[quote=“BleedPSU, post:8, topic:548”]Here’s a little bit of info on Minnesota for you all to look at:
Current Record: 9-3
Wins vs: Tennessee Tech, Stephen F. Austin, Utah Valley, Butler, Brown, Morgan State, St. Joes, NIU, South Dakota State
Losses vs: Portland, Texas A&M, Miami
Truth be told, this Gophers team is nearly exactly the same as last years. There is nothing new on their roster, no real new threats. The freshman Carter has been OK, but has shown that he’s still adjusting to this level. This game will be won and lost based on guard play, IMO. The Gophers have three guys who can really shoot the three, perimeter defense will be huge in this game.
-Devoe Joseph has improved from last year. He’s a streaky shooter who when he’s on can burn us.
-We already know Hoffarber can bomb three’s
-Westbrook has been their biggest threat at the guard position
Down low, I have never really been impressed by the Minny big men. My honest opinion of their inside players is that they do not defend well. Colton Iverson hacks and hacks and hacks. Keep dumping the ball down low, and it is a guarantee he will put himself in foul trouble. Ralph Sampson is a player who can score, but will also put himself into foul trouble very quickly. Our guards and Cornley were able to get them both in foul trouble when we beat them at home last year. Iverseon had 4, Johnson fouled out and Samson had 4. Get them in foul trouble again and we win this game.
I think this is a tough game to open our B10 slate, mainly because Minny is a solid team at home. However, I also believe this is a winnable road game for us, mainly because there’s really nothing new about them from last year. Their highly touted recruits are in trouble and not playing,[/quote]
I think we have the best chance by getting it inside and getting their big men in foul trouble, but I always feel this way. “Keep dumping the ball down low” is a good idea, but we don’t do that. Last year we did. IMO, this will be the game. Our guards are better. I expect Edwards will start, and that’s good, but if we don’t get it inside, we won’t get their front line in foul trouble. Key stat: FTA’s. The team that gets more of them wins.