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Gophers vs. Wisconsin as They Look To Take Another Step Towards a Bid - OPEN THREAD

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Andy Lyons

Where

banker's lief fieldhouse

When

5:30 PM

How

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A nice win last night over Penn State to complete the season 3-game sweep. Up next is a chance to knock off a good Badger squad and likely secure an NCAA Tournament bid.

Pos. Minnesota Golden Gophers Pnt/Gm Pnt/Gm Wisconsin Badgers Pos.
PG Deandre Mathieu 11.9 10.8 Traevon Jacckson PG
G Andre Hollins 14.4 12.4 Ben Brust G
G Austin Hollins 11.8 9.5 Josh Gasser F
F Joey King
6.2 12.9 Sam Dekker F
F Elliott Eliason 5.5 13.4 Frank Kaminsky F
Bench Malik Smith 8.2 8.0 Nigel Hayes Bench
Bench Daquein McNeil
1.5 2.9 Bronson Koenig Bench
Bench Maurice Walker 7.8 2.6 Duje Dukan Bench

This is not a team that I feel we match-up against very well. When our offense was clicking, we able to move

Efficiency Stats

Minnesota Wisconsin
Off PPP 1.123 1.184
Def PPP 1.001 0.980
Off TO% 18.4%
12.8% (1)
Def TO% 18.4%
15.7%
Off Reb % 32.6%
28.0%
Def Reb % 69.2%
62.3%

It is going to take a stronger effort tonight if the Gophers want to advance. Wisconsin is just so dang disciplined with the ball. They don't turn it over, they don't let you get offensive rebounds. So the Gophers need to figure out a way to score efficiently or figure out a way to get Wisconsin off their game. In game one, it was Mathieu getting deep penetration into the lane at will and creating offense. In game two, Wisconsin shut that down and the rest of the lineup failed to do enough damage via other means of offense.

Keys to a Gopher Win

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Play With Passion-I enjoyed watching the passion from Coach Pitino on down through the bench. The team was fired up to play and to win. I think we'll need that passion again tonight. Play with passion, yet under enough control so as not to give away possession after possession.

Maroon_key_mediumAvoid Empty Possessions-Same as yesterday, no lengthy scoring droughts. Cannot afford them against a team like Wisconsin.

Huge game, huge opportunity to get a win. Personally, I think we are going to see a huge game from Andre Hollins tonight.