7 p.m. Saturday vs. Oklahoma • Sanford Pentagon, Sioux Falls, S.D. • BTN (103.5 FM)
A return trip to South Dakota
Preview: The last time the Gophers (1-0) played at the Sanford Pentagon was in 2016, when they erased a 12-point first-half deficit to beat Vanderbilt 56-52. The team went on to its first NCAA tournament under Richard Pitino the following March. The Sooners (1-0), who were picked eighth in the Big 12 preseason poll, defeated Texas San Antonio 85-67 on Tuesday. In his ninth season, Lon Kruger had to replace six seniors and two players who transferred from a 20-win team that lost in the NCAA tournament second round to eventual national champion Virginia.
Players to watch: Gophers freshman F Isaiah Ihnen (wrist) will be a game-time decision. The new starting backcourt of Marcus Carr and Payton Willis combined for 35 points, 11 rebounds and 16 assists in Tuesday’s 85-50 victory over Cleveland State. … Oklahoma newcomers Austin Reaves (Wichita State transfer) and De’Vion Harmon had 23 points apiece in Tuesday’s opener. Sooners senior F Kristian Doolittle will make his season debut after the NCAA suspended him a game for playing in a noncertified summer league. Doolittle had 19 points and 15 rebounds vs. Mississippi in the NCAA tournament.
Numbers: The Gophers, who averaged only 5.3 three-pointers per game last season, hit 13 of 29 attempts Tuesday, tying for fourth most in school history and the most since hitting that mark vs. Missouri State in 2015.