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Gophers Stay on the Road, Looking for Back-to-Back Big Ten Wins - OPEN THREAD

The Gophers travel to Penn State hoping to ride the wave of confidence after a huge win at Indiana.

Game Time: 3:00

Pos Minnesota (13-5) Pnt/Gm
Pnt/Gm Penn State (9-9) Pos
PG Julian Welch 10.2
18.1 Tim Frazier
G Joe Coleman
Jermaine Marshall
F Austin Hollins 8.6 3.4
Matt Glover
F Rodney Williams 10.4 7.7 Billy Oliver F
C Ralph Sampson III 8.5 3.6 Jonathan Graham F
Bench Maverick Ahanmisi 4.8 4.6 Ross Travis Bench
Bench Andre Hollins 5.6
5.4 Sasa Borovnjak
Bench Eliott Eliason
2.4 7.5 Cammeron Woodyard

Tim Frazier scares me and after watching Michigan's Trey Burke destroy us off the dribble, I fear that Frazier may beat us single-highhandedly. The other noteworthy guy on the roster for Minnesota fans is Ross Travis. A freshman from Chaska who is averaging 17 min off the bench and about 4.5 points and rebounds per game. Taking on local kids who didn't get a scholarship offer from Tubby is always dangerous. I don't expect he will go off for 16 points and a dozen rebounds or anything crazy but he may make a handful of backbreaking plays that inspire the Nittany Lions.

KenPom Efficiency Stats Minnesota (53) Penn State (133)
Record 13-5 9-9
Pnt / Poss 1.093 (45) 1.000
Def Pnt / Poss 0.955 0.960
Off eFG% 51.8%
45.4% (280)
Def eFG% 48.3% 50.7%
Off Reb % 37.5% (32) 36.7% (46)
Def Reb % 66.9% 74.7% (11)
TO % 21.4% 20.3%

So Penn State is a great rebounding team. They crash the offensive glass and they box out defensively. The rest of their numbers are not very pretty. By more traditional statistics they rank at or near the bottom of the Big Ten in scoring offense, FG%, 3-pnt FG%, defensive 3-pnt FG%, blocked shots and assists. Their efficiency stats echo the same story. But they do rebound quite well. So today I'm going to give you 2 keys to the game?

1 - BOX OUT - We are pretty good at crashing the offensive glass but we also give up our share of offensive boards. Box out and do not give them very many second chance points.

2 - Contain Frazier - He is the one guy who can take over the game and beat us. I am fearing a lot of pick-n-rolls, we better be ready for it.

Those are two things that we can do. Assuming we can handle those simple tasks I think our offense will be fine against a farily weak defensive team. Is a winning streak too much to ask? We are looking for not just back-to-back wins but back-to-back ROAD wins. Get this done and then we can really start gaining some confidence this year again.