Men's Basketball

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Flip Saunders is also a minority owner of the Wolves and will have to juggle multiple responsibilities.
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Wed, 06/11/2014
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Flip Saunders hasn’t slipped on a University of Minnesota uniform since 1977, but he’s still having a major impact on the state’s basketball landscape.

The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Friday that Saunders, who has served as the franchise’s president of basketball operations since last season, will take to the sidelines to replace former head coach Rick Adelman, who retired in April. Saunders will remain president of basketball operations while coaching.

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Many Gophers coaches use Twitter to promote their team, build their personal brand and interact with their fans.
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Social media isn’t just popular among University of Minnesota students.

Some Gophers coaches are taking to Twitter to promote their team, build their personal brand and interact with their fans, among other things.

The Minnesota Daily talked to four Gophers head coaches to discuss how they use Twitter and how it impacts their teams.

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Fri, 06/06/2014
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Flip Saunders hasn’t slipped on a Minnesota uniform since 1977, but he’s still having a major impact on the state’s basketball landscape.

The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Friday that Saunders, who served as the franchise’s president of basketball operations last season, will take to the sidelines to replace former head coach Rick Adelman.

Saunders will remain president of basketball operations while coaching. The Cleveland, Ohio, native is also a minority owner and will have to juggle multiple responsibilities.

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Chris Clarke will likely return to Minnesota for an official visit soon.
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Wed, 05/28/2014
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When Gophers men’s basketball head coach Richard Pitino tells out-of-state recruits about Minnesota, the athletically gifted teenagers typically don’t know what to expect.

It’s cold. It’s mostly rural. The school’s arena is called “The Barn.”

But if one of the Gophers’ top targets had preconceived notions about the North Star state, they were debunked after the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League tournament in Eagan, Minn., last weekend.

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Chris Clarke will likely be back for an official visit.
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Sun, 05/25/2014
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When Gophers head coach Richard Pitino tells out-of-state recruits about Minnesota, the athletically gifted teenagers typically don’t know what to expect.

It’s cold. It’s mostly rural. The school’s arena is called “The Barn.”

But if one of the Gophers’ top targets pre-conceived notions about the North Star state, they were debunked after playing in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League tournament in Eagan, Minn., last weekend.

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Richard Pitino’s recruits may not be highly ranked, but they fit his system.
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Thu, 05/08/2014
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Richard Pitino accentuated the importance of recruiting from the moment he stepped foot on campus.

The Gophers men’s head basketball coach punctuated his first season at the helm with an NIT title, but he knows future recruiting efforts are going to make the difference in the program turnaround.

“I think the one thing you do [as a head coach], 95 percent of the time, is you wake up and think about recruiting,” Pitino said before the season. “It’s the lifeblood of our program. I know the great coaches … have great players.”

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Tue, 04/29/2014
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I’ve covered almost every Gophers sports team in some capacity during my tenure at the Minnesota Daily.

In the span of the last three and a half years, my job has provided me a gateway into the approaches and philosophies of several different coaches at the University. Some I know better than others.

Though my own athletics career ended a few years back, if it was still going on today, there are a few coaches I’d really like to play for.

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Tue, 04/22/2014
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There’s a couple of high-profile men’s basketball coaching jobs still available.

Missouri and Tennessee — both members of the SEC — are looking for the next face of their respective programs.

And Richard Pitino’s name keeps getting kicked around as a possible replacement. That’s a reality Gophers fans are going to have to live with as long as he’s on campus.

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The Gophers closed out the first year of the Richard Pitino era with a title.
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Thu, 04/10/2014
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DeAndre Mathieu didn’t have a true offseason a year ago.

He spent his summer taking care of academics while the rest of his teammates learned new head coach Richard Pitino’s offensive and defensive schemes. Still, when Mathieu did arrive on campus, there was no learning curve.

Pitino said his junior point guard was consistently the Gophers’ best player all season. Mathieu was named All-Big Ten honorable mention at the end of the season.

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The Gophers’ 65-63 NIT win finished off an inconsistent first season for the new coach.
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Mon, 04/07/2014
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NEW YORK — The Gophers posed for pictures, took turns cutting down the net and snapped selfies with the trophy — all hallmarks of a victorious postseason campaign.

At a glance, it was hard to tell that Minnesota was celebrating a National Invitation Tournament championship at Madison Square Garden instead of the more prestigious NCAA tournament in Texas.

As the final seconds ticked away in Minnesota’s 65-63 victory over Southern Methodist in Thursday night’s NIT title game, players mobbed each other in celebration. The Gophers were champions.

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Minnesota defeated SMU in the title game Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
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