Two days after dropping a 55-minute marathon, the Gophers are ready for Indiana

Jace Frederick

A 40-minute game can suck every ounce of energy out of a college basketball player.

The Gophers just went toe-to-toe with Purdue for 55 minutes in a triple-overtime loss on Wednesday night in West Lafayette, Ind.

Junior center Mo Walker, who played a season-high 32 minutes in the loss, was admittedly sore and tired. So you'd have to assume senior guard Austin Hollins, who played 51 minutes, and sophomore forward Joey King, who tallied 47 minutes, were pretty drained as well.

But Walker said everybody still brought the energy for Thursday's practice.

"We practiced hard," Walker said. "[head coach Richard Pitino] kept it short. He said just keep up the intensity and we'll be out of here in no time. That was the case."

And one day later, Walker said he feels a lot better.

Gophers head coach Richard Pitino said he was happy with the conditioning his players showed in Wednesday night's contest.

"Austin [Hollins] looked like he could have played three or four more overtimes, DeAndre [Mathieu] didn't seem tired, Joey [King] didn't seem tired, Mo [Walker] didn't seem tired," he said. 

Pitino said the only one who did look tired in the extra sessions was junior guard Andre Hollins, who was making his return to the lineup after missing two games with a left ankle sprain. Hollins had eight points on 3 for 14 shooting in 36 minutes on Wednesday.

"I think he played well," Pitino said. "He missed some shots, but I thought he played hard."

Pitino said Dre Hollins said he was a little sore after the game, so he only practiced for about 20 minutes on Thursday. 

"We need a healthy Andre Hollins," he said.