Sept. 12, 2012
It has been a busy offseason for the Golden Gopher basketball program. Basketball coaches were allowed to work with their players, multiple Gophers continued to rehab injuries, and Minnesota signed head coach Tubby Smith to a contract extension.
Director of athletics Norwood Teague announced on July 23 that Smith had agreed to an extension through the 2016-17 season. The coach felt that it was important for everyone to know that he would be around for longer than the two years left on his contract before this extension.
"It's one less thing that opponents can use against you in recruiting," Smith said.
During this upcoming season, Smith and the Gophers will look to build off a strong finish to the 2011-12 season. Minnesota's young players gained experience and confidence during a run to the NIT championship game, and injured players Trevor Mbakwe and Maurice Walker will return to the court this year.
Last season, Smith became the eighth man to reach 100 victories as the Gophers' head coach. His record entering this fall is 103-68. He led the Gophers to NCAA Tournament berths in 2009 and 2010.
Minnesota Falls to Northwestern 82-58
Jordan Murphy scored 14 points and Nate Mason finished with eight for Minnesota.
Minnesota Falls to No. 19 Indiana, 74-68
The Golden Gophers took a 67-66 lead with 3:54 to go, but Indiana finished the game on an 8-1 run to seal the win.
Minnesota Falls Short to No. 21 Purdue, 68-64
Vince Edwards scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help No. 21 Purdue hang on without freshman standout Caleb Swanigan and beat Minnesota 68-64 on Wednesday night.