Last year Ben Johnson’s Gophers were playing above their heads and upset Mississippi State in Starkville. Can they sweep this home-and-home?
KenPom Rank: 27
Easily the toughest non-conference opponent the Gophers will face this season and a team that is capable of making a run to the 2nd weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Can the Gophers beat the Bulldogs again this year?
KEYS TO A GOPHER WIN
Find some offense! - Find a lot of offense! Scoring has been a struggle and this team just hasn’t yet found a flow together. LIkely other than scoring from three, as MSU is very good at defending the three.
BOX OUT - MSU is very good at offensive rebounding and this is going to be a major problem. This could be a MAJOR problem. The Bulldogs are #1 in the country in offensive rebounding percentage, getting 40% of their own misses.
No turnovers - Also, could be a major problem. We have struggled with turnovers and the Bulldogs force a lot.
There are just a lot of really bad matchups here for the Gophers. This may not be pretty. The real chance here is if MSU comes in without much fire, misses a ton of shots and the Gophers find ways to hang around in a low scoring game.
Minnesota - 62
Mississippi State - 77