Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
The first top 10 tilt at The Barn since the 70s! Should be AWESOME-BABY (oh and Dick Vitale is calling the game).
Game Time: 6:00
Radio: AM1500 and the Gopher Radio Network
|Pos||#9 - Minnesota||Pnt/Gm||Pnt/Gm||#5 - Michigan
Glenn Robinson III
||16.1||Tim Hardaway Jr||F|
|C||Trevor Mbakwe||9.5||6.6||Jordan Morgan||C
||Julian Welch||3.3||5.4||Mitch McGary||Bench|
I like our interior match-ups a lot, I'm more worried about guarding their perimeter. I am feeling as though this game promises to be less physical and more mental.
|KenPom Efficiency Stats||Minnesota (7)
|Pnt / Poss||1.179 (8)||1.230 (1)|
|Def Pnt / Poss||0.872 (16)
|Off eFG%||52.0%||57.5% (2)
|Def eFG%||43.5% (32)
|Off Reb %||48.0% (1)||35.1%|
|Def Reb %||64.9% (283)
Michigan's offense is arguably the best in the country, it is REALLY good. But their defense is not as awesome. What they won't do is turn the ball over and they typically won't give you offensive rebounds. I don't expect us to force a lot of turnovers but it will be imperative that we own the offensive glass, like we typically do. Then it will come down to executing against a variety of defenses. Executing a game-plan and controlling tempo will be huge tonight. That and scoring more points than the other team, that should be pretty big too.