It is a Christmas Miracle...the Gophers are on TV!!!
|Pos.||Minnesota Golden Gophers||Pnt/Gm||Pnt/Gm||Georgia Southern Eagles||Pos.|
|PG||Nate Mason||12.8||14.9||Tookie Brown||PG|
|G||Dupree McBrayer||10.7||11.2||Mike Hughes||G|
|F||Amir Coffey||13.8||21.4||Ike Smith||G|
|F||Jordan Murphy||9.9||6.3||Shawn O'Connell||F|
|C||Reggie Lynch||8.3||5.5||Montae Glenn||F|
|Bench||Eric Curry||6.9||7.8||B.J. Gladden||Bench|
|Bench||Akeem Springs||8.1||8.4||Jake Allsmiller||Bench|
|Bench||Bakary Konate||2.9||2.3||Coye Simmons||Bench|
A couple of perimeter players are the primary scorers here and an opportunity for Mason, McBrayer and Coffey to play some defense.
Keys to a Gopher Win
Stay Healthy - Maybe I'm getting overconfident (I should note how other good teams have lost to some pretty weak teams this year), but I feel pretty good that the Gophers will get through these next four games with wins. The real thing that concerns me is staying healthy and being ready for the start of the Big Ten season. I want to see a sizeable lead and plenty of minutes for Konate, Michael Hurt and Ahmed Gilbert.
Show Some Efficient Offense - Georgia Southern is pretty bad defenensively. Which is a perfect opportunity for the Gophers to work out some execution issues on offense. At several points in the Big Ten season there will be times when the offense will have to rely on more than just if we are shooting well that night or not. The Eagles actually defend the three very well and are pretty bad at defending 2-point FGs. Executing an offense will get you the easy 2-point looks and may lead to open threes. Let's see it.
Force Penetration - I expect the Gopher guards to get out to shooters quickly and force them to put the ball on the floor, funnelling them into Lynch. The Eagles are not a team that takes a tremendously high amount of threes, but they rely on points from behind the arc slightly more than the average team.
Gophers win, I'm not worried.