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Minnesota Basketball: Three keys to beating San Francisco and how to watch

The Dons and the Gophers, can Minnesota win?

NCAA Basketball: Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Minnesota Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco Dons

Record: 4-2
KenPom Rank: 78

The Dons have consistently been in that second tier of the West Coast Conference and this year is no different. A team that is right there behind St. Mary’s in the WCC and will be fighting with Santa Clara for a potential NCAA Tournament bid. Can the Gophers put a ding in that resume and maybe boost their own?

KEYS TO A GOPHER WIN

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Force turnovers and score - Not exactly a strength of ours, but the Dons have been turning the ball over a lot this year. Getting some easy baskets from turnovers will go a long way toward a win.

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Keep Mogbo off the glass - The transfer from Missouri State is leading the Dons in scoring and rebounding. Keep this guy in check, and off the boards.

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Get good looks from three - And then obviously make them, but running offense well enough to get some good looks would be great.

PREDICTION

I’m really enjoying this Gopher squad and I’m going to go with a win on the road. San Francisco is not terribly efficient on offense and they’ve lost a couple close ones to just OK teams. Why not us? We’re just an OK team.

Minnesota - 73
San Francisco- 69