Minnesota had little trouble dispatching the North Dakota [REDACTED], winning 79-56 at Williams Arena. The Gophers improve to 3-3 on the season. Gabe Kalscheur led all scorers with 18 points.
To start the recap, note that North Dakota is terrible and so a successful outcome for the game was a win without any injuries. Minnesota accomplished both. On the positives for the game, the Gophers were able to shoot the ball well from outside (9/20) and overall (32/63). Five different players made it into double figures. Minnesota won all four factors finishing with a higher field goal percentage, more rebounds, fewer turnovers, and more free throws made and attempted.
On the negative side, the Gophers committed 15 turnovers, far too many in general but especially against weak competition. Many of those turnovers occurred early in the game, and I attribute most of them to laziness. Once Minnesota locked in to play the game was clean and smooth.
Jarvis Omersa was one rebound away from a double double. Pitino apologized in the post-game interview for not realizing this when he pulled them. Omersa should have had 15 points instead of 11 if his back court could throw a reasonable lob. Omersa added three assists and two steals to just one fouls. I have been impressed with Omersa’s effort level through the first six games of the season, and personally think he deserves a spot in the starting lineup.
Alihan Demir, the person that Omersa should replace, had a solid offensive game. He finished with 11 points on 5 of 7 shooting along with 3 rebounds.
Marcus Carr was only 4-11 from the field, but did contribute 6 assists on no turnovers.
Minnesota next plays DePaul on 11/29