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gophers fall to rutgers in overtime in women's basketball


piscataway, n.j. – after rallying in the fourth quarter to tie the score, the gophers women's basketball team lost 80-70 in overtime to no. 21 rutgers on saturday afternoon.the scarlet knights (17-3, 5-1 big ten) outscored minnesota 12-2 in the extra period.senior guard carlie wagner led the gophers (14-5, 3-3) with 22 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season and fourth of her career. freshman forward destiny pitts, who played every minute, also had 22 points."minnesota is an outstanding team," rutgers coach c. vivian stringer said. "i feel a great sigh of relief and tremendous satisfaction we won this game."rutgers led 56-49 with 7 minutes, 52 seconds to play, but the gophers tied the score with a 7-0 run and eventually took the lead for the first time at 65-64 wit






gophers basketball, hockey leaving espn 1500 for 'the fan' family of stations


the radio landscape for gophers sports changed tuesday with an announcement that their men’s basketball, men’s hockey and women’s basketball games are moving from 1500am espn to iheartmedia channels, such as kfxn (100.3-fm).kfxn , commonly known as k-fan, will broadcast between 12 and 20 gophers men’s basketball games next season, depending on conflicts with the vikings and wild. the rest of the team’s games will move to ktlk (1130-am) with a simulcast on 103.5 fm.all gophers men’s hockey games will be broadcast on 1130am and simulcast on 103.5 fm. all gophers women’s basketball games will be broadcast on 93.3 fm.gophers football games, already broadcast on kfxn, will remain on that station through the 2020-2021 school year.the gophers announced that live radio coverage of all four of thes






big changes for gophers sports radio and app broadcasts


the radio landscape for gophers sports changed tuesday with an announcement that their men’s basketball, men’s hockey and women’s basketball games are moving from 1500-am espn to iheartmedia channels, such as kfan (100.3-fm).kfan will broadcast between 12 and 20 gophers men’s basketball games next season, depending on conflicts with the vikings and wild. the rest of the team’s games will move to ktlk (1130-am) with a simulcast on 103.5-fm.all gophers men’s hockey games will be broadcast on 1130-am and simulcast on 103.5-fm. all gophers women’s basketball games will be broadcast on 93.3-fm.gophers football games, already broadcast on kfan, will remain on that station through the 2020-2021 school year.the gophers announced that live radio coverage of all four of these teams — football, men’s






gophers women's basketbal preview


preview: the gophers (12-12, 3-8 big ten) have lost four of their past five games. the lone win in that stretch was over last-place nebraska in overtime. rutgers (6-18, 3-8) appears to be another beatable opponent. the scarlet knights, on track for their first losing season since 2001-02, have lost five in a row and are 0-11 in road games.players to watch: gophers freshman f taiye bello is coming off her best game; she had 19 points and eight rebounds wednesday in a loss at penn state. it was her third consecutive start. gadiva hubbard is one of the conference's top scoring freshmen, averaging 12.8 points per game. jessie edwards averages a team-high 7.1 rebounds for the gophers. shrita parker leads rutgers, averaging a team-high 11.3 points per game. g aliyah jeune is averaging 12.6 point






gophers talk rutgers and jordan murphy's big game


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gophers hold off rutgers for third consecutive victory


piscataway, n.j. – the gophers men’s basketball team continued to work on solidifying its ncaa tournament résumé saturday.jordan murphy recorded his second consecutive double-double, finishing with 17 points with 11 rebounds in the gophers’ 72-63 victory over rutgers on saturday at the rutgers athletic center.murphy fouled out with 2 minutes, 28 seconds left and the gophers leading 68-61. he scored 25 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in the 101-89 double-overtime victory over iowa on wednesday,the gophers (18-7, 6-6 big ten) have won three consecutive games after dropping five in a row. nate mason added 16 points and five assists, amir coffey contributed 12 points and five assists and eric curry added 11 points off the bench, shooting 5-for-5 from the floor.the gophers outrebounded rutgers (






gophers women's basketball loses at san diego


san diego – the gophers women’s basketball team was held to a season-low point total in a 72-69 loss to san diego on sunday at the jenny craig pavilion.the gophers (9-2) shot only 2-for-15 from three-point range and 9-for-17 from the free-throw line. their final threes misses from behind the arc — one each by carlie wagner, gadiva hubbard and destiny pitts — came on their final possession when they were trying to tie the score.kanisha bell led the gophers with 20 points.sydney williams had a career-high 25 points for the toreros (7-4).






