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|Pos||#13 - Minnesota (9-1)
||Pnt/Gm||Pnt/Gm||North Dakota St. (8-2)
|G||Austin Hollins||11.7||5.0||Korey Brown (FR)||G|
|F||Rodney Williams||12.9||9.1||TreVonn Wright||F|
|C||Elliott Eliason||2.7||11.4||Marshall Bjorklund||F|
|Bench||Trevor Mbakwe||8.7||10.9||Mike Felt||Bench|
||Maverick Ahanmisi||4.9||7.0||Chris Kading||Bench|
Our last legit test before Big Ten play. Lafayette will visit the Barn next week, but that should be a Kendal Shell game.
But don't take the Bison for granted. This team is pretty experienced, talented and motivated to beat the Gophers. This team isn't loaded with Minnesota kids who all have a chip on their shoulder for not getting a Gopher offer. But there is a quasi-rivalry here where NDSU would love to knock off their Big Ten neighbor, as they have done in football. So they'll be ready to bring their best to knock off the Gophers. Next year is one where I might be more worried as this Bison roster has just one senior (Zastrow). They may win their league this year and be poised to have a really exciting year in 2012-13. They are currently one of the best mid-majors out there and have a great shot at earning their way into the NCAA Tournament, gaining invaluable experience.
With all of that said, this Gopher team should beat them and although it may be an 8-10 point game most of the time, it should end up being a double-digit win.