Amir Coffey may not look like a point guard but Minnesota is more than comfortable with the ball in the hands of the 6-foot-8 junior. Head coach Richard Pitino said his combination of size and skill creates mismatches for opponents on the court.
The Gophers fought hard in a physical game down the stretch to earn a 69-64 victory. Minnesota moved to 3-0 with the win Sunday night.
The Gophers men's basketball team didn't have the season they were hoping for in 2017-18. The whole team is looking to rebound this season, perhaps nobody more so than senior Dupree McBrayer.
Minnesota rode the three-point shooting of Gabe Kalscheur and rebounding of Jordan Murphy to a 78-69 victory Monday against Utah.
There was not much doubt Daniel Oturu could contribute to Minnesota. The only question was, would the four-star recruit from Cretin-Derham Hall be standing at the center of Williams Arena to take the tip-off for the team's opening game against Nebraska-Omaha? The answer turned out to be yes.
The Gophers (1-0) defeated Nebraska-Omaha (0-1) 104-76 to begin the 2018-19 campaign. Minnesota was clearly glad to have Amir Coffey back after a shoulder injury cost him much of the 2017-18 season. Seeing increased playing time at the point, he led the team with 18 points.
Building up to the team's 2018-19 campaign, head coach Richard Pitino has challenged his players every day. The expectation this season is that Minnesota will compete for a Big Ten title, something the team was expected to do last year.
Both the men's and women's golf teams are building towards the future. With plenty of young talent on both programs, this fall served as an early glimpse at what the teams can become in the spring.
With temperatures dropping and leaves changing colors, the fall season has officially come to an end for Minnesota's men's and women's golf teams. Both traveled to warmer climates and played their final rounds until February on Tuesday. The men's team finished ninth and the women's team finished 13th in their respective tournaments.
Over the past four years, the faces on Minnesota's women's golf team have changed significantly. Players graduate or transfer and new recruits take their place. Experienced leaders play an important role in the preparation and growth of younger teammates. For the Gophers, that leader is Maggie Heggerston.