gameday: gophers women's basketball finishes regular season at no. 2 maryland


11 a.m. at no. 2 maryland • btn, 1500-amterrapins have plenty on linepreview: the gophers (14-14, 5-10) are trying to avoid their first losing regular season since they went 14-16 in 2011-12. they already are locked into the no. 10 seed for the big ten tournament, which begins wednesday in indianapolis. maryland (26-2, 14-1) is tied for first place with ohio state going into the final day of the regular season. the buckeyes, who beat the terrapins on monday, play at rutgers at 2 p.m. maryland beat the gophers 83-72 on jan. 1 at williams arena.players to watch: maryland will honor seniors brionna jones (19.2 ppg, 10.6 rpg) and shatori walker-kimbrough (18.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg) before the game. as terrapins, they have won 119 games and lost just 16.numbers: maryland is 5-0 all-time (2-0 at home) v






gophers' jordan murphy named co-big ten player of the week


gophers sophomore jordan murphy broke out of a mid-season slump in a big way in the last week. the 6-foot-6 forward was named co-big ten player of the week monday for averaging 21 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks in wins over iowa and rutgers. murphy had a caeer-high 25 points, 19 rebounds and four blocks in minnesota's 101-89 double-overtime win against iowa on wednesday night.the san antonio native followed that up with 17 points and 11 rebounds in a 72-63 win saturday at rutgers.on the season, murphy is averaging 10.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks this season for the 18-8 gophers, who take a three-game win streak into wednesday's game against indiana at home.murphy shared co-big ten weekly honors with michigan senior guard derrick walton jr., who averaged 22.5 points, 6.0 assist






gophers edge bemidji state in overtime on grace zumwinkle's goal


freshman forward grace zumwinkle scored with just 26 seconds left in the five-minute overtime to give the no. 6 gophers women’s hockey team a 3-2 victory over bemidji state on friday night at ridder arena before an announced crowd of 1,723.the goal was zumwinkle’s eighth of the season and extended the gophers’ winning streak to nine games.“there were moments where we had them hemmed in and their goalie made some saves,” gophers coach brad frost said, “but finding a way to pull it out there in overtime again is a pretty special feeling for our team, and we are pretty excited about it.”this was minnesota’s fourth overtime win this season, the first was oct. 14 at bemidji state.the beavers took a 1-0 lead in the opening period, but the gophers (14-4-1, 9-3-1 wcha) went ahead 2-1 in the middle






minnesota scene: gophers football games staying on kfan, three other teams switc


the radio landscape for gophers sports changed tuesday with an announcement that their men's basketball, men's hockey and women's basketball games are moving from 1500-am espn to iheart-media channels, such as kfan (100.3-fm).kfan will broadcast between 12 and 20 gophers men's basketball games next season, depending on conflicts with the vikings and wild. the rest of the team's games will move to ktlk (1130-am) with a simulcast on 103.5-fm.all gophers men's hockey games will be broadcast on 1130-am and simulcast on 103.5-fm. all gophers women's basketball games will be broadcast on 93.3-fm.gophers football games, already broadcast on kfan, will remain on that station through the 2020-2021 school year.the gophers announced that live radio coverage of all four of these teams — football, men'






