Minnesota's game vs. Missouri State tips off at 9:30 CT. Watch on ESPNU or listen live on 1500-am.
Check out my story on the Gophers' 75-70 loss to Temple in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off's first game, here.
Postgame notes, here.
Previewing Minnesota- Missouri State here.
Three things to watch today:
Rebounding. The Gophers haven't won a board battle yet, but Missouri State, a team that landed 219th in offensive rebounding percentage, per Ken Pomeroy, should provide an opportunity. The Bears have managed just 69 rebounds in the last two games and with a smaller frontcourt shouldn't bring the same physicality as Temple.
Offensive renaissance. After drilling 12 three-pointers in its opener, Minnesota has shot just 38 percent from the field and put together some lifeless stretches in the last two games. The Gophers appear to have some offensive talent, but they haven’t yet put it all together. When the shots weren’t falling consistently for the Gophers from the outside, they tried to pound the ball inside. But except for a short stretch in the second that helped Minnesota key a temporary comeback, the Gophers’ big men had trouble converting. “We had some good looks, some open shots that didn’t fall,” coach Richard Pitino said.
Dequon Miller vs. Kevin Dorsey. If nothing else, this matchup should feed your need for speed. Missouri’s 5-9 guard might be able to take Dorsey in a foot race, and has the same kind of driving ability and occasionally risky style. Miller was quiet in the Bears’ opener -- scoring just three points and turning the ball over three times – but he took off vs. Butler on Thursday, putting up a team-high 15 points.