Studying neuroscience at a university or competing as a Division I athlete could be strenuous tasks for any student. Junior Yaroslav Pochinka excels at both.
The Gophers coughed up their 11-point halftime lead and saw themselves in a tie game to the Hawkeyes with under a minute left, and yet another blown lead looked imminent for Minnesota. Power forward Jordan Murphy’s career game was what flipped the script Wednesday. Murphy scored a career-high 25 points as Minnesota defeated Iowa 101-89 in a double-overtime thriller at Williams Arena. “The most proud I've been of our guys,” said head coach Richard Pitino.
Justin Karstadt was nearly perfect in the Gophers’ defeat of the Huskers Saturday. Karstadt stuck three dismounts in his all-around performance, which earned him Most Outstanding Gymnast of the meet in Minnesota’s 400.750-396.700 victory over Nebraska at the Sports Pavilion. “This is the first time [Karstadt] has done the all-around since the Windy City,” said head coach Mike Burns.
Fans of Gophers basketball had something to cheer about for the first time in 24 days Saturday. Minnesota (16-7, 4-6 Big Ten) snapped its five-game losing streak with a 68-59 victory over Illinois (13-11, 3-8 Big Ten) Saturday in Champaign, Illinois. “Losing five in a row was very annoying and very tough on us,” center Reggie Lynch told reporters Saturday.
Jalon Stephens is a man of many talents. In addition to making adjustments to his repertoire on the gymnastics floor, he has another passion as well – he can sing.
Head coach P.J. Fleck has no shortage of recruits for his first season with the Gophers. Minnesota signed 25 new incoming freshmen on National Signing Day, Wednesday.
Fans cleared out of Williams Arena with 10 seconds to go Saturday as Maryland’s Melo Trimble approached the free throw line. Trimble made it an 85-78 game with two shots and buried Minnesota’s last chances at an upset win, the fifth consecutive defeat for the Gophers.
For the second game in a row, the ball was in Akeem Springs’s hands in the closing seconds. The guard shot a 3-pointer from the baseline, and the shot went long – the Gophers’ losing streak got even longer. Minnesota (15-6, 3-5 Big Ten) dropped its fourth consecutive contest, this time to Ohio State (13-8, 3-5), 78-72 in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday.
Minnesota moved Brandon Eggum from interim head coach to the permanent head coach of the Gophers wrestling team Thursday. Eggum, a former Minnesota wrestler, was a three-time All-American during his collegiate wrestling career. “Anyone who knows me knows this is my dream job and I’m thankful for the opportunity to live out that dream,” Eggum said in statement.
Akeem Springs had already been Minnesota’s hero once, and all eyes fell on him in the closing seconds of overtime. The guard, who had sent the game into extra minutes early on, bounced the last shot off the rim, and the Gophers’ last chance at an upset was spoiled. Minnesota (15-5, 3-4 Big Ten) fell to No. 17 Wisconsin (16-3, 5-1) 78-76 in overtime on Saturday at Williams Arena. “I don't normally enjoy coaching during the games, but I kind of enjoyed it,” said head coach Richard Pitino.