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#9-Minnesota Hosts #5-Michigan - OPEN THREAD

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

The first top 10 tilt at The Barn since the 70s! Should be AWESOME-BABY (oh and Dick Vitale is calling the game).

Game Time: 6:00
Radio: AM1500 and the Gopher Radio Network

Pos #9 - Minnesota Pnt/Gm Pnt/Gm #5 - Michigan Pos
PG Andre Hollins 14.4
18.0 Trey Burke
G Joe Coleman 10.9
12.3 Glenn Robinson III
F Austin Hollins 10.9
16.1 Tim Hardaway Jr F
F Rodney Williams 12.5
12.7 Nik Stauskas F
C Trevor Mbakwe 9.5 6.6 Jordan Morgan C
Bench Maverick Ahanmisi 4.3 1.8
Spike Albrecht
Bench Julian Welch 3.3 5.4 Mitch McGary Bench
Bench Elliott Eliason 2.0
1.6 Jon Horford Bench

I like our interior match-ups a lot, I'm more worried about guarding their perimeter. I am feeling as though this game promises to be less physical and more mental.

KenPom Efficiency Stats Minnesota (7) Michigan (5)
Record 15-2 16-1
Pnt / Poss 1.179 (8) 1.230 (1)
Def Pnt / Poss 0.872 (16)
0.903 (45)
Off eFG% 52.0% 57.5% (2)
Def eFG% 43.5% (32)
Off Reb % 48.0% (1) 35.1%
Def Reb % 64.9% (283)
76.3% (2)
TO % 21.9%
14.9 (2)

Michigan's offense is arguably the best in the country, it is REALLY good. But their defense is not as awesome. What they won't do is turn the ball over and they typically won't give you offensive rebounds. I don't expect us to force a lot of turnovers but it will be imperative that we own the offensive glass, like we typically do. Then it will come down to executing against a variety of defenses. Executing a game-plan and controlling tempo will be huge tonight. That and scoring more points than the other team, that should be pretty big too.