Gophers' men’s basketball gameday
7 P.M. VS. CHICAGO ST. • WILLIAMS ARENA • NO TV (1500-AM)
Gophers at a glance: The Gophers have dropped three in a row — shooting worse than 37 percent in all three games — after falling to Oklahoma State 62-60 on Saturday in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Gophers led by nine with 2:59 left in the first half, but held just a two-point lead at halftime and the Cowboys went on a 10-2 run to break the score open in the second. Freshman Dupree McBrayer started for the second time in place of junior Charles Buggs, who has not played since the first half vs. South Dakota State on Dec. 8. Reserve freshman Jordan Murphy has recorded three double-doubles in the past four games, the first time a freshman has done so since Kris Humphries in 2003-04.
Chicago State at a glance: The Cougars (3-8), who haven’t had a winning season since 2008-09, have lost seven consecutive games, including two to Big Ten teams over that stretch. Chicago State nearly upset Illinois, falling 82-79 in Springfield in November, but were run over by Northwestern 77-35 on Sunday. Chicago State’s only victories this season have come over Division III or NAIA teams. According to analyst Ken Pomeroy’s tempo-free ratings, Chicago State has the ninth-worst offense of 351 Division I teams. Elliott Cole, a 5-11 guard, leads the team in scoring at 12 points per game.
Note: The game can be streamed on ESPN3.