2017 ScheduleAll times ET

2017 Schedule
24-10, 4th in Big Ten
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20dJeff Goodman

Duke, MSU feature in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Michigan State vs. Notre Dame and Duke at Indiana are among the high-profile matchups in this year's Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

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Minnesota's Fitzgerald eligible for 6th season

After sitting out the past two years as a transfer and because of injury, Minnesota forward Davonte Fitzgerald has been awarded a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Delany thinks cities like Detroit, Minneapolis and other cities "should aspire" to bid on future Big Ten basketball tournaments. "I can't tell you that it will happen, but I would encourage interested parties to seek it," he said. "We have obviously, by going to D.C. and New York, demonstrated that we are a conference that's got to serve a lot of different geographies."

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Pitino contract features $1.7M in new bonuses

Minnesota coach Richard Pitino's one-year extension through 2021-22 includes $1.7 million in new bonuses for staying with the program, on top of his $1.6 million base salary.

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Minnesota regents launch probe into media leak

The University of Minnesota's regents are investigating a leak of confidential information regarding sexual harassment allegations against its athletic department.

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Pitino, Gophers agree to extension through '22

Minnesota announced Wednesday that Richard Pitino has agreed to an extension that adds one year to his existing agreement, placing him under contract with school through the 2021-22 season.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Minnesota announces a contract extension for Richard Pitino through 2022.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN 60 wing Isaiah Mucius said Wake Forest, Oregon, UConn are really pursuing him. Also listed LSU, Temple, Minnesota, SHU, Rutgers, Cal.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Four-star point guard Tre Jones listed Arizona, Baylor, Duke, Oregon, Minnesota and UCLA. Mike Krzyzewski and Richard Pitino both were at his game this morning, along with two assistants from each school. UCLA had an assistant too. Jones also said he's not thinking of Duke as his favorite. "If I knew where I was going, I would definitely choose right now."

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

There's a buzz in Barclays every time Isaiah Washington touches the ball. Has 12 points and 11 assists so far today. Minnesota signee.

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85dEamonn Brennan

Way-Too-Early Top 25: Minnesota

The Golden Gophers fell in the first round but bring everyone back from an NCAA tourney team. They should be a factor in the Big Ten.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

No. 12 Middle Tennessee State beats No. 5 Minnesota 81-72. The ViewFromVegas is it was NOT an upset as the Blue Raiders closed as 1.5-point favorites (and also covered the spread). The game went over the betting total of 138 points.

John Gasaway ESPN Insider 

If a No. 12 seed beats a No. 5 but the Vegas line had the lower seed as the favorite, it that really an upset? Middle Tennessee took down Minnesota thanks to 19 points from Reggie Upshaw, many of them in the paint. Reggie Lynch was in foul trouble, but the Blue Raiders scored even when Richard Pitino's rim defender was on the floor.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Middle Tennessee pulls off the first "seeding" upset of this NCAA tournament, although it's not much of an upset at all. No. 12 seed Middle Tennessee defeated No. 5 seed Minnesota 81-72 in a game the Blue Raiders were actually favored to win by 1.5 points. MTSU beat Michigan State last year in a 15-2 matchup, and the Blue Raiders got even better this year. Next up comes a second round game against Butler for the right to go to the Sweet 16. This Middle Tennessee team is the real deal.

John Gasaway ESPN Insider 

Reggie Lynch is sitting out with three fouls for Minnesota, but it may not have made any difference if he were in the game. Middle Tennessee is carving up the Golden Gopher defense up into tiny pieces. The only recent Minnesota stop was a missed Blue Raider basket in transition.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Minnesota entered the game allowing opponents to shoot 39.8 percent from the field, the best field goal percentage defense in the Big Ten and 16th in the nation. Middle Tennessee shot 15-of-30 (50 percent) in the first half.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Middle Tennessee misses at the buzzer, but the Blue Raiders put together a heck of a half to lead Minnesota 37-31 at the break. This MTSU team beat Michigan State in last year's NCAA tournament in a 15-2 matchup, so the Blue Raiders aren't intimidated. Even as a 12 seed this year, the Blue Raiders were listed as a 1.5-point favorite by Vegas oddsmakers.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Middle Tennessee's half-court trapping defense has given Minnesota problems in the first half. The Blue Raiders were a popular pick as a potential 12-5 NCAA tournament upset, and they've lived up to the billing thus far. The Gophers have been settling for 3-point shots, which have yet to consistently fall. It's still early, but this has all the makings of a memorable game.

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Thursday viewers' guide: Middle Tennessee-Minnesota

No. 12 seed Middle Tennessee is more than just a trendy upset pick over No. 5 Minnesota. The Blue Raiders have won 20 of their last 21 games and have the tournament experience that the Gophers lack.

Team Stats

Points Per Game75.2121st
Rebounds Per Game39.424th
Assists Per Game14.9Tied-81st
Points Allowed69.4105th

Tournament History

Final Fours1
Tournament Record13-12
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances12