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Gophers release Zach Lofton from men’s hoops program

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS - University of Minnesota head men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino announced today that junior guard Zach Lofton has been dismissed from the team, effective immediately, for failing to meet the expectations and obligations of the team.


“While decisions like this are always difficult, we felt it was in the interest of our program to move forward at this time,” said Pitino. “We wish Zach nothing but the best in the future.”


Lofton, who played his high school basketball at Columbia Hts will be able to remain at the University under scholarship for the duration of the 2014-15 academic year.


The Gophers open the season officially on Friday, November 14, when they face Louisville in the ESPN Armed Forces Classic at Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen in Puerto Rico.

Gopher men’s basketball to appear on BTN-TV 15 times

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

The University of Minnesota men’s basketball team will be featured at least 15 times on the Big Ten Network, as the channel unveiled its college basketball schedule this afternoon.
At least 13 of the Gophers’ Big Ten Conference games will be broadcast on BTN, including the conference opener at Purdue (Dec. 31, time TBA). Other road games on BTN include at Maryland (Jan. 3, 11 a.m.), at Nebraska (Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m.), at Penn State (Jan. 28, 6 p.m.), at Iowa (Feb. 12, 6 p.m.), at Indiana (Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m.), and at Michigan State (Feb. 26, 6 p.m.).
Six B1G games at Williams Arena will be played before a national television audience on BTN. Minnesota will host Iowa (Jan. 13, 8 p.m.), Rutgers (Jan. 17, 11 a.m.), Illinois (Jan. 24), and Nebraska (Jan. 31, 5 p.m.) in January, with BTN home games against Purdue (Feb. 7, 2 p.m.) and Northwestern (Feb. 18, 8 p.m.) the following month.
The Gophers’ regular-season finale at home against Penn State on Sunday, March 8 is a wildcard game, with TV designations and game time to be determined.
Two of Minnesota’s non-conference games will be televised live on BTN as well, as the Gophers host Seattle University (Dec. 19, 7 p.m.) and UNC Wilmington (Dec. 27, TBA). Three Minnesota home games will be streamed live on the Internet via BTN Plus: the exhibition against Minnesota-Duluth (Nov. 6, 7 p.m.), vs. Franklin Pierce (Nov. 20, 7 p.m.), and against UMBC (Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.).
The full television broadcast schedule will be released at a later date.

Gopher men’s basketball schedule announced today

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

The University of Minnesota men’s basketball team will host 17 games at Williams Arena, as the full 2014-15 schedule was announced today by the team and the Big Ten Conference.


After a home exhibition contest on Thursday, November 6against in-state foe Minnesota-Duluth, the Gophers officially kick off the season in primetime on Friday, November 14. Minnesota will face the Louisville Cardinals at 6 p.m. in the third annual Armed Forces Classic on ESPN, squaring off inside the hangar of United States Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.


The Gophers return to the mainland and to the Barn for their first home game early the following week, hosting a first-round opponent in the NIT Season Tip Off on Monday or Tuesday, Nov. 17-18. Another home game follows on Saturday, Nov. 22 against UMBC, before NIT play continues in New York City. Minnesota returns to the site of their 2014 championship, Madison Square Garden, and will play on Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 26 and 28.


Once finalized, the full NIT Season Tip-Off bracket and schedule will be released at a later time.


Minnesota’s road trip continues into December, traveling to Wake Forest on Tuesday, Dec. 2 as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (6 p.m., ESPNU). A six-game homestand follows, as the Gophers close out non-conference play at Williams Arena facing Western Carolina (Fri., Dec. 5), North Dakota (Mon., Dec. 8), Southern (Wed., Dec. 10), Seattle University (Fri., Dec. 19), Furman (Mon., Dec. 22) and UNC Wilmington (Sat., Dec. 27).


Big Ten Conference play begins in West Lafayette, Ind., for the Maroon and Gold as they open their conference schedule on New Year’s Eve at Purdue. Three days later, Minnesota travels to B1G newcomer Maryland for aSaturday contest in the two teams’ first meeting since 2008.


The Gophers’ first home Big Ten game comes on ESPN SuperTuesday, Jan. 6, hosting Ohio State at 8 p.m. A road test at Michigan (Sat., Jan. 10) is followed by a pair of home games against Iowa (Tue., Jan. 13) and Rutgers (Sat., Jan. 17). Minnesota begins a home-and-home at Nebraska on Tue., Jan. 20 and hosts Illinois that Saturday (Jan. 24), before visiting Penn State (Wed., Jan. 28) and hosting the Cornhuskers to close out the month on Sat., Jan. 31.


After a midweek bye, the Gophers begin February on Saturdaythe 7th, hosting Purdue. The following week, Minnesota travels to Iowa (Thu., Feb. 12) and Indiana (Sun., Feb. 15). Breaking up a stretch of four out of five on the road is a home contest on Wed., Feb. 18 against Northwestern, as the Gophers finish the road portion of their schedule with trips to Wisconsin (Sat., Feb. 21) and Michigan State (Thu., Feb. 26).


Minnesota closes out the 2014-15 regular season with a pair of home games, hosting the rival Badgers on Thursday, March 5 before finishing up with Penn State on Sunday, March 8 at the Barn.


The 2014-15 Big Ten Tournament will be contested fromWednesday through Sunday, March 11-15, at the United Center in Chicago.


Game times and television information will be announced at a later date.


Big Ten announces basketball match-ups for next season (2015)

Friday, February 28th, 2014

The Big Ten Conference announced Friday the breakdown of opponents for the 2015 Big Ten basketball season, with each of the 14 conference team set to compete in an 18-game league schedule. Each program will play five teams both home and away and eight teams once, while they will play four of its single-play opponents at home and four on the road.Minnesota’s men’s basketball team will play home-and-home series with Iowa, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin. At home, the Gophers will host Illinois, Northwestern, Ohio State and conference newcomer Rutgers. Minnesota will travel to Indiana, new member Maryland, Michigan and Michigan State for their lone meetings.

The Minnesota women’s basketball team will take on Iowa, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin twice next season, both home and away, while it will host Indiana, Maryland, Michigan and Michigan State at Williams Arena. The Gophers’ road games will be played at Illinois, Northwestern, Ohio State and Rutgers.

The men continue their 18-game conference schedule. Big Ten women’s basketball teams previously competed in 18-game conference schedules from the 1982-83 through the 1993-94 seasons, and again from the 2007-08 through the 2009-10 campaigns.

Dates, times and television information will be announced at a later date.

2014-15 Minnesota Men’s Basketball Opponents

Home-and-Away: Iowa, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin

Home only: Illinois, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers

Away only: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State

2014-15 Minnesota Women’s Basketball Opponents

Home: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State

Away: Illinois, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers

Home/Away: Iowa, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin

Gopher Basketball: Andre Hollins injury update

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Junior guard Andre Hollins (Memphis, Tenn./White Station) suffered a left ankle injury during last night’s game against Wisconsin. An x-ray of the ankle was negative, and MRI testing confirmed the sprain. Hollins’s status for Sunday’s game at Nebraska is doubtful, and he will be re-evaluated on a day-to-day basis.