gophers rout rutgers in volleyball, face no. 1 penn state on saturday


as expected the no. 8 gophers volleyball team kept rutgers winless in the big ten conference, sweeping the scarlet knights 25-18, 25-8, 25-16 on friday night at the maturi sports pavilion before 5,366 fans.the caliber of the competition will go up a bit saturday night, though, when minnesota closes out its regular season vs. no. 1 penn state at 7:30 p.m. at the same sold-out venue.stephanie samedy and alexis hart led the gophers (26-4, 15-4 big ten) with 14 kills apiece against rutgers. minnesota hit .500 to .181 for rutgers (5-26, 0-19).saturday night, the nittany lions (28-1, 18-1) will arrive riding an 18-match winning streak and leading the big ten and the ncaa in hitting percentage. the match will be televised live on the big ten network.penn state’s haleigh washington entered friday’






gameday preview: northwestern at gophers women's basketball


preview: this game had been scheduled for jan. 11, but it was postponed after northwestern player jordan hankins died at age 19 on jan. 9. a memorial service was held wednesday. both teams played saturday and play again thursday; for northwestern (17-7, 6-5 big ten), which has lost two in a row, it makes for three road games in six days. the gophers (13-12, 4-8) beat rutgers 80-46 at home saturday, marking their fewest points allowed under coach marlene stollings.players to watch: gophers g kenisha bell scored 19 points saturday, going 11-for-12 on free throws; the gophers were 27-for-34 on foul shots overall. bell is averaging 16.7 points per game, second on the team to carlie wagner’s 19.4. wagner has struggled the past two games, shooting a combined 6-for-34. … northwestern senior f nia






gophers-wake forest women's basketball preview


4:30 p.m. vs. wake forest • las vegas • no tv, 93.3-fmtwo guard-led teams meet for just second timepreview: this game is part of the lady rebel roundup in las vegas. wake forest (2-2) is coming off a 65-51 loss at rutgers on sunday. the demon deacons, picked 12th in the acc preseason poll, were 16-16 last season and went 1-1 in the wnit. the gophers (5-0) are coming off a 74-62 comeback victory over xavier at home on wednesday. the gophers, who trailed 40-32 at halftime, outscored xavier 42-22 in the second half.players to watch: senior g amber campbell leads wake forest in scoring (12 points per game). sophomore f tyra whitehead is averaging 11.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. junior g ariel stephenson scored a career-high 25 points against rutgers. g carlie wagner scored a season-high






gophers rout rutgers in women's basketball


a gophers women's basketball team badly needed a win got the perfect opponent saturday afternoon — and took advantage.minnesota routed rutgers 80-46 at williams arena to move ahead of the scarlet knights in the big ten standings and creep just above .500 for the season.kenisha bell and reserve gadiva hubbard both scored 19 points to lead the gophers (13-12, 4-8).bell was 11-for-12 at the free throw line. hubbard was 4-for-7 on three-pointers and scored 17 of her points in the second half when minnesota, which was 1-4 in its past five, turned the game into a blowout."i challenged [hubbard] before the game," gophers coach marlene stollings said in a postgame radio interview. "she was the leading freshman scorer in the league [before being sidelined by illness and injury], we wanted her to ge






carlie wagner scores 23 as gophers women's basketball routs penn state


university park, pa. – carlie wagner scored 23 points and destiny pitts added 16 as the gophers routed penn state 91-71 on wednesday night in big ten women's basketball.wagner was 5-for-6 on three-pointers for the gophers (14-4, 3-2), who took an 8-0 lead and never trailed in beating the nittany lions for the sixth time in their past eight meetings.minnesota led 25-19 after the first quarter and, after a 10-2 run to start the second quarter, 48-31 at halftime. the gophers shot 64.5 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes and even better on three-pointers, going 7-for-9 or 77.8 percent.the nittany lions (10-8, 1-4), who were led by teniya page's 21 points, have now lost five of their past six games.






