Minnesota-Princeton BB Preview

The Gophers started their Big Ten schedule Wednesday with a loss to Penn State. They get a brief break from conference play when they face Princeton at Williams Arena tonight at 7. Princeton is a team that basketball fans might recall for their upset win over UCLA in the NCAA Tournament and scare they gave Georgetown in the "Big Dance." Those close games against top teams have continued as they battled #7 Oklahoma, losing to the Sooners 58-55 on a ESPN2 televised contest.

The Tigers are 6-5 and will have a 16-day break after tonight's game, which could play in the Gophers' favor or their detriment if they want to go out with a win before finals.

 

The Tigers head to Minnesota on a winning note after a 67-52 victory against Monmouth at Jadwin Gym Wednesday night. 6-0 senior Ed Persia scored a team-high 16 points and 6-6 junior Andre Logan had 15 points and eight rebounds as the Tigers used a 14-2 run early in the second half to take control. Princeton shot 52% from the field to improve to 6-0 this season when shooting 50% or better.

 

Persia has been Princeton's leading scorer in each of the team's last four games, averaging 17.3 points per game over that span to raise his scoring average to 11.0 points per game. He was named Ivy League Player of the Week Monday after averaging 20.5 points per game in leading the Tigers to a win at Loyola and the near-miss against Oklahoma.

 

6-10 Judson Wallace is leading the team with 15.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Logan is averaging nearly 10 points per game over the last six games after returning from injury to elevate his average to 7.0 points per game this season.

 

Tiger freshman Harrison Schaen was a high school teammate of potential Gopher Wesley Washington at Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei.

 

TIGER LINEUP 

30 Judson Wallace 15.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg

10 Ed Persia 11.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg

03 Scott Greenman 8.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg

25 Andre Logan 7.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg

01 Konrad Wysocki 6.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg

22 Will Venable 6.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg

33 Mike Stephens 4.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg
20 Luke Owings 3.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg
54 Harrison Schaen 2.0 ppg, 0.9 rpg

12 Max Schafer 0.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg

 

Princeton is an excellent shooting team, making 47.8% from the field. However, they are making only 66.2% from the line. The Tigers are limiting their opponents to 42.7% shooting. They are averaging 28.4 points per game and allowing the same number to their opponents. Princeton relies on a ball-movement, patient offense that utilizes back door cuts and using the shot clock. They want to keep the game in the 60's or less.

 

The Gophers will try to force the tempo and use their size and strength advantage. They are in a near must-win situation after dropping three of their last four games.

 

PREDICTION

Minnesota 65, Princeton 58

 

 

 


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