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With six guys in double figures the Gophers defeat the Mavs 84-67

Minnesota defeated UT-Arlington 84-67 with six guys scoring in double figures led by the 14 points from Reggie Lynch.

The Game Thread is up now as Minnesota and UT-Arlington are on the court warming up for their big non-conference game this evening.  Follow the link below for tonight's game thread that will run constant updates and conversation through the final buzzer.

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Pregame

Minnesota is coming off a season opening win over UL-Lafayette who is a Sun Belt team just like UT-Arlington is.  The Gophers started Nate Mason, Dupree McBrayer, Amir Coffey, Jordan Murphy, and Reggie Lynch and are expected to do so once again this evening.  UT-Arlington started preseason all-league player Erick Neal, Jalen Jones, Drew Charles, Faith Hope, and Jorge Bilbao in their 89-82 season opening win over Texas Southern (the SWAC favorite).  Kevin Hervey, the 6-ft-7 big and best Maverick player, is coming off a season ending ACL injury from a year ago.  He played just 21 minutes in the opener off the bench.  Is Hervey ready for more time? Will he start?  That is unclear at this point....Watching UT-Arlington the first thought is that there is no way Neal is 5-foot-10.  He's at least two inches shorter than that.  Also, Hervey is playing with a heavy brace and while he looks to be moving decent enough to play he does seem to have a bit of a step missing.  Love his jumper though..

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First Half

Minnesota’s first bucket is a nasty crossover step-back from Dupree McBrayer.  His touch has been on early in the year which is a big sign after starting so slow a year ago (shooting wise)…Reggie Lynch just faced up at the elbow and blew past him man to the rim for a two hand dunk in traffic.  Huge play, didn’t expect him to use that dribble like that.  Then he went back the other way and forced a turnover with excellent low post defense…Erick Neal doesn’t box out Nate Mason after a shot so Nate collects and gets an easy put-back.  Lazy play from Neal…Weak call from official gives Reggie his first foul.  It’s the 6th foul in three minutes from the refs who are really calling things tight…Dupree is too long and tall for his guy. Getting a good look whenever so they had to foul him so he added two more points…Faith Pope with a jumper over Jordan Murphy as Jordan was slow in getting to his closeout.  Jordan has to work harder in position defense…MN 8 UTA 7…

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As soon as Murphy touches it deep the Mavs have their guard digging and a double coming.  Last possessions it was a turnover.  They’ve scouted him well as the guy on him played the spin and the help came to the middle shoulder turn…Love the UTA floor spacing.  They are really good as a halfcourt offense in terms of spacing and both kinds of movement (ball and player)…Mason flies up the floor and hits a pull-up three while being fouled…Faith Pope is a heck of a shooter.  Two jumpers already and I like the look of his form…Pitino talks about Eric Curry missing bunnies and we just saw one. Neal came back and hit a quick trey….MN 13 UTA 12…

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Jorge Bilbao goes out after nine game minutes with foul trouble (has two).  UTA has now gone really, really small with a 6-5, 6-5, 6-8 frontcourt.  They have Hervey but time is limited, the 7-foot-1 guy Link Kabadyundi is too inexperienced….Minnesota has been really good working together on ball screens but their closeouts continue to be awful.  Reggie just went for a fake giving Julian Harris an easy make after Reggie went by…Gophers give up another three.  They just are not closing out nor chasing guys behind the play well…Hervey perfectly played Murphy for the attacking spin.  The word is out on that move, UTA has it well scouted…MN 17 UTA 20…

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With the Gophers really struggling on offense McBrayer puts together an attack score and then a steal into a full court dunk.  He has eight points and continues his great start to the year…Jordan Murphy can’t get it going around the basket so he jacks a trey and misses badly.  Early shot clock too.  Poor decision.  Fortunately for the Gophers UTA didn’t block out Mason again so his o-board becomes a McBrayer free throw make…Reggie Lynch goes for a fake for the second time today and at the 5:11 mark he gets foul number two.  Considering Reggie’s past history of fouls, that’s not too bad.  Better than usual…Another bad possession as Minnesota gets nowhere with the ball movement so Coffey heaves up a missing NBA trey.  The Minnesota half court offense has been very poor. Now Coffey gets his second foul…Ahmad Gilbert is the 8th man.  Last game it was Michael Hurt…MN 24 UTA 29…