minnesota scene: gophers' murphy wins first big ten player of the week award


gophers sophomore forward jordan murphy was chosen as co-winner of the big ten men’s basketball player of the week award.it is murphy’s first time receiving the honor; he shared it with michigan’s derrick walton jr.murphy, a san antonio native, led the gophers to a pair of victories last week over iowa and rutgers, posting double-doubles in each game. on wednesday in the two-overtime victory against the hawkeyes, murphy scored a career-high 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting, adding 19 rebounds and four blocks in 39 minutes.on saturday at rutgers, murphy scored a team-high 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.murphy has seven double-doubles this season.etc.• gophers second baseman makenna partain was chosen the big ten’s softball freshman of the week, after batting .533 with four rbi as the gophe






murphy's has double-double in minnesota's win


piscataway, n.j. — jordan murphy scored 17 points and had 11 rebounds to lead minnesota past rutgers 72-63 on saturday.nate mason and amir coffey added 16 and 12 points, respectively, for the gophers (18-7, 6-6 big ten). eric curry made all five of his shots and scored 11 points.rutgers (13-13, 2-11) was led by c.j. gettys, who had a team-high eight rebounds, and mike williams with 14 points each. corey sanders added 13 points, five assists and five rebounds.the scarlet knights, who trailed by 12 early in the second half, cut the lead to five after williams hit a 3-pointer to make it 66-61 with 4:02 to play. murphy fouled out at the 2:28 mark with minnesota leading 68-61 and rutgers again pulled within five, 68-63, on a gettys tip-in with 1:44 remaining before the gophers made four free th






reusse: ranking gophers successes this season, from worst to first


there is a university of minnesota graduate of notable accomplishment in the business world who has been e-mailing me views of gophers sports for several years. most of those were not favorable as to what the alumnus was witnessing in athletic endeavors.that’s what made the latest e-mail a contrast, with his suggestion the gophers deserved a tribute for a strong all-around athletic performance in the 2016-17 school year.there are 23 sports (unless you count indoor and outdoor track and field as separate entities). a majority are based on individual accomplishment adding up to team point totals. then there are the team sports: football, basketball (men and women), hockey (men and women), baseball, softball, volleyball and soccer.rowing is also a team sport, while operating largely in anonym






reusse: ranking gophers successes this season, from worst to first


there is a university of minnesota graduate of notable accomplishment in the business world who has been e-mailing me views of gophers sports for several years. most of those were not favorable as to what the alumnus was witnessing in athletic endeavors.that’s what made the latest e-mail a contrast, with his suggestion the gophers deserved a tribute for a strong all-around athletic performance in the 2016-17 school year.there are 23 sports (unless you count indoor and outdoor track and field as separate entities). a majority are based on individual accomplishment adding up to team point totals. then there are the team sports: football, basketball (men and women), hockey (men and women), baseball, softball, volleyball and soccer.rowing is also a team sport, while operating largely in anonym






gophers still in many ncaa tournament projections despite losing streak


when richard pitino tries to talk his players off the ledge this week looking at a five-game losing streak, he'll likely bring up the fact that the gophers men's basketball team is still in good ncaa tournament contention.pitino wouldn't be lying, either.minnesota has the longest losing streak in the big ten and is 0-5 since being ranked in the top 25 earlier this month, but several ncaa tournament bracket projections still have the gophers as a 10th seed or higher.espn's joe lunardi listed the gophers as a no. 10 seed with his updated bracket monday. cbssports.com's jerry palm had the gophers as  no. 7 seed in his latest bracket projection this week. other bracket predictions at si.com and usa today sports have gophers as a no. 10 seed and no. 8 seed, respectively.lunardi and palm are the






minnesota scene: gophers' groenewegen shuts out oregon state in softball


sara groenewegen pitched a five-hitter with 14 strikeouts and also drove in a run for the seventh-ranked gophers in a 6-0 softball victory monday at oregon state.oregon native makenna partain had three hits and groenewegen, sydney dwyer and kendyl lindaman had two hits for the gophers (22-2). dwyer had a two-run double, giving her 32 rbi, lindaman hit her team-leading sixth home run.groenewegen, staked to a 3-0 first-inning lead after the start of the game was delayed an hour by rain, improved to 10-1.gophers gymnast holst is chosen all-conferencegophers senior bailie holst was among 16 gymnasts selected to the all-big-ten first team announced monday.holst was the all-around champion at the big five gymnastics meet over the weekend in iowa, and shared the league’s gymnast of the week award






