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Minnesota Basketball: Three Keys for the Gophers to beat Maryland

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After a week off, the Gophers host Maryland

NCAA Basketball: Michigan at Minnesota Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

Where

The Barn

When

1:00 PM

How

BTN



Who

Maryland



The Gophers ended their stretch of 9, brutal games. A trip to Lincoln was Covid-cancelled, giving the Gophers a full week off before hosting Maryland.

The Terps had higher expectations than a 2-6 start to the Big Ten season. But that’s where they currently sit and they are coming to the Barn where the Gophers have been hot and defeated anyone who has made the trip. It should be noted that

Can the remain undefeated against a team they are favored to beat?

KEYS TO A GOPHER WIN

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Get to the Line - Maryland is very good at not fouling. But they are on the road in the Big Ten and I think this Gopher offense is starting to understand their identity of inside-out. Dribble drive to the paint and don’t settle for threes.

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Feed the Big Man - Liam Robbins is getting better game by game. Give this kid the ball and let the offense run through him. It will make Carr that much better.

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Defend - Defend like we have been. The more that defense becomes what motivates this team and it becomes their calling card, the better they will be.

PREDICTION

I’m getting high on this team, maybe too high. But as this team is in the space of fighting for a higher seed (rather than just hoping to get in), games like this at home have to be won.

Minnesota - 72
Maryland - 66