Minnesota Rumors & News

  • Pitino recruit Nwankwo released from letter of intent for academic reasons

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Gophers men's basketball recruit Jonathan Nwankwo has been released from his national letter of intent because of external academic circumstances, a source familiar with the situation told the Star Tribune on Monday. The 6-10 Gophers' 2015 commit -- whose NCAA clearinghouse and admissions..." May 19

  • Richard Pitino makes splash, lands three-star recruit Jordan Murphy

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino closed out his 2015 recruiting class with a splash, landing a commitment Friday night from San Antonio area player of the year Jordan Murphy. Murphy, a three-star forward from Brennan High School, was once a Virginia Commonwealth recruit before Shaka..." May 19

  • Arrest warrant out for ex-Gophers basketball player McNeil

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "A warrant has been issued for the arrest of former Minnesota Gophers basketball player Daquein McNeil, who faces two felony charges for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend last November. McNeil, a 21-year-old Baltimore native, failed to appear in Hennepin County District Court for a scheduled..." May 06

  • Edina native Lynch transferring to Gophers from Illinois State

    Fox Sports North "Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino has added another Division I transfer to his roster. Reggie Lynch, a 6-foot-10 center, announced Tuesday via Twitter that he will transfer from Illinois State to the Gophers. Lynch tweeted: "I WILL BE SIGNING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA TO CONTINUE..." April 21

  • Nate Mason out eight weeks after thumb surgery, Pitino tweets

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Gophers freshman Nate Mason, who finished the season as the team’s starting point guard, is out eight weeks after having surgery on a broken right thumb, Minnesota coach Richard Pitino tweeted Sunday. natemasonrussell Mason averaged 9.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.8 steals in 26.1..." April 06

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  • Rochester's Michael Hurt commits to UMN

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Rochester John Marshall junior Michael Hurt tried to be patient, tried to let the recruiting process play out a little, but he had known since the summer that he wanted to play for University of Minnesota coach Richard Pitino. So the 6-foot-7, 185-pound forward made it official by committing to..." January 19

  • Cal Poly men's basketball team expected to add Minnesota transfer

    San Luis Obispo "The Cal Poly men’s basketball team is welcoming another high-major Division I transfer from the Pacific Northwest to campus. Minnesota freshman forward Josh Martin — a top prospect who Mustangs head coach Joe Callero once recruited out of Bothell (Wash.) High — appears poised to join Cal Poly..." January 03

  • U hoops recruit Diedhiou eligible after English exam

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Gophers men’s basketball team’s young season has been headlined by turmoil and attrition, with the roster shrinking by four players before the third week of December. Thursday, however, was a day to build back up. The Gophers announced two new additions in international freshman big man..." December 19

  • Gophers' McNeil appears in court on assault charges

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Suspended Gophers men's basketball guard Daquein McNeil’s maroon-and-gold uniform was replaced by an orange jail jumpsuit for his first Hennepin County District Court appearance Monday, and it wasn’t clear if he’ll be back in street clothes soon. Judge Gina Brandt set McNeil’s bail at $30,000..." December 02

  • Gophers' backcourt situation complicated during McNeil's absence

    Fox Sports North "The Gophers men's basketball team has had to play its last two games without guard Daquein McNeil after the sophomore was arrested and charged with two counts of felony assault. Minnesota's players have not only had to cope with the situation mentally, but physically as well. Without McNeil,..." December 01

  • Minnesota suspends Daquein McNeil after domestic assault arrest

    SI.com "Minnesota suspended men's basketball player Daquein McNeil from all team activities after he was arrested on probable cause for domestic assault, reports Amelia Rayno of the Star Tribune. McNeil, a sophomore guard from Baltimore, remained in a Minneapolis jail, held without bail, as of Tuesday..." November 25

  • Minnesota transfer Zach Lofton dismissed from the Gophers

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "New Minnesota transfer Zach Lofton has been dismissed from the team -- effective immediately -- for failing to meet the expectations and obligations of the team per a press release issued on Wednesday evening. "While decisions like this are always difficult, we felt it was in the interest of..." October 30

