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Gophers Face #8 Louisville in Puerto Rico - OPEN THREAD

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Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Where

Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen

When

6:30 PM

How

ESPN

Pos. Minnesota Golden Gophers Pnt/Gm Pnt/Gm SMU Pos.
PG Deandre Mathieu X.X X.X Chris Jones PG
G Andre Hollins X.X X.X Terry Rozier G
G Carlos Morris X.X X.X Wayne Blackshear F
F Joey King X.X X.X Montrezl Harrell F
F Elliott Eliason X.X X.X Mangok Mathiang F
Bench Daquein McNeil X.X X.X Anton Gill Bench
Bench Maurice Walker X.X X.X Quentin Snider Bench
Bench Nate Mason X.X X.X Chinanu Onuaku

Bench

Gopher Basketball is BACK! I LOVE college basketball season and am thrilled that year two of the Richard Pitino led Gophers is tipping off tonight against an elite opponent!

Keys to a Gopher Win

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Limited Turnovers -
Louisville will press us and defend all night long with pretty good pressure. Our senior guards will need to set the tone for the backcourt with composure.

Maroon_key_medium Making Threes- I think we stand our best chance of winning tonight if we are able to make threes with a relatively high percentage. Getting into the lane is always great and we might have a nice opportunity to score in the post, especially when Walker is in. But if Hollins and Morris and McNeil and Mason are hitting from deep then everything becomes easier for us.

Maroon_key_medium Rebound - Duh, this is kind of important all the time but when you are facing a rebounding beast like Harrell, you need to be diligent about it. We have some nice interior depth but we need to have everybody boxing out and finishing possessions. We just cannot afford to give up extra scoring opportunities against a talented team like Louisville.