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NABC Classic Game Thread: Bowling Green at Minnesota

Game two brings Bowling Green of the MAC into Williams Arena for the second game of the NABC Classic's round robin.Tip is tentative for 8 p.m. central time. Free streaming video is available here.

On BGSU. ...The BGSU Falcons returned every player from last year's team that went 13-17 and found itself in the middle of the pack in the MAC. Point guard Joe Jakubowski led the Falcons Friday night with 24 points against Georgia State. Guard Brian Moten and forward Erik Marschall had 19 and 17 respectively last night.

According to ESPN Insider, BGSU coach Louis Orr (in his second year) brings a defensive mindset.

More from last night. ... The Minnesota Daiily says Al Nolen was the leader Friday night.

Other reading. .... Our friends at Hoopraker announce they too have love for Damian Johnson.

Breathe. .... If you thought last night was ugly, it really wasn't. Calm down. You could be a Kentucky fan who watched your team lose to the VMI Keydets on opening night.

Keys for tonight:

  • Finding an offensive identity. If the Gophers don't score on the fast break and get easy baskets, this could be close.
  • Turnovers. Nolen and Devoe Joseph need to protect the ball.
  • Shot selection: Quick shots are fine if they are good shots. Bostick and Carter need to let the game come to them.
  • Rebounding! We got away with small ball against Concordia. We won't against most teams. Ralph Sampson III and Colt Iverson need to play minutes and contribute on the boards.