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A 40-minute game can suck every ounce of energy out of a college basketball player.The Gophers just went toe-to-toe with Purdue for 55 minutes in a triple-overtime loss on Wednesday night in West Lafayette, Ind.Junior center Mo Walker, who played a season-high 32 minutes in the loss, was admittedly sore and tired. So you'd have to assume senior guard Austin Hollins, who played 51 minutes, and sophomore forward Joey King, who tallied 47 minutes, were pretty drained as well.But Walker said everybody still brought the energy for Thursday's practice.
Gophers head coach Richard Pitino decided it was time to change it up.He announced on Friday that sophomore forward Joey King will start in place of junior Oto Osenieks on Saturday when Minnesota welcomes Indiana to town.It's a move some have been inquiring about the possibility of since early in the season, but Pitino had held strong on his position not to make a change to the starting five just for the sake of making a change. So why make the move now?
A former state senator representing the University of Minnesota area now has a day of his own. The City Council on Friday proclaimed Feb. 7, 2014 to be “Don Fraser Day” in honor of the former mayor and congressman’s birthday.Council members also introduced new ordinance topics and honored the death of a community member. Fraser served as a state senator in the 1950s before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1962. He became mayor of Minneapolis in 1979 and was the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history.
All season Gophers head coach Richard Pitino has been bombarded with questions about potential changes to his starting lineup.And all season Pitino has deflected the questions, saying he wasn't going to make a change "just to make a change."So every single game Pitino has trotted the same five players out onto the floor for the opening tip:Andre Hollins, Austin Hollins, DeAndre Mathieu, Elliott Eliason and Oto Osenieks.
The Gophers lost their third straight game on Wednesday night, falling to Purdue 77-74 in three overtimes.“We’ve got a pretty disappointed team [in the locker room],” Gophers head coach Richard Pitino told 1500ESPN after the game. “We’re close.”The Gophers were dominated on the glass all game.Purdue pulled down an astonishing 23 offensive rebounds.
Sophomore goaltender Amanda Leveille was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday. Leveille allowed just two goals in Minnesota's sweep of then-No. 3 North Dakota last weekend. She recorded 48 saves in the series. This is the third time this season Leveille has been given this award. She previously won it the week of Oct. 16 and the week of Jan. 22. Leveille and the Gophers will take on Bemidji State this weekend at Ridder Arena.
Andre Hollins made a surprise start for the Gophers on Wednesday night, just two weeks after going down with a severe left ankle sprain.But his return didn't amount to much in the first half as Minnesota trails Purdue 29-28 at the break.Hollins had five points on 2 for 6 shooting through the first 20 minutes, but he did commit two turnovers.Hollins was far from the only one who was careless with the rock in the first half. The two teams combined for 15 first-half giveaways -- nine for Purdue, six for Minnesota.
Read my story in today's Daily on the Gophers attempting to avoid another February slide.Wednesday night marks an important point in the Gophers (15-7, 4-5) season as they travel to West Lafayette to take on Purdue (13-9, 3-6) at 7:30 p.m. on Big Ten Network.Can Minnesota put an end to to its two-game losing streak and avoid further speculation that they're entering yet another February tailspin?Here are my five things to watch for:
After head coach Jerry Kill took a leave of absence to focus on containing his epilepsy last year, he made a goal to drive by February. The time has come, and Kill is behind the wheel once again. In an interview with ESPN earlier today, Kill said that he's driving.The third-year coach confirmed the news Wednesday and said it's the first time he's driven in more than two years.
There really haven't been any surprises on National Signing Day for the Gophers. Still, that doesn't mean there hasn't been a shortage of excitement on the recruiting front.Minnesota locked up Washburn High School running back Jeff Jones early Wednesday morning. Jones, the No. 1 recruit in the state, announced his decision in front of the entire student body at Washburn High School. That committment from Jones bolsters the Gophers recruiting class, which currently ranks 49th in the nation.
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A defensive tackle from Mobile, Ala., and a wide receiver from Mentor, Ohio, committed to the Gophers on Monday, according to rivals.com.Three-star receiver Conner Krizancic became the third wide receiver in Jerry Kill's 2014 recruiting class, according to Rivals. He originally committed to Cincinnati last May, according to multiple reports.
Comics to read before you dieIt’s no surprise Internet is full of comic book fans and has no shortage of opinions. Therefore, it’s expected many different lists of comic suggestions exist on cyberspace, many suggesting that you need to read certain issues, story arcs and graphic novels before your inevitable death.Empire: The 30 Comic Books You Should Have Read
I used to hate Philip Seymour Hoffman. When I was 14, my friend and I watched "The Talented Mr. Ripley" a few too many times, drawn to the movie by its Italian setting, the amusement of Tom Ripley's (played by Matt Damon) antisocial tendencies and the utter unlikability of every character. Hoffman's character, Freddie, was an insufferable, pretentious buffoon, an arrogant party kid who razzled Ripley throughout the film until, like so many other characters, he met his death at Ripley's hands.
Most Chinese restaurants around campus are inauthentic, serving up ladle after ladle of $6.95 lunch specials. Sesame chicken reigns king, and MSG-laden egg rolls somehow pass as acceptable starters. The offerings range from the mundane (Shuang Cheng's castrated version of American Chinese) to the downright disgusting (at Village Wok, General Tso Chicken is probably General Tso Cockroach).
Researchers in Japan have discovered how to make embryonic stem cells from one blood cell in mice by adding a slightly acidic solution to the cell, according to news sources.
The Gophers locker room following Minnesota’s 55-54 loss to Northwestern (12-11, 5-5) resembled an uninhabited desert with tumbleweed flowing through the backdrop.Desolate.Heads were hung and the gloom-filled faces of those who could bare to stay at their lockers were fighting back tears -- some unsuccessfully.“You never want your guys to cry, but certainly it’s great when they care,” Gophers head coach Richard Pitino said. “They care about winning. That’s the first step certainly towards building a winning program.”
The Gophers are a perimeter-based team. No one is debating that.But the question has been, when Minnesota can't hit from the outside, can the Gophers generate enough of a presence on the offensive end to compete?Through one half on Saturday, the answer is yes.The Gophers shot a miserable 1 for 9 from downtown through 20 minutes, but trail Northwestern only 32-29, thanks to 24 points in the pain.
This one looked like a gimme on the schedule for the Gophers early in the Big Ten season.Northwestern was 7-9 after losing its first three conference tilts. But things have changed. The Wildcats (11-11, 4-5) have now won three straight Big Ten battles, most recently a 65-56 win over Wisconsin at the Kohl Center on Wednesday.
So apparently February 2nd is Super Bowl Sunday. If you are anything like me, you probably have no interest in either of the teams who will be playing (I’ll save you the trip to Google, it’s between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos), yet, you will still be forced to attend a party of some kind. But what are you supposed to wear when you don’t own any NFL merchandise to begin with, let alone for the participating teams?