Marilyn Indahl-US PRESSWIRE
Back on the road to prove if this team is capable of winning away from The Barn. It has been a nice reprieve watching a winning and competitive Gopher squad, but can they continue to play at a high level away from home?
Game Time: 8:00
Radio: AM1500 and the Gopher Radio Network
|Pos||#11 - Minnesota||Pnt/Gm||Pnt/Gm||Nebraska
|C||Trevor Mbakwe||10.0||11.1||Brandon Ubel||C
|Bench||Maverick Ahanmisi||3.7||2.8||Benny Parker||Bench|
||Julian Welch||3.3||4.9||Andre Almeida||Bench|
Is Julian Welch going to start tonight? What kind of Gopher team are we going to see tonight? Have you heard of even one player on the Nebraska roster? This is one of those games where the Gophers need to dictate the tempe/pace and not play down to their opponent's level. Match-ups shouldn't matter, strategy shouldn't matter, just execute your gameplan and win.
|KenPom Efficiency Stats||Minnesota (14)
|Pnt / Poss||1.136 (19)||0.989 (289)
|Def Pnt / Poss||0.903 (31)
|Def eFG%||45.3% (49)
|Off Reb %||44.8% (1)||25.9% (327)
|Def Reb %||64.5%||69.8%|
|TO %||21.6% (262)
Statistically it jumps out to me that Nebraska is not very efficient on offense and they do not get very many offensive rebounds. This is good for us and an opportunity to end their possessions more frequently then we typically do.
The numbers just prove what I was saying above, the Gophers are the more talented team and should win this game. What they need to do is execute their stuff, not just going through the motions but executing, and they should be just fine. If they show up lethargic, if they show up assuming a win, if they let Nebraska dictate tempo or if they just go through the motions; they will lose. But this is an opportunity to show that the Gopher team from early January is back and ready to be more than a happy participant in the NCAA Tournament.