“We have all had seasons the place we have had issues out of our management,” Pitino stated. “There’s such a nice line between a superb season and a mediocre season, and numerous it has to do with being wholesome” and eligible to play.
Since dropping Reggie Lynch to a suspension and enjoying principally with out Amir Coffey due to a shoulder damage, the Gophers have misplaced eight of 9 video games, together with a season-worst 5 in a row, heading into the Tuesday, Feb. 6, recreation towards Nebraska at Williams Area.
“A whole lot of it’s getting fortunate, and I feel coaches perceive that,” Pitino stated. “Followers and media might not all the time perceive that. I am positive they do perceive that — they could not need to perceive it. I do not want recommendation on this one. I perceive it. It is only a matter of protecting our guys constructive and getting them to know that ‘Let’s compete to the very, absolute best of our capability,’ and I assumed we did that towards Michigan.”
The Gophers (14-eleven, three-9 Huge Ten) took the No. 24 Wolverines to extra time on Saturday earlier than falling seventy six-seventy three in Ann Arbor. Any type of ethical victories would have been dismissed outright a month in the past, when the Gophers peaked at No. 12 within the Related Press Prime 25 in late November, or once they have been thirteen-three on Jan. three, however that reasoning is sensible now.
“Yeah, it is loopy. It is onerous,” Pitino stated of the shift in storyline. “I assumed two years in the past, as troublesome as dropping was, we actually felt like we have been constructing, we actually felt like we have been constructing in the direction of a staff final yr and this yr.”
After enduring an eight-23 bottoming out in 2015-sixteen, the Gophers rebounded to 24-10 and made the NCAA event.
“We actually felt like, ‘OK, that is going to be our yr the place we will make a run on the Huge Ten title and we might go deep within the event,’ we felt that,” Pitino stated Monday. “Then for it to vary simply in the midst of the season is basically, actually onerous, so I am not going to behave prefer it’s not troublesome. However you bought to simply accept it, you have to transfer on and you have to compete your butts off for one another.”
Pitino stated it will have been “regular” for all-Massive Ten senior guard Nate Mason to enter woe-is-me mode with Lynch and Coffey sidelined.
“I have never seen it, to be trustworthy,” Pitino stated. “Perhaps one or two dangerous days, however for probably the most half he has been very, very businesslike and he is enjoying nicely. He’s enjoying to win; he is not simply enjoying for himself.”
The Cornhuskers (17-eight, eight-four), winners of three straight, handed Minnesota its first convention loss, seventy eight-sixty eight, on Dec….