Andre Hollins helped Minnesota overcome a sluggish performance, scoring 19 points for the Gophers in an 82-72 victory over Coastal Carolina Tuesday.
Minnesota grabs 54 rebounds in victory over Richmond.
The Minneapolis Native Played Two Seasons in Maroon and Gold
Both assistants coached with Pitino at Florida International.
Gophersports.com caught up with Gopher men's basketball coach Richard Pitino.
Richard Pitino is introduced as head coach of the Gopher Men's Basketball team.
Richard Pitino sits down with Mike Grimm of the Gopher Radio Network.
In his first season at Florida International, he guided the Panthers to 18 wins, the most since 1997-98 (21). Posted FIU's first winning season since 1999-2000, with a record of 18-14.
FIU was just 26-65 in the three seasons prior to Pitino's arrival.
FIU's 11 conference victories marked the most in program history since joining the Sun Belt Conference in 1998-99. The Panthers reached the Sun Belt championship game for the first time.
The 18 wins are the fourth-most in program history - since 1981-82 (19:'84-85; 20: '92-93; 21: '97-98)
Prior to leading FIU, Pitino served as the Associate Head Coach for one season and an assistant for two other seasons under his father, Rick, at Louisville. In three years overall with the Cardinals, he helped the program to a combined 88-25 record, a pair of NCAA Elite Eight berths (2008 and 2009) and one NCAA Final Four appearance (2012). His efforts also helped the Cards land two of top 15 recruiting classes in his three years (2007-08 and 2008-09).
Pitino also spent time as an assistant for two seasons under Billy Donovan at Florida. In his time with the Gators, the club was a combined 50-20 with back-to back NCAA Tournament appearances, including reaching the 2011 NCAA Southeast Regional finals before falling to NCAA runner-up Butler.
Pitino has also spent time as an assistant at Duquesne (2006-07) as well as at Northeastern (2005-06).