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2017–18 Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball team

The 2017–18 Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball team represented the University of Minnesota in the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Gophers were led by fifth-year head coach Richard Pitino and played their home games at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota as members of the Big Ten Conference. They finished the season 15–17, 4–14 in Big Ten play to finish in a three-way tie for 11th place. As the No. 11 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, they lost in the first round to Rutgers.

2017–18 Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball
Minnesota Golden Gophers logo.svg
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
2017–18 record15–17 (4–14 Big Ten)
Head coachRichard Pitino (5th season)
Assistant coaches
  • Ed Conroy (2nd season)
  • Ben Johnson (5th season)
  • Kimani Young (5th season)
Home arenaWilliams Arena
Seasons
2017–18 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 5 Michigan State 16 2   .889     30 5   .857
No. 11 Purdue 15 3   .833     30 7   .811
No. 17 Ohio State 15 3   .833     25 9   .735
No. 7 Michigan 13 5   .722     33 8   .805
Nebraska 13 5   .722     22 11   .667
Penn State 9 9   .500     26 13   .667
Indiana 9 9   .500     16 15   .516
Maryland 8 10   .444     19 13   .594
Wisconsin 7 11   .389     15 18   .455
Northwestern 6 12   .333     15 17   .469
Minnesota 4 14   .222     15 17   .469
Illinois 4 14   .222     14 18   .438
Iowa 4 14   .222     14 19   .424
Rutgers 3 15   .167     15 19   .441
2018 Big Ten Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Previous seasonEdit

The Golden Gophers finished the 2016–17 season 24–10, 11–7 in Big Ten play to finish in fourth place. In the Big Ten Tournament, they beat Michigan State in the quarterfinals before losing to Michigan in the semifinals. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 5 seed. The bid marked their first trip to the Tournament since 2013.[1] In the First Round, they were upset by No. 12-seeded Middle Tennessee.

Head coach Richard Pitino was named Big Ten Coach of the Year.[2] Reggie Lynch was named defensive player of the year.[3] Nate Mason was named to the All-Big Ten First Team.[4]

OffseasonEdit

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Akeem Springs 0 G 6'4" 210 RS Senior Waukegan, IL Graduated
Darin Haugh 10 G 5'10" 170 RS Senior Prior Lake, MN Graduated, walk-on
Stephon Sharp 15 G 6'3" 195 Sophomore Bloomington, MN Retired from basketball, walk-on
Ahmad Gilbert 32 F 6'6" 210 Sophomore Philadelphia, PA Transferred to Rider

Incoming transfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Matz Stockman 35 C 7'0" 240 Senior Oslo, Norway Transferred from Louisville. Under NCAA transfer rules, Stockman will have to sit out for the 2017–18 season. Will have one year of remaining eligibility.

Recruiting classesEdit

2017 recruiting classEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Isaiah Washington
PG
Bronx, NY St. Raymond School For Boys 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 162 lb (73 kg) Sep 11, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Jamir Harris
CG
Elizabeth, NJ The Patrick School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sep 21, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2017 Minnesota Commits". Rivals.com.
  • "2017 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

2018 recruiting classEdit

PreseasonEdit

In its annual preseason preview, the Blue Ribbon Yearbook ranked Minnesota No. 18 in the country.[5]

RosterEdit

2017–18 Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 5 Amir Coffey 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Hopkins Hopkins, MN
G 13 Hunt Conroy (W) 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Fr Jesuit New Orleans, LA
F 24 Eric Curry     6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) So Southwest Christian Academy Memphis, TN
F 41 Gaston Diedhiou 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Sr Canarias Academy Dakar, Senegal
F 20 Davonte Fitzgerald 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) RS Sr Tucker
Texas A&M
Atlanta, GA
G 4 Jamir Harris 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr The Patrick School North Brunswick, NJ
F 42 Michael Hurt 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) So John Marshall Rochester, MN
C 21 Bakary Konaté 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Sr Sunrise Christian Academy Bamako, Mali
C 22 Reggie Lynch (S) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 265 lb (120 kg) RS Sr Edina
Illinois State
Edina, MN
G 2 Nate Mason (C) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sr Arlington Country Day Decatur, GA
G 1 Dupree McBrayer 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Sunrise Christian Academy Queens, NY
F 3 Jordan Murphy (C) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Jr Brennan San Antonio, TX
G 10 Brady Rudrud (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So Eden Prairie Eden Prairie, MN
C 35 Matz Stockman (I)   7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Sr Canarias Academy
Louisville
Oslo, Norway
G 11 Isaiah Washington 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr St. Raymond Harlem, NY
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Regular seasonEdit

