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Pitino at Gophers fan event: "The goal is to win a Big Ten title"

Richard Pitino

Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino talked to fans Monday about high expectations for his team coming off a 24-win and NCAA tournament season


Ex-Gophers player helps Jarvis Thomas turn into a high-major talent

Former Gophers center Jonathan Williams provided guidance for Orono junior Jarvis Thomas, who is now a major-college prospect and dunking sensation


Gophers target Kalscheur talks Howard Pulley's hot start and the U

Juniors Gabe Kalscheur, Tre Jones and Gophers commit Daniel Oturu have led Howard Pulley's AAU team to 17 consecutive wins


Gophers guard Mason still hasn't returned to full workouts after tournament injury

Guard Nate Mason

Coach Richard Pitino that Mason has been doing some standstill shooting drills, but that the hip injury suffered against Middle Tennessee State "was a lot worse injury than even I thought it was."


Gophers recruit Washington wins all-star three-point contest

Team Clutch''s Isaiah Washington in action against Team Drive in the Under Armour Elite 24 game on Saturday, August 20, 2016 in Brooklyn

Gophers point guard recruit Isaiah "Jelly" Washington wins three-point contest and scores 25 points at all-star game in Long Beach, Calif.


Pitino's extension makes an impression on Gophers commit Oturu

Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino's extension announced Wednesday shows top local recruits even more program stability


Becoming a bigger deal: Pitino's Gophers to make three trips to New York

Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino was named Big Ten Coach of the Year on Monday.

The Gophers will play in a four-team tournament around Thanksgiving and then will return twice to play at Madison Square Garden when the Big Ten season starts.


Minnesota Mr. Basketball McKinley Wright commits to Colorado

Former Dayton recruit and Champlin Park senior point guard McKinley Wright announced his commitment to Colorado on Friday.


Pitino offers 2018 scholarship to Pennsylvania power forward

Four-star forward Jake Forrester from Harrisburg, Pa. says he received a scholarship offer from the Gophers on Monday


Apple Valley's Tre Jones says 'great to see' Gophers making major strides

Apple Valley 2018 standout Tre Jones talked Gophers facilities and recruiting during his big opening AAU weekend with Howard Pulley at Nike EYBL in Hampton, Va.


Gophers commit Oturu, other targets start AAU league play Friday

Gophers commit Daniel Oturu starts Nike EYBL season Friday in Hampton, Va.; Richard Pitino and staff begin the open recruiting period.


Gophers recruits Washington, Harris shine at Jordan Classic

Team Clutch''s Isaiah Washington #2 warms up against Team Drive in the Under Armour Elite 24 game on Saturday, August 20, 2016 in Brooklyn, NY. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Future Gophers teammates Isaiah Washington and Jamir Harris played one another Friday in the Jordan Classic regional game in Washington D.C.


Amir Coffey on sister Nia taken No. 5 in WNBA draft: 'Hard work pays off'

Northwestern's Nia Coffey reacts after being selected No. 5 in the WNBA draft on Thursday in New York.

Nia Coffey, taken in the WNBA Draft on Thursday, achieved a dream she shared with her siblings, including Gophers freshman Amir Coffey


Gophers, Michigan State early top Big Ten teams for next season

Minnesota center Reggie Lynch (22) and forward Jordan Murphy, right, combine to defend Michigan State forward Kenny Goins (25) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Big Ten tournament, Friday, March 10, 2017, in Washington.

Michigan State star Miles Bridges is expected Thursday to announce he's returning to school. So the Spartans and Gophers appear to be the top two teams to beat in Big Ten next season


Richard Pitino, Gophers get 7-foot transfer from dad's Louisville team

Louisville junior center Matz Stockman is transferring from Louisville to the Gophers; eligible to play one season in 2018-19


Gophers, Pitino set goals for improvement during offseason

Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino watched guard Nate Mason shoot during an October 2016 practice. Pitino and several players have had discussions about important skills to work on during the offseason.

Gophers basketball players and coach Richard Pitino already know their offseason goals to prepare for the 2017-18 season. Here are some of them.


'Test game' for Final Four: Big-name opponent, Gophers recruiting tool?

The Gophers men's basketball team is expected to play against an opponent yet to be determined at U.S. Bank Stadium in December 2018


Monson: This won't be Gonzaga's last NCAA title game

Former Gophers and Gonzaga coach Dan Monson said the Zags are elite enough now that NCAA title game appearance won't be the last


This year's Final Four belongs to the upperclassmen

There are some talented freshmen among the teams in this year's Final Four, but they will likely take a backseat to upperclassmen who have been the stars of the NCAA tournament so far.


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.