3 Headed Monster Fuels Minnesota In Win

Minnesota scored 95 points in a signature win over Iowa, but most of the damage came from the three headed guard monster of Mathieu, Hollins and Hollins, who accounted for 60 of those points.

Minnesota is floating right now and are wondering where they will land come tournament time. Entering the Iowa game, the Gophers were 17-11 overall and 6-9 in Big Ten play. Still, many experts and analysts thought Minnesota badly needed to beat a ranked Hawkeye team at home to keep their hopes alive of playing in the NCAA tournament.

If I told you that Iowa shoot 48% from the field and made 10 three pointers to score 89 points in the game, you would probably think the Gophers came on the losing end of the stick. The three headed guard monster of Deandre Mathieu, Andre Hollins and Austin Hollins didn't let that render their performance as they combined to shoot 19-28 for 60 points of the team's 95 points. Each were on the floor for over 30 minutes and all those minutes they played very definitely important in this signature win.

The fast pace that Hawkeyes play at can be very tricky and cause teams to play at a tempo they are not accustomed to, but Coach Pitino welcomes that pace by bringing his own wrinkle into the Big Ten with having a full court press for the entire game.

The leading scorer in the game was senior guard Austin Hollins, who had 27 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. He was all over the floor and you could see he wanted this game bad.

With this win, the Golden Gophers sit 18-11 overall and 7-9 in Big Ten play. Things don't get any easier as they travel to Ann Arbor to battle against the first place Michigan Wolverines on Saturday. It will be a tough road game, but if this three guard tandem can put up a performance like this or close to it, then there could be a really good shot we see another upset. With the Big Ten this season, you never know what might happen next.


Gopher Illustrated Top Stories