Guard Darin Haugh dribbled the ball one last time at Williams Arena as time expired and the crowd roared in approval. Minnesota defeated Nebraska on Senior Night 88-73, as the team’s win streak increases to eight games. “Obviously a great way to go out,” said head coach Richard Pitino. “We haven’t had too many comfortable wins like that, so I thought – overall – just proud of everybody.” The Gophers pulled away from the Cornhuskers late in the first half. Minnesota went on a 10-0 run late in the first to go up 36-25.
Kalamazoo, Michigan’s WWMT-TV reported Tuesday that Gophers football head coach P.J. Fleck may have engaged in a recruiting violation. Robert Spillane, former Broncos linebacker, recently received a release from Western Michigan University, Fleck’s last stop as head coach. WWMT-TV reported from an anonymous source that Fleck contacted Spillane about playing for Minnesota before Spillane had received full permission to transfer, which could be a violation of NCAA rules.
Center Reggie Lynch went to the Gophers bench with 29.6 seconds left in the game as the sellout crowd at Williams Arena chanted his name. Lynch had 11 blocks and nine points in 29 minutes as Minnesota defeated Penn State 81-71. “That’s why [Lynch] chose Minnesota,” said head coach Richard Pitino.
Juniors Justin Karstadt and Joel Gagnon both compete on the men’s gymnastics Canadian national team. For Minnesota’s next dual, the two gymnasts will compete against their own country. Gagnon and Karstadt are set to compete for the Gophers in the team’s meet against the Canadian National team on Feb.
The Gophers’ last lost came to the Terrapins at Williams Arena on Jan. 28. The team got its revenge in College Park, Maryland Wednesday. Minnesota upset No. 24 Maryland 89-75 and the Gophers increased their win streak to six games. “I do think if you looked at us now versus then, we’re much more confident,” head coach Richard Pitino told reporters.
The women’s swimming and diving team will go into their next meets with momentum. No. 20 Minnesota finished in fourth place in the Big Ten Championships on Feb.
The second-highest score of the season from the Gophers wasn’t enough for a win on Saturday. Minnesota fell 197.150-196.075 on the road to No. 11 Denver on Feb.
Guard Akeem Springs taught young basketball players a valuable lesson Wednesday – always follow your shot. Springs missed a potentially game-winning 3-pointer for Minnesota, but got his own miss and laid it in to secure a 75-74 victory over Indiana. “I told Akeem Springs: ‘when you’re [1-11], you better follow your shot, because you knew you were going to miss it,’” said head coach Richard Pitino.
The Gophers knew they needed to rely on two of their leading scorers from last season – guard Nate Mason and power forward Jordan Murphy – to have success this year. Those two players brought Minnesota out of its six-game losing streak. Mason has scored double-digit points three times during Minnesota’s three-game winning streak.
The Gophers utilized their opponent’s weakness — 3-point shooting — Saturday in a 72-63 victory over Rutgers (13-13, 2-12 Big Ten). Minnesota (18-7, 6-6) defeated the Scarlet Knights, who shot 45.5 percent from the line and 21.4 percent from behind the arc, on the road.