If you had to name the Gophers chances against No. 5 Duke today in the quarterfinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis what would they be?
Ken Pomeroy says the game – in which Minnesota might seem like a pretty substantial underdog – is basically a wash.
In this post, Pomeroy gives Duke just a 50.8 percent chance of beating Minnesota, while he gives the Gophers conversely a 49.2 percent chance of winning. It’s by far the closest matchup of any of the opening day games, according to his predictions.
Pomeroy goes on to suggest that Minnesota has the third best shot at winning the whole thing, behind Louisville and Duke.
Marcus Fuller joined the Star Tribune in 2016 after 11 years covering Gophers sports – and just about every other team and league in town -- for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Before making the Twin Cities his home, Marcus spent two years in The Kansas City Star sports department. Marcus grew up in Hawaii and is a 2002 graduate of San Jose State. Follow Fuller on Twitter @Marcus_R_Fuller.