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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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Gophers Down La Salle In NIT

The Gopher men's basketball team won their first round NIT game 70-61 at La Salle in Philadelphia Wednesday night. Minnesota rallied in the 2nd half and shot 52 percent from the field. La Salle shot 47 percent. The Gophers were led by Rodney Williams with 21 points, Austin Hollins had 16 points and Andre Hollins had 13 points.

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Gopher Basketball Gets NIT Bid

The Gopher men's basketball team received a bid into the NIT tournament Sunday night. Minnesota is seeded 6th in 1 of 4 regions and will play 3rd seeded La Salle in Philadelphia at 6pm (CT) Wednesday night, pregame on WJON at 5:30.

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Michigan Ends Gopher Basketball Run

The Gopher men's basketball team had Michigan on the ropes in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals but allowed the Wolverines to come from down 6 points with 1:25 left to force overtime. Michigan won 73-69 in overtime to eliminate Minnesota. Freshman guard Andre Hollins led Minnesota with 21 points and 6 assists and Rodney Williams chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds.

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#14 Badgers Down Gophers 52-45

The Gopher men's basketball led at halftime but lost 52-45 at #14 Wisconsin Tuesday night. Minnesota has lost 6 straight games and are 5-12 in the Big Ten and 17-13 overall. Andre Hollins led the Gophers with 18 points and Rodney Williams added 11 points. The Gophers shot 24 percent from the field. Jordan Taylor led the Badgers with 22 points.

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