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February 7
Gophers' Oturu named top 10 finalist for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award

Gophers' Oturu named top 10 finalist for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award

Gophers sophomore Daniel Oturu was named a top 10 finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award on Friday. The award is given to the top center in college basketball.
Gophers
February 5
Wisconsin guard Brad Davison, right, and forward Nate Reuvers are key for the Badgers.

Pregame: Minnesota natives on both sides adds to Gophers-Badgers rivalry

The Gophers and Badgers men's basketball teams will start five players combined from Minnesota in Wednesday's game at the Barn. That adds fuel to the Border Battle rivalry.
Gophers
January 31
5 things learned for Gophers men's hoops halfway through Big Ten play

5 things learned for Gophers men's hoops halfway through Big Ten play

Five things stood out for the Gophers men's basketball team halfway through Big Ten play this season. Daniel Oturu's rising NBA draft stock was a positive, but there were some major issues revealed.
Gophers
January 30
Gophers guard Payton Willis

Gophers starting guard Payton Willis out with injury Thursday at Illinois

Gophers junior guard Payton Willis (shoulder) will miss his fourth game this season Thursday at Illinois. Willis previously was out with an ankle injury.
Gophers
January 30
Kofi Cockburn (21)

Gophers, Oturu meet up tonight against 'Shaq of the Big Ten'

The Gophers men's basketball team face a load inside Thursday with Illinois' 7-foot, 290-pound freshman Kofi Cockburn. He outweighs Minnesota's talented big man Daniel Oturu by 50 pounds.
Gophers
January 29
Tears, smiles and Clem: Emotional Burton on being honored at The Barn

Tears, smiles and Clem: Emotional Burton on being honored at The Barn

Willie Burton smiled. He cried. He took it all in as his No. 34 and picture were revealed in the rafters of Williams Arena, where he dominated during a legendary career.
Gophers
January 27
'You were my hero.' U center Oturu brought to tears over Bryant's death

'You were my hero.' U center Oturu brought to tears over Bryant's death

"You were more than just my favorite player," Gophers star Daniel Oturu wrote on Instagram. "You were my hero. My heart is so broken. Rest in Peace Kobe. I'll never forget what you meant to me."
Gophers
January 26

Pregame: Containing Winston is top priority for Gophers

Michigan State senior point guard Cassius Winston had 27 points in the last meeting against the Gophers on Jan. 9. Figuring out how to slow down last year's Big Ten player of the year is key to Sunday's rematch at the Barn.
Gophers
January 24
Alihan Demir dunks against Ohio State.

Win over Ohio State boosts Gophers back into NCAA tourney projections

Nobody makes the NCAA tournament in January, but you can play yourself out of contention -- or get some notice with the kind of victory that Minnesota scored Thursday night over the Buckeyes.
Gophers
January 23
Gophers guard Gabe Kalscheur

Pregame: Can Gophers get Kalscheur going again from three?

Gophers sophomore guard Gabe Kalscheur is one of the best shooters in the Big Ten, but he's been experiencing the biggest slump of his career the last five games. Will he break out tonight at Ohio State?
Gophers
January 20
Gophers big man Curry recovering well, still making an impact

Gophers big man Curry recovering well, still making an impact

Injured Eric Curry says he's on track to return healthy next season – and remains optimistic about what the Gophers can accomplish without him this year.
Gophers
January 19

Pregame: Oturu, Carr are really good. But who is Gophers' third option?

Gophers sophomores Daniel Oturu and Marcus Carr are the only teammates averaging at least 20 points in Big Ten play, but Richard Pitino is looking for a consistent third option. Will Oturu and Carr have some help Sunday at Rutgers?
Gophers
January 17
Pitino on Oturu's heated exchanges with Penn State players: 'Two sides to everything'

Pitino on Oturu's heated exchanges with Penn State players: 'Two sides to everything'

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."
Gophers
January 15
Minnesota's Daniel Oturu, right, and Michigan State's Thomas Kithier scramble for the ball

Pregame: Gophers and Nittany Lions are led by homestate talent

The Gophers and visiting Penn State are led by players who take pride in playing for programs in their home state. Center Daniel Oturu said "it means a lot" to win in front of Minnesota fans.
Gophers
January 13
Oturu's big game earns another Big Ten player of week honor

Oturu's big game earns another Big Ten player of week honor

The 6-10 sophomore scored 20 points in the first half Sunday against the Wolverines, but it was how he finished that made the biggest impression.
Gophers
January 12

Pregame: Gophers, Wolverines struggle with post defense in Big Ten

Could be a big day for Gophers center Daniel Oturu and Michigan center Jon Teske on Sunday, because both teams have struggled with post defense in the Big Ten this season.
Gophers
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.