Men's Basketball

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Minnesota’s success this year could rest on the shoulders of Carlos Morris.
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Wed, 12/10/2014
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Carlos Morris leaned back in his chair and sighed.

Positioned in front of his locker after a Friday game against Western Carolina, the junior guard-forward had just scored 16 points and helped Minnesota to a blowout victory.

Morris shot 78 percent from the field. And he led the way with three steals.

Despite the high marks, Morris couldn’t hide his frustration when one question hit him:

“Now that the season is in full swing, have you been able to keep the weight on that you gained in the summer?”

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Minnesota will play Wednesday against Southern at Williams Arena.
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Tue, 12/09/2014
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Minnesota trailed North Dakota 10-5 early Monday night, but those watching could tell the deficit wouldn’t last.

Mo Walker was the reason for that.

The redshirt senior center powered past North Dakota’s Chad Calcaterra on Minnesota’s first possession of the game for an and-one basket. Walker didn’t look back, scoring a career-high 22 points to lead Minnesota to a 92-56 victory.

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The Gophers won on Friday and will play North Dakota on Monday night.
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Mon, 12/08/2014
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Richard Pitino can’t afford to look ahead.

Not when his team is second-worst at rebounding in its conference. Not when he has to implement a matchup zone defense if Carlos Morris isn’t on the floor in order to avoid mismatches. Not when it takes a heated halftime speech from the second-year head coach for Minnesota to get past Western Carolina.

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Andre Hollins fought through a rough junior season at Minnesota.
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Wed, 10/22/2014
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Minnesota’s locker room was electric.

After the Gophers upset then-No. 9 Wisconsin last January, reporters weaved throughout Williams Arena’s underbelly as joyous shouts echoed from the facility’s showers.

Some athletes sat in front of their lockers ready to take questions, but in the center of the jubilation was Andre Hollins, hunched over crutches to keep weight off his left ankle.

After knocking down a shot on the first possession of the game, Hollins landed on Badgers guard Josh Gasser’s foot.

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Amanda Zahui B. and Rachel Banham led the team with 21 points apiece.
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Thu, 12/04/2014
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Before Wednesday’s 60-55 victory over North Carolina State, Gophers head coach Marlene Stollings said senior forward Shae Kelley’s aggressiveness had been helping spark the team.

Kelley, Minnesota’s leader in scoring, steals and rebounds, was held to only eight points in the game, and she looked out of rhythm early.

So did her team.

The Gophers began the game with double-digit turnovers within the first 10 minutes.

Stollings said the turnovers were due to the team’s lack of focus at the beginning of the game.

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Minnesota’s ball pressure has been a bright spot for the team this season.
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Thu, 12/04/2014
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Carlos Morris looked like an octopus playing Wake Forest on Tuesday night, stretching his long arms to pick off passes left and right as the Gophers won 84-69.

When the junior college transfer’s 31 minutes on the court were up, he had collected eight steals — just one shy of the program’s single-game record.

Head coach Richard Pitino’s team is far from a finished product and has struggled against good competition this year, like Louisville and St. John’s.

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Senior guard Andre Hollins led Minnesota with 27 points in the win.
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Wed, 12/03/2014
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One day before facing Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Tuesday night, Mo Walker lamented Minnesota’s tendency to play stretches of games conservatively.

“We just need to play more aggressive the whole 40 minutes,” the redshirt senior center said.

The message hasn’t yet reached the Gophers, though, as they pulled out a 84-69 victory against the Demon Deacons with spurts of inspired play and other moments that could leave some fans scratching their heads.

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Daquein McNeil, a sophomore basketball player, had his first court appearance on Monday.
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Tue, 12/02/2014
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University of Minnesota basketball player Daquein McNeil plans to plead not guilty to charges that claim he assaulted his girlfriend and wants to return to school as soon as possible, his attorney said Monday.

McNeil is currently in custody after allegedly beating his girlfriend with a belt and strangling her last week. He made his first court appearance Monday afternoon.

The sophomore guard is suspended from all team activity until his case is resolved.

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Freshman Nate Mason continues to impress with weekend performances
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Tue, 12/02/2014
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The pressure of playing inside Madison Square Garden can be insurmountable for some players. For others, it’s an opportunity to prove their worth.

And when freshman guard Nate Mason played in one of basketball’s great cathedrals, the rookie performed with a poise that seemed beyond his years.

Everyone who watched the Gophers play during the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York City over Thanksgiving weekend saw Mason continue to play with the confidence and intelligence required for every guard in Division I college basketball.

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Tue, 12/02/2014
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With Daquein McNeil serving an indefinite suspension from all team activity, Minnesota is forced to move forward without a major piece of its rotation.

“It certainly is a very difficult situation for everybody. And when that happens, a lot of guys need to fill roles that they’re not used to filling,” head coach Richard Pitino said. “[We lost] a guy that played 19 minutes a game.”

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