Preview: The Gophers (4-0) are playing the second of four major conference opponents during a five-game stretch, including Florida State on Monday and Vanderbilt on Dec. 3 in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Razorbacks (3-0) are predicted to finish fifth in the Southeastern Conference, but they are led by Moses Kingsley, the preseason SEC Player of the Year. Arkansas coach Mike Anderson plays a full-court pressing style similar to the “40 Minutes of Hell” started by his former boss and Hall of Famer Nolan Richardson during the Razorbacks’ 1994 national title run.
Players to watch: G Amir Coffey leads the Gophers in scoring (15.8 points per game) after the freshman’s 30-point outburst in Friday’s victory over St. John’s. C Reggie Lynch set a career-high with nine blocks Friday, now averaging a Big-Ten best 3.8 per game. Kingsley, a 6-foot-10 senior, ranks second in the nation with 5.3 blocks. Arkansas’ leading scorer is G Dusty Hannahs at 17.7 ppg.
By the numbers: Coffey was the first Gophers player to score 30 points since Andre Hollins had 31 against Rutgers on Jan. 17, 2015.