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Minnesota Basketball: #12 Gophers Host #10 Miami in Big Ten / ACC Challenge - OPEN THREAD

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B1G/ACC Challenge pits two top-15 teams.

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When

8:15

How

ESPN2

The premier game on the Gopher’s non-conference schedule, and arguably the premier game of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge is the #10 Miami Hurricanes coming to town to face our #12 Golden Gophers. This is going to be a good one.

KEYS TO A GOPHER WIN

  • Push the Pace - Miami is a pretty slow-paced team, while the Gophers are actually 42nd in the country in terms of pace.
  • Make Shots - Miami is #1 in the country in terms of defensive eFG%. We will need to make shots, both inside out. I’d like to see Murphy continue to be a machine offensively that will hopefully get Huell into foul trouble and open things up for shooters over time.
  • Win the Paint - Fascinating matchups tonight on the inside with Dewan Huell matching up with Reggie Lynch. This is going to be fun to watch. Lynch has to stay out of foul trouble and contain Huell.

PREDICTION

It’s a home game and I have nothing but love for this team. This should be a great one, buckle up and enjoy.

Minnesota - 77
Miami - 71