Minnesota Head Coach Richard Pitino
“Happy to get the win, Big Ten wins are hard to come by. I thought when we started rebounding the ball, that’s when we pulled away. It was good to get back into that flow with Dupree in there. I thought we were better all-around defensively and more connected, and just felt more comfortable. It wasn’t a masterpiece, but Rutgers tends to do that to you. But, to win by 22 in this league is hard to do so happy with it.”
On Nate Mason and Dupree McBrayer’s chemistry...
“I think that they’re comfortable playing with each other. It’s going to take some time for all those guys, Isaiah, Jamir, to get incorporated and feel good with each other. But, it was clearly obvious that with Dupree out we were not the same team.”
On Dupree McBrayer...
“He lost 19 pounds. How could he lose 19 pounds? He seemed to do alright, he seemed to be feeling good. It was tough, because he was in the hospital getting medicine, IV, the whole deal, so I think we caught it early where he will be fine the rest of the way. He seemed to be moving just fine out there.”
On Rutgers’ rebounding...
“I think they surprised us at that first media timeout. They’re physical. Once coach Pikiell gets all of his recruits in there, that’s going to be a very good team because he is a very good coach, they play hard, they play together, they play tough, so I think we were a little bit shocked at first, but then, once the game went on we were able to adjust and rebound the ball pretty well.”
Rutgers Head Coach Steve Pikiell:
“We obviously played a really good team on the road today, and we have to give them a lot of credit, I knew it’d be a tough game coming in, [Jordan] Murphy terrific, obviously a double double. Nate Mason showed why he’s a first team all Big Ten player tonight, and we can’t give up 89 games on the road, home, or anywhere else. Our defense obviously wasn’t what I was hoping for in a game like this, and it didn't give us a chance to win. You have to play great defense against a team like this.”
On being able to hang with Minnesota most of the game…
“Yeah but we just weren’t able to click, we gotta make some timely shots too, we weren’t able to get timely shots too. I thought we got some decent looks too, which could’ve kinda cut the game at some point in time. We struggled all night, and we didn’t play Rutgers defense. We’re one of the best defensive teams in the country and we didn’t show that tonight.”
On playing the first road game of the season…
“It’s tough, and we have a home game coming up next against the 3rd ranked team in the country, so it doesn’t get any easier.”
Senior Guard Nate Mason
On bouncing back after Miami game…
I think we bounce back pretty well. We learned from the film and our defense was much better today.
On having Dupree McBrayer back on the floor…
It felt well. He missed a couple shots that he usually makes, but that just comes with time. It felt pretty good and you could see the chemistry there. We play off each other well and connected defensively more than anything.
Junior Forward Jordan Murphy
On getting in conference mindset…
I think getting used to how important these conference games really are is important. This is just one of 18 opportunities that we have to play against people in our conference and work towards that Big Ten Championship that we are working for. I think it is really good for our young guys, a good learning experience for all of us to get in that conference mindset.
On early first half struggles...
It was about calming down. I was getting to aggressive in some things and got riled up. Coach and Nate [Mason] did a good job of just telling me to keep my head in the game.
Mason Selected for 3X3U in San Antonio
3/23/2018 - M. Basketball
The senior will be among a four-member Big Ten group that will compete in 3-on-3 tournament for cash prizes.
Pitino Blog: Scheduling Thoughts
3/12/2018 - M. Basketball
After the March Madness brackets were announced Sunday night, the Gophers head coach dives deep into philosophies on building a tournament resume.
Pitino Blog: Post-Season
3/6/2018 - M. Basketball
The head coach opens up on the good, the bad, and the future heading into the offseason.