Gophers center Daniel Oturu had his squabble with Penn State's Lamar Stevens and others carry over into the postgame handshake line after Wednesday's victory. Richard Pitino said it was just a "hard fought game."
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.
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).
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 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 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 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?