The Minnesota Gophers needed a win. Whether it was must or not was open for interpretation. Sitting at 4-6 in the BIG 10 and riding a three game losing streak, the Gophers needed the win against Indiana and despite trailing by 13 in the first half, stormed back and defeated the Hoosiers 66-60 at Williams Arena.
"We are one of those teams who learn from our mistakes," guard DeAndre Mathieu said. "After a bad game, we will come back and practice hard the next day…I think our hard work showed today."
With his brother dressed in a chicken suit, and his father watching from the stands, Pitino and his Gophers continued to believe in what they were doing despite falling short the past three games.
Led by Mathieu's 16 points including an impressive drive and finish in the lane with under a minute left in the game to give the Gophers a 64-60 lead and ultimately the win. Mathieu had his family in attendance for the first time and Pitino called his performance close to perfect.
Mo Walker scored 14 points while grabbing eight rebounds as the offense takes a shift to more of a low post game according to Pitino.
"It's changed and evolved since the Wisconsin game into more of a low-post threat. He (Walker) gives us great confidence," Pitino said. "We're looking for him more. Especially with Andre Hollins not healthy enough just yet, we need to go inside. We're too easy to guard with Andre not at 100 percent. They (Walker and Eliason) give us great confidence. Joey King is starting to get great confidence on the low block as well."
The win, upped the Gophers record to 16-8 (5-6 in conference). The Gophers travel to Madison Thursday night to face the Badgers.