Men's Basketball

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Tue, 11/12/2013
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They’ve already tried to take contact out of college football, now they’re doing the same thing with basketball. And it’s the right call.

This year, the NCAA’s Men’s Basketball Rules Committee voted to pass new rules banning hand or forearm contact in effect for the 2013-14 season.

The ban is designed “to create offensive flow,” according to an NCAA release. So far, it’s done everything but that. Still, in time, these new rules will make college basketball more watchable.

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Gophers basketball stars Andre Hollins and Rachel Banham are the campus’s power couple.
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Tue, 11/12/2013
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A few weeks ago, Richard Pitino walked into Williams Arena and saw his star junior guard, Andre Hollins, on the court with his girlfriend.

As she often does, she had a basketball in her hands. Her name is Rachel Banham, and she’s a star junior point guard on the women’s basketball team.

“I saw them out on the court, and I said, ‘Hey, this is not … “Love & Basketball.” We don’t have time for this,’” said Pitino, the Gophers’ head men’s basketball coach. “And they laughed.”

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Gophers basketball stars Andre Hollins and Rachel Banham are the campus’s power couple.
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Elliott Eliason had 17 rebounds in the first game of the Richard Pitino era.
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Mon, 11/11/2013
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Friday started as a day of disappointment for the Gophers.

Minnesota lost five-star 2014 recruit Reid Travis when he committed to Stanford, and the team announced Mo Walker’s six-game suspension.

But when the Gophers took the floor for head coach Richard Pitino’s official debut, all of that seemed to fade away.

Minnesota used a tenacious defensive attack and an inspired effort on the glass from Elliott Eliason en route to an 81-62 season-opening win over Lehigh.

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On his way to Minnesota, the new coach learned from the best.
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Thu, 11/07/2013
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Richard Pitino’s coaching career seems like a scripted fairy tale.

He grew up watching his father Rick Pitino coach a national powerhouse.

He eventually joined the family business and coached under his father, a family friend, then his father again before landing his own head coaching gig.

Pitino led a remarkable one-year turnaround at a mid-major program and was named the new head coach at the University of Minnesota in April.

He is the face of a Big Ten basketball program at age 31, but it wasn’t easy.

Born into the game

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Minnesota bested Concordia-St. Paul 101-67 in its final exhibition contest.
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Tue, 11/05/2013
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The Gophers dominated the first half and put forth a less-than-inspiring effort in the second half in Friday’s exhibition win against Cardinal Stritch. They flipped the script Monday night and wore down Concordia-St. Paul.

Minnesota outscored the Golden Bears 54-30 in the second half en route to a 101-67 blowout win at Williams Arena on Monday.

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Minnesota looked impressive in the first half, but fell off after halftime.
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Mon, 11/04/2013
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The Gophers’ offense was fast, fluid and efficient in the first half of their season-opening 79-57 exhibition win over Cardinal Stritch on Friday night.

Minnesota’s defense forced numerous turnovers that led to easy buckets in head coach Richard Pitino’s unofficial debut.

The Gophers dominated the first half but were outscored 38-33 after the break.

Minnesota battles Concordia-St. Paul in its final exhibition Monday night and faces Lehigh in its true season opener on Friday.

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Minnesota won 79-57 in its first action of the season.
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Fri, 11/01/2013
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The Gophers offense was fast, fluid and efficient in the first half of their season opening 79-57 exhibition win over Cardinal Stritch. Minnesota's defense attacked and forced numerous turnovers that led to easy buckets in head coach Richard Pitino’s unofficial debut.

The second half? Eh, not so much.

After dominating the first half, Minnesota was outscored 38-33 in the second half by the Wolves.

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The Gophers will play their first exhibition game this weekend.
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Thu, 10/31/2013
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The Gophers have been going toe-to-toe with one another in practice and at intrasquad scrimmages since the beginning of the summer, and everyone is tired of it.

“They are sick of each other. You can tell it,” Gophers head coach Richard Pitino said. “They’re definitely sick of it. I’m sick of watching them against each other.”

The Gophers will hit the floor against an opponent wearing something other than maroon and gold for the first time in the Pitino era Friday, when they take on Cardinal-Stritch in an exhibition game.

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Morris joins Washington forward Josh Martin and Georgia guard Nate Mason in the Gophers’ 2014 class.
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Wed, 10/30/2013
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Richard Pitino’s first recruiting class as the Gophers head coach is starting to come together.

And it added another guard to the mix when junior college guard Carlos Morris announced his commitment to Minnesota on Tuesday.

Morris said he texted Pitino with his decision late Monday night after the two spoke on the phone.

“I just texted him, ‘I’m coming,’” Morris said. “He woke up this morning [and was] like, ‘Man, that’s the greatest text I’ve ever had.’”

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Morris joins Washington forward Josh Martin and Georgia guard Nate Mason in the Gophers’ 2014 class.
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Jasen Baranowski started this season as a manager and now is on the roster.
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Tue, 10/29/2013
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A month ago, Jasen Baranowski, a freshman student manager for the Gophers men’s basketball team, wasn’t hanging out with friends or relaxing on his couch like students normally do on Friday nights — he was doing the team’s laundry.

Now someone can do Baranowski’s laundry for him. He’s on the team.

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