Former Gopher Payton Willis signs with Golden State for NBA Summer League

MINNEAPOLIS – University of Minnesota alum Payton Willis has signed with the Golden State Warriors and will compete in the NBA Summer League. The Golden Gopher grad begins competition July 2-3 in the California Classic at the Chase Center, and continues action July 7-17 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Willis had his best point-production season of his collegiate career en route to All-Big Ten honorable mention honors in 2021-22. The senior from Fayetteville, Ark., averages 15.9 ppg, which ranked second on the team and 10th within the Big Ten. … Continue reading Former Gopher Payton Willis signs with Golden State for NBA Summer League

Gopher men take Big 10 hockey title

MINNEAPOLIS – For the fifth time in the nine-year history of the Big Ten Conference, the University of Minnesota has claimed the Big Ten regular-season championship. An 8-0 win over Wisconsin in the regular-season finale was a moot point for the Maroon & Gold as the conference crown was locked up midway through the first period with Michigan’s second loss to Notre Dame on the weekend. The No. 4 Gophers (23-11-0 overall, 18-6-0-1-2-0 Big Ten) have now won 28 regular-season conference championships in the program’s 101-year history while the 2021-22 title stands as Minnesota’s first under Bob Motzko and first … Continue reading Gopher men take Big 10 hockey title

3rd ranked Gophers eliminated from NCAA Volleyball tourney

Omaha, Neb. – The University of Minnesota fell in a hard-fought, five set match to Pittsburgh, today in the NCAA Regional Semifinal. Minnesota won the first set, 25-21, fell 23-25 in the second, won the third 25-20, fell in the fourth 21-25 and the fifth, 11-15. With the loss, the Golden Gophers finished the season 16-3 and went 15-2 in the Big Ten. Pittsburgh advanced to its first-ever NCAA Regional Final and is 19-4 on the season. The Panthers also extended their win streak to 15-straight matches.  The Golden Gophers were led by their senior opposite hitter, Stephanie Samedy. She had 23 … Continue reading 3rd ranked Gophers eliminated from NCAA Volleyball tourney

Gophers win Big Ten Men’s Hockey Title

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – For the second time in program history, the Golden Gophers are Big Ten Tournament champions as No. 4 Minnesota beat No. 5 Wisconsin 6-4 on Tuesday night at Notre Dame’s Compton Family Ice Arena. After a pair of overtime wins in the quarterfinals and semifinals, a battle between two of the nation’s top offenses favored the Maroon & Gold in their 100th season as 10 Gophers tallied points and six skaters recorded multi-point performances. Blake McLaughlin opened the night with a goal and ended the championship battle with an empty net tally for a game-high four … Continue reading Gophers win Big Ten Men’s Hockey Title

As expected, Pitino fired by Mark Coyle

University of Minnesota Athletics Director Mark Coyle announced this evening that the University has parted ways with men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino. “I recently met with Richard and told him that we were moving in a different direction. Richard is a tremendous person and coach, and I want to thank him, Jill and their family for their commitment to Minnesota. We wish them well in their next endeavor. “Decisions like this are never easy, but after evaluating this season and the previous eight years of our program under Richard, it is clear to me that new leadership is needed. We … Continue reading As expected, Pitino fired by Mark Coyle

Gopher men’s hockey ends regular season with 4-2 win

MINNEAPOLIS – The No. 3 Gopher men’s hockey program closed out the regular-season with a 4-2 win over No. 7 Michigan on Saturday night at 3M Arena at Mariucci – becoming the first team in the country to win 20 games this season. Minnesota (20-6-0 overall, 16-6-0-0-0-0 Big Ten) found goals from four different skaters including sophomore defenseman Ryan Johnson, who tallied his first career goal for the Maroon & Gold to close out the night. Meanwhile, Hobey Baker Award and Mike Richter Award candidate Jack LaFontaine (18-6-0) picked up his NCAA-leading 18th win for the Gophers, making 22 saves … Continue reading Gopher men’s hockey ends regular season with 4-2 win

#2 Gophers lose series opener to #11 Wisconsin

MINNEAPOLIS – For the second time this season, a Gopher Hockey winning streak was snapped by Wisconsin as No. 2 Minnesota fell 4-1 to the No. 11/12 Badgers on Friday night in the series opener at 3M Arena at Mariucci. Minnesota (15-4-0 overall, 11-4-0-0-0-0 Big Ten) rallied after allowing an early goal to the Badgers when Sammy Walker notched his 10th goal of the year in the second period off assists from linemates Scott Reedy and Blake McLaughlin. But a three-goal third period for the Badgers (12-7-0, 10-5-0-0-1-0) carried the visitors to a victory in the series opener and closed … Continue reading #2 Gophers lose series opener to #11 Wisconsin

Gophers’ Carr named Co-Big Ten Player of the Week

Redshirt junior Marcus Carr has been named the Co Big Ten Player of the Week, announced today by the conference office. It marks Carr’s first Big Ten weekly award of his career and the first honor this season for Minnesota. The last weekly award dates back to Gabe Kalscheur and Daniel Oturu during the 2019-20 season. Carr produced his third 30-plus game this season and second in a row Friday against Iowa. The Toronto, Ont., native had 30 points against the then-No. 4 Hawkeyes when he went 6-for-13 shooting from 3-point range and eight assists. He also scored a crucial three-pointer to send the game into overtime against … Continue reading Gophers’ Carr named Co-Big Ten Player of the Week

Gopher men crack top 25 for first time since 2017

The University of Minnesota men’s basketball team is currently No. 21 in the Associated Press poll released today. The poll marks the first time since Dec. 10, 2017 that the Golden Gophers have been ranked.  In all, nine Big Ten teams are currently ranked within the AP’s top 25. Wisconsin is ranked No. 6, followed by Iowa at No. 10. Rutgers (No. 14), Illinois (No. 15), Michigan (No. 16), Michigan State (No. 17), Northwestern (No. 19), the Gophers (tied at No. 21) and Ohio State (No. 25) are all ranked in the top 25. Minnesota’s last nonconference opponent, Saint Louis, is … Continue reading Gopher men crack top 25 for first time since 2017

Gopher women’s hoops dumped by #19 Indiana

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota women’s basketball closed out the 2020 calendar year with a 75-54 setback against No. 19/18 Indiana Wednesday afternoon at Williams Arena.Sophomore Jasmine Powell and graduate transfer Laura Bagwell Katalinich each reached double figures for the Golden Gophers (1-4, 0-3 Big Ten), scoring 12 and 10 points, respectively. Bagwell Katalinich, who made her first start at Minnesota, also tied for the team lead with six rebounds along with sophomore Kadi Sissoko and took a pair of charges.The Hoosiers (4-2, 2-0) saw four players with at least 10 points, led by 19 each for Mackenzie Holmes and Jaylynn Penn. Grace … Continue reading Gopher women’s hoops dumped by #19 Indiana