I walked away from my first gameday experience watching Richard Pitino's bunch feeling okay but not overwhelmed. His promise of playing the whole court is completely true and watching point guard DeAndre Mathieu is a thing of beauty. The 5'9 junior controlled both ends of the floor and created chaos on the defensive end making Terez Van Pelt earn everything he got.
The rotation saw 10 players in double-digits as far as playing time:
Joey King- 27 minutes
Mo Walker- 24 minutes
DeAndre Mathieu- 23 minutes
Andre Hollins-23 minutes
Malik Smith- 21 minutes
Austin Hollins-19 minutes
Wally Ellenson- 15 minutes
Maverick Ahanmisi- 14 minutes
Oto Osenieks- 14 minutes
Elliot Eliason- 12 minutes
The Gophers shot 5-for-20 from three point range but shot a blistering 36-for-51 (71 percent) from the field, outscoring Concordia 60-20 in the paint.
After averaging just six minutes per game last season, Pitino once again mentioned Mo Walker's impressive play after shedding 60 pounds in the offseason. Walker led the way in points and rebounds and played four times his minutes per game last season.
Nothing to Reid into:
I ran into DeLaSalle assistant coach Todd Anderson in the tunnel following the game and asked about Reid Travis and his decision. (Travis will announce his college selection on Friday afternoon) Andy, who I graduated from high school with played it coy and didn't give up any information. The student section picked up the chant "we want Reid" a couple of times during the game. Reports say it is between the Gophers and Stanford.
Game of runs:
The Gophers used a 18-4 run over a six minute stretch to make their seven point lead 21. After Concordia hung around in the first half and early in the second, it was the Gophers pressure defense that made the difference in the run.