Men's Basketball

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Minnesota shot a shade less than 46 percent from the floor in the loss.
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Sat, 03/01/2014
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A win in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Saturday and the Gophers might have been locked into the NCAA Tournament. A loss and they’d remained firmly on the bubble.

It’s safe to assume Gophers fans are still sweating after Minnesota fell 66-56 to No. 16 Michigan on Saturday night.

The Gophers couldn’t get enough production going on the offensive end against the Wolverines.

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Minnesota shot a shade less than 46 percent from the floor in the loss.
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Minnesota is one of Joe Lunardi’s “Last Four In” after Tuesday’s victory.
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Thu, 02/27/2014
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Gophers head coach Richard Pitino said his team doesn’t talk about the NCAA tournament — ever.

But ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi does, and Tuesday night’s 95-89 win over No. 20 Iowa has the Gophers (18-11, 7-9) on the right side of Lunardi’s NCAA tournament bubble.

At least for now.

“I moved them back in after last night into that ‘Last Four In’ group,” Lunardi said on a conference call Wednesday.

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Minnesota fought out of its slump with a career night from Austin Hollins.
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Wed, 02/26/2014
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The Gophers were on the ropes — to say the least.

Minnesota (18-11, 7-9) had lost two straight and was sitting on the wrong side of the NCAA tournament bubble.

The offense stunk and hadn’t reached the 50-point mark in either of their last two contests.

Austin Hollins was in the worst slump of his career and had scored in double-digits just once in his last five games.

None of that mattered Tuesday night. Hollins poured in a career-high 27 points, and the Gophers knocked off No. 20 Iowa 95-89 at Williams Arena.

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The Gophers will take on No. 20 Iowa at home on Tuesday night.
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Tue, 02/25/2014
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Gophers head coach Richard Pitino has the moxy of well-known life coach Tony Robbins.

He might not have the books, the movie cameos or the goatee Robbins has, but the head coach definitely has the mindset. Pitino’s glass always seems to be half-full.

Though his team laid two eggs against Illinois and Ohio State, Pitino said he was excited to get back on the court for the battle with No. 20 Iowa on Tuesday night.

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The Gophers led early but were outscored 46-18 in the second half.
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Mon, 02/24/2014
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The Gophers were in control heading into the locker room in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday afternoon.

They utilized an 11-2 run late in the first half to nab a 28-18 lead over the Buckeyes at halftime.

Minnesota had No. 24 Ohio State on the ropes and looked on pace to earn the key road win it so desperately needed at this point in the season.

Then 46-18 happened.

Ohio State outscored Minnesota by 28 points in the second half en route to a 64-46 win.

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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 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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