  • DeLaSalle's Jarvis Johnson, top Minnesota hoops recruit, to commit to Gophers

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "DeLaSalle senior Jarvis Johnson, the state’s most highly touted 2014 basketball prospect and the Gophers’ top recruiting target, is expected to commit Friday to the University of Minnesota. In front of friends, family and classmates at the DeLaSalle gymnasium after school on Friday, the 6-1..." September 12

  • Report: Gaston Diedhiou denied

    ESPN.com "Senegalese standout Gaston Diedhiou has been denied admission by the University of Minnesota because of inadequate marks on his English profiency exams, the Star Tribune reported Tuesday. Diedhiou, a 6-foot-9 forward who played in the Canary Islands last season, had been granted full qualifier..." September 01

  • Gophers basketball recruit Diedhiou denied entry to university

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "One of two international recruits the Gophers men’s basketball team was counting on this season has been denied admission by the University of Minnesota. Gaston Diedhiou, a 6-9 forward and native of Senegal who played at a high school in the Canary Islands last year, passed the NCAA..." August 27

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN.com "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Pitino vs. Pitino series looming? 'Not really'

    Louisville Courier-Journal "A tweet from ESPN's Jeff Goodman on Tuesday night said that Rick Pitino's University of Louisville was planning a future home-and-home basketball series with his son Richard's program at the University of Minnesota. But Rick Pitino, asked on Wednesday if he and his son were having such..." July 24

  • Minnesota gets first 2015 commitment in Kevin Dorsey

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The 2014-15 season still seems far away, but for Minnesota, the year after is already off to a strong start. Four-star point guard Kevin Dorsey became the program's first 2015 recruit after committing to the Gophers on Saturday. Dorsey confirmed the news -- which was first reported by Scout..." July 13

  • Wally Ellenson transfers to Marquette; will his brother follow?

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Minnesota forward Wally Ellenson of Rice Lake has transferred to Marquette and will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out this season. Which raises the question: Will Wally's brother, Henry, follow him to Marquette? Henry Ellenson is a 6-foot-9 power forward going into..." July 02

  • Report: Providence transfer Josh Fortune visits LSU; Colorado, Minnesota in the mix

    College Basketball Talk "The initial reports suggested Josh Fortune transferred out of Providence to be closer to his home in Hampton, Virginia. Based on his recent travel schedule, that doesn’t appear to be the case. Since announcing his departure from Providence, Fortune has heard from plenty of schools, and has..." June 24

  • Report: Richard Pitino lands fifth commitment first Minnesota class

    College Basketball Talk "Minnesota has landed their fifth commitment in the Class of 2014. Banary Konate, a 6-foot-11 center from Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, KS, made his pledge on Wednesday afternoon." April 24

  • Pitino's first season with Gophers a success

    Fox Sports North "As Richard Pitino coached his Minnesota Golden Gophers to an NIT championship on Thursday, the TV cameras seemed to find his famous father, Rick, just as often as they focused on the son. When the younger Pitino left Florida International to take the Gophers coaching job last April, his well-known..." April 06

  • Minnesota Gophers win NIT title 65-63 over SMU

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "For some, it was redemption. For others it was just a party. Two years after falling just short of their goal at Madison Square Garden, a Minnesota team made up of veterans from that game and new faces this season made good on a second chance. The Gophers gained control of a back-and-forth..." April 04

  • Gophers to try for NIT title that once got away

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "When the Gophers men’s basketball players entered Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, they saw a spotlighted court, engulfed by a yawning, nearly 20,000-seat expanse. The players ogled the collection of New York Rangers and Knicks banners. They snapped pictures with their cellphones of the arena’s..." April 03

  • Minnesota 67, Florida St. 64

    ProSportsDaily "Austin Hollins scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds as the Golden Gophers outlasted the Seminoles in New York to advance to the NIT final. DeAndre Mathieu added 17 points, four rebounds and four assists for Minnesota (24-13), which will meet Southern Methodist in Thursday's championship..." April 02

