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ruling expected soon in wake of hearings for 10 gophers football players


after two days of closed-door hearings at the university of minnesota, a ruling is expected this week on the educational futures of 10 gophers football players suspended for their alleged roles in a ual ault.in more than 20 hours spanning thursday and friday afternoons and nights, the three-person student ual ault subcommittee, which will make the decision on the players’ appeals, heard from lawyers for the players, the players themselves, the alleged victim and school administrators.the players, who want to remain enrolled in the university, appealed the penalties recommended for them by the u’s office of equal opportunity and affirmative action.expulsion from pus has been recommended for five — ray buford, carlton djam, kiante hardin, dior johnson and tamarion johnson. one-year suspensio






ruling next week after hearings for 10 suspended gophers players


a ruling is expected next week on the educational futures of 10 suspended gophers football players.after two long days of closed-door hearings at the university of minnesota, there were no hints about what their fates might be.in more than 20 hours stretched over thursday and friday afternoons and nights, a three-person student ual ault subcommittee heard from lawyers for the players, the players themselves, the alleged victim and school administrators.the players, who want to remain enrolled in the u, have appealed the penalties recommended against them by the u’s office of equal opportunity and affirmative action. expulsion from pus has been recommended for five player — ray buford, carlton djam, kiante hardin, dior johnson and tamarion johnson. one-year suspensions were recommendedy for






overturned suspensions should leave fleck with options


first-year gophers football coach p.j. fleck knew he might have several roster issues after inheriting 10 player suspensions stemming from an alleged sept. 2 ual ault, under former coach tracy claeys.but friday, the gophers learned four of those suspended players could soon return to the team. safety antoine winfield jr., quarterback seth green, cornerback antonio shenault and running back kobe mccrary had their recommended sanctions overturned by an appeals panel.the university of minnesota’s office for equal opportunity and affirmative action had recommended expulsion for carlton djam, kiante hardin, dior johnson and tamarion johnson, one-year suspensions from school for green, winfield, mccrary and mark williams, and probation for shenault.all 10 players had appeals hearings last week.






hearing continues for suspended gophers football players


ten suspended university of minnesota football players arrived at the humphrey school of public affairs thursday afternoon for the appeal hearing that will determine their futures with the school.all are enrolled in the current semester at the university but have been recommended for penalties from expulsion to probation for their roles in an alleged ual ault last fall.the students had all arrived more than a half an hour before the hearing was to begin at 2 p.m. the closed door session was to last until 11 p.m.the players filed in silently, all sharply dressed and accompanied by parents and lawyers.nine of the players are represented by lee hutton. ryan pacyga is representing the tenth.the hearing will resume at 1 p.m. friday and continue until 10 p.m.the university’s panel must issue a d






gophers still not on ncaa tournament bubble after five straight losses


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






suspensions dropped for at least 3 gophers


a university of minnesota disciplinary panel has overturned the recommended suspensions of at least three gopher football players who had been linked to an alleged ual ault of a female student in september.the panel cleared antoine winfield jr., a safety on the team, his father said friday afternoon.kobe mccrary, a gopher running back, tweeted in celebration moments later: "blessed man!!!! ready to get back at it with my boys!"quarterback seth green also was cleared, according to a source close to the player.the fate of seven other gopher football players, some of whom were facing possible expulsion, was not immediately known.the disciplinary panel was due to issue its findings on all 10 accused students by friday. last week, the panel held two days of closed-door hearings on the case that






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






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






five reasons why gophers-maryland is a must-see showdown


the gophers-maryland big ten showdown is being billed as one of wednesday’s must-watch games.cbs sports college basketball insider jon rothstein included the game as one of his five games to watch. the gophers and terrapins made the cut with duke at syracuse, louisville at north carolina, butler at villanova, and tcu at kansas.here are five reasons why wednesday night’s game in college park is one you won’t want to miss. tip-off is 7:30 p.m. on the big ten network.--the gophers have the opportunity to climb into the top four of the big ten standings with a victory at no. 24 maryland. if the gophers can finish out the season in the top four, they would get a double bye in the conference tournament. northwestern lost to illinois 66-50 tuesday and holds a half-game lead over the gophers for f






gophers-nebraska game recap


game recapimpact playerjordan murphy, gophershe scored 12 of his 20 points in the first half, helping the gophers build a 40-27 halftime lead. murphy also had 11 rebounds and two blocks.by the numbers17 blocks for gophers center reggie lynch in the past two games, including six thursday.62 the gophers’ shooting percentage in the second half.4 games in a row the gophers have had at least 80 points, their longest such stretch since 2002.marcus fuller






lessons learned, but last home game for gophers women's basketball spoiled


given the youth of her team, gophers coach marlene stollings said she considers everything that happens in february — for good or bad — to be an important part of her team’s learning curve.“we want to win games, no question,’’ she said. “but the things we’re seeing this month, with the growth and where we’re headed, there are many positives for the future.’’some lessons, however, are more painful to absorb than others. thursday, in a 67-54 loss to purdue at williams arena, the gophers’ final regular-season home game was spoiled by poor second-half shooting and an inability to stop a late boilermakers surge. the gophers (14-14, 5-10 big ten) trailed by three at halftime but scored only nine fourth-quarter points as they lost their second consecutive game.carlie wagner led the gophers with 1






gophers have 'intense' players-only meeting to address losing streak


gophers sophomore guard dupree mcbrayer described the players-only meeting monday as "intense" with team leaders frustrated over the current five-game losing streak going into urday's game at illinois.minnesota lost another close game last weekend 78-67 to maryland at home. players had almost an entire week to think about what went wrong and how to fix it."you can tell that our leaders are fed up with us not doing the little things," mcbrayer said. "so they e forward and said, 'hey, this is what we need to start doing if we want to win, if we want to go to the ncaa tournament, if we want to make a run in the big ten tournament. i think all the guys got that message."senior captain akeem springs and junior captain nate mason were the main players speaking their mind during the meeting. they






gophers' turnaround season might end with second-place finish in big ten


the gophers men's basketball team can lock up a runner-up finish in the big ten and the no. 2 seed in next week's conference tournament with a victory sunday at wisconsin.purdue clinched the outright big ten regular-season title thursday night when wisconsin lost. the boilermakers are the top seed in the tournament in washington, d.c. but after that, nothing is settled.the gophers' eight-game win streak gives them a shot at a top-four big ten tournament seed — which comes with a double-bye — whether they win or lose sunday. the worst-case scenario for the gophers is that they are the no. 5 seed and open thursday against either the no. 12 or 13 seed. the best case: they get the no. 2 seed and don't have to play until friday. a breakdown:gophers are the no. 2 seed if: they win at wisconsin f






gophers women's hockey tops bemidji state 3-1 in wcha playoff opener


the gophers women’s hockey team opened the best-of-three first round of the wcha playoffs with a 3-1 victory over bemidji state before an announced 1,234 at ridder arena on friday night.all three goals for the gophers (24-5-5) came from defensemen: katie robinson in the first period, fellow freshman patti marshall in the second and captain lee stecklein on the power play in the third. nine different players recorded a point for the gophers, and sidney peters made seven saves as the gophers outshot the beavers 35-8.“we’re happy with the win,” gophers coach brad frost said. “bemidji state does such a good job of clogging things up in the middle, in particular in their zone. anytime we can spread that thing out and get some traffic in front and get it to the net, it’s to our advantage. overal






gophers women's hockey tops bemidji state 3-1 in wcha playoff opener


the gophers women's hockey team opened the best-of-three first round of the wcha playoffs with a 3-1 victory over bemidji state before an announced 1,234 at ridder arena on friday night.all three goals for the gophers (24-5-5) came from defensemen: katie robinson in the first period, fellow freshman patti marshall in the second and captain lee stecklein on the power play in the third. nine different players recorded a point for the gophers, and sidney peters made seven saves as the gophers outshot the beavers 35-8."we're happy with the win," gophers coach brad frost said. "bemidji state does such a good job of clogging things up in the middle, in particular in their zone. anytime we can spread that thing out and get some traffic in front and get it to the net, it's to our advantage. overal






