard Luther Muhammad defended.

Pregame: Carr vs. Winston is prime matchup for Gophers vs. Michigan State

Gophers sophomore Marcus Carr and Michigan State senior Cassius Winston are two of the top scoring point guards in the Big Ten. They face off Thursday night in East Lansing, Mich.
Gophers
January 5
Gophers guard Payton Willis

Willis expected to play Sunday after missing three games with injury

Gophers junior guard Payton Willis (ankle) is expected to return from injury Sunday against Northwestern. Willis, a former starter, missed the last three games.
Gophers
January 2

Pregame: Gophers hope to end shooting woes on the road Thursday at Purdue

The Gophers men's basketball team has lost three true road games this season after struggling offensively. Could that slump come to an end Thursday at Purdue?
Gophers
December 31, 2019

Top U hoops performances of the decade? Andre Hollins saw them both

Former Gophers guard Andre Hollins' 41-point game in 2012 was arguably the best performance this decade. Hollins was in attendance to see Marcus Carr's 35-point game earlier in December. He was back in Minnesota donating blood for a stem cell transplant.
Gophers
December 30, 2019
Oturu gives U second consecutive Big Ten player of the week honor

Oturu gives U second consecutive Big Ten player of the week honor

Gophers sophomore center Daniel Oturu's 21-point, 20-rebound performance Saturday vs. Florida International earned him Big Ten player of the week honors Monday.
Gophers
December 28, 2019

Pregame: Gophers preparing for a block party Saturday vs. Florida International

The Gophers men's basketball team hosts the nation's leader in shot blocking Saturday vs. Florida International. The Panthers will try to make it hard for center Daniel Oturu scoring in the paint.
Gophers
December 21, 2019

Pregame: Gophers and Oklahoma State dealing with backcourt starters out

The Gophers men's basketball team will be without starting junior guard Payton Willis (ankle) on Saturday. Oklahoma State is expected to play its fourth straight game without leading scorer Isaac Likekele (illness).
Gophers
December 20, 2019
Gophers starting guard Payton Willis is doubtful vs. Oklahoma State

Gophers starting guard Payton Willis is doubtful vs. Oklahoma State

Gophers junior guard Payton Willis (ankle) is likely out for Saturday's game at Oklahoma State in Tulsa. Willis leads the team in three-point shooting.
Gophers
December 16, 2019
Gophers guard Gabe Kalscheur shot over Ohio State guard D.J. Carton in the first half of the Gophers' 84-71 upset of the No. 3 Buckeyes on Sunday.

Upset boosts Gophers ahead of last season in NCAA's tourney ranking

Despite their earlier struggles, the Gophers men's basketball team has a better ranking in a measure the NCAA uses to fill its tournament field after Sunday's upset of Ohio State.
Gophers
December 15, 2019

Pregame: Will the Gophers' backcourt bounce back from a horrid shooting performance?

The Gophers starting backcourt of Marcus Carr, Payton Willis and Gabe Kalscheur hope to bounce back from a 3-for-29 shooting performance in a Big Ten-opening loss at Iowa.
Gophers
December 10, 2019
Five biggest reasons for Gophers' five early losses

Five biggest reasons for Gophers' five early losses

Seven newcomers and a handful of returning players have struggled to play well together against one of the toughest basketball schedules in the nation, which doesn't ease up Sunday against No. 3 Ohio State at Williams Arena.
Gophers
December 9, 2019

Pregame: Showdown of top Big Ten big men features Luke Garza vs. Daniel Oturu

Monday's Big Ten matchup in Iowa City features a battle between two of the best big men in the league with Iowa's Luke Garza and Minnesota's Daniel Oturu.
Gophers
December 4, 2019
Pitino used Bill Belichick's quote to focus on Gophers' strengths

Pitino used Bill Belichick's quote to focus on Gophers' strengths

Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino quoted Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Belichick to figure out his team's strengths before Monday's win against Clemson.
Gophers
December 2, 2019
Gophers starting guard Willis expected to play vs. Clemson

