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|Pos.||Minnesota Golden Gophers||Pnt/Gm||Pnt/Gm||UL-Lafayette Rajin Cajuns||Pos.|
|PG||Nate Mason||X.X||X.X||Jay Wright||PG|
|G||Dupree McBrayer||X.X||X.X||Johnathan Stove||G|
|F||Amir Coffey||X.X||X.X||Frank Bartley||G|
|F||Jordan Murphy||X.X||X.X||Jerekius Davis||F|
|Bench||Eric Currey||X.X||X.X||Kadavian Evans||Bench|
|Bench||Akeem Springs||X.X||X.X||PJ Hardy||Bench|
|Bench||Bakary Konate||X.X||X.X||Justin Miller||Bench|
The important thing to note about this game is that Lafayette has one of my favorite nicknames in all of college basketball. Also worth noting, I guess, is that they were a 19-win team a year ago and
Keys to a Gopher Win (yes, I realize the futile-ness of this exercise)
Even the most pessimistic among us should be confident in this game. UL-Lafayette had a solid season last year but return only three major contributors. I have no idea how they'll fare in the Sun Belt, but the Gophers should win this one. And here's how.
Take Care of the Ball - Take care of the ball and get good shots on office. I have confidence that turnovers will not be a problem for this team. But in game one, against a team you aren't going to be all that familiar with, take care of the ball and give yourself a chance on every possession.
Rebound - I like our situation in the post so much more than I did a year ago. Adding Lynch and Curry are going to go a long way in terms of defense and rebounding. The Rajin Cajuns are not all that big and I'd love to see us absolutely dominate the glass tonight.
Prediction: Minnesota works out some kinks, the angry Canjuns turn the ball over and we end up pulling away to win by 16.