2008–09 Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball team

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2008–09 Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball
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Conference Big Ten Conference
2008–09 record 22–11 (9–9 Big Ten)
Head coach Tubby Smith
Assistant coach Ron Jirsa
Assistant coach Saul Smith
Assistant coach Vince Taylor
Home arena Williams Arena
Seasons
« 2007–08 2009–10 »
2008–09 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#8 Michigan State 15 3   .833     31 7   .816
#17 Purdue 11 7   .611     27 10   .730
Illinois 11 7   .611     24 10   .706
Penn State 10 8   .556     27 11   .711
Ohio State 10 8   .556     22 11   .667
Wisconsin 10 8   .556     20 13   .606
Minnesota 9 9   .500     22 11   .667
Michigan 9 9   .500     21 14   .600
Northwestern 8 10   .444     17 14   .548
Iowa 5 13   .278     15 17   .469
Indiana 1 17   .056     6 25   .194
2009 Big Ten Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008–09 Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball team represented the University of Minnesota in the college basketball season of 2008–2009. The team's head coach is Tubby Smith. This is his second year as Minnesota's head coach. The Golden Gophers played their home games at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Big Ten Network included the team in a two and a half hour special that featured Midnight Madness events from several Big Ten campuses on October 17, 2008; the Minnesota event to kick off the season was called "Tubby's Tipoff".[1] The Gophers started the season on a twelve-game winning streak for the first time since the 1948–49 season.[2] The team became ranked on December 22, the first time the team had been ranked since the 2002–03 season.[3]

Recruit Royce White signed with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, but did not play due to shoplifting and trespassing charges. He transferred to Iowa State in July 2010.[4]

Roster[edit]

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
0 Al Nolen 6'1" 180 G So. Minneapolis, MN, U.S. Minneapolis Henry HS
1 Paul Carter 6'8" 195 F So. Little Rock, AR, U.S. Little Rock Mills HS
Missouri State-West Plains
3 Kevin Payton 6'5" 215 G/F RJr. Camden, NJ, U.S. Camden HS
4 Travis Busch 6'4" 220 G/F Jr. Mounds View, MN, U.S. Mounds View HS
5 Devoe Joseph 6'3" 170 G Fr. Ajax, ON, Canada Pickering HS
11 Jonathan Williams 6'9" 250 G Sr. St. Cloud, MN, U.S. Notre Dame Prep
St. Cloud Apollo HS
20 Lawrence Westbrook 6'0" 195 G Jr. Chandler, AZ, U.S. Winchendon Prep
22 Devron Bostick 6'5" 210 G Jr. Racine, WI, U.S. St. Catharine's HS
SW Illinois
24 Blake Hoffarber 6'4" 200 G So. Minnetonka, MN, U.S. Hopkins HS
33 Jamal Abu-Shamala 6'5" 210 G/F Sr. Shakopee, MN, U.S. Shakopee HS
34 Damian Johnson 6'7" 195 F RJr. Thibodaux, LA, U.S. Thibodaux HS
45 Colton Iverson 6'10" 235 F/C Fr. Yankton, SD, U.S. Yankton HS
50 Ralph Sampson III 6'11" 220 F/C Fr. Duluth, GA, U.S. Northview HS

Incoming signees[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Ralph Sampson III
C
Duluth, Georgia Northview HS 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Oct 25, 2007 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 89
Devoe Joseph
SG
Ajax, Ontario Picking HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Nov 21, 2007 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 76
Colton Iverson
PF/C
Yankton, South Dakota Yankton HS 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 238 lb (108 kg) Sep 19, 2007 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 88
Paul Carter
F
West Plains, Missouri Missouri State – West Plains 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 193 lb (88 kg) Aug 21, 2007 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: n/a
Devron Bostick
SF
Belleville, Illinois Southwestern Illinois 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 213 lb (97 kg) Oct 11, 2007 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: n/a
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 27   Rivals: 23
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

