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DeAndre Mathieu gets up for big matchups

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball, Gophers coaches, Gophers players Updated: February 10, 2014 - 12:14 PM

DeAndre Mathieu. Inner-city kid. Former walk-on. Undersized point guard.

Can't get enough of the Big Ten.

After every major floor general matchup, Mathieu can hardly contain his genuine exuberance, and Saturday was no exception, with the Tennessee native showing his excitement after besting Indiana point guard Yogi Ferrell.  

"Just like the Aaron Craft battle, my family talks about it all the time," Mathieu said. "He's really good. He made some tough shots. I think he hit like seven threes against Michigan. He's really good, really quick. It's just the competitor in me -- I don't want to be out-played ever, so I went out and got out there."

It's one of the things everyone has come to love about Mathieu. The JUCO junior gets excited for matchups as if he's waiting for them all of his life. Maybe he has.

Saturday, Mathieu's brothers and cousins were in town to watch him go off for 16 points and record five assists to just one turnover. After the win, they were downstairs, eagerly waiting outside the locker room in Gophers gear.

"They actually came to this game to see me and Yogi Ferrell go at it," Mathieu said. "That's all they talked about -- we're coming to see you when you play Yogi Ferrell because Yogi Ferrell is really good and that's going to be a battle we want to see. And you can't disappoint your family, so I had to go get out there and get at him ... They're really excited. They said 'You locked him down second half,' that's what they're talking about, and I'm just really happy they're here, happy to get the win."

The Gophers' point guard has had some ups and downs in the Big Ten, but many of the ups have come in incredibly tough matchups. Against Penn State's Tim Frazier, Mathieu finished with 16 points and four rebounds. Against Ohio State and Aaron Craft, Mathieu had 13 points to go with five assists. 

And Saturday, the guard had the winning shot, then followed it up with a huge defensive rebound on the other end, hitting both free throws when he was fouled. 

"DeAndre makes an unbelievable move, that was a tough move, against a very good defender and then he comes in traffic and grabs a rebound," coach Richard, Pitino said. "It just shows the type of heart. He’s 5-9, 160 but he believes he’s 6-8, 230."

And he can't wait to play with the very, very best.

Asked whether he thinks Mathieu gets up for tougher opponents,  Pitino said "Maybe so, yeah. He's a prideful kid. I think more than anything today, he knows we need him to be good for us to win, and he was almost flawless tonight. He really was. And I'm proud of him. He was a walk-on at Morehead State two years ago. Think about that. And now, he's probably one of our better players in the Big Ten, doing big things."


Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Arrieta 2 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: D. Axelrod 7
NY Yankees - LP: S. Kelley 2 FINAL
Detroit - WP: P. Coke 3
Colorado - LP: J. Lyles 1 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: Y. Petit 4
Tampa Bay - LP: K. Yates 4 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: A. Miller 5
Atlanta - WP: M. Minor 6 FINAL
NY Mets - LP: J. Niese 1
Cleveland - WP: C. Carrasco 3 FINAL
Chicago WSox - LP: J. Danks 2
Minnesota - WP: A. Swarzak 11 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: B. Chen 5
Texas - LP: R. Mendez 2 FINAL
Houston - WP: C. McHugh 4
Oakland - LP: R. Cook 3 FINAL
LA Angels - WP: F. Salas 4
Atlanta 24 FINAL
Jacksonville 14
Detroit 23 FINAL
Buffalo 0
Indianapolis 7 FINAL
Cincinnati 35
Kansas City 14 FINAL
Green Bay 34
Philadelphia 37
St. Louis 13 FINAL
Miami 14
Carolina 10 FINAL
Pittsburgh 0
New England 13 FINAL
NY Giants 16
Washington 24 FINAL
Tampa Bay 10
Baltimore 22 FINAL
New Orleans 13
Chicago 13 FINAL
Cleveland 33
Denver 27 FINAL
Dallas 3
Minnesota 19 FINAL
Tennessee 3
San Francisco 40 FINAL
Houston 13
Arizona 9 FINAL
San Diego 12
Seattle 31 FINAL
Oakland 41
(21) Texas A&M 52 FINAL
(9) So Carolina 28
Wake Forest 10 FINAL
ULM 17
Boise State 13 FINAL
(18) Ole Miss 35
Tulane 31 FINAL
Tulsa 38
Rutgers 41 FINAL
Washington St 38
Weber State 14 FINAL
(19) Arizona State 45
Temple 37 FINAL
Vanderbilt 7
BYU 6:00 PM
(6) Jacksonville St 6:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Bowling Green 6:30 PM
Western Ky
TX-San Antonio 8:00 PM
Colorado State 8:00 PM
UNLV 9:30 PM
Penn State 8/30/14 7:30 AM
Troy 8/30/14 11:00 AM
(7) UCLA 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Western Mich 8/30/14 11:00 AM
(5) Ohio State 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Appalachian St 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Ga Southern 8/30/14 11:30 AM
NC State
Boston College 8/30/14 2:00 PM
West Virginia 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(2) Alabama
Rice 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
(10) South Dakota St 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(24) Missouri
Fla Atlantic 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(22) Nebraska
California 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Marshall 8/30/14 2:30 PM
UC Davis 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(11) Stanford
Arkansas 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(6) Auburn
(16) Clemson 8/30/14 4:30 PM
(12) Georgia
Liberty 8/30/14 5:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Ohio U 8/30/14 5:00 PM
Kent State
Louisiana Tech 8/30/14 6:00 PM
(4) Oklahoma
Idaho 8/30/14 6:00 PM
Stephen F Austin 8/30/14 6:10 PM
(20) Kansas State
Fresno State 8/30/14 6:30 PM
(15) USC
Southern Miss 8/30/14 6:30 PM
Miss State
Texas-El Paso 8/30/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
North Texas 8/30/14 7:00 PM
(1) Florida State 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Oklahoma State
(14) Wisconsin 8/30/14 8:00 PM
(13) LSU
South Dakota 8/30/14 9:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(25) Washington 8/30/14 9:30 PM
Utah State 8/31/14 6:00 PM
SMU 8/31/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
Miami-Florida 9/1/14 7:00 PM
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Ottawa 6:30 PM
Winnipeg 8/31/14 3:00 PM
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Saskatchewan 9/7/14 3:00 PM
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 season     
Aug 28 - vs. E. Illinois 6 pmX42-20
Sep 6 - vs. M. Tennessee St. 2:30 pm
Sep 13 - at TCU 3 pm
Sep 20 - vs. San Jose St. TBA
Sep 27 - at Michigan TBA
Oct 11 - vs. Northwestern TBA
Oct 18 - vs. Purdue 11 am
Oct 25 - at Illinois 11 am
Nov 8 - vs. Iowa TBA
Nov 15 - vs. Ohio State TBA
Nov 22 - at Nebraska TBA
Nov 29 - at Wisconsin TBA




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