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JUCO transfer has become Gophers MVP

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07:36 AM ET 01.14 | DeAndre Mathieu may be small, but his impact during his short time at Minnesota has been significant. Mathieu is listed at 5-foot-9. I'm guessing that's generous by 1 1/2 inches. So far, he's been the catalyst in giving Rich Pitino a competitive start to his Minnesota tenure. When have the Gophers had a flat-out faster guy on the court than Mathieu? I'm not sure. To me, with junior Andre Hollins and senior Austin Hollins being more erratic in game-to-game performances than anticipated, Mathieu has been the Gophers' most valuable player. ... Pitino was able to come in late and land Mathieu out of Central Arizona junior college. The point guard was a first team JUCO All-America and had good offers elsewhere. If Mathieu had taken one of those, this Gophers team would be completely out of luck.

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January 14, 2014  09:42 AM ET

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