The easy statistic to cite in regards to Andre Hollins' slump is that he has scored fewer than 10 points in four straight games.

That doesn't really, matter, though.

What matters is that in the two games that have mattered most to the Gophers basketball game so far - the two road games to start Big Ten play - Hollins has made only three of his 19 shots.

In the previous two games, the Gophers beat cupcake teams while Hollins played limited minutes, and his scoring wasn't required.

At Purdue and at Maryland, Hollins' leadership and scoring were necessary, and absent.

In two Big Ten games, he is 1-for-9 from three-point range. Perhaps even more revealing, a senior guard known for his ability to get to the basket has attempted only two free throws.

Hollins has been passive and inaccurate, leaving the Gophers at 0-2 heading into Tuesday's game at The Barn against Ohio State.

Tubby Smith was known for slumping seniors, the prevailing theory being that players tired of his coaching style.

Now for the second straight season under Richard Pitino, a senior named Hollins is slumping offensively.

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