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U men's hoops mailbag: The next center, transfers, Pitino's 2020 staff

Drake's Liam Robbins, left, heads to the basket as Illinois State's Matt Chastain defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in

Gophers hoops mailbag questions answered from out Star Tribune readers about Drake transfer Liam Robbins being eligible next season, if Kerwin Walton will be the next to commit to the program and more.


Next Amir Coffey? U recruiting Rice transfer who resembles him

Next Amir Coffey? U recruiting Rice transfer who resembles him

Coach Richard Pitino and his staff are recruiting Rice transfer Drew Peterson, who has skills that remind some people of the former Gophers standout.


Toughening up: U adds Mississippi St. to men's basketball schedule

Toughening up: U adds Mississippi St. to men's basketball schedule

The Gophers are also set to play in a four-team tournament next season that includes Marquette as part of their nonconference schedule.


Four-star Hopkins guard Walton has Gophers among six finalists

Four-star Hopkins guard Walton has Gophers among six finalists

The 6-foot-5 senior sharpshooter doesn't have a date for his announcement yet, but the spring signing period runs from April 15 to May 20.


New U basketball assistant? Eight coaches with Minnesota ties

New U basketball assistant? Eight coaches with Minnesota ties

The Gophers have two scholarships still to use in the 2020 class, so they likely won't take long to hire a replacement for Rob Jeter, the new Western Illinois head coach.


NCAA's rebounding leader, U grad transfer target picks Texas A&M

Quinnipiac's Kevin Marfo tried to obstruct Villanova's Phil Booth during a game in November 2018 in Philadelphia.

Quinnipiac graduate transfer Kevin Marfo, who led the nation in rebounding this season, picks Texas A&M on Saturday. Marfo had the Gophers among his five finalists.


Q&A with Pitino: Keeping up with U basketball, recruits and more

Q&A with Pitino: Keeping up with U basketball, recruits and more

Richard Pitino talked about life at home with his family during the virus crisis, the challenge of communicating with his team and more with college basketball writer Marcus Fuller.


Western Illinois expected to hire U assistant as men's basketball coach

Rob Jeter

Gophers assistant Rob Jeter, who has worked on Richard Pitino's staff the last two seasons, was offered the job to be the next head coach at Western Illinois. Jeter was previous head coach at Milwaukee.


Gophers Hoops Mailbag: Life after Oturu? What happened with Pitts?

Minnesota Golden Gophers center Daniel Oturu (25) dunked over Iowa Hawkeyes forward Ryan Kriener (15) in the first half.] Jerry Holt •Jerry.Holt@sta

Gophers basketball fans have questions and we have answers, including on how Richard Pitino's team will look with star center Daniel Oturu leaving for the NBA Draft.


U's Oturu reaching out for info about his NBA draft chances

Minnesota Gophers center Daniel Oturu (25) played good defense on Nebraska Cornhuskers guard Thorir Thorbjarnarson (34) in the first half at Williams

Richard Pitino said the Gophers sent in paperwork for sophomore center Daniel Oturu to the NBA's Undergraduate Advisory Committee, which provides feedback to prospects about their draft chances.


'Can't wait to get there.' Jamal Mashburn Jr. on his U basketball future

'Can't wait to get there.' Jamal Mashburn Jr. on his U basketball future

Brewster Academy (N.H.) four-star guard Jamal Mashburn Jr. talks about Richard Pitino, his senior year and playing for the Gophers next season in a Q&A recently with the Star Tribune.


Big Ten men's basketball tournament not allowing fans starting Thursday

The Big Ten announced it will no longer allow fans at the men's basketball tournament starting Thursday due to coronavirus. Fans also not permitted to attend further winter and spring sports competitions.


Gophers hope to 'Let it fly' again with threes in Big Ten tournament

Gophers guard Tre' Williams attempted a three-pointer over Nebraska guard Haanif Cheatham in the second half of Minnesota's 107-75 victory at Williams

The Gophers men's basketball team set a school-record with 18 three-pointers in Sunday's win against Nebraska. Can they keep up that shooting Wednesday in the Big Ten tournament opener vs. Northwestern?


Oturu gets third team All-America spot; first Gophers selection since 1999

Oturu gets third team All-America spot; first Gophers selection since 1999

Daniel Oturu, who averaged 20 points while leading the Big Ten in rebounding, blocks and field goal percentage, is the first Gophers player to be named an All-America since Quincy Lewis.


Pregame: Gophers look to send seniors off with a win Sunday vs. Nebraska

Gophers hope to end the regular season with a win Sunday to honor seniors Michael Hurt, Alihan Demir and Brady Rudrud in their last home game.


Oturu says he's focused on 'now,' not decision on leaving U for pros

Oturu says he's focused on 'now,' not decision on leaving U for pros

Gophers sophomore standout Daniel Oturu is projected as a first round pick in this summer's NBA Draft, but he's focusing on finishing the season strong.


Pregame: Gophers frontcourt rotation could look different at Indiana

Minnesota's Alihan Demir (30) shoots against Wisconsin's Tyler Wahl (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, March 1, 2020

The Gophers men's basketball team made some changes to its frontcourt rotation in the last game that could carry over Wednesday at Indiana. Freshman forward Isaiah Ihnen has seen his role increase alongside sophomore center Daniel Oturu.


Is Pitino's job in jeopardy? 'I don't think it's reality,' he says

Is Pitino's job in jeopardy? 'I don't think it's reality,' he says

Richard Pitino said he hasn't addressed his job status with the team, but said that he's sure it has been a distraction because of criticism from fans on social media.


Will the Gophers rely on their three-point shooting at Wisconsin?

Gophers guard Marcus Carr launched a three-pointer in the first half against Maryland.

The Gophers men's basketball team has shot it better from three-point range lately. So has Wisconsin, which enters Sunday's game in Madison with five straight victories.


Former Gophers coach Monson: "I did what they hired me to do."

Former Gophers coach Monson: "I did what they hired me to do."

Former Gophers coach Dan Monson, now at Long Beach State, talked more about the challenges of taking over post-scandal and being proud of his time in Minnesota during an interview earlier this season.