Men's Basketball

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Tue, 04/01/2014
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The NCAA tournament this season has been nothing short of phenomenal. It’s featured down-to-the-wire finishes, upsets galore and Cinderella stories.

But the NIT? Not quite as exciting.

Still, the Gophers are alive and will play for a shot at the NIT title at Madison Square Garden before the season wraps up.

Whether the team wins it all or comes up short, the first season of the Richard Pitino era will be in the books at week’s end.

And all things considered, it was a big success.

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Mon, 03/31/2014
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Elliott Eliason gingerly strolled through the Bierman Field Athletic Building on Saturday afternoon with his left foot in a walking boot.

Eliason turned his left ankle in practice Thursday when he came down on it awkwardly, head coach Richard Pitino said.

Eliason wasn’t practicing as of Saturday, but Pitino said he doesn’t think the injury is as bad as the ankle sprain junior guard Andre Hollins sustained in the middle of the season, which caused him to miss two games.

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DeAndre Mathieu used to play for Southern Miss head coach Donnie Tyndall.
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Wed, 03/26/2014
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It was clear last night meant a little more to DeAndre Mathieu.

Mathieu wanted Minnesota to win to extend its seniors' careers at least one more game and earn a spot at Madison Square Garden for the NIT semifinals.

Still, for the junior point guard, the 81-73 win provided a little taste of redemption, topping his former head coach at Morehead State -- current Southern Miss coach Donnie Tyndall.

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Austin Hollins led Minnesota with a career-high 32 points in his final game at Williams Arena.
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Wed, 03/26/2014
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Austin Hollins must really love New York.

That, or he knows that every time he steps out on the floor, he’s playing to extend his college career.

That might explain the herculean effort the senior guard put forth Tuesday night in his final act at Williams Arena.

Hollins scored a career-high 32 points to push the Gophers past Southern Mississippi 81-73 and into a semifinal contest at Madison Square Garden next week.

Hollins was removed from the game with less than five seconds left and received a standing ovation from the crowd.

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Maverick Ahanmisi has found a niche as a strong player off the bench.
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Tue, 03/25/2014
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It’s an all-too-familiar scene this time of year — seniors’ faces flood with tears as their teams fall in the postseason and their college careers end.

Gophers senior guard Maverick Ahanmisi wants to push that moment as far into the future as possible.

“I just want to play to win,” he said. “I don’t want my career to end that fast.”

His play in March has made that clear.

Ahanmisi has averaged a shade less than 10 points on 50 percent shooting over his team’s last five contests.

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Minnesota fell behind 14-0 in the game but fought back for the win.
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Mon, 03/24/2014
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The Gophers looked poised to lethargically step aside and bow out of the National Invitation Tournament on Sunday afternoon.

Minnesota fell behind 14-0 to St. Mary’s in the second round of the NIT at Williams Arena and showed no sign of resurgence.

No one could really blame the Gophers for bowing out. They had come close to reaching their ultimate goal — the NCAA tournament — before being snubbed last Sunday. They had already won their first-round game against High Point. There wasn’t a lot of shame of losing in a second round.

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Minnesota will wait until Selection Sunday to find out its fate.
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Fri, 03/14/2014
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There were many bracketologists across the country that treated the Gophers quarterfinal matchup with Wisconsin as a make-or-break game for Minnesota's NCAA Tournament hopes.

The Gophers now have to hope it wasn’t — otherwise, they’re broke.

Minnesota struggled on both ends of the floor en route to arguably its worst performance of the season in an 83-57 loss to Wisconsin.

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Minnesota likely needs one more win to earn an NCAA Tournament berth.
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Thu, 03/13/2014
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Minnesota needed two wins over Penn State in a five day span — no one doubted that.

And the Gophers, who have been so up-and-down this season, delivered two solid performances to do just that — the second a 63-56 win over the Nittany Lions in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.

“We found a way to get it done,” head coach Richard Pitino said. “ We found a way to get stops when we needed to, make big plays when we needed to.”

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DeAndre Mathieu has been a key cog on the Gophers basketball team.
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Thu, 03/13/2014
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DeAndre Mathieu no longer wanted to play basketball.

He was a walk-on freshman at Morehead State who played sparingly and wasn’t making much of an impact. What pushed him away, though, was far graver than those things.

In the middle of his freshman season, Mathieu’s best friend Phillip “Tookie” Stanford committed suicide, rocking Mathieu’s world. He missed three games when he went home for the funeral, but it could have been more.

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Richard Pitino owns about 20 suits, and a few were given by his father, Rick.
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Tue, 03/11/2014
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Florida International head coach Richard Pitino rocked a navy blue suit for the quarterfinals of the 2013 Sun Belt tournament last March — the same exact suit he wore on his wedding day.

In the semifinals, he wore the same blue suit. And in the final, he donned the suit again — three days, three games, one suit.

“Nobody noticed,” Pitino said. “It wasn’t on TV.”

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