Minnesota suffered its first defeat of the season Monday in a 68-56 loss to Boston College in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
The Gophers survived a poor shooting night to defeat Santa Clara 80-66. Gabe Kalscheur led with 25 points and seven 3-pointers.
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.