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Gophers Continue On The Road At Maryland - OPEN THREAD

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11:00 AM



Pos. Minnesota Golden Gophers Pnt/Gm Pnt/Gm Maryland Terrapins Pos.
PG Deandre Mathieu 9.5 15.9 Melo Trimble PG
G Andre Hollins 13.2 8.9 Richaud Pack G
G Carlos Morris 12.8 6.6 Jared Nickens F
F Joey King 10.1 14.9 Jake Layman F
F Maurice Walker 12.0 4.9 Damonte Dodd F
Bench Nate Mason 10.8 6.1 Dion Wiley Bench
Bench Elliott Eliason 4.7 3.8 Michael Cekovsky Bench
Bench Charles Buggs 4.2 2.7 Jonathan Graham Bench

Two guys averaging about 16 points per game, they might be the guys worth keeping an eye on each and every possession.

Efficiency Stats (national rank in parenthesis if significant)

Minnesota Maryland
Off PPP 1.087 (30) 1.087 (31)
Def PPP 0.938 0.917 (32)
Off TO% 18.8% 18.7%
Def TO% 27.3% (3) 17.4%
Off Reb % 30.4% 31.1%
Def Reb % 67.1% 71.4%

Maryland is a solid team on both ends of the floor with a couple very good scorers. This is a pretty good team and will finish very near the top of the Big Ten standings. They opened their conference schedule with a Double OT win over Michigan State on the road. Now they come home and face what will hopefully be an angry Gopher team after giving away the game at Purdue on Wednesday afternoon.

Keys to a Gopher Win

No Lapses, Be Sharp -
The Terps are solid on both ends of the floor and Minnesota is going to have to be sharp on each and every possession. This Gopher team, against other quality opponents, has had too many stretches of poor play and poor decisions. These add up quickly and a double-digit lead with under 10 minutes to play can turn into a loss (gonna be hard to let that one go). Anyway, Maryland is pretty good and we have to be sharp on every possession.

Defend Layman -
I get nervous when an opponent has a scoring power forward, defending one of them is not exactly a strength of this team. I'm sure we will see the zone quite a bit so the individual match-up won't be as obvious but we this guy makes me nervous.