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Gophers Hosting The Mount - OPEN THREAD

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Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Where

MInneapolis

When

7:00 PM

How

BTN PLUS

Pos. Minnesota Golden Gophers Pnt/Gm Pnt/Gm XXX Pos.
PG Nate Mason 14.0 6.0 Junior Robinson (he's 5'5") PG
G Dupree McBrayer 14.0 16.5 Elijah Long G
F Amir Coffey 11.5 10.5 Greg Alexander G
F Jordan Murphy 8.5 4.0 Chris Wray F
C Reggie Lynch 12.0 1.5 Mawdo Sallah C
Bench Eric Currey 10.5 3.0 Will Miller Bench
Bench Akeem Springs 7.0 11.0 Miles Wilson Bench
Bench Michael Hurt 1.0 2.0 Ryan Gomes Bench

The Mount was a 14-win team last year and was not very good in a number of areas. Two starters return from last year's team and the outlook for Jamion Christian's team isn't real good. They have started the season 0-2 facing a couple of top 20 teams in West Virginia and Iowa State. The Gophers are up next and according to KenPom this is supposed to be the worst team on our schedule. Should be a win for the 2-0 Gophers right? Let's not get too overconfident quite yet.

Keys to a Gopher Win

Maroon_key_medium No Turnovers - The one metric that the Mount has been pretty good at in the years under Christian is turnover %. Last year's team third in the nation forcing turnovers on nearly a quarter of their opponent's possessions. In 2015 they forced turnvers on 21% of possessions. Point is that they may be adept at turning us over and that is one sure way to keep them in the game.

Maroon_key_medium No Lapses - We just aren't good enough to play a good half and a bad half, at least not against good teams. I am not worried about losing this game due to a lackidasical half, but let's get that bad habit kicked now before we do play a good team.

Prediction

Gophers win, this should be a game we win by 15 or more.