gophers defeat lindenwood in ot in women's hockey, gain sweep


olivia knowles scored two goals, including the game-winner on a power play in overtime, and sophie skarzynski recorded her second consecutive three-assist game for the no. 6 gophers in a 4-3 women’s hockey victory over lindenwood on sunday in wentzville, mo.the gophers (13-4-1, 8-3-1-0 wcha) got first-period goals from sydney baldwin and cara piazza while amassing 23-first-period shots in taking the early two-goal lead.but the lions tied it in the second period on goals by cierra paisley and the first of two goals by sophomore taylor girard.knowles’ first goal gave minnesota the lead later in the second period, but girard forced overtime when she beat gophers goalie alex gulstene on a penalty shot at 6:21 of the third.the gophers entered the extra period on a power play after lindenwood’s






gophers to play wisconsin in big ten soccer quarterfinals


the gophers women’s soccer team will play wisconsin at 1 p.m. sunday at elizabeth lyle robbie stadium in a big ten tournament quarterfinal game.minnesota (11-4-3, 7-3-1 big ten) tied for second in the conference and was seeded third in the tournament. the badgers (12-4-2, 6-3-2) are the sixth seed; they beat the gophers 1-0 in overtime in madison on a penalty kick in a big ten opener on sept. 16.the gophers are led by sydney squires, who has 13 goals, and julianna gernes, who has nine; goalkeeper kailee sharp has a 0.78 goals-against average and six shutouts. dani rhodes leads wisconsin with 10 goals while caitlyn clem has nine shutouts, tied for the second most among conference keepers.minnesota is 6-2-1 at home this season.u volleyball routs rutgersthe no. 5 gophers crushed host rutgers






minnesota scene: four gophers named to big ten all-conference soccer teams


four players on the gophers made one of the big ten women's soccer all-conference teams announced friday, including forward sydney squires, who was a first-team pick.midfielder molly fiedler and defender tori burnettmade the second team; forward april bockin made the third.squires, a senior from hudson, wis., led the gophers with 14 goals, five of them game-winners.the gophers, who tied for second place in the conference standings, will host wisconsin at 1 p.m. in the big ten tournament quarterfinals. the badgers beat minnesota 1-0 in overtime in madison, wis., on sept. 16.u faces no. 1 badgersthe no. 6 gophers women's hockey team will play no. 1 wisconsin at 4 p.m. saturday and 5 p.m. sunday at ridder arena.minnesota was 1-1-2 against the badgers last season. the teams split a series in m






sunday special: gophers-badgers season finale set for 5 p.m. on march 5


a lot could be at stake when the gophers men's basketball team plays march 5 in the regular-season finale against border rival wisconsin at the kohl center in madison. the big ten announced tuesday that game will start at 5 p.m. and be televised on big ten network.the badgers are in a big ten title race with purdue and maryland. minnesota can pick up another signature win for its ncaa tournament resume. this could be the most meaningful border battle and final big ten regular season game in years.the gophers haven't won in madison since a 78-74 overtime victory on jan. 15, 2009. the badgers escaped with a 78-76 overtime win against the gophers on jan. 21 at williams arena in minneapolis.the regular-season finale could have seeding implications for the big ten tournament, which runs march 8






gophers women's basketball goes cold, loses at penn state


state college, pa. – penn state’s 9-0 run in the middle of the third period sparked the nittany lions to a 77-66 victory over the gophers on wednesday night in big ten women’s basketball.with minnesota ahead 45-44, teniya page hit a three-pointer for the nittany lions to put them ahead to stay. she finished with a game-high 25 points.the gophers (12-12, 3-8 big ten) stayed within single digits until penn state’s 6-0 in the middle of the fourth quarter expanded its lead to 71-57 with 3:12 to play.sophomore guard kenisha bell and freshman taiye bello, making her third consecutive start, led the gophers with 19 points apiece while junior guard carlie wagner, averaging 20.3 points, had just six points. wagner was 3-for-21 from the field.penn state (16-8, 6-6) s 43.5 percent from the field, the






