In April 2002, the University of Minnesota announced plans to cut the school's golf and gymnastics programs in an effort to offset the athletic department's $21 million deficit. Over the following months, the men's golf program completed one of the most improbable championship runs in Minnesota history.
While Minnesota finished 10th out of 14 teams in the Big Ten Championships over the weekend, the leader board doesn't tell the entire story. In reality, the team looked to have improved dramatically from their 11th place finish last weekend at the Lady Buckeye Invitational.
In their final regular season tournament, Minnesota finished in the top six for the third consecutive outing. A strong start to the weekend positioned the Gophers for a fifth-place tie with UMKC in the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa.
In the fall of her senior season, Muyu Wu's best finish was a tie for 33rd place in the Ron Moore Women's Intercollegiate. This spring, she's placed in the top-30 in all four of the team's tournaments.
With the season beginning to wind down, both the men's and women's golf teams completed in tournaments this weekend that served as tune-ups for their upcoming conference tournaments.
Virginia won the men's basketball NCAA championship on Monday night 85-77 over Texas Tech in the first title game to go to overtime since 2008.
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.