There wasn’t much drama in Minnesota’s utter destruction of the Alabama A&M Bulldogs, as the Gophers eviscerated the SWAC visitors 100-57, scoring 100 or more points for the second time this season. The Gophers never trailed in a game that underscores just how different some high- and low-major basketball programs are in this day and age.
The starters were dominant and the team scored 47 points in the first half on 61 percent shooting. There was no letting off the gas pedal, even when most starters came out of the game with 16 minutes yet to go.
Jordan Murphy had his fifth straight double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds on 9-10 shooting in only 22 minutes. Davonte Fitzgerald, Nate Mason, Jamir Harris and Reggie Lynch all scored in double figures as well. Amir Coffeey scored nine and added eight assists.
The Gophers dominated the Bulldogs in every facet of the game as A&M was simply outsized and outmatched. Minnesota shot 61 percent for the game, taking an incredible 70 shots, with only 16 of those being three-pointers.
Minnesota came into the game likely looking toward the weekend bouts in Brooklyn, where they’ll take on UMass and Alabama, so there was some caution about looking past the Bulldogs. Still, A&M came into the game as 40-point underdogs and ranked by KenPom as the 350th team out of 351. That showed across the board as they were unable to penetrate the Minnesota interior and often settled for off-balance or simply ill-advised shots.
There’s not much to take away from the game, since much of it is hardly an indicator of potential lineups, schemes or even individual performances. Let’s just be thankful that no one got hurt in a game that never should have been scheduled in the first place.
The Gophers head east to face UMass on Friday in the Barclays Center Classic, which, oddly enough, won’t be played at the Barclays Center. They get No. 25 Alabama on Saturday.