Gophers Basketball

Gophers Basketball


Pregame: Carr within reach of Gophers' single-season assist record

Minnesota Gophers guard Marcus Carr (5) tried to drive to the basket on Indiana Hoosiers guard Rob Phinisee (10) in the first half Feb. 19.

Gophers sophomore point guard Marcus Carr needs just five assists Wednesday night against Maryland to become the single-season leader in school history. Carr ranks second in the Big Ten in assists.


Pregame: Can the Gophers get dominant Daniel Oturu back Sunday?

Minnesota Gophers center Daniel Oturu (25) reacts after scoring a basket in the first half .

Sophomore center Daniel Oturu has been a dominant force in the Big Ten this season, but he's struggled to make an impact in the Gophers' last two losses. Oturu looks to get back on track Sunday at Northwestern.


Shooting struggles in the Big Ten sink Gophers during losing streak

Minnesota Gophers guard Marcus Carr (5) tried to drive to the basket on Indiana Hoosiers guard Rob Phinisee (10) in the first half Feb. 19.

Gophers coach Richard Pitino hopes his players can finally see the ball go in consistently Sunday at Northwestern. Minnesota ranks last in field goal shooting and three-point shooting in Big Ten play.


Can Gophers stop season-long trend of poor finishes in close games?

Gophers guard Gabe Kalscheur (22) and center Daniel Oturu looked up at the scoreboard after a crucial missed free throw late in the second half agains

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?


Will Pitino make some changes? Here are three to consider

Will Pitino make some changes? Here are three to consider

The Gophers men's basketball team needs a spark to get back into the mix for the NCAA tournament in the last six regular-season games. These are some changes Richard Pitino could make.


Pregame: Gophers' supporting cast for Daniel Oturu could be the key Sunday vs. Iowa

The Gophers men's basketball team will need to give star center Daniel Oturu some help in Sunday's rematch with Iowa. The Hawkeyes have the Big Ten's leading scorer Luka Garza, but they're shorthanded without guard CJ Fredrick.


Where does Oturu's 32-point game rank among top U big-men games?

Where does Oturu's 32-point game rank among top U big-men games?

Gophers sophomore center Daniel Oturu had 32 points and 16 rebounds in Saturday's loss at Penn State. His career-best scoring performance ranks among the best in the last 20 years for a U big man.


Pregame: Gophers and Penn State try to keep competitive fire from boiling over

The Gophers and Penn State men's basketball teams let trash talking during the game carry over into a heated exchange following their last meeting. How chippy will players be in the rematch Saturday?


Gophers' Oturu named top 10 finalist for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award

Gophers' Oturu named top 10 finalist for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award

Gophers sophomore Daniel Oturu was named a top 10 finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award on Friday. The award is given to the top center in college basketball.


Pregame: Minnesota natives on both sides adds to Gophers-Badgers rivalry

Wisconsin guard Brad Davison, right, and forward Nate Reuvers are key for the Badgers.

The Gophers and Badgers men's basketball teams will start five players combined from Minnesota in Wednesday's game at the Barn. That adds fuel to the Border Battle rivalry.


5 things learned for Gophers men's hoops halfway through Big Ten play

5 things learned for Gophers men's hoops halfway through Big Ten play

Five things stood out for the Gophers men's basketball team halfway through Big Ten play this season. Daniel Oturu's rising NBA draft stock was a positive, but there were some major issues revealed.


Gophers starting guard Payton Willis out with injury Thursday at Illinois

Gophers guard Payton Willis

Gophers junior guard Payton Willis (shoulder) will miss his fourth game this season Thursday at Illinois. Willis previously was out with an ankle injury.


Gophers, Oturu meet up tonight against 'Shaq of the Big Ten'

Kofi Cockburn (21)

The Gophers men's basketball team face a load inside Thursday with Illinois' 7-foot, 290-pound freshman Kofi Cockburn. He outweighs Minnesota's talented big man Daniel Oturu by 50 pounds.


Tears, smiles and Clem: Emotional Burton on being honored at The Barn

Tears, smiles and Clem: Emotional Burton on being honored at The Barn

Willie Burton smiled. He cried. He took it all in as his No. 34 and picture were revealed in the rafters of Williams Arena, where he dominated during a legendary career.


'You were my hero.' U center Oturu brought to tears over Bryant's death

'You were my hero.' U center Oturu brought to tears over Bryant's death

"You were more than just my favorite player," Gophers star Daniel Oturu wrote on Instagram. "You were my hero. My heart is so broken. Rest in Peace Kobe. I'll never forget what you meant to me."


Pregame: Containing Winston is top priority for Gophers

Michigan State senior point guard Cassius Winston had 27 points in the last meeting against the Gophers on Jan. 9. Figuring out how to slow down last year's Big Ten player of the year is key to Sunday's rematch at the Barn.


Win over Ohio State boosts Gophers back into NCAA tourney projections

Alihan Demir dunks against Ohio State.

Nobody makes the NCAA tournament in January, but you can play yourself out of contention -- or get some notice with the kind of victory that Minnesota scored Thursday night over the Buckeyes.


Pregame: Can Gophers get Kalscheur going again from three?

Gophers guard Gabe Kalscheur

Gophers sophomore guard Gabe Kalscheur is one of the best shooters in the Big Ten, but he's been experiencing the biggest slump of his career the last five games. Will he break out tonight at Ohio State?


Gophers big man Curry recovering well, still making an impact

Gophers big man Curry recovering well, still making an impact

Injured Eric Curry says he's on track to return healthy next season – and remains optimistic about what the Gophers can accomplish without him this year.


Pregame: Oturu, Carr are really good. But who is Gophers' third option?

Gophers sophomores Daniel Oturu and Marcus Carr are the only teammates averaging at least 20 points in Big Ten play, but Richard Pitino is looking for a consistent third option. Will Oturu and Carr have some help Sunday at Rutgers?