Opponent Preview: Eastern Kentucky

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are back at home in Williams Arena for a Saturday matchup against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels. The game is scheduled to tip at 12:00 p.m. and can be seen on the Big Ten Network.

No. 20 Minnesota (8-1) vs. Eastern Kentucky (5-4)
Minneapolis, Minn. – Williams Arena
12:00 p.m. – Big Ten Network (Tom Hart, Tim Doyle)

PREGAME NOTES

Last Time Out: EKU comes into the game with a record of 5-4 on the season. The Colonels last played on Wednesday evening at home against Kentucky Christian. They trounced the Knights 95-45. The Colonels shot 55.7 percent (34-of-61) from the field and a season-high 57.1 percent (12-of-21) from the behind the arc.

Home Sweet Home: Eastern Kentucky has two players on its roster that will be returning to their home state of Minnesota – senior Justin Stommes and freshman Taylor Filipek. Stommes a preseason All-OVC pick, became the 30th EKU player to reach 1,000 career points.

About the Coach: Jeff Neubauer is in his sixth season at EKU where he has compiled a record of 92-74. Prior to becoming the head coach at Eastern Kentucky, Neubauer spent three seasons on John Beilien's staff at West Virginia.

Series History: Minnesota and Eastern Kentucky have played each other only once. The Gophers defeated the Colonels 61-59 at Williams Arena at the beginning of the 1977-78 season.

Projected Starters:
24 Jeff Johnson – 4.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg
32 Spencer Perrin – 12.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg
05 Joshua Jones – 10.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg
22 Josh Daniel – 11.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg
31 Justin Stommes – 8.8 ppg, 3.5 apg

Background
Location: Richmond, Kentucky
Enrollment: 16, 268
Conference: Ohio Valley Conference
Nickname: The Colonel
Colors: Maroon & White
Head Coach: Jeff Neubauer (6th Season)


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