Richard Pitino doesn't think the Gophers' offense is broken, at least not from an X's and O's standpoint. Yet despite the assertion from Minnesota's head coach, there's no mistaking the fact that the Gophers have struggled offensively in their last two losses. Pitino's team failed to top 50 points in games against Illinois and Ohio State, and Minnesota's NCAA tournament hopes have faded as a result. As the Gophers prepare to host Iowa on Tuesday at Williams Arena, Pitino doesn't believe any changes need to be made to his offense. "I don't think it's the offense that's the issue," Pitino said Monday. "I don't think it's that we're not getting open shots. . . . We've just got to get a little confidence going more than anything." Minnesota was held to 22 second-half points in the loss to Illinois last week and scored just 18 points after halftime against Ohio State after outscoring the Buckeyes 28-18 in the first half. The Gophers didn't shoot well in either game -- 37.3 percent against the Illini, 35.4 percent versus OSU -- and also struggled from downtown in both losses. For a team that hoped to play an uptempo -- and presumably high-scoring -- brand of basketball, the Gophers now rank eighth in the Big Ten in scoring (71.4 points per game), though they haven't hit that average in their last five games. The players admit that their confidence on the offensive side of the ball isn't as high as it was earlier in the year.
Pitino believes confidence is missing ingredient for Gophers
Fox Sports North | Feb 25