Minnesota Rumors & News

  • Minnesota extends Richard Pitino through 2021-22 season

    Land of 10 "Richard Pitino is being rewarded for turning around the Gophers in the 2016-17 campaign. Minnesota announced Wednesday that its men’s basketball coach’s contract would be extended an additional year through the 2021-22 season. Pitino has gone 75-61 in four seasons with Minnesota, and his team..." May 03

  • Middle Tennessee sends Minnesota home

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- The record will show that the first upset of the 2017 NCAA Tournament was orchestrated by the 12th seeded Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders. But ask any of the Blue Raiders about their 81-72 victory over the No. 5 seed Minnesota Golden Gophers in a first round South Regional contest..." March 16

  • Walton Jr., Michigan punch ticket to Big Ten title game

    The Sports Xchange "Derrick Walton, Jr. had 19 of his 29 points in the second half and Moritz Wagner had 14 of his 17 points in the first half as eighth-seeded Michigan defeated Minnesota 84-77 on Saturday at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. in the first Big Ten Conference semifinal of the afternoon...." March 11

  • Minnesota's Akeem Springs out for season with torn Achilles tendon

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The spiritual leader and best outside shooter on the Gophers men’s basketball will miss the rest of the season because of an Achilles injury he suffered Friday in Minnesota’s victory over Michigan State in Washington, D.C. Senior Akeem Springs, the team’s starting shooting guard, posted on..." March 11

  • No. 22 Wisconsin stops skid, Minnesota with defense

    The Sports Xchange "MADISON, Wis. -- Coach Greg Gard takes pride in No. 22 Wisconsin's defense, and the Badgers delivered a second-half crackdown to sweep the two-game season series with Minnesota. Senior guard Bronson Koenig scored a game-high 17 points as Wisconsin defeated Minnesota 66-49 in the Big Ten..." March 05

  • Minnesota keeps rolling with 88-73 win over Nebraska

    The Sports Xchange "After Minnesota lost a fifth straight game five weeks ago, a top-four finish in the Big Ten seemed like a pipe dream. After routing Nebraska 88-73 on Thursday evening in Minneapolis, Minnesota is one game from realizing that dream. Nate Mason had a game-high 25 points on 9-of-13..." March 02

  • Lynch, Minnesota swats away Penn State

    The Sports Xchange "Blocking shots is Minnesota center Reggie Lynch's specialty. But they often come with a price: fouls. On Saturday in Minneapolis, however, Lynch recorded 11 blocks, setting a Minnesota single-season record, and committed zero fouls for the first time all season as the Golden Gophers beat..." February 25

  • Minnesota wins sixth straight, upsets No. 24 Maryland

    The Sports Xchange "COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- It has been a bumpy season for Akeem Springs, the redshirt senior guard for Minnesota. The Illinois native entered Wednesday averaging less than 10 points per game, but once again he came through big against No. 24 Maryland. Springs, who made just his 10th start,..." February 22

  • Murphy helps Minnesota outlast Michigan

    The Sports Xchange "Sophomore Jordan Murphy had 16 points and 15 rebounds to help Minnesota win its fifth straight game with an 83-78 overtime triumph over Michigan on Sunday night at Williams Arena in Minneapolis Trailing 75-74 with 3:18 remaining in overtime, Minnesota scored five straight points to take a..." February 19

  • Minnesota upends Indiana on late shot by Springs

    The Sports Xchange "Akeem Springs made a jump shot with three seconds remaining to give Minnesota a 75-74 victory over Indiana on Wednesday night in Minneapolis. Springs, who was 2 for 13 from the field, followed his missed 3-point attempt with the winning shot. The Hoosiers' James Blackmon Jr. missed a..." February 16

  • Murphy carries Minnesota past Rutgers

    The Sports Xchange "PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Jordan Murphy recorded his second straight double-double, scoring 17 points with 11 rebounds in Minnesota's 72-63 win over Rutgers on Saturday at the Rutgers Athletic Center. Murphy fouled out with 2:28 left and the Gophers leading 68-61. He scored 25 points and grabbed..." February 11

