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Richard Pitino stared at the table, scanning the box score for a good five seconds after the Gophers 62-49 loss to Illinois on Wednesday night, likely searching for a solution.The question: What does DeAndre Mathieu need to do to handle the traps teams are starting to throw at him off of ball screens?The answer: To this point, is unknown.
Woof.Heading into a matchup at home with the last-place team in the Big Ten, the Gophers looked like a good bet to get back to .500 in conference play.But after shooting a woeful 4 for 25 from deep and committing 15 turnovers, the Gophers took a step back on Wednesday night in their 62-49 loss to Illinois.“We picked the wrong time to play our worst game of the season,” junior guard DeAndre Mathieu said.It was arguably Minnesota’s worst loss of the season.
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When junior point guard DeAndre Mathieu was on the court for the first 8-plus minutes the Gophers looked like a well-oiled machine that would cruise to a victory over Illinois.When he picked up his second foul and was forced to sit for the rest of the half, the Gophers looked lost without their conductor.After building an early 14-3 lead, the Gophers were outscored 21-13 down the stretch and are currently clinging to a 27-24 lead at the break.Illinois shot 2 for 16 from inside the arc (really bad), but went 6 for 9 from deep (really good) to stay close.
Members of the Minnesota women's swimming and diving team said they expected the Big Ten Championships to be loud. Loud might have been an understatement.The crowd factored in the first race of the night — the 200-yard medley relay. Indiana took home first place with a time of 1:36.69. Wisconsin followed shortly thereafter with the Gophers rounding out the top three with a time of 1:37.14.Minnesota’s Sarah McCrady and Lexi Tenenbaum participated in a synchronized diving exhibition in which they won.
Illinois did some damage to the Gophers a year ago. After Minnesota defeated the Fighting Illini in Champaign in early January, Illinois came into Williams Arena 57-53 on Feb. 10."It really stung," senior guard Austin Hollins said on Wednesday.And just more than a month later, Illini guard Brandon Paul hit a jumper as time expired to beat Minnesota 51-49 and knock the Gophers out of the Big Ten Tournament.
The full version of Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" trailer premiered last night during “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and it’s since dropped online. After months of waiting, we’re getting some first official looks at the movie slated for release Aug. 1.Entertainment Weekly breaks it down.
It’s true what they say: When one door closes, another one opens. OPM Boutique, a fixture in the Twin Cities boutique scene since 2008, announced that it will be closing its doors by March 16. OPM will now focus its efforts on becoming an online-only retailer. You still have time to get great deals on designer merchandise. The store will be hosting a giant final sale with up to 40 percent off all items. On a more positive note, Primp boutique will be adding a fourth store to Minneapolis this March.
Yesterday marked the five-year anniversary of President Obama signing into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a $830 billion bill that, according to the Wall Street Journal, was created with the intention to stop unemployment from rising above 8 percent.
Caucus goers at Wednesday night’s reconvened event at Coffman Memorial Union will need to show proof of I.D. to participate and new caucus chairs will facilitate the meeting.After a fight cut short the Ward 6, Precinct 3 caucus Feb. 4, Minnesota DFL officials want to make sure things go more smoothly the second time around.The new caucus will be held in the Great Hall of the University of Minnesota’s Coffman Union Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Gophers head coach Richard Pitino understands how relevant Twitter is in today's world.And he knows how much his players use it."It's very much a part of everyone's lives," Pitino said in October. "Everyone has a Twitter handle, everybody does it often. It's probably too much of a part of their life. But I don't think you can ignore it. I think you've got to understand it."But just because he understands it, doesn't mean he likes it.
The student group Co-Lab held their first official event this past Thursday.Co-Lab was created as a workspace for student entrepreneurs at the University of Minnesota to develop solutions for campus problems. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Rep. Joe Atkins (DFL-Inver Grove Heights), the University Police, and members from the Minnesota Student Association and Students Today Leaders Forever were in attendance.
Evanston, Ill. -- The Gophers likely needed a weekend split to stay inside the field of most bracketologists’ NCAA Tournament projections.That’s exactly what they got when they beat Northwestern 54-48 Sunday night in Evanston, Ill.It was just the Gophers second conference road win and snapped a five-game road losing streak.“We were tired of losing on the road,” junior guard DeAndre Mathieu said. “We knew we could do it, we just had to get out there and get after it and we finally got one.”
Turnovers and committing too many fouls killed the Gophers in their loss to Wisconsin on Thursday night.Not much has changed.Minnesota turned the ball over 10 times in the first half and trails the Wildcats 28-25 at the break.The Gophers did make an effort to get the ball back into the post. Sophomore forward Joey King and junior center Mo Walker combined for 10 of Minnesota's points.The Gophers shot the ball well, going 10 for 20 from the floor and 4 for 7 from deep.
The Gophers have certainly been inconsistent in the Big Ten this season.One minute, they're taking Michigan State into overtime in East Lansing, Mich. and convincingly beating the likes of Ohio State and Wisconsin.The next, they're falling to the Nebraska and Northwestern.But one thing does appear to be consistent: when junior point guard DeAndre Mathieu plays well, so do the Gophers.Here's a little evidence to that point:
It's getting to the point of the season, when the calendar turns into late February and coaches, players and fans begin to taste that sometimes sweet, sometimes salty flavor of March. This is the time of year when it's fair to officially start labeling games "must-wins," at least in my book. So that's what we're going to call this one. The Gophers need to beat Northwestern on Sunday night.
The University of Minnesota will host Unlimited Dance Marathon on Saturday, Feb. 22, through Sunday, Feb. 23, at Mariucci Arena, in an effort to raise money and awareness for University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital.
About 500 miles away near Chicago, one of the world's largest particle accelerators is shooting an invisible beam at a soon to be complete particle detector in Ash River Minnesota. The goal? To detect a particle so small, its considered tiny compared to the particles that make up a single atom.
You know what I don't like? The crop of suits at New York Fashion Week.GQ ran a feature on their homepage on Monday touting 92 of the supposedly best suits that hit the runways. Though there were some standouts, major fashion houses and boutique brands alike were guilty of a heinous sartorial error, the high-cut, three button suit.
A recently released study showing that 46 Minnesota school districts refuse hot lunch to children who have account deficits is prompting legislative action.Rep Yvonne Selcer, DFL-Minnetonka and Sen. Jeff Hayden, DFL-Minneapolis have introduced a bill that would simplify Minnesota's school lunch program and ensure all children have access to hot lunch at school.