2009–10 Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball team

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2009–10 Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball
Minnesota Golden Gophers logo.svg
Conference Big Ten Conference
2009–10 record 21–14 (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
2009–10 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 5 Ohio State 14 4   .778     29 8   .784
No. 10 Purdue 14 4   .778     29 6   .829
No. 13 Michigan State 14 4   .778     28 9   .757
No. 16 Wisconsin 13 5   .722     24 9   .727
Illinois 10 8   .556     21 15   .583
Minnesota 9 9   .500     21 14   .600
Northwestern 7 11   .389     20 14   .588
Michigan 7 11   .389     15 17   .469
Indiana 4 14   .222     10 21   .323
Iowa 4 14   .222     10 22   .313
Penn State 3 15   .167     11 20   .355
2010 Big Ten Tournament winner
As of April 3, 2010; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009–10 Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball team represented the University of Minnesota in the college basketball season of 2009–2010. The team's head coach was Tubby Smith in his third year. The Golden Gophers played their home games at Williams Arena in Minneapolis and are members of the Big Ten Conference. They finished the season 21–14, 9–9 in Big Ten play. They advanced to the championship game of the 2010 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament before losing to Ohio State. They received an at-large bid to the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, earning an 11 seed in the West Region. They lost to six-seed and AP #25 Xavier in the first round.

Season[edit]

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.[1]

Roster[edit]

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous team(s)
0 Al Nolen 6'1" 180 G Jr. Minneapolis Minneapolis Henry HS
1 Paul Carter 6'8" 205 F Jr. Little Rock, Arkansas Little Rock Mills HS
Missouri State-West Plains
3 Justin Cobbs 6'3" 190 G Fr. Los Angeles Bishop Montgomery HS
5 Devoe Joseph 6'3" 170 G So. Ajax, Ontario, Canada Pickering HS
20 Lawrence Westbrook 6'0" 195 G Sr. Chandler, Arizona Winchendon Prep
22 Devron Bostick 6'5" 210 G Sr. Racine, Wisconsin St. Catharine's HS
SW Illinois
24 Blake Hoffarber 6'4" 200 G Jr. Minnetonka, Minnesota Hopkins HS
32 Trevor Mbakwe 6'8" 240 F RJr. Saint Paul, Minnesota St. Bernard's HS
Miami Dade College
33 Rodney Williams 6'7" 210 F Fr. Minneapolis Robbinsdale Cooper HS
34 Damian Johnson 6'7" 210 F RSr. Thibodaux, Louisiana Thibodaux HS
45 Colton Iverson 6'10" 235 F/C So. Yankton, South Dakota Yankton HS
50 Ralph Sampson III 6'11" 230 F/C So. Duluth, Georgia Northview HS

2009–10 Schedule and results[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
City, State
Exhibition
November 5, 2009*
7:00
Minnesota Duluth W 114–47 
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis
November 9, 2009*
7:00
Minnesota State Moorhead W 98–49 
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis
Regular season
November 13, 2009*
7:00
No. 25 Tennessee Tech W 87–50  1–0
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis
November 16, 2009*
7:00
No. 24 Stephen F. Austin State W 82–42  2–0
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis
November 19, 2009*
7:00, BTN
No. 24 Utah Valley W 76–51  3–0
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis
November 26, 2009*
7:30, ESPN2
No. 22 vs. No. 12 Butler
2009 76 Classic
W 82–73  4–0
Anaheim Convention Center 
Anaheim, California
November 27, 2009*
8:30, ESPNU
No. 22 vs. Portland
2009 76 Classic
L 61–56  4–1
Anaheim Convention Center 
Anaheim, California
November 29, 2009*
TBA, ESPN2
No. 22 vs. Texas A&M
2009 76 Classic
L 66–65  4–2
Anaheim Convention Center 
Anaheim, California
December 2, 2009*
6:15, ESPNU
at Miami
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
L 63–58  4–3
BankUnited Center 
Coral Gables, Florida
December 5, 2009*
2:30
Brown W 91–55  5–3
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis
December 8, 2009*
6:00, ESPNU
Morgan State W 94–64  6–3
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis
December 12, 2009*
3:00, BTN
St. Joseph's W 97–74  7–3
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis
December 15, 2009*
7:00, BTN
Northern Illinois W 89–48  8–3
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis
December 23, 2009*
6:00, BTN
South Dakota State W 92–62  9–3
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis
Big Ten Regular Season
December 29, 2009
8:00, ESPN2
Penn State W 75–70  10–3
(1–0)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis
January 2, 2010
3:00, BTN
at Iowa W 86–74  11–3
(2–0)
Carver–Hawkeye Arena 
Iowa City, Iowa
January 5, 2010
6:00, ESPN
at No. 4 Purdue L 79–60  11–4
(2–1)
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, Indiana
January 9, 2010
2:30, BTN
Ohio State W 73–62  12–4
(3–1)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis
January 13, 2010
5:30, BTN
at No. 7 Michigan State L 60–53  12–5
(3–2)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, Michigan
January 17, 2010
3:30, BTN
at Indiana L 81–78 OT 12–6
(3–3)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
January 23, 2010
11:00 am, CBS
No. 6 Michigan State L 65–64  12–7
(3–4)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis
January 26, 2010
8:00, BTN
Northwestern W 65–61  13–7
(4–4)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis
January 31, 2010
12:00, CBS
at No. 20 Ohio State L 85–63  13–8
(4–5)
Jerome Schottenstein Center 
Columbus, Ohio
February 6, 2010
1:00, BTN
at Penn State W 66–64  14–8
(5–5)
Bryce Jordan Center 
University Park, Pennsylvania
February 11, 2010
6:00, ESPN
Michigan L 71–63  14–9
(5–6)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis, MN
February 14, 2010
4:00, BTN
at Northwestern L 77–74 OT 14–10
(5–7)
Welsh-Ryan Arena 
Evanston, Illinois
February 18, 2010
8:00, ESPN/ESPN2
No. 14 Wisconsin W 68–52  15–10
(6–7)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis
February 20, 2010
7:00, BTN
Indiana W 81–58  16–10
(7–7)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis
February 24, 2010
7:30, BTN
No. 3 Purdue L 59–58  16–11
(7–8)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis
February 27, 2010
3:00, BTN
at Illinois W 62–60  17–11
(8–8)
Assembly Hall 
Champaign, Illinois
March 2, 2010
6:00, BTN
at Michigan L 83–55  17–12
(8–9)
Crisler Arena 
Ann Arbor, Michigan
March 7, 2010
5:00, BTN
Iowa W 88–53  18–12
(9–9)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis
2010 Big Ten Tournament
March 11, 2010
6:30 pm, BTN
vs. Penn State
First Round
W 76–55  19–12
Conseco Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis
March 12, 2010
8:00 pm, BTN
vs. No. 11 Michigan State
Quarterfinals
W 72–67 OT 20–12
Conseco Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis
March 13, 2010
3:10 pm, CBS
vs. No. 6 Purdue
Semifinals
W 69–42  21–12
Conseco Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis
March 14, 2010
2:30 pm, CBS
vs. No. 5 Ohio State
Championship Game
L 90–61  21–13
Conseco Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis
2010 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament
March 19, 2010
11:30 am, CBS
vs. No. 25 Xavier
First Round
L 65–54  21–14
Bradley Center 
Milwaukee
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
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 25 24 22 RV RV RV NR
Coaches 18 18 16 RV NR RV RV RV NR

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