View Full Version : STrib: Minnesota basketball history, the first 100 years: From Naismith to Whalen

04-04-2019, 08:15 AM
per STrib:


Led by Darryl Mitchell, Trent Tucker and Randy Breuer, the Gophers won the Big Ten title. Another talent, Mark Hall, left school after a several controversies. Best pull-up jumper on the break you ever saw, though.


Minneapolis businessman Mannie Jackson, an inductee in the Naismith Hall of Fame, purchased the Harlem Globetrotters, becoming the first black owner of a major international sports and entertainment organization.


Minnesota basketball great Kevin McHale came home to serve as the boss for the NBA’s Timberwolves. His first star student: a 19-year-old Kevin Garnett, plucked straight out of high school in the NBA draft.


The Gophers’ Final Four season can’t be found in record books because of a 1999 academic scandal. The greatest performance in U history (by Bobby Jackson) was part of the greatest game: a 90-84 win over Clemson in the Sweet 16.


Minnesotan Lindsay Whalen and Wisconsinite Janel McCarville led the Gophers to the Women’s Final Four. Whalen went on to win four WNBA titles and now coaches the Gophers women.


Go Gophers!!