Alabama game - playing five on threeEdit

One of their most notable games of the season came on November 25, 2017 against No. 25 Alabama. During that game, Alabama's bench players left the bench to scuffle with Minnesota players midway through the second half.[6] Because the players left the bench, every one of the players was ejected leaving Alabama with only five eligible players. Not long after the scuffle, Alabama's Dazon Ingram fouled out with 11:37 left in the game, which left Alabama with only four players.[7] Shortly thereafter, Alabama's John Petty turned his ankle and was unable return for the rest of the game, leaving Alabama with only three players with 10:41 left in the match. While Minnesota was up by as many as 15 points under three-on-five competition, their lead diminished to as little as three points at one point due, in part, to Collin Sexton's 40-point game.[8] However, the Golden Gophers would ultimately win 89–84 over the short-handed Crimson Tide. The game would be considered one of the strangest games in college basketball history.[9]

Reggie Lynch suspensionEdit

On January 5, 2018, Reggie Lynch was suspended from the University of Minnesota due to multiple sexual assault allegations that had occurred in 2016.[10] The school's Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office suspended Lynch from the University until 2020.[11] Lynch appealed the finding and cannot play in any games, but was allowed to practice with the team.[12]

Schedule and resultsEdit

The 2018 Big Ten Tournament will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.[13] Due to the Big East's use of that venue for their conference tournament, the Big Ten Tournament will take place one week earlier than usual, ending the week before Selection Sunday.[14] The Gophers were initially slated to hold only one public exhibition game against Concordia-St. Paul, in addition to a closed scrimmage against Creighton. However, in response to the devastation from hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the NCAA announced that it would allow Division I basketball teams to apply for a waiver to play a third exhibition game if the proceeds were donated to charity.[15] The Gophers took advantage of the opportunity, scheduling an additional exhibition game against Wisconsin-Green Bay. The game was scheduled to be played at Maturi Pavilion, with all proceeds being donated to the American Red Cross hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.[16]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov 2, 2017*
7:00 pm, BTN Plus
No. 15 Concordia-St. Paul W 106–58 
 22  Murphy   11  Murphy   6  Coffey  Williams Arena (9,838)
Minneapolis, MN
Nov 5, 2017*
12:00 pm, BTN Plus
No. 15 Green Bay
ARC hurricane relief benefit
W 115–86 
 26  Coffey   11  Murphy   6  Washington  Maturi Pavilion (2,381)
Minneapolis, MN
Regular season
Nov 10, 2017*
7:00 pm, BTN Plus
No. 15 USC Upstate W 92–77  1–0
 35  Murphy   15  Murphy   5  Washington  Williams Arena (10,836)
Minneapolis, MN
Nov 13, 2017*
5:30 pm, FS1
No. 14 at Providence
Gavitt Tipoff Games
W 86–74  2–0
 23  Murphy   14  Murphy   2  Tied  Dunkin' Donuts Center (10,214)
Providence, RI
Nov 15, 2017*
7:00 pm, BTN Plus
No. 14 Niagara W 107–81  3–0
 18  Tied   12  Lynch   11  Mason  Williams Arena (10,093)
Minneapolis, MN
Nov 19, 2017*
3:30 pm, FS1
No. 14 Western Carolina
Barclays Center Classic
W 92–64  4–0
 23  Murphy   11  Murphy   4  Tied  Williams Arena (11,107)
Minneapolis, MN
Nov 21, 2017*
7:00 pm, BTN
No. 14 Alabama A&M
Barclays Center Classic
W 100–57  5–0
 20  Murphy   10  Murphy   8  Tied  Williams Arena (10,704)
Minneapolis, MN
Nov 24, 2017*
11:00 am, Stadium
No. 14 vs. Massachusetts
Barclays Center Classic
W 69–51  6–0
 16  Murphy   11  Murphy   6  Mason  Steinberg Wellness Center (1,350)
Brooklyn, NY
Nov 25, 2017*
4:00 pm, Stadium
No. 14 vs. No. 25 Alabama
Barclays Center Classic
W 89–84  7–0
 20  Mason   14  Murphy   8  McBrayer  Barclays Center (3,469)
Brooklyn, NY
Nov 29, 2017*
8:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 12 No. 10 Miami (FL)
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
L 81–86  7–1
 23  Coffey   14  Murphy   5  Mason  Williams Arena (14,625)
Minneapolis, MN
Dec 3, 2017
5:00 pm, BTN
No. 12 Rutgers W 89–67  8–1
(1–0)
 26  Mason   16  Murphy   7  Tied  Williams Arena (11,097)
Minneapolis, MN
Dec 5, 2017
8:00 pm, BTN
No. 14 at Nebraska L 68–78  8–2
(1–1)
 20  Mason   12  Murphy   3  Mason  Pinnacle Bank Arena (13,847)
Lincoln, NE
Dec 9, 2017*
4:45 pm, SECN
No. 14 at Arkansas L 79–95  8–3
 20  Murphy   10  Murphy   6  Mason  Bud Walton Arena (17,583)
Fayetteville, AR
Dec 11, 2017*
7:00 pm, BTN
Drake W 68–67  9–3
 24  Murphy   18  Murphy   5  Mason  Williams Arena (11,319)
Minneapolis, MN
Dec 21, 2017*
7:00 pm, BTN Plus
Oral Roberts W 77–63  10–3
 17  Murphy   10  Murphy   7  Coffey  Williams Arena (11,234)
Minneapolis, MN
Dec 23, 2017*
2:30 pm, BTN
Florida Atlantic W 95–60  11–3
 17  Mason   11  Murphy   8  Coffey  Williams Arena (12,357)
Minneapolis, MN
Dec 30, 2017*
1:00 pm, BTN
Harvard W 65–55  12–3
 15  McBrayer   13  Washington   5  Coffey  Williams Arena (14,625)
Minneapolis, MN
Jan 3, 2018
8:00 pm, BTN
Illinois W 77–67  13–3
(2–1)
 17  Tied   17  Murphy   6  Mason  Williams Arena (11,597)
Minneapolis, MN
Jan 6, 2018
4:15 pm, ESPN2
Indiana L 71–75  13–4
(2–2)
 22  Mason   10  Murphy   9  Mason  Williams Arena (12,956)
Minneapolis, MN
Jan 10, 2018
8:00 pm, BTN
at Northwestern L 60–83  13–5
(2–3)
 14  McBrayer   5  Washington   5  Tied  Allstate Arena (5,514)
Rosemont, IL
Jan 13, 2018
11:00 am, ESPN2
No. 5 Purdue L 47–81  13–6
(2–4)
 11  Washington   7  Konate   3  Tied  Williams Arena (12,459)
Minneapolis, MN
Jan 15, 2018
6:00 pm, BTN
at Penn State W 95–84 OT 14–6
(3–4)
 25  Mason   19  Murphy   3  Mason  Bryce Jordan Center (6,361)
University Park, PA
Jan 18, 2018
7:30 pm, FS1
at Maryland L 66–77  14–7
(3–5)
 19  Murphy   14  Murphy   5  Tied  Xfinity Center (13,736)
College Park, MD
Jan 20, 2018
11:00 am, BTN
vs. No. 22 Ohio State
B1G Super Saturday
L 49–67  14–8
(3–6)
 13  Murphy   9  Mason   2  3 tied  Madison Square Garden (4,136)
New York City, NY
Jan 23, 2018
8:00 pm, BTN
Northwestern L 69–77  14–9
(3–7)
 25  Mason   9  Murphy   9  Mason  Williams Arena (14,625)
Minneapolis, MN
Jan 30, 2018
8:00 pm, BTN
at Iowa L 80–94  14–10
(3–8)
 21  Murphy   17  Murphy   7  Washington  Carver–Hawkeye Arena (10,371)
Iowa City, IA
Feb 3, 2018
1:30 pm, FOX
at No. 24 Michigan L 73–76 OT 14–11
(3–9)
 26  Washington   9  Fitzgerald   3  Washington  Crisler Center (12,707)
Ann Arbor, MI
Feb 6, 2018
8:00 pm, BTN
Nebraska L 85–91  14–12
(3–10)
 34  Mason   12  Murphy   8  Washington  Williams Arena (11,193)
Minneapolis, MN
Feb 9, 2018
6:30 pm, FS1
at Indiana L 56–80  14–13
(3–11)
 18  Mason   9  Murphy   2  Murphy  Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222)
Bloomington, IN
Feb 13, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 2 Michigan State L 57–87  14–14
(3–12)
 18  Washington   7  Murphy   4  Mason  Williams Arena (12,218)
Minneapolis, MN
Feb 19, 2018
8:00 pm, FS1
at Wisconsin L 63–73 OT 14–15
(3–13)
 16  Murphy   11  Murphy   5  Mason  Kohl Center (17,287)
Madison, WI
Feb 21, 2018
8:00 pm, BTN
Iowa W 86–82  15–15
(4–13)
 33  Mason   10  Tied   6  Mason  Williams Arena (11,732)
Minneapolis, MN
Feb 25, 2018
3:00 pm, FS1
at No. 9 Purdue L 60–84  15–16
(4–14)
 18  Mason   10  Murphy   3  Mason  Mackey Arena (14,804)
West Lafayette, IN
Big Ten Tournament
Feb 28, 2018
7:00 pm, BTN
(11) vs. (14) Rutgers
First round
L 54–65  15–17
 18  Washington   9  Murphy   7  Mason  Madison Square Garden (14,681)
New York City, NY
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Final 
AP 15 14 14 12 14 RV Not released 
Coaches 15 15 12 15 RV

