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Minnesota Golden Gophers – March Madness Team Predictions, Odds and Preview 2017

Minnesota Golden Gophers – March Madness Team Predictions, Odds and Preview 2017


Minnesota Golden Gophers (Overall: 23-8, Conf: 11-7)


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Team Strengths:

Point-blank shots are usually gimmes but not against the Golden Gophers. Minnesota’s interior defense is unforgiving, as the team is No. 1 in the nation in blocks per game with 6.8. The Gophers block shots at a high rate, swatting away 10.6 of their opponents’ shots at the rim. Big man Reggie Lynch is second in the Division I with 3.5 BPG. He had a 27 blocks in a span of five games this season.

Team Weaknesses:

Three-point shooting isn’t a strong suit of Minnesota. The Gophers are just making 6.2 threes per game. Outside shooting hasn’t really been a point of emphasis for the team, as Minnesota launches a mere 17.8 three-point attempts game, 297th in the nation. A team that isn’t much of a threat beyond the arc doesn’t spread opposing defenses well and that could be a problem for Minnesota, especially when it finds itself playing catchup basketball.

Team Stats:

Category Stat Ranking
Points Per Game 75.3 107
Rebounds Per Game 39.9 13
Blocks Per Game 6.8 1
3-Point Percentage 34.5 190
Free Throw Percentage 70.7 156

Starting Lineup:

Position Name PPG
C Reggie Lynch 8.4
PF Amir Coffey 12.1
SF Jordan Murphy 11.2
G Akeem Springs 9.5
G Nate Mason 15.5

Writer’s Prediction:

Minnesota reaches  the Round of 32.

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