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There was no Maui hangover for the Gophers, at leat in the first half.Minnesota jumped out to a 23-12 lead 11 minutes into its battle with Florida State. The Gophers are up 33-27 at the half.Andre Hollins leads the Gophers with 13 points. Eight different Gophers scored in the first half.Florida State jumped out to a 8-1 advantage on the board, but Mo Walker came in off the bench and collected four rebounds and the Gophers only trail 19-17 in the glass battle at the half.
The Gophers first game back on the mainland after returning from the Maui Invitational last week is by no means a cupcake. Minnesota battles Florida State tonight at 8:30 at Williams Arena as part of the ACC/Big Ten challenge. Here are five things to watch for:
Redshirt junior Scott Schiller has earned Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors, the conference announced Tuesday.Schiller beat the top-ranked 197-pound wreslter last Saturday, helping the No. 2 Gophers defeat No. 20 Oregon State 28-12. Schiller assumed the top ranking in the 197-pound class with the win.The Gophers will wrestle No. 5 Oklahoma State on Sunday in Stillwater, Okla.
Minneapolis - The Big Ten honored freshman middle blocker Hannah Tapp with not one, but two weekly awards. Tapp won the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award and the Big Ten Freshman of the Week award for her performances against No. 13 Wisconsin and No. 18 Illinois.Over those two games, Tapp averaged 2.3 blocks per set and led the Big Ten in blocks with 16. Also impressive on the offensive side, Tapp boasted 10 combined kills and a 0.625 hitting percentage against the Badgers and the Illini.
Gophers head coach Richard Pitino said he was approached by his father Rick Pitino with the idea of his Gophers playing his dad's Louisville Cardinals by the elder Pitino a week ago. Rick Pitino had been approached by ESPN about the potential matchup.The location: a hangar on a military base in Puerto Rico.Richard Pitino had previously said he was hesitant to schedule a matchup with his dad, because he wanted him to be a big part of the program.So why the decision to go for the potential matchup?
For those courageous enough to brave the mall on Black Friday, I commend you. I am not one of those people. I prefer to avoid the crowds in favor of staying in bed and shopping online. Cyber Monday makes this much easier, because you get similar — if not better — deals as those you’d get in the store without having to interact with any humans. It’s glorious. Here’s a roundup of the ten most affordable fashion and beauty Cyber Monday deals. Go forth and shop to your heart’s content.
Minnesota's defense looked suspect to open the half, giving up 80 yards on just seven plays. Michigan State running back Jeremy Langford capped off the drive with a 15-yard touchdown run to give the Spartans a 7-0 lead.Then Ra'Shede Hageman showed why he's projected as a first round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. The senior defensive lineman threw aside a blocker on 4th and 1 to turn the Spartans over on downs. Later on, Hageman deflected a pass at the line of scrimmage to force Michigan State to punt.
Division II Chaminade guard Lee Bailey said a potential upset was in the back of the Silverswords minds as they led the Gophers by nine points in the second half on Wednesday.The idea was placed directly in front of everyone watching. Chaminade was outplaying its Big Ten opponent.For the Gophers, it was almost disastrous. Almost.
Gophers women's hockey juinor forward Meghan Lorence was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday. Lorence led Minnesota last weekend with two goals and two assists in the team's series against Yale. Lorence has five goals and three assists on the season. She is the seventh member of the team to win a WCHA weekly award this season. Lorence and the Gophers will host Princeton this weekend at Ridder Arena.
Richard Pitino has been asked countless times about a potential matchup between Minnesota and Louisville, which would pit he against his father -- Hall of Fame head coach Rick Pitino.Everytime, Richard Pitino shot it down. Generally, he would say he didn't know, say it wasn't on the table yet, say he doesn't want to compete with his dad.
The Gophers only had one day off between their last game against Navy and tonight's contest against Loyola, but they came out plenty prepared. Undersized Loyola packed in the lane early on with a 2-3 zone and the Gophers made them pay. Minnesota made quick, precise passes that led to open three-pointers. The Gophers' first three baskets of the game came from behind the arc. Since then, Minnesota has used its tremendous size to its advantage. The Gophers have outrebounded Loyola 27-14.
The minds behind Seinfeld 2000, the misspelled twitter account which imagines Seinfeld plots in current day, released a music video setting the rise and fall of George Costanza’s relationship with Susan Ross. The subtitled drama is set to Arcade Fire’s “Here Comes the Night Time” off of their recent album “Reflektor,” and, lemme tell you, it comes together in a wonderful way.
Something in the Maui air suits Malik Smith well.After scoring a season-high 16 points in Minnesota's loss to Syracuse on Monday, Smith has 13 through 20 minutes today as the Gophers lead Arkansas 40-35 at the break. He's hit two triples and made a couple nice slashes to the bucket.The Gophers were once again a little careless with the ball early. They committed eight turnovers in the opening half -- the same number as the Razorbacks. Minnesota is stroking the ball well. The Gophers are 15-for-23 (65.2 percent) from the field in the first half.
The Gophers trail No. 8 Syracuse 39-36 at the half largely thanks to the three-point shot and the interior presence of Elliot Eliason.Minnesota stroked it from deep. The Gophers hit on 6 of 11 triple tries in the first 20 minutes. Andre Hollins led the Gophers with 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting. He was closely followed by Malik Smith, who has 8.Elliott Eliason was the Gophers lone inside presence. Eliason has four points, four boards and four blocks. He's altered numerous Syracuse attempts, especially in transition.
Come 2014-15, the Gophers women's hockey team will add four players. Sydney Baldwin (Minnetonka High School), Kelly Pannek (Benilde-St. Margaret's), Cara Piazza (Chicago Mission) and Nina Rodgers (Hopkins High School) will join the Gophers next season.
Minneapolis - Two senior Gophers volleyball players were given weekly awards from the Big Ten conference this week. Outside hitter Ashley Wittman won Big Ten Player of the Week while middle blocker Tori Dixon won Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.Both players were recognized for their performances against Michigan and Michigan State this weekend. Wittman led Minnesota with back to back double-doubles, boasted a 0.386 hitting percentage, and averaged 4.7 kills, 4.1 digs, and 0.7 blocks per set. This marks the second time this season Wittman has won the award.
This is the one everyone had circled at the start of the season. The first round of the Maui Invitational. The first big-time test in the Richard Pitino era. The Gophers (5-0) matchup with No. 8 Syracuse (4-0) at 4:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon.Here are my 5 things to watch for:
Despite President Obama's announcement that health insurance companies can choose to continue offering plans that don't meet the Affordable Care Act's standards for another year, Governor Mark Dayton said last week that Minnesota won't follow this extension.
Get excited, ladies and gentlemen, award season is upon us. For film aficionados, this means watching every Oscar-nominated film before February. For the music buffs, it means criticizing every mainstream performance at the Grammy’s. But for people like me, awards season is about the fashion — filled with best dressed lists, designer gowns and elaborate hairstyles. After meticulously monitoring the red carpet of the American Music Awards, I noticed there were three major trends among the stars.