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Minnesota Basketball: Gophers Open NCAA Hoops Season Hosting Louisiana Lafayette Rajin Cajuns - OPEN THREAD

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7:00 PM


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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
C Lynch X.X X.X Bryce Washington 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.

Maroon_key_medium 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.

Maroon_key_mediumRebound - 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.