Men's Basketball

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The Gophers scored 22 points in a sloppy second half.
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Thu, 02/20/2014
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Woof.

The Gophers looked like a good bet to get back to .500 in conference play, entering a matchup at home with the last-place team in the Big Ten.

But after shooting a woeful 4-for-25 from deep and committing 15 turnovers, Minnesota took yet another step back Wednesday night with a brutal 62-49 loss to Illinois.

“We picked the wrong time to play our worst game of the season,” junior guard DeAndre Mathieu said.

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Daquein McNeil has seen a boost in minutes over the last seven games.
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Wed, 02/19/2014
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Daquein McNeil had an unusual request for head coach Richard Pitino early in the season.

McNeil, who originally committed to play for Pitino at Florida International before following him to Minnesota, actually asked his head coach if he could redshirt.

He hadn’t been playing much through the exhibition season to start the year, and Pitino said the freshman guard looked lost in practice.

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Wally Ellenson did not play in a single minute of Big Ten play for the team.
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Wed, 02/19/2014
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Wally Ellenson hasn’t played a single minute in the Big Ten this season. And apparently, he didn’t like that.

Ellenson has decided to leave the men’s basketball team, the University announced Tuesday afternoon. The Rice Lake, Wis., native will instead join the men’s track and field team full time.

Ellenson is a world-class high jumper. He won a gold medal at the 2013 Pan American Junior Championships last summer. And before that, the sophomore tied for eighth at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

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Minnesota beat the Wildcats on Sunday after falling to Wisconsin on Thursday.
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Mon, 02/17/2014
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EVANSTON, Ill. — The Gophers likely needed a weekend split to stay in bracketologists’ NCAA tournament projections.

That’s exactly what they got when they beat Northwestern 54-48 on Sunday night in Evanston, Ill.

It was the Gophers’ second conference road win of the season and snapped a five-game losing streak on the road.

“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.”

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Minnesota beat the Wildcats on Sunday after falling to Wisconsin on Thursday.
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Minnesota ranks 270th in pace of play, according to KenPom.com.
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Thu, 02/13/2014
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Gophers head coach Richard Pitino persistently spoke of his up-and-down tempo when he took over the program in April.

His message was clear: Even if Minnesota wasn’t good, it was going to be fast.

That hasn’t been the case midway through Pitino’s first run through the Big Ten.

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Mo Walker has led the Gophers in the frontcourt over the last five games.
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Wed, 02/12/2014
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The Gophers needed an interior offensive presence, and Mo Walker needed a significant role.

But the match seemed to fit as perfectly as peanut butter and ketchup. Walker had lost 60 pounds in the offseason and showed glimpses of offensive production, but he hadn’t done it on a consistent basis — not even close.

Walker’s early college career certainly didn’t
suggest that stardom was on the way. He’d played two seasons, one cut short by an injured knee, the other plagued by the fact that he was overweight.

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The University has created three new web series that give fans inside access.
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Wed, 02/12/2014
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The Gophers football team had a historic season in 2013, winning eight games for the first time since 2003.

And it had a video series to document its success.

The athletics department produced the new “Brick by Brick” series throughout the football season. It was one of three video series the department produced this year.

 “What we’re trying to deliver to fans and anybody watching, really, is an authentic experience of what the program’s like,” said Chris Werle, associate athletics director for strategic communications.

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DeAndre Mathieu scored 16 points and added five assists.
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Mon, 02/10/2014
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DeAndre Mathieu’s younger twin brothers and cousin made the trip from Tennessee to watch him battle vaunted Indiana point guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell.

So Mathieu had to show off for them.

“You can’t disappoint your family,” he said after the Gophers’ 66-60 win over the Hoosiers. “I had to go get after it and go at him.”

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Minnesota has now lost three straight and is in dire need of a turnaround.
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Thu, 02/06/2014
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The Gophers lost their third straight game Wednesday night, falling to Purdue 77-74 in triple overtime.

“We’ve got a pretty disappointed team [in the locker room],” head coach Richard Pitino told reporters after the game. “We’re close.”

The Gophers were dominated on the glass all game, and that proved to be the difference.

Purdue corralled an astonishing 23 offensive rebounds and used that to score valuable second-chance points.

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Minnesota went 15-29 in February in six years under Tubby Smith.
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Wed, 02/05/2014
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It took one game this month for Gophers head coach Richard Pitino to notice the alarming trend fans have stewed over for the past few seasons: Come February, the Gophers tense up, and the season goes awry.

On Sunday, the Gophers fell 55-54 at Williams Arena to Northwestern — their second straight loss to a team ranked below them in the conference standings.

It wasn’t the loss that worried Pitino, though.

“They’re a good program. They’re a good team. They’re doing a lot of really good things in the league,” he said.

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