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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.   

Jordan Murphy moves to second on Minnesota's all-time scoring list during win over Louisville - 16 hours ago
Jordan Murphy (201-F-97) continues to make history at Minnesota. Murphy played a huge role in the Gophers' 86-76 victory over Louisville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, scoring 18 points and grabbing six rebounds in the win. It marked the first tournament win for Minnesota under head coach Richard Pitino and the first tournament victory since 2013 for the program. But Murphy made a little personal history, moving up to No. 2 on Minnesota's all-time scoring list on Thursday. H...   [read more]

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Walter Hodge selected the top Virgin Islander playing abroad in last week's games - 1 day ago
We bring you last week's top performances from Virgin Islanders who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. John Collins (208-PF-97) led Atlanta Hawks to a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA in Wednesday night's game.    [read more]

Murphy comes to the twilight of his memorable career with Gophers - 1 day ago
DES MOINES, Iowa - With a casual gait, Jordan Murphy(201-F-97) led the Gophers men's basketball players onto the court for the team's shootaround Wednesday at Wells Fargo Center. The senior forward also was the last to leave. This isn't a surprise. During his four seasons at Minnesota, Murphy has never missed a practice. Not for a twisted ankle, dislocated finger, a random bout with the flu, or most likely, the accumulation of bumps and bruises (or something worse) from the banging he ex...   [read more]

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