p.j. fleck beats out jerry kill for hopkins' boye mafe


the gophers added their sixth in-state commitment to this year’s recruiting cl tuesday night, when hopkins defensive end boye mafe gave them a verbal commitment.the 6-4, 225-pound mafe had reportedly narrowed his choices to minnesota and rutgers after getting visited at school by jerry kill, the former gophers head coach who is now rutgers’ offensive coordinator.mafe joins blaise andries (marshall), eric abojei (robbinsdale cooper), dominik london (east ridge), grant ryerse (east ridge) and nathan bursch (woodbury) as in-state players committed to the gophers in this cl .the gophers signed eight in-state players in last year’s cl , including carter coughlin, kamal martin and tyler johnson, who saw extensive playing time as true freshmen.joe christensen






pitino in line for big bonus


richard pitino declared to his players after wednesday night's victory, "there is no more talk about the ncaa tournament. we're talking about seeds in the ncaa tournament."the gophers all but secured their spot on the march madness dance floor by upsetting no. 24 maryland 89-75 in college park, md. pitino's team moved into the top four in the big ten standings and into position for a double bye in the conference tournament.wednesday night's victory also all but guaranteed pitino a $50,000 bonus. his contract stipulates a $50,000 payment each year the gophers make the ncaa tournament.the incentives don't stop there.if the gophers finish with a winning record in the big ten regular season, pitino gets another $50,000.wait, there's more.add it all up and pitino is line for at least a $100,000






4 gophers cleared in alleged ual ault


a university of minnesota disciplinary panel has cleared four of the 10 gophers football players who had been accused of ual misconduct in the alleged ault on a female student in september.the panel ruled in favor of seth green, kobe mccrary, antonio shenault and antoine winfield jr., their attorneys said friday.but the panel upheld the recommended expulsion of four other players, ray buford, kiante hardin, dior johnson and tamarion johnson, and a one year-suspension for mark williams. it also reduced the recommended punishment for carlton djam from expulsion to a one-year suspension, according to attorney ryan pacyga.mccrary, a gopher running back, tweeted in celebration: “blessed man!!!! ready to get back at it with my boys!”the disciplinary panel notified the individual students of its






badgers dominate second half, end gophers' eight-game winning streak


madison, wis. – the gophers were 20 minutes away from the no. 2 seed in the big ten men’s basketball tournament when they led wisconsin by two points at halftime sunday.looking for the program’s first victory at the kohl center since 2009, the gophers collapsed under the defensive pressure of the no. 22 badgers in the second half, falling 66-49 — their first loss in nine games.with their second-largest margin of defeat this season, the gophers (23-8, 11-7 big ten) ended up with the no. 4 seed instead, still good for a double-bye in the big ten tournament, which starts wednesday in washington, d.c.the gophers’ highest previous seed since the first big ten tournament in 1998 was no. 5 in 2005. not bad for a team that was picked to finish 13th in the league.“i’m sure they’re down right now,”






badgers dominate second half, end gophers' eight-game winning streak


madison, wis. – the gophers were 20 minutes away from the no. 2 seed in the big ten men’s basketball tournament when they led wisconsin by two points at halftime sunday.looking for the program’s first victory at the kohl center since 2009, the gophers collapsed under the defensive pressure of the no. 22 badgers in the second half, falling 66-49 — their first loss in nine games.with their second-largest margin of defeat this season, the gophers (23-8, 11-7 big ten) ended up with the no. 4 seed instead, still good for a double-bye in the big ten tournament, which starts wednesday in washington, d.c.the gophers’ highest previous seed since the first big ten tournament in 1998 was no. 5 in 2005. not bad for a team that was picked to finish 13th in the league.“i’m sure they’re down right now,”






