Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Gophers are top 15 in ESPN's early men's college basketball poll

ESPN's Myron Medcalf says the Gophers will compete for a Big Ten title.
Author:

Bringing back nearly everyone from last season's 24-win team, the Gophers are getting big respect from ESPN in a way-too-early preseason college basketball poll.

Myron Medcalf, who used to cover the Gophers for the Star Tribune, ranked Minnesota No. 15 in the ESPN poll.

"Last summer, Minnesota prepared for what seemed like a make-or-break year for Richard Pitino, who accepted the challenge and ended last year as the Big Ten coach of the year after leading the Gophers to the NCAA tournament. Nate Mason (15.2 PPG) earned all-Big Ten first-team honors. Jordan Murphy (11.3 PPG, 8.8 RPG) cracked the third team. Amir Coffey (12.2 PPG) made the league's all-freshman team. Reggie Lynch, who finished second nationally in block percentage on KenPom.com, won Big Ten defensive player of the year honors. They're all back for Pitino. In all, six of Pitino's top seven scorers from 2016-17 return. Plus, Isaiah Washington, top-100 point guard, will enhance Minnesota's versatile backcourt. Call Michigan State the favorite in the Big Ten -- that makes sense -- but don't overlook Minnesota's chance to compete with the Spartans and win the Big Ten crown."

Only one team from the Big Ten is ranked higher in Medcalf's poll – Michigan State at No. 3.

Northwestern, at No. 20, is the only other Big Ten team in his top 25.

The 2016-17 Gophers (24-10) finished third in the Big Ten and earned a 5-seed in the NCAA Tournament. They lost to 12-seed Middle Tennessee in the opening round.

Next Up

Mike Zimmer

Vikings fans clamor for change after latest bad loss under Mike Zimmer

The "fire Mike Zimmer" tweets are raging on Twitter again.

Tony Oliva

Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat are finally heading to Cooperstown

The Twins legends were elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame on Sunday night.

Tanner Morgan

Report: Gophers to play in Guaranteed Rate Bowl

The Gophers will reportedly head to Phoenix to take on West Virginia.

Adam Thielen

Winless Lions beat Vikings on final play of game

Adam Thielen also left early with an ankle injury

Payton Willis / Gopher Basketball

Gophers improve to 7-0 on Willis' late 3-pointer

The Gophers earned back-to-back road victories for the first time since January 2017.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Woman in critical condition after being shot in the head in St. Paul

Officers responded to the incident at around 2:45 a.m. Saturday.

Alexander Mattison

Vikings-Lions: 5 things you can count on

It's a great time for the Vikings to play the Lions.

covid

Omicron variant confirmed in Wisconsin man who traveled to South Africa

Five other cases have been confirmed and linked to a Wisconsin wedding.

Sharon Mollerus - duluth - snow plow car

Sunday snowstorm walloping MN's North Shore with huge totals

Just ridiculous snow totals expected the rest of Sunday.

Screen Shot 2021-12-05 at 6.49.03 AM

Saturday snow causes havoc on Twin Cities roads

There were countless spinouts and crashes across Minnesota.

Related

Gophers are top 15 in ESPN's early men's college basketball poll

ESPN's Myron Medcalf says the Gophers will compete for a Big Ten title.

No respect for the Gophers in the new top 25 poll or ESPN's bracketology

A seven-game win streak apparently doesn't warrant a Top 25 ranking or a better seed.

No respect for the Gophers in the new top 25 poll or ESPN's bracketology

A seven-game win streak apparently doesn't warrant a Top 25 ranking or a better seed.

Gophers getting top 15 hype in early hoops projections for 2017-18

There's a lot of hype over the Gopher men's basketball team.

Gophers getting top 15 hype in early hoops projections for 2017-18

There's a lot of hype over the Gopher men's basketball team.

Gophers basketball ranked for the first time in more than 1,400 days

The Gophers have cracked the AP Top 25 basketball poll for the first time in the Richard Pitino era.

Gophers basketball ranked for the first time in more than 1,400 days

The Gophers have cracked the AP Top 25 basketball poll for the first time in the Richard Pitino era.

Pitino's Gophers shocked No. 15 Purdue on the road

After blowing a lead in a loss to Michigan State, the Gophers kept their poise in an upset win over No. 15 Purdue.