When it comes to producing talented big men for the basketball court, the state of Minnesota has long been a hotbed. But this could be the golden era of talent in the post.
Red-hot Minnesota plays this weekend at Penn State, where the Gophers have lost six straight by a lopsided, with a chance to clinch the Big Ten title.
The Twins and Gophers have added an array of high-tech tools to better analyze performance. Another plus? Bringing coaches to the pros from college programs that embrace technology.
Gophers junior Shane Wiskus finished second in the all-around Thursday at the Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas, maintaining his place on the U.S. men's gymnastics national team.
With the regular season winding down, Maryland remains at the top.
What to watch for this weekend.
Coach Bob Motzko's team could clinch the regular-season championship with a sweep, two or fewer points by Michigan against Notre Dame and a split between Michigan State and Ohio State.
The Indiana loss may have ended any reasonable hope of an NCAA tournament bid. Will it prove as decisive for coach Richard Pitino's Minnesota career?
Gophers coach Richard Pitino, Payton Willis and Indiana coach Archie Miller talk after Wednesday's loss to Hoosiers at the Barn.
Amber Fiser and MaKenna Partain have been among the standouts so far through Minnesota's 5-4 start, which includes a win over then-No. 5 Florida State.
Missed shots snowballed into lackluster defense as well down the stretch, causing many fans to lose interest and leave early as the Gophers' NCAA tournament hopes took another big hit.
In the team standings after two events, Michigan led with 118 points.
Minnesota shot 34.4% from the field in the 68-56 loss at Williams Arena on Wednesday night.
Indiana freshman Trayce Jackson-Davis set career highs in points with 27 and rebounds with 16 and shot 11-for-15 from the field.
Gophers coach Richard Pitino, Payton Willis and Tre' Williams preview Wednesday's home game against Indiana.
Most of the Gophers men's basketball team's losses this season have been in close games, including Sunday's collapse against Iowa. Will that trend come to an end Wednesday against Indiana?
What the Gophers need now is a player who can hoist this team on his back for a stirring stretch run, the way Amir Coffey did after Minnesota went through a rough patch last year.
The former Spartans football coach's testimony in a former staffer's lawsuit might reveal broken rules.
The Beavers are on a 10-1-1 roll, while Minnesota, 9-2-1 in is past 12, is tied for the Big Ten lead. Both could join Minnesota State and UMD as NCAA men's tournament qualifiers.
Associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff, who played in college for the Gophers and was an assistant coach with the Timberwolves for four seasons, will replace Beilein.