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Gophers finally break the zone press quickly and cleanly and it becomes an Ahmad Gilbert lay-up.  Next possession Gilbert hits a huge three!  He’s been big so far tonight…Murphy swatted by Faith Pope at the rim and that is Pope’s third or fourth block already.  He’s rejected jumpers and attacks…Minnesota simply doesn’t look comfortable against this zone press, Mason included.  Another turnover from him…Neal hits back to back treys including a buzzer beater and UTA takes a 41-35 lead into the half…

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Second Half

Murphy fouls Pope closing out to the arc and puts him on the line for three foul shots and then on the third foul shot the Gophs didn’t block out well and UTA gets the ball back.  Effort is not high right now.  Not what it should be anyway…Reggie Lynch with a step-through finish out of the post.  That’s his second early half basket and the Gophs need to ride that for some momentum…Lynch with a help over block, Gophers go the other way to Reggie, he hits a running one hander!  Reggie has completely changed the moment of the game and UTA needs a timeout because the score is now tied.  Lynch has been massive…MN 43 UTA 43….

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After that great stretch of play Reggie has to go to the bench with foul trouble.  He now has three.  Bad time to get a third as he was leading this team after a tough end to half one and tough start to half two…Mason gets the ball back with two seconds left on the clock and he drains it from very deep! …Coffey jumps a passing lane and goes coast to coast for the second time tonight.  Players have a hard time judging his insane length…Amir catches on a reversal against the zone, beats his man, hangs in the air against the help, and scores.  Huge minutes from the freshman.  Also, the Gopher defense has been way more active the last five possessions…MN 54 UTA 44...

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Gilbert comes off the bench and gets a key block.  He’s played really well tonight…Curry misses a three a bit early in the shot clock.  Not a big fan of the PFs shooting threes yet.  Love Curry on the glass though, great effort and he just exploded over all Mavs to collect a d-board.  Eric has six boards in 18 minutes…Pitino sticking with that eight man rotation.  Gilbert playing for Hurt tonight, no Bakary Konate at all…Curry hits two clean looking foul shots.  Maybe I shouldn’t rag on his 3pt stroke so early…Akeem Springs is not moving his feet well.  Last two possessions he’s trying to clutch and hit instead of moving his feet to cut off spots.  He’s got in trouble the last two defensive possessions…Curry hits a nice looking face-up jumper after some quality ball movement!  All right, maybe he can shoot a three a game….MN 65 UTA 46…

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Akeem Springs doing some better things on defense.  Had a big step-over to stop the break and had a key help position defensive play.  Making up for the earlier feet moving issues that gave UTA a couple scores…Five Gophers in double figures now between 10-12 points.  Minnesota was on a 28-3 run…Nate Mason has done a much, much better job moving with Neal.  It’s been his second half focus and he’s sat deep in a stance and just moved with Neal like he needs to.  We aren’t hearing from Neal after his initial pass any more at all…MN 69 UTA 53…

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Jordan Murphy is really focused to get back on track.  His got himself to the foul line for three free throw makes, just scored at the rim, has 9 points and 9 rebounds so it’s going to be a solid game for him.  Playing harder on both ends…Love that Nate Mason called for the ball and went to Murphy to help get him going.  Jordan missed but great leadership from Nate right there…When will Pitino go to the bench?  After last Friday I bet he doesn’t go to them until the losing team puts their subs in, which is what most do anyway...Pitino puts all the subs in and that’s six guys (Gaston, Bakary, and Hurt as well as three walk-ons).  Bakary plays about six seconds and goes to the bench…Brady Rudrud with an NBA trey!!  Minnesota wins 84-67…

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