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Gophers Host Red Storm in Gavitt TipOff Game - OPEN THREAD

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Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Where

MInneapolis

When

8:00 PM

How

BTN

Pos. Minnesota Golden Gophers Pnt/Gm Pnt/Gm St. John's Red Storm Pos.
PG Nate Mason 13.7 21.0 Marcus LoVett PG
G Dupree McBrayer 13.7 14.5 Shamorie Ponds G
F Amir Coffey 11.0 7.5 Bashir Ahmed G
F Jordan Murphy 11.7 7.0 Tariq Owens F
C Reggie Lynch 10.0 9.5 Yankuba Suma C
Bench Eric Currey 9.0 12.5 Federico Mussini Bench
Bench Akeem Springs 8.0 4.5 Kassoum Yakwe Bench
Bench Michael Hurt 0.7 7.0 MalikEllison Bench

Chris Mullin brings his Red Storm to Minneapolis and gives the Gophers their first test against a P5 school. St. John's was even worse than the Gophers a year ago and have brought in Shamorie Ponds as one of the top freshmen in their league.

Keys to a Gopher Win

Maroon_key_mediumMake Free Throws - Free throw percentage has been ugly this year, and that's fine when you are playing UT Arlington and UL Lafayette and The Mount. But St. John's will be able to score and there'll be zero intimidation factor here. When we get fouled and get to the line, please start making more of these.

Maroon_key_medium Defend the Perimeter - Shamorie Ponds and Marcus LoVett have been lighting it up in the Red Storm's first two games. The two freshmen made a combined 9 threes in their win over Binghampton. These two are scoring guards who will light it up if we don't slow them down. I'd love to see a great defensive game out of our guards tonight.

Prediction

I'm believing that this is a game the Gophers can win. I also expect a high scoring affair with marginal defense. But the Gophers win by 7.