Minnesota basketball head coach Richard Pitino turned 32 today, but it would be hard to fault for people for assuming he is younger. He certainly looks it. Apparently, one of his best players likes to joke about his looks, and got him pretty good with his birthday wish.
It took him a year but he finally made a funny joke! pic.twitter.com/2iAAy5rNiQ
— Richard Pitino (@MNCoachPitino...
The home careers of Austin Hollins, Maverick Ahanmisi, and Malik Smith will come to an end Tuesday night against Southern Mississippi. Unlike senior day, when the finality was hopeful, this will really be the end, win or loss. If the Gophers win, they'll head to the N.I.T. Final Four for the second time in three seasons, and will earn the trip to New York City on their home floor...
MINNEAPOLIS -- Two days after Gophers junior DeAndre Mathieu scored 18 points in a win over Northwestern, Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino briefly contemplated what this season would have been like if Mathieu was not his point guard.
"I don't know where we'd be without him," Pitino said. "I think about it a lot."
Without Mathieu this past Sunday, Minnesota may not have escaped...
After dropping three straight games to three very beatable teams, the Gophers came into their showdown with Indiana desperately needing a win. It wasn’t yet a “must-win” game, but more of a “need to win”. The conference standings had become congested in the middle, and the Gophers had dropped many opportunities to separate themselves from […]
MINNEAPOLIS -- For two straight games, Gophers point guard DeAndre Mathieu came up short with a chance to win the game in the final seconds. He wasn't about to be denied on his third attempt.
With Minnesota clinging to a two-point lead Saturday against visiting Indiana, Mathieu slashed into the lane and scored a layup with 11.6 seconds remaining to put the Gophers up by four. He...
DeAndre Mathieu had 10 of his 16 points in the second half, helping Minnesota overtake Indiana for a 66-60 victory on Saturday night to end a three-game losing streak.
Maurice Walker pitched in 14 points and eight rebounds, and Andre Hollins added 10 points for the Gophers (16-8, 5-6 Big Ten), who lost to Nebraska, Northwestern and Purdue over the last two weeks by a total of eight...
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February 08, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS -- When DeAndre Mathieu first arrived on the University of Minnesota campus this past fall, there were questions about how the Gophers' new point guard would adjust to the big stage of the Big Ten.
That wasn't just because Mathieu is listed at 5-foot-9, the shortest player on the roster. The suspicions also had to do with the competition he had faced during his first...
After near misses against Michigan and Michigan State in conference play, it was starting to look like the Gophers would never get over the hump of actually taking down one of the Big Ten’s top teams. Wins over Purdue and Penn State showed that they weren’t at the bottom of the barrel, but without a […]
DeAndre Mathieu scored 16 points and Andre Hollins added 14 as Minnesota overcame a late six-point deficit to defeat Penn State 68-65 Wednesday.
Four late free throw conversions by Malik Smith in the final 30 seconds and one by Elliott Eliason with 33 seconds, enabled the Gophers (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten) to hang on after taking its first lead of the second half with 1:43 remaining.
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January 09, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS -- DeAndre Mathieu is a former junior college player now playing at the Division I level. Teammate Malik Smith is also adjusting to life in the Big Ten after playing last season at Florida International.
Both of Minnesota's newcomers possess something that has allowed them to thrive as they've transitioned to a bigger stage: confidence.
That trait was certainly on display...