suspensions dropped for 4 gophers, 4 upheld


a university of minnesota disciplinary panel has cleared four of the 10 gophers football players who had been accused of ual misconduct in the alleged ault on a female student in september.the panel ruled in favor of seth green, kobe mccrary, antonio shenault and antoine winfield jr., their attorneys said friday.but the panel upheld the recommended expulsion of four other players, ray buford, kiante hardin, dior johnson and tamarion johnson, and a one year-suspension for mark williams. it also reduced the recommended punishment for carlton djam from expulsion to a one-year suspension, according to attorney ryan pacyga.mccrary, a gopher running back, tweeted in celebration: “blessed man!!!! ready to get back at it with my boys!”the disciplinary panel notified the individual students of its






gophers celebrate 25 signings, three players appear headed to other schools


p.j. fleck and the rest of the gophers coaching staff celebrated the signings of 25 new players wednesday morning, as part of national signing day, but three previously committed three-star recruits were no longer in the mix.offensive lineman eric abojei (robbinsdale cooper), defensive tackle tyrone chambers (lyndhurst, ohio), and cornerback ihmir smith-marsette (newark, n.j.) all appeared to be headed elsewhere as of monday morning.chambers signed with toledo, and it appeared that academics kept him from signing with the gophers. abojei is scheduled to sign at 3 p.m., and there are indications he'll be heading to junior college. smith-marsette is expected to make his announcement at 12:30, with iowa and rutgers both in the mix.shortly after wide receiver demetrius douglas (portland, ore.)






u panel clears 4 gophers football players in alleged ual ault


a university of minnesota disciplinary panel has cleared four of the 10 gophers football players who had been accused of ual misconduct in the alleged ault on a female student in september.the panel ruled in favor of seth green, kobe mccrary, antonio shenault and antoine winfield jr., their attorneys said friday.but the panel upheld the recommended expulsion of four other players, ray buford, kiante hardin, dior johnson and tamarion johnson, and a one-year suspension for mark williams. it also reduced the recommended punishment for carlton djam from expulsion to a one-year suspension, according to attorney ryan pacyga.mccrary, a gophers running back, tweeted in celebration: “blessed man!!!! ready to get back at it with my boys!”the disciplinary panel notified the individual students of its






hartman: thrills build as gophers basketball team continues to win


the gophers basketball team is not only playing well, but better than anyone expected this season. they are projected as a no. 7 seed for the ncaa tournament by espn.com, and cbssports.com has them as a no. 5 seed. the gophers’ rpi ranking of 16 gives them a chance for a high seed in the tournament.the seed could get even higher if they close out the season by beating nebraska at williams arena on thursday and the badgers at wisconsin on sunday, followed by a strong showing in the big ten tournament in washington d.c. next week.this is not only the first time for these players to be heading to the ncaa tournament and dealing with high expectations, but this also will be richard pitino’s first ncaa tournament as a head coach.he was asked what it’s like taking a team used to being underdogs






looking back: feb. 26, 1997


feb. 26, 1997 ann arbor, mich.no. 2 gophers 55, no. 24 michigan 54: guards bobby jackson and eric harris scored the game's final five points to give the gophers their first big ten title in 15 years. with the victory, the gophers improved to 25-2 overall and 14-1 in the conference. they ended up 31-4 (16-2 in the big ten) and reached the final four before losing to kentucky in the national semifinals."this net is going in our trophy case back at the arena, and this [holding up a small piece of the net] is going to go in my billfold, where i will carry it for the rest of my life."gophers coach clem haskins






