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University of Minnesota and coach Richard Pitino agreed to a two-year contract extension, the school announced Sunday.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan State is 3 1/2 minutes away from moving on to the Sweet 16 and a meeting with LSU in the East Regional in Washington. The second-seeded Spartans showed many of the qualities of a Final Four contender against Minnesota. They shot well, dominated the rebounding and stifled the Gophers on the defensive end. But they put themselves in peril with 21 turnovers and it's difficult to see them beating a higher quality opponent like LSU if they don't take better care of the ball.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan State can be a puzzling team. They generally don't take a lot of bad shots and thus shoot a high percentage. They're a solid defensive team and they rebound well. But they're prone to turnovers. They have 16 with 12 1/2 minutes remaining against Minnesota in Des Moines. They lead 47-31 would be ahead by 25 or more if they protected the ball better.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

The pro-Minnesota crowd has come to life in Des Moines as the Gophers are creeping back into this.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

No Jordan Murphy to start second half for Minnesota.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Minnesota has some momentum heading into halftime after finishing the first half on an 8-2 run. Michigan State went the final 4:47 of the half without scoring. But the Spartans still lead 33-19.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Minnesota usually isn't a good shooting team but the Gophers are 4-of-19 against Michigan State with 7 1/2 minutes left in the first half. Poor shooting is only part of their problem. Michigan State is shooting 85 percent, outrebounding the Gophers 14-4 and leading 26-11

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Minnesota's Jordan Murphy played the first four minutes against Michigan State but hasn't been in the game since leaving the lineup. Murphy missed a portion of the Gophers' first-round win over Louisville after saying his back locked up. Rather than sitting on the bench, Murphy is standing behind it as play goes on without him. Murphy is Minnesota's leading rebounder and second-leading scorer.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Minnesota and Michigan State will meet for the second time this season on Saturday in Des Moines. The Spartans won the earlier matchup 79-55 in February in East Lansing. Minnesota shot just 36.7 percent. The Gophers fared worse in only three other games. "I thought they were pretty connected on the defensive end," Minnesota's Amir Coffey said. "They were solid in that game." Coffey and Jordan Murphy are Minnesota's two leading scorers. Coffey had four points, his lowest total of the season. Murphy had five, which tied for his lowest.

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Kalscheur, Gophers knock off Louisville 86-76

Minnesota won its first NCAA Tournament game in six years behind 24 points from freshman Gale Kalscheur as the 10th-seeded Gophers rolled past Louisville 86-76 in the opening round of the East Region on Thursday.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

One thing to watch in Minnesota's second-round game is the status of Jordan Murphy, the Gophers' second-leading scorer in the regular season. Murphy said after the first-round win over Louisville that his back locked up during the game. At one point,he left for the locker room to find relief. Murphy said he would play on Saturday. "There's no way I'm missing it,'' he said. Murphy played more than 32 minutes in the Gophers' 86-76 win.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisville never mounted a serious challenge after Minnesota built a 19-point second-half lead, allowing the Gophers to coast to a 86-76 victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Des Moines. The Cardinals narrowed the deficit to seven points with 2 minutes left, but they never got any closer. The Gophers got 24 points, including five three-pointers, from freshman Gabe Kalscheur. Minnesota moves on to play the winner of the Michigan State-Bradley game on Saturday.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Minnesota made just 32 percent from three during the regular season but is 10-of-24 (42 percent) as the Gophers are pulling away from Louisvillef. Freshman Gabe Kalscheur is 5-of-9 and Minnesota is up 59-43 midway through the second half.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

After a slow shooting start, Minnesota heated up to take a 38-33 lead at halftime over Louisville. The Gophers are shooting 50 percent, including 6-of-15 from three. One thing to watch in the second half: Minnesota's five starters have each played at least 18 minutes. Will the Gophers wear down?

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

More than eight minutes into the game, Minnesota has yet to go to its bench, which isn't surprising. The Gophers are without injured forward Eric Curry and center Matz Stockman. The Gophers lead Louisvlle 12-11 at the second media timeout.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Minnesota center Matz Stockman will not play for the Gophers today against Louisville. Stockman, who has a concussion, isn't even on the bench as the game gets ready to tip. Averaging 11 minutes, three points, two rebounds.

Richard Pitino on preparing to play Louisville in first round (1:11)
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120dAdam Teicher

Gophers' Pitino: Facing L'ville not a distraction

On eve of playing his father's former team in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Minnesota coach Richard Pitino said it wouldn't be a distraction despite all the questions.

Team Stats

Points Per Game70.6
Rebounds Per Game36.5
Assists Per Game14.5
Points Allowed69.4124th

Tournament History

Final Fours1
Tournament Record13-13
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances13