For the second year in a row, gymnast Nathan Fortunato posted an unblemished 4.0 GPA.
Minnesota falls in the third round of the NCAA Tournament
The 11th-seeded Gopher men's basketball team will take on the sixth-seeded UCLA Bruins in an NCAA Tournament second-round game Friday night
The Gophers are the No. 11 seed in the South region.
Austin Hollins had 16 points, while Andre Hollins added 13.
The Gophers beat UCLA, 83-63, to advance to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament.
The Golden Gophers routed Penn State on Senior Day at Williams Arena.
The Golden Gophers upset No. 1 Indiana, 77-73, at Williams Arena.
The Gophers rallied for a 58-53 win over Wisconsin in overtime at the Barn.
The Golden Gophers used a 7-0 run to finish off a 62-59 win over Iowa.
Minnesota vs. UCLA
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Minnesota vs. Purdue - AP Photos
Minnesota vs. Nebraska - AP Photos (3/6/13)
Minnesota vs. Penn State - AP Photos (3/2/13)
Finished 10th on the Gophers' All-Time Rebounding Average list with a career average of 9.5 rpg
Finished 13th on the Gophers' All-Time Blocks list with 106
Finished just outside the Gophers' All-Time Scoring Average list with a career average of 12.1 ppg
Led the Big Ten Conference in rebounding as a senior at 8.7 and as a junior at 10.5 rpg
His 327 rebounds as a junior were the third-most in a single-season at Minnesota and the most since Jim Brewer collected 331 rebounds during the 1970-71 season.
He averaged a double-double (13.9 pts & 10.5 rbs) as a junior, making him the first Gopher player to accomplish that since Kris Humphries did so during the 2003-04 season (22.1 pts & 10.0 rbs).
He was also first Gopher to lead the Big Ten in rebounding since Humphries.
He is only one of four Gophers to finish a season as the conference's leading rebounder (Mychal Thompson: 1975-76 & 1977-78; Richard Coffey: 1987-88; Humphries: 2003-04).
Collected his 100th career block against Iowa (2/3/13)
Pulled down his 700th career rebound against UCLA (3/22/13)
Scored his 800th career point at Ohio State (2/20/13)
Collected his 600th career Gopher rebound against Northwestern (1/6/13) - finished with 23 rebounds as a freshman at Marquette
2012-13 | Senior Season:
Named to the Preseason Lute Olson All-America Team played 14 minutes off the bench in his first game since Nov. 27, 2011 grabbed seven rebounds and scored six points in 14 minutes off the bench against Toledo (11/12) played a season-high 27 minutes off the bench against Richmond (11/18) and tallied a game-high 12 rebounds to go along with nine points grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and scored five points against Memphis (11/23) collected his 24th career double-double with a team-high 19 points & 12 rebounds against Stanford (11/24) scored 11 points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots in 11 minutes off the bench against North Florida (12/01) finished with eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds in 14 minutes against South Dakota State (12/4) finished with 12 points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocks at USC (12/8) collected a career-high 18 rebounds and scored 14 points to secure his 25th career double-double against North Dakota State (12/11) finished with 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds against Michigan State (12/31), his 26th career double-double collected a game-high 11 rebounds against Northwestern (1/6), his sixth double-digit rebound game of the season secured his 27th career double-double with 19 points & 11 rebounds at Illinois (1/9) contributed 13 points & 10 rebounds against Indiana (1/12), his 28th career double-double contributed 13 points & 10 rebounds against Michigan (1/17), his 29th career double-double scored 14 points, grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds - his 30th career double-double - and recorded three blocks at Northwestern (1/23) contributed nine points and a game-high 14 rebounds against Michigan State (2/6) collected his 8th double-double of the season & 31st of his career with 13 points & 10 rebounds against Illinois (2/10) collected his 9th double-double of the season & 32nd of his career with 21 points & 12 rebounds against Indiana (2/26) collected his 10th double-double of the season & 33rd of his career with 13 points & 13 rebounds against Penn State (3/2) contributed nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds against UCLA in the NCAA Second Round (3/22) finished with 11 points and six rebounds in the season-ending loss to Florida (3/24) in the third round of the NCAA Tournament named Third Team All-Big Ten by coaches and Second Team All-Big Ten by the media named Second Team NABC All-District.
Contributed his 23rd career double-double, and fourth of the season, with 16 points & 12 rebounds against DePaul (11/24) suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during the second half against Dayton (11/27) underwent successful surgery on Dec. 30 missed the remainder of the season.
2010-11 | Junior Season:
Named Second Team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media Made Gopher debut against Wofford (11/12) Pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds against Siena (11/15) Started his Gopher career with three straight double-doubles Named Most Outstanding Player at Puerto Rico Tip-Off Averaged 15.3 ppg and 8.7 rpg Secured his fourth double-double of the season (18 pts, 10 rbs) vs. Virginia Also blocked a career-high five shots against the Cavaliers (11/29) Collected his fifth double-double of the season against Cornell (12/4) Pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds to go with 12 points Tied a team record with 20 free throw attempts against Cornell Tied a career-high with 16 rebounds at St. Joseph's (12/8). It was his second consecutive 16 rebound game Collected his eighth double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds at Wisconsin (12/28) Scored a team-high 17 points and grabbed nine boards at Michigan State (12/31) Secured his third 16-rebound game of the season and scored 11 points against Indiana (1/4) for his conference-leading ninth double-double of the season Scored a team-high 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds at Ohio State (1/9), his 10th double-double of the season Came off the bench to score seven points, block two shots and grab 10 rebounds against Purdue (1/13) Came off the bench to collect his 11th double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds against Iowa (1/16) Collected his 12th double-double with a career-high tying 18 points and 14 rebounds against Northwestern (1/26) Collected his 13th double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds at Purdue (1/29) Collected his 14th double-double with 17 points and 16 rebounds against Illinois (2/10) Led the Gophers with a career-high 24 points, including 22 in the second half, at Iowa (2/13) Collected his 15th double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds at Penn State (2/17) Collected his 16th double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds vs. Michigan State (2/22) Scored 18 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out a career-high four assists vs. Michigan (2/26) Collected his 17th double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds at Northwestern (3/2) Collected his 18th double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds against Penn State (3/6) Collected his 19th double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds against Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament (3/10) letterwinner
2008-09 | Sophomore Season (at Miami Dade CC):
Played one season at Miami Dade College transferred to Miami Dade from Marquette University led Miami Dade to 26-3 record and the Southern Conference Championship averaged 16.3 points, 13.2 rebounds and 2.7 blocks while shooting .610 from the field named FCCAA player of the week on two occasions (2/17 & 2/10) named First Team All- Southern Conference named Southern Conference Player of the Year named to the FCCAA All-State and All-Tournament teams.
2007-08 | Freshman Season (at Marquette):
Played one season at Marquette averaged 1.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in 11 games as a freshman missed much of his freshman season due to an isolated fibular collateral ligament sprain, which required surgery.
A graduate of St. Bernard's High School averaged 21.6 points, 12.7 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per game as a senior shot 64 percent from the field helped guide the team to a 32-1 overall record and an appearance in the state tournament semifinals named to the event's all-tournament squad also earned a spot on the all-metro team all-state selection at Henry Sibley High School as a junior contributed 21.2 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game during the 2006-07 season.
Born January 24, 1989 son of Ana Davis and Marc Mbakwe enrolled in graduate school (Master of Education - Applied Kinesiology) holds an undergraduate degree in recreation, parks and leisure studies has three older siblings, Shane, Cecilia and Sparkle has a son, Makhi Mbakwe.
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