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Gopher Men’s Basketball Preview

The Gopher men's basketball team begins the regular season Friday when they host American at 7pm, pregame on AM 1390-the Fan at 6:30. The Gophers are receiving votes in the latest USA Today/ESPN poll top 25 poll. Minnesota has won both their exhibition games but hasn't been tested yet.

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Gophers Win Exhibition Game Against MSU-Mankato

The Gopher men's basketball team defeated Minnesota State-Mankato 81-56 Thursday night in an exhibition game. Joe Coleman was the lone Gopher in double figures with 21 points while Austin Hollins added 9 points and both Maurice Walker and Rodney Williams added 8 points. Trevor Mbakwe added 4 points in 11 minutes for Minnesota.

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Gophers Lose Freshman Ellenson; Gopher Women Win

The Gopher men's basketball team lost freshman 6'4 guard Wally Ellenson for 6-8 weeks with a broken left hand. The injury happened when his hand got tangled up with a teammate's jersey during a rebounding drill. Ellenson is a left-hander from Rice Lake, Wisconsin. He averaged 21 points and 9 rebounds his senior year in High School.

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Gopher Men’s Basketball To Play Duke

The Gopher men's basketball team will play Duke on Thanksgiving Day on November 22 in the quarterfinals at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. The Gophers last played Duke in 1989 in the sweet sixteen round of the NCAA tournament. Minnesota lost that game.

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Gophers’ Close to Extension for Tubby

Norwood Teague starting his new job as Athletic Director at the University of Minnesota Monday and he said they are close to working out a long term contract for Men's basketball coach Tubby Smith. He says they may have an announcement soon. Teague inherits a department that has stability in his 3 revenue sports. Jerry Kill is locked up to a long term contract as football coach and Don Lucia is firmly entrenced as head men's hockey coach.

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Gophers’ Mbakwe Is Coming Back

Gopher basketball forward Trevor Mbakwe has made it official he's coming back for a 6th season in college basketball after being granted a medical redshirt by the NCAA last month. Mbakwe played just 7 games this season before suffering a torn ACL in his left knee in a tournament game against Dayton. Mbakwe averaged 14.0 points and 9.1 rebounds a game this season.

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Gophers’ Armelin To Transfer

The Gopher men's basketball team is losing shooting guard Chip Armelin. He has requested and has been granted his release from his scholarship so he can leave the program. Armelin averaged 5.2 points in 13.7 minutes a game this past season but his minutes diminished as the season progressed. The sophomore has 2 years of eligibility remaining.

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Gophers In NIT Championship Tonight

The Gopher men's basketball team will play Stanford tonight in the NIT Championship game at Madison Square Garden in New York at 6pm, pregame on AM 1390-the Fan at 5:30. Minnesota is 23-14 while Stanford is 25-11. The Gophers are coming off a 68-67 overtime win over Washington Tuesday night.

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Gophers Top Washington to Advance to NIT Finals

The Gopher men's basketball team defeated the University of Washington 68-67 in overtime at Madison Square Garden in New York in the NIT semifinals to advance to the NIT finals in New York Thursday night against Stanford at 6pm, pregame on AM 1390-the Fan at 5:30. Minnesota led by 12 at halftime and by as many as 15 points in the first half. Andre Hollins led the Gophers with 20 points including making all 7 of his free throw attempts. Rodney Williams added 18 points and 9 rebounds and Austin Hollins had 12 points for Minnesota.

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Gophers’ Mbakwe Granted Medical Reshirt

Gopher forward Trevor Mbakwe was granted a medical redshirt and 6th year of college eligibility by the NCAA Thursday. The 6'8 240 senior tore the ACL in his left knee on November 27 in the Old Sprice Classic in a loss against Dayton. Mbakwe played just 7 games this season and averaged 14 points and 9.1 rebounds a game.

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