Jan. 2, 2014
Michigan (9-4, 1-0 B1G) 63, Minnesota (11-3, 0-1 B1G) 60
Williams Arena - Minneapolis, Minn.
Minnesota Head Coach Richard Pitino
"For making the big plays, they (Michigan) did, but we just didn't do it. Couple of missed lay-ups, coming out of the time outs, it was a one-point game, we tell them not to get back-doored but we stepped up too late."
About the game tonight...
"It was a disappointing game, but there was a lot of stuff that we could learn from, get better from, and there were a lot of stuffs that we did well. We will watch the film and we will get ready to go on Sunday."
On losing the first Big Ten game...
"Many people would say it would be great if we can start with the win for the opening game, but we are running a marathon and building the team up. Thus, we are good to go."
Minnesota Player Quotes
Andre Hollins (Jr./G)
On whether he felt the game slipped away from Minnesota...
"The game definitely slipped away from us. We had some defensive lapses in the second half and we let one player from Michigan hit five three-point field goals. They're a good team. They went to the national championship last year for a reason. We've got to tighten up a few things. They hit big shots and made big plays while we turned the ball over."
On the team feeling good in the second half...
"When (Glenn Robinson III) went out in the second half, we knew we had a chance if we continued our good defensive effort. We made good defensive plays in the first half, which is what put us in a position to win initially."
On Michigan's high shooting percentage...
"I think the only part of the scouting that we missed was not paying more attention to Zak Irvin and his shooting ability. We didn't chase him off the line and he hit five three-pointers. He was a big difference for them and caused us to get on our heels a little bit."
DeAndre Mathieu (Jr./G)
On second half adjustments...
"We didn't make too many adjustments. Coach Pitino just wanted us to keep playing the way we had in the first half and work harder than the other team."
On how well the team rebounded...
"I'm not surprised by how well we rebounded. We do a lot of toughness and rebounding drills in practice because we know other teams will attack the glass. Coach tells us that we need to play harder than the other team and out-rebound them."
On whether the Gophers will have trouble rebounding against future Big Ten opponents...
"I don't think we'll struggle against Big Ten teams. We go to the glass hard and Coach makes sure that we keep fighting and rebound as a unit not just individually."
Michigan Head Coach John Beilein
"Minnesota really has a good team. That back court is not a joke; they’re really a good team. I like what Richard is doing with them. They’re tough to guard. We’re thrilled we were able to make enough shots and get guys off the bench and make enough shots to come away with the win.”
On Glenn Robinson III’s status after injury...
"He has some injury with his ankle; I’m not sure what it is. He tried to run down in the hallway during the media time out, he couldn’t do it, so why make it worse”
On using his bench more with Robinson out…
“It says a lot about what our coaching staff really preaches every day is that everybody has to be ready all the time. The tenth and eleventh guy can be in any of these games.”
Balanced Effort Leads Gophers Over Penn State
Nate Mason had 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and Jordan Murphy added 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Minnesota Gophers in an 81-71 win over Penn State on Saturday.
Preview: Gophers vs. Penn State
Minnesota returns home for its final homestand of the year and final game in the month of February.
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