  • Osenieks surprises, helps Minnesota Gophers advance to NIT final

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Three weeks ago, Williams Arena fans thought they’d witnessed the end of Oto Osenieks’ career. Hampered by knee injuries, the junior power forward had announced he would hang up his sneakers, ending his career in maroon and gold as a student manager rather than a player. Tuesday, it was that..." April 02

  • NIT semifinals betting cheat sheet

    Covers.com "Clemson Tigers vs. Southern Methodist Mustangs (-3, 119) Clemson's K.J. McDaniels scored 16 points and DeMarcus Harrison poured in 14 of his 16 in the second half to spark the comeback victory over Belmont. McDaniels continues to deliver for the Tigers, leading them in scoring (17.2),..." April 01

  • Minnesota 81, Southern Miss 73

    ProSportsDaily "Austin Hollins scored a career-high 32 points as the Gophers pulled away in the second half for a win over the visiting Golden Eagles in the NIT quarterfinals. Hollins finished with six 3-pointers, four assists and three steals for top-seeded Minnesota (23-13), which shot 50 percent from the..." March 26

  • Minnesota 63, St. Mary's 55

    ProSportsDaily "Joey King scored a team-high 18 points as the Golden Gophers downed the visiting Gaels in the second round of the NIT. DeAndre Mathieu added 14 points for top-seeded Minnesota (22-13), which will face Southern Mississippi in the quarterfinals. Austin Hollins chipped in with 10 points and five..." March 23

  • Once engaged, Gophers slip past High Point

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "At the start, Williams Arena was a reflection pool on a cloudy day. A trickle of basketball fans dressed in maroon-and-gold garb slogged into the echoing Barn, back for a game they were hoping they wouldn’t have to see. Had Minnesota made the NCAA tournament, they would have been watching on..." March 19

  • Minnesota 88, High Point 81

    ProSportsDaily "Maverick Ahanmisi scored a career-best 21 points as the host Golden Gophers defeated the Panthers in the opening round of the NIT. Joey King contributed 14 points and seven rebounds for top-seeded Minnesota (21-13), which will face Saint Mary’s in the second round. Andre Hollins and Maurice..." March 19

  • Gophers regroup, turn attention to NIT foe High Point

    Fox Sports North "Players from the Gophers men's basketball team didn't even bother to gather together to watch Sunday's NCAA tournament selection show. In their hearts, they seemingly knew that they wouldn't hear their names called. Minnesota coach Richard Pitino said that he felt his team had a 40 percent..." March 18

  • Wisconsin 83, Minnesota 57

    ProSportsDaily "Ben Brust scored a career-high 29 points as the Badgers routed the Gophers for their ninth win in the last 10 games in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis. Freshman Nigel Hayes poured in 15 points off the bench for No. 2 seed Wisconsin (26-6), which shot 54.5 percent and..." March 15

  • Minnesota 63, Penn St. 56

    ProSportsDaily "Austin Hollins hit four 3-pointers and scored 18 points as the Gophers held off a late charge from the Nittany Lions in a Big Ten tournament first-round matchup in Indianapolis. Deandre Mathieu added 13 points, five assists and three steals for sixth-seeded Minnesota (20-12), which defeated..." March 14

  • Minnesota 81, Penn St. 63

    ProSportsDaily "DeAndre Mathieu and Maurice Walker scored 16 points apiece as the host Golden Gophers knocked off the Nittany Lions in Big Ten play. Austin Hollins added 14 points as Minnesota (19-12, 8-10) jumped out to an early 20-point lead and clinched the No. 7 seed for this week’s conference tournament...." March 10

  • Michigan 66, Minnesota 56

    ProSportsDaily "Nik Stauskas led the way with 21 points as the Wolverines knocked off the visiting Golden Gophers to clinch the regular-season Big Ten championship. Caris LeVert added 13 points and Glenn Robinson III scored 12 for Michigan (21-7, 13-3 Big Ten), which has won three straight. Jordan Morgan..." March 02

  • A most unlikely outburst carries Gophers past No. 20 Iowa, 95-89

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "One player hadn’t broken three minutes in the Big Ten slate. The other had managed to shoot only 10 percent from beyond the arc in the past 13 games. Together, the unlikely pair caught fire Tuesday night, transforming the flickering Gophers into an offensive firestorm. On the heels of two of..." February 26

