Minnesota-Wofford BB Preview

The Minnesota Gophers hope to get back on the winning track after dropping two straight games when they face Wofford at Williams Arena at 1:00. Wofford is just 3-7 and has lost all six games on the road and their last four contests.

Wofford is a member of the Southern Conference. They lost to Tennessee by 11 points, Clemson (7), Texas (31), Florida A&M (25), Vanderbilt (31) and Dayton (17) on the road. Their three wins were not exactly against a who's-who of basketball. They defeated Emmanuel 88-42, Toccoa Falls 102-42 and Charleston Southern 79-73 in overtime, all at home. They lost to Western Carolina by 14 points.

 

In his first season as head coach last year, Mike Young guided the Terriers to a third-place finish in the South Division with an 8-8 record. Wofford had been a consensus sixth-place pick out of six teams. The Terriers won 14 games (14-15) overall while facing what the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) and Sagarin Ratings deemed as the nation's most difficult non-conference schedule.

 

The Terriers have used several different starting lineups this season. In fact, only one player, Howard Wilkerson, has started all 10 games. Ten different players have started at least two games. They have good depth with no players averaging more than 25 minutes per game and 10 players playing 10 or more minutes per game.

 

The Terriers have two players averaging double figures. 6-0 junior Adrien Borders averaged just 3.1 points per game last season, but has nearly quadrupled his scoring efforts this season as he is leading the team with 12.3 points per game

 

6-2 junior Justin Stephens, who missed most of last season with a knee injury, is averaging 10.8 points per game. He leads the team with 23 three-pointers.

 

6-6 sophomore Howard Wilkerson is leading the team in rebounding (5.9 per game) and field goal percentage (55.7).

6-9 junior Sam Daniels is averaging 8.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. He and Tyler Berg are the two tallest players at 6-9. They are both averaging 1.0 blocked shots per game. The Terriers have just three players over 6-6. 
6-5 junior Greg Taylor, who transferred from South Carolina, is averaging 6.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game
6-4 David Eaton is the team's only senior. He is averaging 6.8 points per game. 
The Terriers are being outrebounded by 3.6 caroms per contest. They are shooting just 43.7 percent from the field and an anemic 56 percent from the line. 
The Gophers should get back on the winning track with an easy victory at home. 

 


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