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2008–09 Schedule and Results[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Record
Exhibition
November 3, 2008* 7:00 St. Cloud State Williams ArenaMinneapolis, MN W 88–80 
November 6, 2008* 7:00 Northern State Williams Arena • Minneapolis, MN W 92–62 
Regular Season
November 14, 2008* 7:00 Concordia, St. Paul Williams Arena • Minneapolis, MN
(NABC Classic)
W 76–51  1–0
November 15, 2008* 7:00 Bowling Green Williams Arena • Minneapolis, MN
(NABC Classic)
W 68–61  2–0
November 16, 2008* 7:00 Georgia State Williams Arena • Minneapolis, MN
(NABC Classic)
W 60–52  3–0
November 22, 2008* 9:00 at Colorado State Moby ArenaFort Collins, CO The Mtn. W 72–71  4–0
November 26, 2008* 7:30 Eastern Washington Williams Arena • Minneapolis, MN BTN W 88–67  5–0
November 29, 2008* 1:00 North Dakota State Williams Arena • Minneapolis, MN BTN W 90–76  6–0
December 2, 2008* 8:30 Virginia Williams Arena • Minneapolis, MN
(ACC–Big Ten Challenge)
ESPN2 W 66–56  7–0
December 6, 2008* 1:00 Cornell Williams Arena • Minneapolis, MN W 71–54  8–0
December 10, 2008* 8:00 South Dakota State Williams Arena • Minneapolis, MN BTN W 74–60  9–0
December 20, 2008* 1:00 vs. #9 Louisville University of Phoenix StadiumGlendale, AZ
(Stadium Shootout)
FSN North W 70–64  10–0
December 23, 2008* 8:00 Southeastern Louisiana #23 Williams Arena • Minneapolis, MN ESPNU W 80–71  11–0
December 28, 2008* 7:00 High Point #23 Williams Arena • Minneapolis, MN ESPNU W 82–56  12–0
Big Ten Regular Season
December 31, 2008 11:00am[5] #10 Michigan State #21 Williams Arena • Minneapolis, MN BTN L 70–58  12–1 (0–1)
January 3, 2009 11:00am #24 Ohio State #21 Williams Arena • Minneapolis, MN BTN W 68–59  13–1 (1–1)
January 8, 2009 6:00 at Iowa #22 Carver-Hawkeye ArenaIowa City, IA ESPN2 W 52–49  14–1 (2–1)
January 11, 2009 2:30 Penn State #22 Williams Arena • Minneapolis, MN BTN W 79–59  15–1 (3–1)
January 15, 2009 8:00 at Wisconsin #18 Kohl CenterMadison, WI BTN W 78–74 (OT) 16–1 (4–1)
January 18, 2009 1:00 at Northwestern #18 Welsh-Ryan ArenaEvanston, IL BTN L 74–65  16–2 (4–2)
January 22, 2009 6:00 #18 Purdue #21 Williams Arena • Minneapolis, MN ESPN2 L 70–62  16–3 (4–3)
January 25, 2009 11:00am at Indiana #21 Assembly HallBloomington, IN BTN W 67–63  17–3 (5–3)
January 29, 2009 8:00 #19 Illinois Williams Arena • Minneapolis, MN BTN W 59–36  18–3 (6–3)
February 4, 2009 7:30 at #13 Michigan State #19 Breslin CenterEast Lansing, MI BTN L 76–47  18–4 (6–4)
February 7, 2009 7:00 at Ohio State #19 Schottenstein CenterColumbus, OH BTN L 64–58  18–5 (6–5)
February 10, 2009 8:00 Indiana Williams Arena • Minneapolis, MN BTN W 62–54  19–5 (7–5)
February 14, 2009 12:30 at Penn State Bryce Jordan CenterState College, PA BTN L 68–63  19–6 (7–6)
February 19, 2009 6:00 at Michigan Crisler ArenaAnn Arbor, MI BTN L 74–62  19–7 (7–7)
February 22, 2009 6:00 Northwestern Williams Arena • Minneapolis, MN BTN W 72–45  20–7 (8–7)
February 26, 2009 6:00 at #20 Illinois Assembly HallChampaign, IL BTN L 52–41  20–8 (8–8)
March 4, 2009 7:30 Wisconsin Williams Arena • Minneapolis, MN BTN W 51–46  21–8 (9–8)
March 7, 2009 11:00am Michigan Williams Arena • Minneapolis, MN ESPN L 67–64  21–9 (9–9)
2009 Big Ten Tournament
March 12, 2009* 11:00am vs. Northwestern Conseco FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(First Round)
BTN W 66–53  22–9
March 13, 2009* 11:00am vs. #7 Michigan State Conseco Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, IN
(Quarterfinal)
ESPN L 64–56  22–10
2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament
March 19, 2009* 6:10 vs. Texas Greensboro ColiseumGreensboro, NC
(First Round)
CBS L 76–62  22–11
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Rankings[edit]

Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Final
AP 23 21 22 18 21 NR 19 NR
Coaches 23 21 19 17 20 24 19 NR

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