  • Pitino believes confidence is missing ingredient for Gophers

    Fox Sports North "Richard Pitino doesn't think the Gophers' offense is broken, at least not from an X's and O's standpoint. Yet despite the assertion from Minnesota's head coach, there's no mistaking the fact that the Gophers have struggled offensively in their last two losses. Pitino's team failed to top 50..." February 25

  • Ohio St. 64, Minnesota 46

    ProSportsDaily "Sam Thompson scored 16 of his season-high 19 points in the second half as the host Buckeyes overcame a 12-point deficit to knock off the Gophers in Big Ten play. Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 13 points and Shannon Scott scored 10 as the Buckeyes (22-6, 9-6) won for the sixth time in seven games...." February 23

  • Minnesota Golden Gophers at Ohio State Buckeyes preview breakdown

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Breaking down the Buckeyes: Ohio State lost the first matchup with the Golden Gophers, falling 63-53 in Minneapolis on Jan. 19. ... Thad Matta thinks the Buckeyes have been more confident on offense while winning five of their last six. "I think that we have more of a sense of confidence in terms..." February 22

  • Illini back on track with 62-49 win over Minnesota

    Chicago Sun-Times "John Groce’s balancing act of a second season continued here on Wednesday night. For a change, after a 62-49 upset victory over Minnesota, the Illini didn’t seem one step closer to utter disaster. Are we crazy, or did this team actually look pretty capable against the Gophers? Pretty confident,..." February 20

  • Big Ten basketball is more unpredictable than ever

    USA Today "One can debate whether or not Big Ten Conference men's basketball is as good as it's ever been. But has it ever been this unpredictable? Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, in his 19th season, said Monday there is "no question" the league is better top to bottom than he's ever seen. Nebraska's win..." February 19

  • Playing on the road still a big problem for Minnesota

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Home-court advantage is no joke. You know it. I know it. Ken Pomeroy knows it. But man, if the Gophers are going to take themselves off the bubble of all of this tournament talk (what a roller coaster that has been), they've got to show they can win on the road. Right now, they haven't..." February 14

  • Ben Brust, Badgers shoot down Gophers

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "One by one, Bo Ryan's players are regaining their shooting touch. That bodes well for No. 21 Wisconsin and could be a troubling development for the rest of the Big Ten down the stretch. Senior guard Ben Brust joined the club Thursday night against rival Minnesota. Brust, who had been..." February 14

  • Balanced Big Ten doesn’t have clear torch-bearers yet

    Chicago Sun-Times "We know this is shaping up as a really good year in the Big Ten. How good? A month before the teams gather in Indianapolis for what ought to be a raucous conference tournament, we don’t know. Will the Big Ten, which had three teams ranked in the top five until early January, finish what it..." February 12

  • Key rematches coming for UW

    Wisconsin State Journal "This week will be a good test of how much progress the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team has made on defense since a horrid stretch in January. The two teams the Badgers play, Minnesota and Michigan, both put on offensive clinics against UW over the span of five days last..." February 11

  • Gophers defense has been atrocious and isn't getting better

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "If Seattle's stunning 43-8 Super Bowl win showed us anything (other than that big budgets do not equal good commercials and that it's possible for the Seinfeld cast to get together and not be funny), it was that defense wins championships. It's a tired line, but one we are reminded of..." February 04

  • He's not the big, bruising PF the Gophers could use, but Osenieks has really improved

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Discussion of the Gophers' power forward situation has not been without fuel this season. With the center spot looking much better than expected, the 4-men are getting the majority of the scrutiny, and take much of the blame for why the Gophers aren't a better team. Some of that is fair. But..." January 30

  • Big Ten race crowded in middle

    Fox Sports Ohio "If Ohio State wants to get back in the Big Ten race, it can't afford many more slips. The conference race is suddenly very crowded in the middle, where the Buckeyes reside heading into a Wednesday night home game vs. bottom dwelling Penn State. But Ohio State has won just once in its last five..." January 29

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