Gophers' men’s basketball gameday
2 P.M. VS. NEBRASKA OMAHA • WILLIAMS ARENA • NO TV, 1500-AM
Gophers at a glance: The Gophers (3-2) limped back from their trip to Puerto Rico after losing two of three games in four days, including a Sunday 81-68 collapse against Texas Tech and former Gophers coach Tubby Smith. The Gophers shot 42.1 percent or worse in all three games on the island and collected 48 fouls over their final two games. They have lost the rebound battle in all five games this season. … F Joey King has scored in double digits in all five games, the only Gophers player to do so, and he has hit 16 of 32 three-point attempts, also a team best. He has averaged a team-high 17.0 points per game, with F Carlos Morris (12.0 ppg) and G Nate Mason (11.6 ppg) their other two players averaging double-digit scoring. … The Gophers collected eight or fewer assists in two of the three games in Puerto Rico.
Nebraska Omaha at a glance: The run-and-gun Mavericks (3-2) are coming off two competitive games on the road, beating Northern Colorado 105-85 after an 87-82 loss at Colorado. They rank 13th nationally with 10.6 steals per game. … F Jake White has combined to score 41 points the past two games; G Devin Patterson has totaled 35. … White (Chaska), who played in the 2013 Final Four with Wichita State, is Omaha’s top scorer at 15.0 points per game. He is one of three Minnesotans on the roster. G J.T. Gibson was last season’s Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year and led Champlin Park to the Class 4A title game, where the Rebels lost to Apple Valley. Gibson comes off the Mavericks bench and hit some big shots in their season opener. G Marcus Tyus (Anoka), their top returning scorer at 13.0 ppg last season, is recovering from a knee injury and has not played this season.