Gophers coach Pitino not hitting panic button after blowout loss vs. Illinois

January 18, 2019 02:05 PM

By now the sting has certainly worn off after the Gophers men's basketball team (3-3 in Big Ten) suffered their worst loss of the season, falling to Illinois by 27 points on Wednesday night.

"I felt bad during it, and after watching it felt worse. I watched it again at 4:30 a.m. and it felt worse again, so I probably need to stop watching it, but it's the way we have lost that's demoralizing. Illinois is a good team, Penn State is too and they're a good defensive team. The key to where we want to get to is games like tomorrow and I feel we can improve and move on from there," said Gophers head coach Richard Pitino at a press conference Friday.

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In the grand scheme of things, the Gophers are only a game out of fourth place for seeding, if the conference tournament started today. The players believe a strong showing against Penn State on Saturday night at the Barn will get them back on track.

"The last game is definitely not who we are and it's not who we want to be known as. We just want to go out in front of our fans and win a game," said Gophers forward Michael Hurt.

Minnesota hosts Penn State on Saturday night at Williams Arena. The Nittany Lions have a record of 7-11 and are winless in the Big Ten at 0-7. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m.

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