On Saturday night, Texas Tech (31-6, 14-4 Big 12) demonstrated that experience meant little, knocking off Michigan State (32-7, 16-4 Big Ten) 61-51.
This weekend, the venue hosted a major NCAA championship for the first time when Michigan State, Texas Tech, Virginia and Auburn battled for the men’s basketball title. The national championship game is on Monday night. However, what's struck some players most isn’t the magnitude of the event, but the massive size of the venue.
Virginia beat Auburn in the first game of the NCAA Final Four at U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday night. The game came down to three free throws with seconds remaining from Virginia's Kyle Guy.
Jordan Murphy played in front of Minnesota fans one more time, this time at the Reese's College All-Star game at U.S. Bank Stadium on Friday. Just like he did many times in his Gophers' career, he finished with a double-double.
Michigan State entered its Feb. 9 game against Minnesota after losing three-straight contests. Following a 79-55 victory on that day, the Spartans won 14 out of 15 games, including a 70-50 victory over the Gophers in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Until recently, the men's and women's golf teams had no place to call their own during the long Minnesota winters. When temperatures dipped and snow piled up outside, the teams would have to utilize a number of different facilities around the Twin Cities metro area to practice.
Junior Amir Coffey announced his intention to declare for the NBA Draft. He could still return to the team for his senior season with full eligibility if he is not drafted.
When the final buzzer sounded at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, on March 23, Minnesota's season concluded with a 70-50 defeat at the hands of Michigan State.
After competing in Georgia last week, Minnesota stayed in the Southeast over spring break and took part in the Furman Intercollegiate in Greenville, South Carolina last weekend.
The Gophers fall short against the Spartans 70-50, ending their NCAA Tournament run.