MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota men's basketball team has now had a bit of time to get familiar with new head coach Richard Pitino. For those players who spent time under former coach Tubby Smith's system, there has been a learning curve.
The 31-year-old Pitino emphasizes an up-tempo pace, meaning conditioning is key. After just a week's worth of official practices, the Gophers are finding that out the hard way.
"We've been going hard these past five, six days, really picking up our intensity defensively," junior point guard Andre Hollins said Tuesday. "It's fun. It's a nice, refreshing change."
Hollins was one of three players voted as the team captains by the rest of the teammates. He's joined by senior Austin Hollins and senior Maverick Ahanmisi. Pitino said the trio are all more of the lead-by-example types, something Andre Hollins did even as a sophomore.
Last year, the Memphis native led the Gophers in scoring by averaging 14.6 points per game. His 3.4 assists per game were a...