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Minnesota Golden Gophers host Siena Saints - OPEN THREAD

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Game two of the Gopher's young seasons pits us against another solid mid-major program. The Siena Saints have four consecutive seasons of 20+ wins, three consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament and are will not be intimidated by a Big Ten program.

Time: 8:00 PM
TV: ESPNU
Internet: ESPN3
Radio: WCCO

Pos Minnesota Pnt/Gm Pnt/Gm Siena Pos
PG Al Nolen 8.0 14.0 Clarence Jackson
G
G Blake Hoffarber 2.0
2.0 Kyle Griffin
G
F Rodney Williams 6.0 6.0 Owen Wignot
F
F Colton Iverson 8.0 11.0 O.D. Anosike
F
C Ralph Sampson III 20.0 27.0 Ryan Rossiter
F
Bench Trevor Mbakwe 14.0 8.0 Rakeem Brookins
Bench
Bench Chip Armelin
11.0
3.0 Trenity Brudine
Bench

Ryan Rossiter is the man to stop. The 6-9 F/C is their tallest starter and should be a matchup problem for us defensively. Rossiter is the MAAC's preseason player of the year and he didn't start out slow scoring 27 in Siena's opening loss to the Vermont Catamounts.

Another game we should win. I'm sure we'll pound the ball inside offensively on the smaller Saints. Their starting frontline stands at 6-9, 6-7, 6-5 for Rossieter, Anosike and Wignot respectively. It would be really nice to see the Gopher backcourt (Blake Hoffarber) get into the offense but I'll take a win regardless of how it plays out.