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Gophers
March 24
Minnesota Golden Gophers center Daniel Oturu (25) dunked over Iowa Hawkeyes forward Ryan Kriener (15) in the first half.] Jerry Holt •Jerry.Holt@sta

Gophers Hoops Mailbag: Life after Oturu? What happened with Pitts?

Gophers basketball fans have questions and we have answers, including on how Richard Pitino's team will look with star center Daniel Oturu leaving for the NBA Draft.
Gophers
March 18
Minnesota Gophers center Daniel Oturu (25) played good defense on Nebraska Cornhuskers guard Thorir Thorbjarnarson (34) in the first half at Williams

U's Oturu reaching out for info about his NBA draft chances

Richard Pitino said the Gophers sent in paperwork for sophomore center Daniel Oturu to the NBA's Undergraduate Advisory Committee, which provides feedback to prospects about their draft chances.
Gophers
March 17
'Can't wait to get there.' Jamal Mashburn Jr. on his U basketball future

'Can't wait to get there.' Jamal Mashburn Jr. on his U basketball future

Brewster Academy (N.H.) four-star guard Jamal Mashburn Jr. talks about Richard Pitino, his senior year and playing for the Gophers next season in a Q&A recently with the Star Tribune.
Gophers
March 11

Big Ten men's basketball tournament not allowing fans starting Thursday

The Big Ten announced it will no longer allow fans at the men's basketball tournament starting Thursday due to coronavirus. Fans also not permitted to attend further winter and spring sports competitions.
Gophers
March 11
Gophers guard Tre' Williams attempted a three-pointer over Nebraska guard Haanif Cheatham in the second half of Minnesota's 107-75 victory at Williams

Gophers hope to 'Let it fly' again with threes in Big Ten tournament

The Gophers men's basketball team set a school-record with 18 three-pointers in Sunday's win against Nebraska. Can they keep up that shooting Wednesday in the Big Ten tournament opener vs. Northwestern?
Gophers
March 11
Oturu gets third team All-America spot; first Gophers selection since 1999

Oturu gets third team All-America spot; first Gophers selection since 1999

Daniel Oturu, who averaged 20 points while leading the Big Ten in rebounding, blocks and field goal percentage, is the first Gophers player to be named an All-America since Quincy Lewis.
Gophers
March 8

Pregame: Gophers look to send seniors off with a win Sunday vs. Nebraska

Gophers hope to end the regular season with a win Sunday to honor seniors Michael Hurt, Alihan Demir and Brady Rudrud in their last home game.
Gophers
March 6
Oturu says he's focused on 'now,' not decision on leaving U for pros

Oturu says he's focused on 'now,' not decision on leaving U for pros

Gophers sophomore standout Daniel Oturu is projected as a first round pick in this summer's NBA Draft, but he's focusing on finishing the season strong.
Gophers
March 4
Minnesota's Alihan Demir (30) shoots against Wisconsin's Tyler Wahl (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, March 1, 2020

Pregame: Gophers frontcourt rotation could look different at Indiana

The Gophers men's basketball team made some changes to its frontcourt rotation in the last game that could carry over Wednesday at Indiana. Freshman forward Isaiah Ihnen has seen his role increase alongside sophomore center Daniel Oturu.
Gophers
March 3
Is Pitino's job in jeopardy? 'I don't think it's reality,' he says

Is Pitino's job in jeopardy? 'I don't think it's reality,' he says

Richard Pitino said he hasn't addressed his job status with the team, but said that he's sure it has been a distraction because of criticism from fans on social media.
Gophers
March 1
Gophers guard Marcus Carr launched a three-pointer in the first half against Maryland.

Will the Gophers rely on their three-point shooting at Wisconsin?

The Gophers men's basketball team has shot it better from three-point range lately. So has Wisconsin, which enters Sunday's game in Madison with five straight victories.
Gophers
March 1
Former Gophers coach Monson: "I did what they hired me to do."

Former Gophers coach Monson: "I did what they hired me to do."

Former Gophers coach Dan Monson, now at Long Beach State, talked more about the challenges of taking over post-scandal and being proud of his time in Minnesota during an interview earlier this season.
Gophers
February 26
Minnesota Gophers guard Marcus Carr (5) tried to drive to the basket on Indiana Hoosiers guard Rob Phinisee (10) in the first half Feb. 19.

Pregame: Carr within reach of Gophers' single-season assist record

Gophers sophomore point guard Marcus Carr needs just five assists Wednesday night against Maryland to become the single-season leader in school history. Carr ranks second in the Big Ten in assists.
Gophers
February 23
Minnesota Gophers center Daniel Oturu (25) reacts after scoring a basket in the first half .

Pregame: Can the Gophers get dominant Daniel Oturu back Sunday?

Sophomore center Daniel Oturu has been a dominant force in the Big Ten this season, but he's struggled to make an impact in the Gophers' last two losses. Oturu looks to get back on track Sunday at Northwestern.
Gophers
February 23
Minnesota Gophers guard Marcus Carr (5) tried to drive to the basket on Indiana Hoosiers guard Rob Phinisee (10) in the first half Feb. 19.

Shooting struggles in the Big Ten sink Gophers during losing streak

Gophers coach Richard Pitino hopes his players can finally see the ball go in consistently Sunday at Northwestern. Minnesota ranks last in field goal shooting and three-point shooting in Big Ten play.
Gophers
February 19
Gophers guard Gabe Kalscheur (22) and center Daniel Oturu looked up at the scoreboard after a crucial missed free throw late in the second half agains

Can Gophers stop season-long trend of poor finishes in close games?

Most of the Gophers men's basketball team's losses this season have been in close games, including Sunday's collapse against Iowa. Will that trend come to an end Wednesday against Indiana?
Gophers
February 17
Will Pitino make some changes? Here are three to consider

Will Pitino make some changes? Here are three to consider

The Gophers men's basketball team needs a spark to get back into the mix for the NCAA tournament in the last six regular-season games. These are some changes Richard Pitino could make.
Gophers
February 16

Pregame: Gophers' supporting cast for Daniel Oturu could be the key Sunday vs. Iowa

The Gophers men's basketball team will need to give star center Daniel Oturu some help in Sunday's rematch with Iowa. The Hawkeyes have the Big Ten's leading scorer Luka Garza, but they're shorthanded without guard CJ Fredrick.
Gophers
February 10
Where does Oturu's 32-point game rank among top U big-men games?

Where does Oturu's 32-point game rank among top U big-men games?

Gophers sophomore center Daniel Oturu had 32 points and 16 rebounds in Saturday's loss at Penn State. His career-best scoring performance ranks among the best in the last 20 years for a U big man.
Gophers
February 8

Pregame: Gophers and Penn State try to keep competitive fire from boiling over

The Gophers and Penn State men's basketball teams let trash talking during the game carry over into a heated exchange following their last meeting. How chippy will players be in the rematch Saturday?
Gophers
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.