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Gophers reflect on Final Four appearance 20 years ago Wednesday

1997 Gophers basketball players.

Gophers players look back on the 1996-97 team's appearance against Kentucky in the Final Four, which was 20 years ago on March 29.

Haskins: 'Gophers can win a national championship with local talent'

Former Gophers men's basketball coach Clem Haskins.

It's been 20 years since he made the Final Four with the Gophers and nearly as long since he resigned as head coach after the academic scandal, but he still follows his old program.

Pitino and Nate Mason receive All-District basketball honors

Coach Richard Pitino watched Nate Mason shoot during the Gophers Men's Basketball practice at the University of Minnesota on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Gophers coach Richard Pitino and junior guard Nate Mason receive All-District 7 honors Wednesday by the National Association of Basketball Coaches

Future Gophers guard Washington is New York's Mr. Basketball

Isaiah Washington

The honor puts the four-star recruit among a group of players that includes New York City point guard legends Kenny Anderson, Stephon Marbury and Sebastian Telfair.

Fuller: Can Gophers handle MTSU's zone, get Mason and Lynch going?

The Gophers men's basketball team needs to find ways to get Nate Mason and Reggie Lynch going in Thursday's NCAA tournament game vs. Middle Tennessee in Milwaukee

Disrespected? MTSU big men not overly impressed with U's Lynch

Michigan guard Derrick Walton Jr. (10) passes the ball as he is guarded by Minnesota center Reggie Lynch (22) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Big Ten tournament, Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Middle Tennessee big men compare Minnesota's Reggie Lynch to an SEC center they dominated earlier this year; Lynch takes offense

Broman brothers excited to be closer to home in NCAA tournament

Winthrop guards Anders and Bjorn Broman will have 30 family members from Duluth, Minn. watching Thursday's game vs. Butler in Milwaukee

Gophers won't buy into upset chatter vs. Middle Tennessee

Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino met with the media before the Gophers headed for the opening round of the NCAA tournament in Milwaukee

The most popular upset pick thrown around by national basketball observers has 12th-seed Middle Tennessee knocking out Minnesota in the first round. "Everybody thinks we shouldn't show up," coach Richard Pitino said.

Can the Gophers reach the championship without Akeem Springs?

Minnesota guard Akeem Springs (0) is checked by a trainer after an injury during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament, Friday, March 10, 2017, in Washington. Springs did not return to the game.

The Gophers men's basketball team will need to replace senior captain Akeem Springs, who is out for the season with an Achilles' tendon injury

Gophers need big game from Murphy in third meeting vs. MSU

Gophers forward Jordan Murphy

Gophers All-Big Ten forward Jordan Murphy's matchup with Michigan State's Miles Bridges will be a key to Friday's Big Ten tournament quarterfinals

Gophers' Mason named to the USBWA All-District team

Gophers junior guard Nate Mason was selected to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-District V team Tuesday.

Gophers junior guard Nate Mason was selected to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-District V team Tuesday.

How did Marcus Fuller's All-Big Ten team and awards compare to official results?

Comparing Star Tribune college hoops writer Marcus Fuller's picks to the actual All-Big Ten awards announced Monday.

Postgame: Gophers earn No. 4 seed in Big Ten tourney, play Friday afternoon

Gophers guard Amir Coffey shot against Wisconsin's Khalil Iverson during the first half Sunday in Madison, Wis.

The Gophers men's basketball team realizes another embarrassing performance like Sunday could result in early postseason exit

Gophers get another shot at stopping UW's Happ

Wisconsin sophomore center Ethan Happ (22), who finished with 28 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks in a 78-76 overtime victory at Minnesota on Jan. 21, has scored under double figures four times in the last seven games.

The Gophers men's basketball team will focus on shutting down Wisconsin's star center Ethan Happ, who scored 28 points in the last meeting

U could get No. 2 Big Ten seed -- or lose double-bye with Sunday loss

Darin Haugh (10) was cheered by teammates as he prepared to check into the game. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ • - March 2, 2017, Minneapolis, MN, Williams Arena, NCAA Basketball, Big 10, University of Minnesota Gophers vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers

The Gophers control their own destiny for the No. 2 seed in next week's Big Ten tournament in Washington D.C.

Postgame: Nebraska coach Miles wowed by Gophers turnaround

Nebraska's Tai Webster, right, of New Zealand, shoots as Minnesota's Jordan Murphy defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, March 2, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Nebraska coach Tim Miles had heavy praise for the Gophers after a 15-point loss Thursday at Williams Arena

Akeem Springs says goodbye to the Barn after one exciting year

Gophers guard Akeem Springs.

Gophers senior captain Akeem Springs plays his final home game Thursday in his one memorable season with the program

Gophers shut out of Top 25? 'I don't care,' Pitino says

Gophers coach Richard Pitino

Gophers coach Richard Pitino thinks his team should be ranked, but he says the poll rankings are not important

With help, Pitino's Gophers have outside shot at Big Ten title

The University of Minnesota's Dupree McBrayer (1) signals for the crowd to get on their feet at the end of the Gopher's 81-71 win over Penn State Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, MN.

The Gophers men's basketball team keeps itself in the hunt for a share of the Big Ten regular-season championship

Gophers' Reggie Lynch breaks the single-season blocks record Saturday

Junior Reggie Lynch broke Gophers legend Randy Breuer's single-season blocks record of 89 set in 1981-82