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Minnesota Basketball: Gophers Close Out Non-Conference Schedule With Harvard - OPEN THREAD

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Harvard and Minnesota meet for the first time ever

NCAA Basketball: Florida Atlantic at Minnesota Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

When

1:00

How

BTN

The Crimson come into the game at 5-7 with a couple head-scratching losses to Holy Cross and Cal State-Fullerton. They edged St. Joseph’s earlier in the season, but haven’t had a whole lot to report in a season where they’re expected to compete for a league championship. Their best player, Bryce Aiken, will miss this game with a leg injury, further hampering their chances.

This is the first meeting between the two schools, though head coach Tommy Amaker has found success against the Gophers, and is 8-6 in his career which included time at Michigan and Seton Hall.

KEYS TO A GOPHER WIN

  • Get some steady play from Isaiah WashingtonNate Mason is out for this game with an ankle injury, which means that JellyFam will get another starting nod and be expected to handle the PG reins. He’s showing progress, but still looks really raw, so he’ll need to be a calming presence, instead of what’s been a circus of ups, downs and interesting shots.
  • No one get hurt — For the love of God.

PREDICTION

With Aiken out for the Crimson the Gophers should run Harvard out of the gym.

Minnesota - 75

Harvard - 52