Minnesota v. Northern Illinois: Time to build chemistry
December 15, 2009 — 6:35pm
The Gophers face Northern Illinois tonight at Williams Arena.
Should be an easy win for Minnesota.
But with just two games left in its nonconference season, Minnesota needs to continue to build chemistry.
It looks like Smith will stick with the three-guard lineup. I think it helps the Gophers because they have a better idea of whom they'll play next to. I like the way that the second unit is playing right now. And I think part of their success can be attributed to familiarity.
The Gophers need to be comfortable with themselves and their teammates entering Big Ten play. Another win, using similar rotations will certainly help the Gophers achieve that desired level of comfort in time for the Dec. 29 Big Ten opener.
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.
With Shannon Brooks healthy, Rodney Smith continuing his roll and Mitch Leidner moving better than he has in two years, the Gophers used a potent running attack to defeat Colorado State 31-24 on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.