*AP does not release post-NCAA tournament rankings

Awards and honorsEdit

In-season awardsEdit

Jordan MurphyEdit

  • Big Ten Player of the Week, November 13, 2017
  • Big Ten Player of the Week, November 20, 2017
  • Big Ten Player of the Week, November 27, 2017

Isaiah WashingtonEdit

  • Big Ten Freshman of the Week, February 5, 2018

Postseason awardsEdit

Nate MasonEdit

  • All-Big Ten Honorable Mention

Jordan MurphyEdit

  • All-Big Ten Second Team (media)
  • All-Big Ten Third Team (coaches)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Minnesota Gophers receive 5-seed at NCAA tournament". Retrieved 2017-03-17.
  2. ^ "Richard Pitino is Big Ten coach of the year as Gophers haul in awards". Twin Cities. 2017-03-07. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  3. ^ "Reggie Lynch named Defensive Player of the Year!". The Daily Gopher. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  4. ^ "Gophers' Nate Mason named All-Big Ten, Reggie Lynch is Defensive Player of the Year". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  5. ^ "Arizona Tops Blue Ribbon's 37th Annual Preseason Rankings". Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Retrieved 2017-09-20.
  6. ^ "WATCH: Alabama finishes game with three players after brawl with Minnesota". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2017-12-22.
  7. ^ "Alabama played 3-on-5 for 10 minutes and nearly came back". SI.com. Retrieved 2017-12-22.
  8. ^ "Alabama Played Minnesota Three on Five—and Almost Won". The Ringer. Retrieved 2017-12-22.
  9. ^ "Minnesota vs. Alabama – Game Recap – November 25, 2017 – ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-12-22.
  10. ^ Press, The Associated (2018). "Minnesota's Reggie Lynch Suspended in Alleged Assault". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  11. ^ "Gophers' Lynch gets indefinite ban, still on team". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  12. ^ Cox, Peter. "Gophers' Lynch appeals dates set in sexual misconduct cases". Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  13. ^ "Big Ten tournament at MSG in 2018". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  14. ^ "Izzo concerned about '18 Big Ten tournament in New York". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  15. ^ "NCAA will allow college basketball teams extra exhibition game for Hurricane Relief". Retrieved 2017-10-29.
  16. ^ "Gophers to Host Green Bay in Hurricane Relief Exhibition". Retrieved 2017-10-29.