Minnesota Preview Capsule

Minnesota Preview Capsule

By The Associated Press=

Minnesota

Last season: 8-23, did not qualify for postseason.

Nickname: Golden Gophers.

Coach: Richard Pitino.

Conference: Big Ten.

Who's gone: G Kevin Dorsey, G Carlos Morris, F Joey King.

Who's back: F Jordan Murphy. Made Big Ten All-Freshman team, averaged 11.6 points, 8.0 rebounds last season; G Nate Mason. Led team in scoring at 13.8 points per game. G Dupree McBrayer. Emerging shooter averaged 7.4 points last season and will be counted on to bring experience and scoring.

Who's new: G Amir Coffey. Highly touted hometown prep star and son of former Gopher standout Richard Coffey. C Reggie Lynch. Illinois State transfer will bring toughness and rebounding to interior. G Akeem Springs, burly grad transfer brings much-needed leadership.

The Skinny: The Gophers are coming off a disastrous 2-16 Big Ten season and the pressure is on Pitino to show the program is on the right track in his fourth season at Minnesota.

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