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Minnesota has struggled with letdowns all season. Each time the Gophers have notched a notable victory — Wisconsin, Ohio State, Iowa — they have failed to follow up. In fact, they haven’t put together consecutive Big Ten victories since early January, when they won against Purdue and at Penn State.
What’s more, the Gophers have struggled mightily away from home this year. Their only conference road victories came at Penn State and Northwestern.
Pitino said he didn’t hold anything back Sunday, giving the Nittany Lions the opportunity to adjust.
“I don’t think there are too many secrets anymore,” he said. “We kind of do what we do now.”
That identity has appeared to grow stronger in the past three games. Since the 95-89 victory over Iowa on Feb. 25, the Gophers have shot 54.2 percent from the field, winning two of three. Even so, there aren’t many who are expecting Minnesota to make a deep run.
Pitino said he planned on motivating the players by reminding them that when Monday’s postseason awards were released by the Big Ten, “there was no first, second, third, defensive, all-rookie, sixth man of the year” honors given to a player in maroon and gold.
Andre Hollins said he hopes the team has a chance to enlighten those voters.
“I just love it,” he said of the start of postseason. “The lights are on. It’s win or go home. And I don’t want to go home. I want to win, I want to keep winning.
“It’s another opportunity to show the NCAA committee, show ourselves, show our fans, show Minnesota that we can go out and compete with anybody and win.”
|New England||2/1/15 5:30 PM|
|Toronto||54||3rd Qtr 8:58|
|Cleveland||47||2nd Qtr 0:00|
|Milwaukee||45||2nd Qtr 4:57|
|NY Rangers||0||2nd Prd 5:05|
|Arizona||2||2nd Prd 6:19|
|Winnipeg||2||2nd Prd 1:59|
|Washington||1||2nd Prd 3:25|
|Tampa Bay||1||2nd Prd|
|Colorado||1||1st Prd 7:57|
|Ball State||35||2nd Half 11:53|
|Northern Ill||29||2nd Half 11:47|
|Western Mich||50||2nd Half 9:45|
|Ohio||26||2nd Half 7:33|
|Xavier||40||2nd Half 12:54|
|Vanderbilt||41||2nd Half 7:27|
|West Virginia||28||2nd Half 15:43|
|Central Mich||30||2nd Half 10:51|
|Saint Josephs||39||2nd Half 8:31|
|Nebraska||35||2nd Half 7:32|
|Miami-Ohio||47||2nd Half 9:06|
|Tulsa||40||2nd Half 10:05|
|George Washington||29||2nd Half 12:05|
|Pittsburgh||42||2nd Half 11:21|
|Indiana State||17||1st Half 9:54|
|Tabor College||12||1st Half 7:33|
|Texas A&M||8:00 PM|
|Fresno State||8:05 PM|
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|SD Christian||9:00 PM|
|Colorado State||10:00 PM|
|Temple||62||2nd Half 8:55|
|Campbell||34||2nd Half 9:28|
|Coastal Carolina||47||2nd Half 7:00|
|Gardner-Webb||37||2nd Half 9:30|
|UNC-Asheville||43||2nd Half 9:45|
|Winthrop||48||2nd Half 7:37|
|Columbia International||28||2nd Half 5:14|
|Tulane||9||1st Half 9:54|
|(3) Baylor||28||1st Half 7:29|
|Navy||14||1st Half 8:45|
|Valparaiso||7||1st Half 7:34|
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