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Psst. Don't forget about Jordan Murphy's rebounding. It's about to be historic for Gophers - Nov 18, 2018

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A shiny new object distracted from the gold standard carried by the Gophers men's basketball team in its 78-69 win over Utah on Monday.

Freshman Gabe Kalscheur's five three-pointers and 19 points overshadowed senior forward Jordan Murphy (201-F-97)'s 17 rebounds, which went along with his 11 points. This can happen when Minnesota's single-season record holder for rebounds - and the Big Ten leader in 2017-18 - picks up right where he left off.

Murphy is perched on the precipice of the program's all-time rebounding record as the Gophers play three games in the Vancouver Showcase in British Columbia. Minnesota (2-0) faces Texas A&M (1-2) at 9:30 p.m. CST Sunday, followed by Santa Clara on Tuesday and Washington on Wednesday.

Murphy needs 14 rebounds to pass Kevin McHale's 950 career boards for second place on the U's all-time list and 20 to pass Mychal Thompson's record of 956.

'He's going to blow that out of the water,' Gophers coach Richard Pitino said of the record on Friday. Murphy and the Gophers have 29 games left on the schedule.

Murphy is averaging 13.5 rebounds in a small sample size this season, a jump from the 11.3 a year ago and well above his career average of 9.5. If he were to, say, equal last year's rebounding mark, he would finish with a record around a lofty 1,200 rebounds.

'He just goes all out no matter what, no matter score and time,' senior guard Dupree McBrayer said. 'He just wants to get the rebound. In practice, he's stealing rebounds from these guys. He's stealing rebounds from me. You've just got to love the fact that he wants to get every rebound.'

Pitino said it's natural for the 6-foot-7 Murphy, who displays great hands and timing, to start to think about playing in the NBA because this is his last season.

' (But) just remember what got you to be the all-time leading rebounder in school history,' Pitino said, a bit prematurely. 'It's being around the basket and doing all the dirty work. He does that.'

While Murphy was named to the Naismith Award watch list, which is given to the best player in college basketball, McBrayer wants to see him on the semifinalist list later on this season.

'Should be top 20, in my opinion,' McBrayer said.   

Pro and High School Abroad - 1 day ago
NBA Atlanta Hawks big man John Collins (208-PF-97, college: Wake Forest) (aka John the Baptist) will participate in the NBA's slam dunk contest during All-Star weekend per a report by Oliver Maroney. While this is long overdue, we're glad that JC will be able to showcase his truly unreal hops among the league's best players during the break. Collins will be the first member of the Atlanta Hawks to participate in the dunk contest since the early days of J-Smoove's (Josh Smith) heyday in At...   [read more]

Gophers' Jordan Murphy will go down as one of the best rebounders in Big Ten history - 1 day ago
Jordan Murphy (201-F-97) traces back his path to becoming one of the best rebounders in Big Ten history to a meeting in coach Richard Pitino's office during his sophomore year. Focus on rebounding, he was told. Own the boards and everything else would come easier. 'That really got me in line and got my mind right,' said Murphy, who enters the Gophers' game Tuesday at No. 5 Michigan with 1,128 rebounds, most among active Division I players and No. 3 in Big Ten history. Murphy and Pitino...   [read more]
UVI teams return to action tonight, Tuesday - 1 day ago
University of the Virgin Islands Men (7-11) and Women (5-18) return to action tonight 6 and 8pm respectively tonight,Tuesday, as they face Johnson University Florida (5-17 men and 3-17 women). The men teams collided on November 17th with UVI blowing out the Florida team at home, 75-61. The games will be streamed at The double dip continues on Wednesday, as both UVI teams take on Warner University (15-7 men, 6-16 women)on Wednesday at 6:30pm (Women) and 8:30pm...   [read more]

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