4 gophers cleared in alleged ual ault


a university of minnesota disciplinary panel has cleared four of the 10 gophers football players who had been accused of ual misconduct in the alleged ault on a female student in september.the panel ruled in favor of seth green, kobe mccrary, antonio shenault and antoine winfield jr., their attorneys said friday.but the panel upheld the recommended expulsion of four other players, ray buford, kiante hardin, dior johnson and tamarion johnson, and a one-year suspension for mark williams. it also reduced the recommended punishment for carlton djam from expulsion to a one-year suspension, according to attorney ryan pacyga.mccrary, a gophers running back, tweeted in celebration: “blessed man!!!! ready to get back at it with my boys!”the disciplinary panel notified the individual students of its






resiliency serving gophers hockey team quite well


despite the dire situation, justin kloos saw no hint of anxiety or resignation among his teammates. they reacted just as the gophers captain expected they would after penn state scored on a penalty shot last saturday to take a 3-2 lead with 86 seconds remaining.“there wasn’t a ton of frustration or disappointment,” kloos said. “it was, ‘we’ve just got to find a way to get that next one.’ we knew we had a little bit of time to get some pucks on net and see what happens.”that attitude has become a hallmark for this group of gophers, which showed again that no deficit seems too daunting. after kloos scored the tying goal with 3.5 seconds left, he set up rem pitlick’s overtime winner, giving the no. 4 gophers an improbable road sweep over the ninth-ranked nittany lions. it marked the second ti






gophers women's basketball preview vs. michigan state


preview: the gophers (14-12, 5-8 big ten) are coming off two home victories, but they have not won in east lansing, mich. , since 2009. michigan state (16-9, 6-6) has lost two in a row, to iowa and maryland. the spartans beat the gophers 93-74 on jan. 30 at williams arena.players to watch: gophers sophomore g kenisha bell is averaging 16.7 points and has scored at least 18 points in each of the past three games. backcourt mate carlie wagner, a junior, is seven three-pointers away from 200 in her career. she made five threes her last game. senior guard tori jankoska recently became the first michigan state player to score over 2,000 career points and averages a team-high 22 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. brandeis agee, another senior guard, is averaging 12.6 points her past seven games.






hartman: thrills build as gophers basketball team continues to win


the gophers basketball team is not only playing well, but better than anyone expected this season. they are projected as a no. 7 seed for the ncaa tournament by espn.com, and cbssports.com has them as a no. 5 seed. the gophers' rpi ranking of 16 gives them a chance for a high seed in the tournament.the seed could get even higher if they close out the season by beating nebraska at williams arena on thursday and the badgers at wisconsin on sunday, followed by a strong showing in the big ten tournament in washington, d.c., next week.this is not only the first time for these players to be heading to the ncaa tournament and dealing with high expectations, but this also will be richard pitino's first ncaa tournament as a head coach.he was asked what it's like taking a team used to being underdog






gophers-penn state game recap


game recapimpact playerreggie lynch, gophersthe 6-foot-10 junior finished with 11 blocks, one short of the school record. he also had nine points and zero fouls in 29 minutes.by the numbers4 the gophers’ position in the big ten standings. a top-four finish results in a double bye in the big ten tournament.7 the gophers’ winning streak, the longest active streak among power conference schools.15 blocks for the gophers, a team record for a big ten game.marcus fuller






gophers land ohio lineman; db recruit changes his mind


p.j. fleck's first recruiting cl with the gophers football team continues to evolve heading into wednesday's national signing day.on monday, the gophers flipped one commit from purdue — ohio high school lineman malcolm robinson — while a minnesota commit flipped to iowa.trey creamer, a three-star cornerback from cartersville, ga., had committed to the gophers under former coach tracy claeys and then reopened his recruiting after claeys was fired. creamer also had strong interest from rutgers and a reported offer at one point from oklahoma.the 6-3, 280-pound robinson, who played offensive guard and defensive tackle at m illon (ohio) washington high school, is a consensus three-star recruit who also had a reported offer from virginia.as of monday night, the gophers had 27 players committed.o






