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  1. Report: Minnesota makes a hard push to host a future Final Four

    Jun 2, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

    (Minnesota Vikings)

    After winning a Super Bowl in 2018, Minnesota is making a push to host a Final Four.

  2. Report: Minnesota forward Joey King eligible to play immediately

    Oct 17, 2013, 8:14 PM EDT

    Minnesota Athletics

    With the NCAA denying Rakeem Buckles’ request for an immediate eligibility waiver (Buckles thus returned to FIU), Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino found himself in need of some additional size entering his first season at the Big Ten school. On Thursday the Golden Gophers received some good news from the NCAA, as Drake transfer Joey…

  3. Rick Pitino sounds off on NCAA denying Rakeem Buckles a waiver

    Sep 1, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    Rakeem Buckles

    This summer has provided a number of interesting rules by the NCAA, and Louisville head coach voiced his opinion on Friday in the wake of one of the NCAA’s most recent head-scratching rulings. Rakeem Buckles started his career at Louisville, but decided to follow Richard Pitino to the FIU, sat out the season, and then…

  4. Former Drake forward Joey King returning home to Minnesota

    Jun 2, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Rick Pitino Jr. received some good news recently learning that Joey King will return home to play for Minnesota. King, a native of Eagan, MN, averaged 6.9 points as a freshman at Drake earning All-Freshmen honors in the Missouri Valley. In early May, King announced his decision to leave the Drake program. Ryan James–a writer…

  5. Report: FIU coach Richard Pitino close to finalizing deal with Minnesota

    Apr 3, 2013, 3:03 PM EDT

    Richard Pitino

    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. While his dad is headed to the Final Four in Atlanta with Louisville, a report says that FIU head coach Richard Pitino could steal at least a share of the family spotlight this week. According to Andy Katz of, Minnesota is finalizing a deal to…

  6. No. 11 Minnesota dominates No. 6 UCLA to advance to Round of 32

    Mar 23, 2013, 1:23 AM EDT


    Minnesota dominated UCLA on the interior in the first half Friday night, led by senior Trevor Mbakwe. Once that ran its course, its guards took over to finish the job in an impressive 83-63 win in the Round of 64 in Austin, Texas. Mbakwe finished with nine points and 12 rebounds, while the backcourt trio…

  7. Late Night Snacks: Minnesota helps solidify its tourney spot by knocking off No. 1

    Feb 27, 2013, 1:34 AM EDT

    Minnesota Indiana

    Game of the Day: Minnesota 77, No. 1 Indiana 73 Indiana has now lost three times this season as a No. 1-ranked team, but the story is more about Minnesota. Coach Tubby Smith brought in a sports psychologist to talk to his team prior to Tuesday’s matchup and it paid off. The Gophers were focused…

  8. Cody Zeller tentative in No. 1 Indiana’s loss to Minnesota, raises concern for Hoosiers

    Feb 26, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Cody Zeller

    Minnesota set the tone early against Indiana’s Cody Zeller on the interior in its 77-73 win Tuesday night at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. First it was Gopher forward Trevor Mbakwe with an emphatic block that rejected Zeller at the rim with 13:55 to play in the first half. Less than six minutes later, uber-athletic…

  9. Iowa creeps onto NCAA tournament bubble after win over Minnesota

    Feb 17, 2013, 4:22 PM EDT

    Iowa Minnesota

    In the nation’s toughest conference, Iowa has lost a handful of disappointing games in the final minutes, games that, had they been wins, would have made for an impressive league record. That includes being within one point in the final six minutes against No. 1 Indiana. It includes a strong first half against No. 4…

  10. Minnesota’s Saul Smith will return to the team in November

    Oct 26, 2012, 7:51 PM EDT

    Saul Smith

    Saul Smith, son of head coach Tubby Smith, will not be fired as an assistant coach following a drunken-driving arrest earlier this week and will return to the Golden Gopher sideline Nov. 13. Smith spent the last five days on unpaid leave. Since then, he has been put back on the payroll by the university…

  11. Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe deals with summer DWI

    Oct 12, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT


    On Sept. 10, Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe plead guilty to a DWI he was arrested for back in July. Friday was the Golden Gophers’ media day and the former All-Big Ten forward told reporters that he has already been reprimanded by head coach Tubby Smith. “It’s something that happened earlier in the summer time. Coach…

  12. Report: Chip Armelin seeks transfer from Minnesota, room freed for Trevor Mbakwe

    Apr 9, 2012, 10:16 AM EDT


    And the college basketball transfer train makes a stop in Minnesota. is reporting that, according to a source, Minnesota sophomore guard Chip Armelin wants out of the Gopher to have an opportunity to move closer to home. Armelin is originally from Louisiana and attended Sulphur High School in Sulphur, La. The move is not…

  13. Hoops and piano? White's stretching his talents

    Jul 14, 2010, 1:12 AM EDT

    Royce White never played basketball for Minnesota last season due to legal troubles. So he did what any NBA hopeful would do. He learned to play piano. Paul Battaglia/AP (pauses) Actually, that’s fairly impressive. Sure, maybe White could’ve worked on his post game or mid-range jumper, but I can’t fault a guy who insists on…

  14. What Big Ten divisions might look like

    Jun 17, 2010, 12:44 AM EDT

    Like the Pac-10, the Big Ten is weighing several issues by expanding to 12 teams. Yes, a new name is one. More pressing are scheduling and division alignments. The conference athletic directors meet in about six weeks, which means we could have six weeks of chatter and arguments regarding divisions. And that’s a scary thought.…

  15. Tubby Smith on thin ice in Minnesota?

    May 27, 2010, 1:46 AM EDT

    ALLEN FREDRICKSON / Reuters Tubby Smith’s rough spring just got worse. First, it was the player exodus. Highly touted freshman Royce White left the team at the end of last season while suspended for legal issues. Junior Paul Carter transferred to Illinois-Chicago. Freshman Justin Cobbs is home in California looking for a school closer to…