The season is finally here and the new-look Gophers take the Barn floor to face Western Michigan.
KenPom Rank: 268
The Broncos were 8-23 last year and finished last place in the MAC. This should be a Gopher win, but what do they need to do?
KEYS TO A GOPHER WIN
Rebounding - Dwayne Stephens was the long-time top assistant coach for Tom Izzo at Michigan State. I’m making an assumption here that he is going to try and play a similar style here as they did in East Lansing. Which means that rebounding is going to be a premium. Control the boards tonight.
Make shots - Sounds simple enough, right? But so many new players, especially a handful who haven’t played at the collegiate level. When they execute the offense to get open shots, make them. Finding offense may be a challenge without Jamison Battle playing, so make the ones we should make.
Pound the ball inside - I don’t know much about this Gopher team, but I do believe that we have a decent advantage inside. Let’s get a lot of inside touches for Pharrel Payne and Dawson Garcia (who is expected to play).
This should be a Gopher win, but it may be closer than it should be.
Minnesota - 68
Western Michigan - 60