Sports en Gophers head west to compete at Stanford By: <a href="/users/bbobelmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Brad Bobel</a><br/><p>With a group of young golfers in tow, head coach John Carlson is taking his team west yet again.</p> <p>Less than a week after competing in Arizona, the Gophers will compete at Stanford starting Thursday, and most of the golfers traveling for the tournament are underclassmen.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s always good to be picked to travel,&rdquo; freshman RĂºnar ArnĂ³rsson said. &ldquo;You always want to be No. 1 [on the team] and play great rounds of golf for the team.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Gophers held six team qualifying rounds in Arizona for the upcoming tournament in California.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Men's Golf Thu, 26 Mar 2015 03:24:49 +0000 90707 at Freshmen help guide Minnesota By: <a href="/users/bbobelmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Brad Bobel</a><br/><p>Freshmen in any sport aren&rsquo;t expected to be stars right away. Often they just grow and gain experience for the years after.</p> <p>But the Gophers buck this trend, as they have freshmen regularly filling the lineup for each meet.</p> <p>&ldquo;At first, you have some doubts, but as we&rsquo;ve gone through the season and seen them grow &mdash; especially in these last three meets &mdash; you are able to trust [the freshmen],&rdquo; junior Paul Montague said.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gymnastics Thu, 26 Mar 2015 03:24:02 +0000 90706 at Weather forces cancellation on Wednesday By: <a href="/users/bgotzmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Ben Gotz</a><br/><p>As March nears its end, the weather is not cooperating with the Gophers.</p> <p>One day after postponing its home opener against Augsburg, the team announced the game would be canceled on Wednesday because of weather conditions. No makeup date for the contest has been announced yet.</p> <p>The Gophers home opener is now scheduled for Friday against the Northwestern Wildcats. It will be the Gophers&rsquo; second series in the Big Ten after being swept by Maryland in three games last weekend.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baseball Thu, 26 Mar 2015 03:22:48 +0000 90705 at Gophers look to Anderson, Stober to fill pitching void By: <a href="/users/mgreenstein" title="View User Profile">Matt Greenstein</a><br/><p>Head coach Jessica Allister wants to get her pitching staff back to the dominant force it was last season.</p> <p>Led by Sara Moulton and now-sophomore Sara Groenewegen, the consistent one-two punch was among the conference&rsquo;s best.</p> <p>When Moulton graduated, Groenewegen stepped in as the team&rsquo;s ace, and the team has used freshman Kylie Stober and&nbsp;&nbsp; Junior Nikki Anderson as its second starters.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Softball Thu, 26 Mar 2015 03:21:45 +0000 90704 at Offseason work, weather helps Gophers By: <a href="/users/jsatzingermndailycom" title="View User Profile">Jack Satzinger</a><br/><p>Before heading to Tennessee to compete in the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invite earlier this month, the Gophers spent three days practicing on the Mississippi River.</p> <p>With the river frozen solid this time last year, that precious water time was nonexistent, and Minnesota&rsquo;s performance in regattas suffered as a result. But now, after a productive offseason &mdash; and a little help from Mother Nature &mdash; the Gophers have a much more favorable 2014-15 spring outlook.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Rowing Thu, 26 Mar 2015 03:17:27 +0000 90703 at Gophers look to stay undefeated at home courts By: <a href="/users/dchen" title="View User Profile">Danny Chen</a><br/><p>The Gophers haven&rsquo;t lost a single meet at home this season, jumping out to an 8-0 start at the Baseline Tennis Center.</p> <p>They&rsquo;ll attempt to continue that streak starting Friday when they host No. 39 Indiana and Purdue this weekend.</p> <p>&ldquo;For some reason, we just play better at home,&rdquo; head coach Geoff Young said. &ldquo;I think it will be an advantage for this weekend.&rdquo;</p> <p>Freshman Matic Spec said his team plays well at home because of is its familiarity with the court.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Men's Tennis Thu, 26 Mar 2015 03:15:04 +0000 90701 at Six Gophers continue on to NCAA championships By: <a href="/users/dchen" title="View User Profile">Danny Chen</a><br/><p>The Gophers are looking toward the NCAA championships this weekend, but this year, they&rsquo;ll bring a smaller core with them.</p> <p>Minnesota qualified two men&rsquo;s swimmers and four divers for the meet, compared to last year when the team had nine student-athletes at the championships &mdash; eight swimmers and one diver.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re taking a smaller group, but I expect the group of men that we are taking to all perform very well and be at their best,&rdquo; head coach Kelly Kremer said. &ldquo;And hopefully that would translate to points on the board.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Swimming & Diving Thu, 26 Mar 2015 03:13:32 +0000 90700 at Gophers enter win-or-go-home weekend By: <a href="/users/bgotzmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Ben Gotz</a><br/><p style="font-size: 11.9999990463257px; line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Two years into what was supposed to be a split, the Gophers and Bulldogs just can&rsquo;t seem to get rid of each other.</p> <p style="font-size: 11.9999990463257px; line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">After battling for decades in the WCHA, the two in-state schools moved to separate conferences and were supposed compete apart.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Men's Hockey Thu, 26 Mar 2015 03:12:08 +0000 90699 at Column: Mental game shook Gophers basketball this season By: <a href="/users/dnelson" title="View User Profile">David Nelson</a><br/><p>Richard Pitino strolled into his postgame press conference in a surprisingly gregarious manner after his team lost by 13 points to Wisconsin in early March.</p> <p>The second-year head coach answered every question in his typical straightforward manner, including one asking whether the team&rsquo;s seniors were concerned about their legacy at the end of a rather underachieving season.</p> <p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think they think like that,&rdquo; Pitino said. &ldquo;I think they&rsquo;re college seniors. I don&rsquo;t think they&rsquo;re thinking legacies.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Men's Basketball Wed, 25 Mar 2015 02:44:24 +0000 90659 at U professor finds method to March Madness By: <a href="/users/skraemermndailycom" title="View User Profile">Sam Kraemer</a><br/><p>Brad Carlin was puzzled when other people devised better brackets than his own in his NCAA March Madness pool for the Division I men&rsquo;s basketball tournament.</p> <p>As a biostatistics professor, he couldn&rsquo;t let that keep happening. So, he brought the mathematics of the tournament to his research.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was losing to guys that didn&rsquo;t know what the hell they were doing,&rdquo; Carlin said. &ldquo;Guys that were picking their brackets based on the color of the shorts or something like that.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Features Wed, 25 Mar 2015 02:43:20 +0000 90658 at