u panel clears 4, still penalizes 6 others in alleged ual ault


a university of minnesota disciplinary panel has cleared four of the 10 gophers football players who had been accused of ual misconduct in the alleged ault on a female student in september.the panel ruled in favor of seth green, kobe mccrary, antonio shenault and antoine winfield jr., their attorneys said friday.but the panel upheld the recommended expulsion of four other players, ray buford, kiante hardin, dior johnson and tamarion johnson, and a one-year suspension for mark williams. it also reduced the recommended punishment for carlton djam from expulsion to a one-year suspension, according to attorney ryan pacyga.mccrary, a gophers running back, tweeted in celebration: “blessed man!!!! ready to get back at it with my boys!”the disciplinary panel notified the individual students of its






winning streak leaves gophers basketball in a secure situation


there are two types of coaches in this world: those who dance after a big win and those who don't.richard pitino isn't a dancer. he wasn't about to try and top miami (fla.) coach jim larranaga, whose moves were so awkward after beating virginia this week that the video went viral.pitino didn't know he was being videotaped after the gophers' 89-75 victory wednesday at no. 24 maryland, but his speech was a hit on social media as well.the fourth-year gophers coach told players they were now talking about "seeds" in the ncaa tournament and not talking about whether they would make it."i didn't know the camera was in the locker room," pitino said. "luckily, i didn't swear."the gophers (21-7, 9-6 big ten) have moved past aspirations of just reaching the program's first ncaa tournament in four ye






gophers women's basketball preview vs. michigan state


6 p.m. at michigan state • no tv, 88.5-fmpreview: the gophers (14-12, 5-8 big ten) are coming off two home victories, but they have not won in east lansing, mich. , since 2009. michigan state (16-9, 6-6) has lost two in a row, to iowa and maryland. the spartans beat the gophers 93-74 on jan. 30 at williams arena.players to watch: gophers sophomore g kenisha bell is averaging 16.7 points and has scored at least 18 points in each of the past three games. backcourt mate carlie wagner, a junior, is seven three-pointers away from 200 in her career. she made five threes her last game. senior guard tori jankoska recently became the first michigan state player to score over 2,000 career points and averages a team-high 22 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. brandeis agee, another senior guard, is ave






hartman: three changes fuel gophers basketball's turnaround


there simply cannot be a more surprising team in college basketball than richard pitino’s gophers, who went on the road and defeated no. 24 maryland 89-75 in college park, improving to 21-7 in the process and 9-6 in big ten conference play, tied for fourth place with three games remaining. it was also their sixth consecutive conference victory.to think that in march last year, many sportswriters and fans thought pitino should be fired. the team had the worst season in the program’s 120-year history, an 8-23 overall record and 2-16 conference mark that included a 14-game losing streak. and going into this season, the team was losing four of its top six scorers — 51.9 percent of the offense.pitino’s $7 million buyout was viewed as one of the few reasons he kept his job, and also regarded as






gameday preview: gophers vs. penn state at big ten women's basketball tournament


big ten women's basketball tourney5:30 p.m. vs. penn state at bankers life fieldhouse, indianapolis • btn, 1440-amslumping gophers need to get hot againpreview: the gophers (14-15, 5-11 big ten) enter the tournament as the no. 10 seed after losing three games in a row to end the regular season. no. 7 seed penn state (19-9, 9-7) defeated them 77-66 in the teams' only regular-season meeting at state college on feb. 8, and enters the tournament with five victories in its past six games. the gophers are 8-22 all-time at the big ten tournament and have never won it. their best finish was second place in 2005. the winner will play fourth-ranked maryland in friday's quarterfinals.players to watch: gophers guard carlie wagner was named second-team all-big ten on monday for the second consecutive s






gophers have score to settle vs. badgers in madison


nate mason always knew when it was border battle week. random students would walk up to him and his gophers basketball teammates on campus to make sure they knew only one thing mattered: beating wisconsin.“as soon as i stepped on campus, it was always,” mason said, “ ‘you got to beat wisconsin.’ ”gophers coach richard pitino hasn’t beaten wisconsin since his first season with the program in 2013-14. not only does the u have six straight losses in the series, it hasn’t won in madison since 2009.but this might be the best opportunity in years for the gophers to end that drought.not only because this is pitino’s most talented team yet. not only because there’s even more motivation with a win resulting in the no. 2 seed in next week’s big ten tournament in washington d.c.the gophers (23-7, 11-