gophers women's basketball falls to nebraska in big ten home opener


minnesota’s women’s basketball team found itself in a tight game throughout the second half sunday, but the gophers couldn’t dig themselves out of a hole falling 79-74 to nebraska at williams arena. the gophers took a one-point lead with 38 seconds left, but nebraska went ahead again and the gophers missed a pair of 3-pointers to lose at home for the first time this season.shooting 3-pointers is the bread-and-butter for the gophers (12-2, 1-0). actually, the first five buckets for them were from long range. carlie wagner drained her second of the game to tie the score at 15 late in the first quarter, getting the gophers out of a deficit to start the game. they came in averaging 9.2 3-point field goals per game, good enough for second in the big ten and 24th in the nation.the gophers led by






pregame: will the gophers' block party continue urday at rutgers?


gophers at rutgersthree things to watch:block party– when the gophers are blocking s s as often as they were wednesday against iowa they are hard to beat. their 14 blocks in the double-overtime win was the most in program history in a big ten game. big ten block leader reggie lynch had his seventh game this season with at least five blocks, finishing with six blocks against the hawkeyes. jordan murphy tied a season-high with four blocks, including three in the first half. the gophers rank second in the ncaa in blocks per game (6.8), behind only oregon (7.1). they have a 5-1 record when lynch blocks at least five s s and plays 25 minutes or more.murphy’s law– murphy was averaging just 6.4 points in eight games leading into wednesday’s 101-89 double-overtime win against iowa. but the 6-foot-






gophers fall to umd in overtime to lose season opener


duluth – don lucia’s gophers entered friday’s season opener knowing all about their recent struggles against minnesota duluth.the bulldogs, last season’s ncaa runner-up, had won seven consecutive men’s hockey games against minnesota, dating to 2014.asked this week about the rivalry’s recent past, gophers sophomore brent gates jr., responded coolly: “it’s a new year, new teams. that’s about all i’ve got to say about that.”minnesota had a rough start friday, and a rougher finish, losing 4-3 on parker mackay’s goal 1 minute, 45 seconds into overtime.the gophers were outplayed badly for the game’s first 33 minutes but came alive with two second-period goals. an announced sellout crowd of 7,203 at amsoil arena watched. umd finished with 44 shots on goal to the gophers' 21.the game was part of t






sports on tv and radio


today's gophers-north carolina women's basketball game is available at 2:30 p.m. on the espn app and on the web hereon the air wednesdaybasketballtimetvradiocollege women: gophers at n. carolina 2:30 p.m. 93.3-fm, watch espncollege women: notre dame at michigan 5 p.m. btnnba: washington at philadelphia 6 p.m. nbatvcollege men: auburn at dayton 6 p.m. cbssncollege men: clemson at ohio state 6:15 p.m. espn2college men: penn state at n.c. state 6:15 p.m. espnucollege men: michigan at n. carolina 6:30 p.m. espnnba: timberwolves at new orleans 7 p.m. fsn 830-amcollege women: florida st. at iowa 7 p.m. btncollege women: middle tenn. at miss. 7 p.m. secncollege men: miami at gophers 8:15 p.m. espn2 100.3-fmcollege men: boston coll. at nebraska 8:15 p.m. espnucollege men: duke at indiana 8:30 p.m.






gophers-rutgers game recap


game recapimpact playerjordan murphy, gophersthe sophomore forward scored 17 points on 8-for-15 shooting and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.by the numbers10-for-22free-throw shooting by rutgers, which missed its final five attempts.40-34the gophers' rebounding edge against a team that ranked fifth nationally at 42.0 per game.staff reports






pregame: will the gophers' block party continue today at rutgers?