  • Minnesota outlasts Iowa in double overtime

    The Sports Xchange "Jordan Murphy posted a career-high 25 points and 19 rebounds to help Minnesota beat Iowa 101-89 in double overtime in a Big Ten Conference game Wednesday night at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. Nate Mason had 25 points and seven assists for Minnesota (17-7, 5-6 Big Ten). Akeem Springs..." February 09

  • Balanced attack helps Minnesota beat Illinois, snap skid

    The Sports Xchange "In a battle of Big Ten teams desperate for a victory, Minnesota's early second-half burst set the stage for a 68-59 victory over Illinois on Saturday afternoon in Champaign, Ill. Junior center Reggie Lynch paced a balanced attack with 15 points and six rebounds for the Golden Gophers (16-7,..." February 04

  • Refreshed freshmen lead No. 22 Maryland over Minnesota

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Maryland coach Mark Turgeon broke from his standard practice schedule before the No. 22-ranked Terrapins were set to play in Minnesota on Saturday. Turgeon had seen some of his freshmen struggle in a home win against Rutgers on Tuesday, so Turgeon gave the players two days..." January 28

  • Ohio State tops Minnesota 78-72

    The Sports Xchange "Trevor Thompson had a career-high 19 points and Ohio State beat Minnesota 78-72 on Wednesday night in a Big Ten game at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. JaQuan Lyle made two free throws and Thompson hit one with six seconds left to seal the win. An 11-2 Minnesota run had cut Ohio..." January 25

  • Happ lifts No. 17 Wisconsin to OT win vs. Minnesota

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Wisconsin sophomore Ethan Happ couldn't help but sprawl out on the Williams Arena court when a final shot attempt for Minnesota missed the mark. Happ and the No. 17 Badgers put in a full day's work and survived against the young, upstart Gophers. Happ scored 28 points,..." January 21

  • Minnesota lands 4-star C Daniel Oturu for 2018 class

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "With a big smile, Woodbury native Daniel Oturu donned a maroon-and-gold Gophers hat at Cretin-Derham Hall on Thursday afternoon, signaling his commitment to play basketball at the U and continuing the in-state recruiting momentum for Richard Pitino’s program. Sixteen months after Pitino landed..." January 20

  • Carr lifts Penn State over No. 24 Minnesota

    The Sports Xchange "UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Tony Carr surveyed the court and decided to drive. He leapt, drew a foul and sank two free throws with five seconds left to lift Penn State to a 52-50 win over No. 24 Minnesota on Saturday. Referees had to go to a review to determine whether Carr was indeed fouled by..." January 14

  • Michigan State takes down No. 24 Minnesota

    The Sports Xchange "EAST LANSING, Mich. -- One big half from freshman forward Miles Bridges was all Michigan State needed to secure its second win of the season over No. 24 Minnesota. Bridges scored all of his game-high 16 points by halftime and the Spartans cruised to a 65-47 victory on Wednesday at the..." January 11

  • Minnesota beats Ohio State for third straight win

    The Sports Xchange "Akeem Springs came off the bench to drill five 3-pointers and score 18 points, pushing him over 1,000 points for his career, on Sunday night as Minnesota recorded a 78-68 Big Ten Conference win over Ohio State at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Springs' last 3 swished with three seconds on..." January 08

  • Minnesota holds off Northwestern

    The Sports Xchange "Nate Mason was perfect on eight free throw tries in the final 26 seconds to help Minnesota hold off a late Northwestern surge for a 70-66 Big Ten victory on Thursday at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Amir Coffey scored 17 points and Reggie Lynch added 12 as the Golden Gophers (14-2, 2-1) rallied from a..." January 06

  • Minnesota knocks off No. 15 Purdue

    The Sports Xchange "WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- At 13.5 points a game, Minnesota guard Nate Mason entered Sunday's Big Ten game at Purdue with a solid but certainly not spectacular scoring average. Against the No. 15 Boilermakers, Mason was spectacular, contributing 31 points, six rebounds, 11 assists and two..." January 01

  • Michigan State rallies to nip Minnesota

    The Sports Xchange "Senior guard Alvin Ellis scored 20 points, including a pair of free throws that gave Michigan State the lead with 10.5 seconds to play in overtime, and the Spartans pulled out a 75-74 comeback road win over Minnesota on Tuesday in the Big Ten opener for both teams at Williams Arena in..." December 28