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As Mathieu plays, so go the Gophers

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- As DeAndre Mathieu performs, so go the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

The junior point guard has emerged in his first season with the program as the truest indicator of the team's success, or failure.

Such an impact is certainly normal for a player who handles the ball so often, but the 5-foot-9 Mathieu was largely unknown when he transferred to the program last year.

Mathieu has struggled at times, including nine turnovers in a loss at Nebraska in January and seven more in defeat at Purdue in February. But he's also played well.

Minnesota plays Penn State on Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.

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