Preview: The Gophers (11-1) have a chance Friday to finish with their best record heading into Big Ten play since 2012-13. A nine-day break from games gave coach Richard Pitino’s players a chance to rest, especially freshman Amir Coffey, who is cleared to play after missing the Dec. 14 win against LIU-Brooklyn with turf toe. Arkansas State (9-3) beat Georgetown 78-72 on the road Nov. 17.

Players to watch: Sophomore Dupree McBrayer had 21 points against LIU-Brooklyn. Arkansas State senior Devin Carter averages 17.3 points.

MARCUS FULLER