minnesota scene: five finalists for mr. basketball named


the revamped minnesota mr. basketball selection committee tuesday announced its five finalists for the 2017 mr. basketball award, which honors the top senior player in the state.they are trae berhow, watertown-mayer; brad davison, maple grove; goanar mar, delasalle; nathan reuvers, lakeville north, and mckinley wright, champlin park.the committee was altered last month in the wake of the resignation of former mr. basketball chairman ken lien, who relinquished his duties in the wake of a series of offensive and racist tweets.the mr. basketball winner will be announced sunday, march 26.jim paulsenu softball up to no. 7the gophers softball team climbed three spots to no. 7 in the usa today/nfca national rankings released this week. minnesota, at 18-0 one of only three unbeaten teams with 10 w






ice-cold gophers women's team hoping to warm up in big ten tournament


the gophers don’t open play at the big ten women’s basketball tournament until thursday, when they face penn state in the second round. coach marlene stollings hopes that before they take the floor at bankers life fieldhouse in indianapolis, they can take in the show as spectators.stollings said monday she wants to get the gophers to indianapolis early enough for the team to watch one of wednesday’s first-round games. with eight players making their big ten tournament debuts, she is looking for ways to maximize their excitement while minimizing any nervousness. she won’t need any help with the first task, but the second is essential to making a run at a postseason tournament berth.the 10th-seeded gophers enter thursday’s game against no. 7 seed penn state with three consecutive losses, inc






ice-cold gophers women's team hoping to warm up in big ten tournament


the gophers don’t open play at the big ten women’s basketball tournament until thursday, when they face penn state in the second round. coach marlene stollings hopes that before they take the floor at bankers life fieldhouse in indianapolis, they can take in the show as spectators.stollings said monday she wants to get the gophers to indianapolis early enough for the team to watch one of wednesday’s first-round games. with eight players making their big ten tournament debuts, she is looking for ways to maximize their excitement while minimizing any nervousness. she won’t need any help with the first task, but the second is essential to making a run at a postseason tournament berth.the 10th-seeded gophers enter thursday’s game against no. 7 seed penn state with three consecutive losses, inc






scoggins: depth, defense make these gophers a joy to watch


nate mason whispered something to richard pitino before entering the huddle during a timeout in the first half of saturday’s victory against penn state.the gophers’ junior captain, leading scorer and all-big ten candidate had a request.“let’s run a play for amir to get him going,” mason said to pitino.that brief exchange illustrates why this is not only the best gophers men’s basketball team in many years but also the most enjoyable to watch.the best player on the team wanted to get freshman amir coffey involved in the action because mason understands that the gophers’ sum is greater than any individual part.pitino calls this group of players the most unselfish he has ever coached. their style of play supports that praise. no egos, and one must search deep in the program’s archives to find






gophers' cl of 2017: big but not flashy


gophers412307323 here's a full list, updated as we go, of players expected to sign with the university of minnesota on wednesday, national signing day. by joe christensen january 31, 2017 — 9:48pm






why you should thank mary tyler moore for your yoga pants and leggings


when mary tyler moore was cast to play laura petrie on “the dick van dyke show” in 1961, she was a 25-year-old dancer and actress with a short resume and long legs. she also had something else — a defining characteristic that propelled her into tv history. call it “spunk.”that spunk made her america’s sweetheart and a subtle, smiling challenge to the status quo for women on tv. moore e to be laura in a very old-school hollywood way. she had appeared as happy point, a cat-eared, leotard-wearing mascot for an appliance company and then in “richard diamond: private detective” as the titular character’s secretary, sam.but sam was never seen. she was known only by her alluring legs under a desk as she took calls for the boss. it was eye-rollingly reductive, but moore used it to her a ntage. she