Arkansas Pine Bluff
This will also serve as your OPEN THREAD. Go Gophers.
Arkansas Pine Bluff Golden Lions
KenPom Rank: 352
Another team ranked around the 350s for Minnesota and it should be another win for Ben Johnson and his team. Here is what they need to do to ensure they come away with a win.
KEYS TO A GOPHER WIN
Score - The Golden Lions are not the worst defensive team in college basketball this year, they are the 2nd worst. Minnesota should be able to score tonight, inside and out. The Gophers offensive efficiency probably comes down to whether or not they are making threes.
No turnovers - If AKPB does anything well, it might be forcing turnovers. And frankly, we turn the ball over way too much. This might be an equalizer stat for tonight.
Keep getting to the line - I do love that this is becoming an identity for this team (but for the last 10 minutes of the Missouri game). We get to the line frequently and we’ve been good at converting.
This opponent gave up 100 points to Incarnate Word at home. They also gave up over 100 to Missouri (common opponent!). I do expect that offense should come easy for Minnesota tonight.
I also expect that this will be another Gopher win.
Minnesota - 88
Arkansas Pine Bluff - 71