Minnesota at a glance
By The Associated Press=
Last season: 18-15, did not qualify for postseason play
Nickname: Golden Gophers.
Coach: Richard Pitino.
Conference: Big Ten.
Key Returnees: Gs Carlos Morris (11.1 points) and Nate Mason (9.8) are the leading returning scorers. F Joey King is next at (9.7).
Who Left: G Andre Hollins led the team in scoring (13.8) points while F Maurice Walker will be missed up front (11.8 points, 6.7 rebounds).
The Skinny: Coming off of a rough second season, Pitino takes a young team with only two seniors into the rugged Big Ten, with the NIT a reasonable goal.