"Timeline Tuesday": Gophers Advance to 1990 Elite Eight

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MARCH 23, 1990: Sixth-seeded Gophers upset #2 seed Syracuse 82-75 to advance to the Elite Eight

The Golden Gophers advanced to the 1990 Elite Eight by defeating UTEP, Northern Iowa, and Syracuse. Their memorable run ended in a hard-fought 93-91 loss to Georgia Tech. When Kevin Lynch's last-second three-point attempt missed, the final buzzer marked the end of a career for seniors Willie Burton, Richard Coffey, Melvin Newbern, Jim Shekenjanski, and Connell Lewis.

The most memorable member of the 1990 senior class was Burton. He led Minnesota with 35 points in the region final and remains the school record holder with 97 points in the 1990 Tournament and 171 career Tournament points. He led the Gophers in scoring for three seasons, and his career point total of 1,800 sits at No. 2 in Minnesota history.

Burton became a fan favorite at Williams Arena, known for his talent, passion, and the face mask he wore during the Gophers' 1989 Sweet 16 run. The face mask is on display in the T. Denny Sanford Athletics Hall of Fame at TCF Bank Stadium, and Burton's name will always be linked to two of the best seasons in Gopher history.

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