Richard Pitino's Gophers flying beneath the radar with 'totally different team'


per Marcus:

In past years, Richard Pitino would already be making a stance if he thought preseason predictions — good or bad — for his Gophers men’s basketball team either were overhyped or understated.

Coming off the program’s first NCAA tournament victory in six years, Pitino hasn’t really talked about the Gophers being picked maybe too high or too low going into the 2019-20 season.

The Gophers are predicted to finish 11th in this year’s Big Ten unofficial media preseason poll, released Monday. Don’t expect Pitino to be campaigning at Wednesday’s Big Ten Media Day in Chicago about his squad being vastly underrated. Not yet, anyway.

Sure, the Gophers have goals of getting back to the NCAA tourney, but Pitino isn’t sure exactly how good his team is right now. They have seven newcomers and different players leading the way.

“Totally different team,” Pitino said to open practice last week. “You’ve got to get them not to use that as an excuse and find a way to get caught up as quickly as possible. Very important for the returners to be very good influences on the court.”

Go Gophers!!

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