Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE
Round 2 with the Wildcats, this time at their house. The Gophers have not won in Evanston since 2008. But this team is different, right? Interesting that Northwestern is 2-1 on the road in the Big Ten and 0-2 at home. After tonight, I hope to see them move to 0-3 in their home court.
Game Time: 8:00
Radio: AM1500 and the Gopher Radio Network
|Pos||#12 - Minnesota||Pnt/Gm||Pnt/Gm||Northwestern
|Bench||Maverick Ahanmisi||4.2||4.1||Alex Marcotullio||Bench|
||Julian Welch||3.6||6.5||Tre Demps||Bench|
Facing this Northwestern team has very little (if anything) to do with personnel or match-ups, it is all about how you execute against their 1-3-1 and how you defend their offense of back-cuts and open threes. The single best thing you can ever have when going to Northwestern is time to prepare, and the Gophers have had nearly a week to rest, prepare and dwell on their losing streak. Advantage Minnesota.
|KenPom Efficiency Stats||Minnesota (7)
|Pnt / Poss||1.187 (6)||1.051|
|Def Pnt / Poss||0.881 (26)
|Def eFG%||44.6% (46)
|Off Reb %||47.9% (1)||27.6% (299)
|Def Reb %||65.0% (285)
|TO %||21.9%||17.1 (22)|
Northwestern doesn't turn the ball over, bu statistically that is the only think they do really well. This one should be a game where the Gophers are able to secure most of our defensive rebounds and get our usual amount of offensive rebounds. Turnovers are, of course, the issue. Last time around we turned the ball over on 26.5% of our possessions, a higher number than our season average.
But this isn't about numbers. We are the deeper, more athletic and more talented team. Get focused and get the win. Northwestern is pesky and they can catch you off guard with their systems, but we have had time to prepare and the only way their system beats us over 40 minutes is if we are not playing smart. Get focused and get the win.