Men's Basketball

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DeAndre Mathieu led Minnesota with 12 points down the stretch.
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Wed, 01/08/2014
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DeAndre Mathieu looked pedestrian through the first 33 minutes of the Gophers road contest at Penn State on Wednesday night.
 
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Richard Pitino earned the first Big Ten win of his career.
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Sun, 01/05/2014
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Andre Hollins and Austin Hollins didn’t look like themselves in the Gophers conference-opening loss to Michigan as the two shot a combined 4 for 19 from the field for 14 points.

They responded on Sunday.

Austin Hollins finished with 18 points and nine rebounds and Andre Hollins chipped in 17 points and five assists to lead Minnesota to a 82-79 win over Purdue at Williams Arena.

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DeAndre Mathieu poured in a game-high 27 points to lead Minnesota.
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Fri, 12/20/2013
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Andre Hollins and Austin Hollins are the faces off the Gophers backcourt. They have been for the last three years.

But a different tandem of Gophers guards ran the court at Williams Arena on Friday night.

Minnesota senior Malik Smith and junior DeAndre Mathieu combined for 46 points as the Gophers ran past Nebraska-Omaha 92-79.

“Those two guys on this team, they’re fearless,” head coach Richard Pitino said.

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Senior guard Austin Hollins eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in Minnesota’s win.
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Wed, 12/11/2013
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Tuesday night was the first time Rick Pitino saw his son Richard Pitino coach the Gophers at Williams Arena.

While much of the early attention was on the Hall of Fame head coach’s attendance, Austin Hollins later stole the show.

The senior guard finished with a game-high 20 points and 14 rebounds as the Gophers (9-2) beat South Dakota State (4-7) 75-59.

“He was awesome,” Gophers head coach Richard Pitino said. “I thought he was so good tonight.”

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Anders Broman is the all-time leading scorer in state basketball history.
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Tue, 12/10/2013
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Anders Broman scored more points than any high school basketball player in Minnesota state history, but it wasn’t enough to attract his home-state school.

Now Broman, a freshman guard for South Dakota State, will face the Gophers on their home court Tuesday.

He said he understood why he didn’t get attention from any Big Ten programs.

“I’m kind of undersized,” he said. “I’m not super athletic, so I don’t have those types of things going for me.”

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Minnesota had six players in double figures in the 80-65 victory Sunday.
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Mon, 12/09/2013
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A series of injuries put the Gophers’ depth to the test Saturday in a matchup with New Orleans at Williams Arena.

They passed.

Minnesota (8-2) finished with six players in double digits and rolled to an 80-65 win over the Privateers
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That dispersed production came at a necessary time — both Malik Smith and Elliott Eliason sustained left-ankle injuries heading into the game. Eliason played just four minutes, and Smith didn’t touch the court.

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Kendal Shell has improved his game and will graduate next semester.
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Thu, 12/05/2013
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Under any circumstances, graduating in three years is an impressive feat.

Doing so while playing Big Ten basketball is incredible.

That’s exactly what Gophers junior walk-on guard Kendal Shell is set to accomplish in the spring, when he’ll graduate with a degree in business marketing education with minors in leadership and sport management.

And if that isn’t enough, he also spends time volunteering.

“He’s a good all-around guy,” junior guard Andre Hollins said.

Community man

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Gophers get statement win, beat FSU
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Wed, 12/04/2013
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Florida State’s only two losses came against two top-15 teams when it headed into its matchup with Minnesota.

Now, there’s an outlier.

An unranked Gophers team looked like a top-tier squad Tuesday night, and it put away the Seminoles 71-61 at Williams Arena.

“Of all of our games we’ve played, that’s the toughest we’ve played,” Gophers head coach Richard Pitino said. “To be able to get that type of win ... they showed a lot of heart.”

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Gophers center Mo Walker sat out the first six games due to a suspension.
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Tue, 12/03/2013
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Elliott Eliason came in like a wrecking ball in the Gophers’ matchup with No. 8 Syracuse on Nov. 25. He recorded six points, nine rebounds and five blocks in the opening round of the Maui Invitational.

When Eliason sat out with foul trouble, Minnesota had no answer for the Orange’s big men down low.

 Gophers head coach Richard Pitino was forced to play forwards Oto Osenieks and Joey King at center, but both were undersized and overmatched as Syracuse wore down Minnesota’s front line en route to a 75-67 victory.

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Minnesota showed less fight against the Razorbacks on Tuesday afternoon.
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Wed, 11/27/2013
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It was a rough 20 minutes of basketball for the Gophers.

Minnesota (5-2) allowed many easy buckets and was outscored 52-33 in the second half en route to an 87-73 loss to Arkansas (4-1) on Tuesday night in the Maui Invitational in Maui, Hawaii.

“We came out in the second half and they punched us first,” junior guard Andre Hollins said. “We didn’t play as hard as we should have.”

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