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Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-23)


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vs. Rut 
W 83-61
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@ Ill 
L 71-84
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vs. Wisc 
L 49-62
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@ Rut 
L 52-75
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@ Ill 
L 52-85
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Under-pressure Pitino: 'We've got to get this right'

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Richard Pitino's fourth year as the coach at Minnesota has come with significant pressure to pull up the floundering men's basketball program from the bottom of the Big Ten and help put an end to the off-the-court problems.

With the university president publicly expressing concern about Gophers players repeatedly getting in trouble, Pitino has begun a make-or-break season. Minutes after his first meeting with just-hired athletic director Mark Coyle on Thursday, Pitino sat down in his office for an interview with The Associated Press about his status and the state of the team.

"Obviously he's coming in at a time when I'm not the most popular guy right now, and I understand that," Pitino said of Coyle, who arrives from Syracuse. "But I've got to show him my vision. I've got to show him what I believe we're all about. I've got to also show him what we need to do differently and how we can do it and make sure people are proud of the product on the court as well as off the court."

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Leaders
Points: J. King11.6
Rebounds: J. Murphy8.0
Assists: J. King1.3
FG%: No qualifiers
FT%: J. King88.6%
3P%: J. King40.1%
Steals: D. McBrayer1.0
Blocks: B. Konate1.0
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas33-5
2 Michigan State29-6
3 North Carolina33-7
4 Virginia29-8
5 Oregon31-7
6 Villanova35-5
7 Oklahoma29-8
8 West Virginia26-9
9 Xavier28-6
10 Miami (FL)27-8
10 Kentucky27-9
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova35-5
2 North Carolina33-7
3 Kansas33-5
4 Oklahoma29-8
5 Virginia29-8
6 Oregon31-7
7 Michigan State29-6
8 Miami (FL)27-8
9 Indiana27-8
10 Syracuse23-14
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Big Ten Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
14 Indiana 15-3 27-8
2 Michigan State 13-5 29-6
18 Maryland 12-6 27-9
12 Purdue 12-6 26-9
25 Iowa 12-6 22-11
Wisconsin 12-6 22-13
Ohio State 11-7 21-14
Michigan 10-8 23-13
Northwestern 8-10 20-12
Penn State 7-11 16-16
Nebraska 6-12 16-18
Illinois 5-13 15-19
Minnesota 2-16 8-23
Rutgers 1-17 7-25
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 68.0 (284)
Rebounds: 10.0 (238)
Assists: 12.2 (255)
FG%: 40.5% (321)
FT%: 70.7% (143)
3P%: 31.0% (313)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 74.0 (236)
Rebounds: 24.5 (246)
Assists: 15.2 (315)
FG%: 45.1% (269)
FT%: 72.8% (320)
3P%: 38.1% (332)
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