But for the second year in a row under Pikiell, the Scarlet Knights won a first-round Big Ten Tournament game as the conference's lowest seed.
Those 24 victories are the most by a first-year coach in program history, but Holtmann doesn't want his players to lose the approach they had at the beginning of the year.
The knock on Teske was that he didn't shoot well, going 1-for-5 from the field and 1-for-4 from the free-throw line, including missing two critical free throws in overtime that would have ended the game.
In the end, Minnesota is thankful to go back there and play Penn State. I thought starting (the conference schedule) early was OK, but if you look at our schedules (through the years), we've been able to give everybody two-day prep (before games) in 99 percent of the cases.
"I'm anxious to see how we're going to do", Holtmann told ESPN. Senior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman was named conference honorable mention after averaging 12.3 points per game and is now 44th in school history with 1,167 career points.
"Well, you've got to move the ball to the other driver, " McCaffery said.
Abdur Rahkman has played in 129 consecutive games, with 57 straight starts. Pikiell joked. But when asked which he enjoyed more, that game or Corey Sanders' 23-point performance that moved the 14th-seeded Scarlet Knights (14-18) into Thursday night's game against No. 6 IN, he turned serious.
Tyler Cook and Garza scored 13 points apiece for Iowa.
Frazier leads all Big Ten freshmen in scoring (12.5), assists (3.0), steals (1.6) and 3-pointers per game (1.9) for the season. Bohannon scored 25 points and had six assists, including a bounce pass to Luka Garza for a jam with 34 seconds left to keep the Illini at bay.
Collins said he has stressed adopting a refreshed mindset now that the regular season is done and irreversible. "There's no reason why we can't have a magical run".
The Big Ten would be smartest if they kept things exclusively in Chicago and Indianapolis - if only for the better atmosphere it generates around those respective cities than on the East Coast. But what sets Murphy's rebounding apart as a 6-foot-7 forward?
"He's (Wagner) understanding (his impact)".
Top shot: After missing two 3-pointers that would have tied the game, Iowa was forced to foul MI with less than a minute to go. I have a lot of respect for IL. "You think about the people that played here before you and now playing here". Rely on simple stuff.
In fact, he played more than Wagner, edging him 28-16 in minutes played.