gophers at rutgersthree things to watch:block party– when the gophers are blocking shots as often as they were wednesday against iowa they are hard to beat. their 14 blocks in the double-overtime win was the most in program history in a big ten game. big ten block leader reggie lynch had his seventh game this season with at least five blocks, finishing with six blocks against the hawkeyes. jordan murphy tied a season-high with four blocks, including three in the first half. the gophers rank second in the ncaa in blocks per game (6.8), behind only oregon (7.1). they have a 5-1 record when lynch blocks at least five shots and plays 25 minutes or more.murphy’s law– murphy was averaging just 6.4 points in eight games leading into wednesday’s 101-89 double-overtime win against iowa. but the 6-f






six-game stretch will put gophers basketball to the test


when richard pitino took his players off twitter for the season he was trying to escape some of the hype surrounding his gophers basketball team.it’s been so hard to ignore.as much as pitino tells his guys not to focus on the attention, he knows they take great pride in being one of the top teams in the country.“we’ve talked a lot this offseason about how to deal with expectations and how to deal with people talking about you good,” pitino said. “you could say that stuff is irrelevant, but they want it. they want to be ranked. they want people to talk about them. that’s what motivates them.”all of that praise can vanish as quickly as it came.no. 25 alabama on saturday will be the first of back-to-back ranked opponents on minnesota’s schedule, including wednesday’s big ten/acc challenge gam






gophers hold off rutgers for third consecutive win


piscataway, n.j. – what a difference a year makes for the gophers.last season at this time, coach rick pitino's team was floundering on the way to an 8-23 record, including an embarrassing, blowout loss at rutgers, which was 0-17 in big ten play entering the game.on saturday, the gophers added to their ncaa tournament résumé by posting their fourth big ten road victory of the season, knocking off rutgers 72-63 at the rutgers athletic center."last year was a challenging end," pitino said. "we had been playing well and had beaten a top-five maryland team, rutgers and then had to suspend guys and joey king got hurt."it was impossible to win. that was really tough. i remember walking in here and going, 'this brings back bad memories.' now that we are at full strength, we are a pretty good team






memorable moments from the gophers' 1997 final four run


unofficially incrediblewiped from the record books, but not from basketball fans’ memories, here are some of the memorable moments of march 1997:• in ann arbor, mich., the gophers clinched the big ten title with a 55-54 win over the wolverines. team leader bobby jackson sealed it at the free-throw line with 2.9 seconds left.• with cameras watching, the gophers celebrated a no. 1 seed in the midwest regional on selection sunday.• after two blowout victories to open the ncaa tournament, the gophers battle clemson in an epic sweet 16 game. jackson scored 36 points in the double-overtime victory, with sam jacobson adding 29.• two nights later, a ucla team with big names was sent home in the regional final in san antonio. gophers 80, bruins 72.• 14,000 fans welcomed the team home from texas at






guards rally gophers over xavier in women's basketball


the gophers defeated xavier 74-62 in a matchup of unbeaten women's basketball teams wednesday night at williams arena to improve to 5-0.it's the first time minnesota has started with five wins since the 2007-08 season when that team opened with eight consecutive victories.guards carlie wagner and kenisha bell led the gophers with 24 and 20 points, respectively. bell also had seven assists and six rebounds."we just play off each other," bell said, referring to wagner and herself.freshman destiny pitts added seven points and a team-high 10 rebounds as the gophers won the rebounding battle 42-36.na'teshia owens had 12 points for the musketeers (4-1) and a'riana gray added 10 points and 11 rebounds. jeff wheeler, star tribune minnesota gophers guard carlie wagner (33) was fouled by xavier musk






gophers women fall to hot-shooting maryland in big ten tournament


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for more than 50 years, if you followed gophers football or basketball, you listened to ray christensen calling the games on wcco radio. text sizeshareemailprintmoreshare on:share on linkedinshare on google+share on pinterestcopy shortlink:purchase: order reprint he called 510 football games, 1,309 basketball games. for me, one stands out.oct. 22, 1977. in our backyard with my mom and dad, raking leaves. on the picnic table, an oversized transistor radio wrapped in faux leather that to this day i swear had only one setting:830-am.minnesota vs. no. 1-ranked michigan. christensen’s clarion voice as crisp as that fall day. you could always tell 10 seconds after switching to a gophers game who was winning by the way ray sounded. on this day, vibrant, exultant.thinking about days like this, bef