Minnesota didn’t make the NCAA tourney, but it compiled one of the better seasons in team history. The Gophers set a record for wins in a single season (25) on their way to claiming their third NIT crown. Not bad for a team with a first-year coach and a revamped roster from a team that won a game in the NCAA tourney a season ago.
Speaking of the first-year coach, Pitino gave a tremendous locker room speech to his players, which you can watch above.
One of his biggest messages? That would be this:
“Do not let anybody tell you that this isn’t a big deal. Do no let anyone tell this is not a big deal, because they will remember you guys for the rest of your life.”