Gophers starting guard Willis expected to play vs. Clemson

Gophers starting guard Payton Willis was cleared to play after being a game-time decision tonight vs. Clemson in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at The Barn. Willis leads the team in three-point shooting.
Gophers
December 2, 2019

Can the Gophers win a close game? Tonight's matchup vs. Clemson could be another one

The Gophers men's basketball team is 0-4 this season in games decided by single digits. Monday's opponent Clemson could be another tight game.
Gophers
November 30, 2019
Four-star 2021 big man Treyton Thompson commits to Gophers

Four-star 2021 big man Treyton Thompson commits to Gophers

Former Alexandria standout and LaLumiere Prep four-star forward Treyton Thompson announced Saturday he committed to Minnesota.
Gophers
November 29, 2019
Gophers guard Marcus Carr drove against North Dakota guard Marlon Stewart in the first half of Minnesota's 79-56 victory at Williams Arena on Sunday n

Gophers, undefeated DePaul bolstered by backcourt transfers

Minnesota's Marcus Carr and Payton Willis and DePaul's Charlie Moore and Jalen Coleman-Lands have been important to the success of their teams so far this season. Tipoff is at 2 p.m.
Gophers
November 28, 2019
Gophers' Omersa is ready to turn his constant effort into production

Gophers' Omersa is ready to turn his constant effort into production

Gophers forward Jarvis Omersa wants to provide a consistent spark off the bench after putting up career best numbers in his last game. Omersa showed glimpses of his potential in the NCAA tournament loss to Michigan State last season.
Gophers
November 25, 2019
Pitino inspired by Fleck's Gophers football team attracting "College GameDay"

Pitino inspired by Fleck's Gophers football team attracting "College GameDay"

Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino hopes to duplicate excitement and support for P.J. Fleck's football program. Gophers football attracted ESPN's "College GameDay" to Minneapolis for the Wisconsin game this Saturday.
Gophers
November 24, 2019
Gophers guard Gabe Kalscheur (22), the team's top shooter, hasn't attempted a free throw yet this season.

Gophers looking for more points from the foul line vs. UND

The Gophers men's basketball team has seen a major foul-shooting drop off from last year, getting fewer points from free throws than almost any high-major college basketball team.
Gophers
November 21, 2019
Gophers guard Gabe Kalscheur made a freshman school-record 77 three-pointers last year, but he's only shooting 32.3% through four games this season.

Backcourt breaking out of slump will be key for Gophers

Gophers sophomore guard Gabe Kalscheur broke out of a shooting slump with last week's performance at Utah. That's a good sign for Richard Pitino's team. But what about his backcourt mates Marcus Carr and Payton Willis?
Gophers
November 19, 2019
Decision day: Prior Lake's Garcia choosing between U, three others

Decision day: Prior Lake's Garcia choosing between U, three others

Marquette is thought to be Dawson Garcia's favorite. The 6-foot-10 center is one of the most sought-after 2020 prospects who hasn't yet made a college choice.
Gophers
November 18, 2019
Oturu's hot start is bright spot during U basketball's losing streak

Oturu's hot start is bright spot during U basketball's losing streak

The 6-10 former Cretin-Derham Hall star is about the only bright spot during a three-game losing streak entering Thursday's game against Central Michigan.
Gophers
November 15, 2019

Will Pitino's Gophers finally get a lift from the bench Friday at Utah?

Gophers coach Richard Pitino needs more bench production to snap a two-game slide Friday at Utah.
Gophers
November 14, 2019
Gophers top basketball recruit Ihnen expected to debut Friday at Utah

Gophers top basketball recruit Ihnen expected to debut Friday at Utah

Coach Richard Pitino feels 6-foot-9 Isaiah Ihnen can give the team a boost defensively. "Just having longer arms out there helps."