The Gophers frontcourt was limited with foul trouble and lingering injuries in Wednesday's opener vs. Green Bay. Liam Robbins, Brandon Johnson and company look to bounce back Saturday against Loyola Marymount.
First-year Loyola Marymount coach Stan Johnson will lead his team against the Gophers on Saturday, but he competed against Minnesota previously in recruiting. Johnson was the Marquette assistant who helped land five-star Prior Lake big man Dawson Garcia last year.
Gophers redshirt senior big man Eric Curry, who missed last season with a knee injury, was in the starting lineup for Wednesday's opener against Green Bay. Guards David Mutaf and Tre' Williams missed the game.
Wisconsin-Green Bay coach Will Ryan makes his Division I coaching debut Wednesday night against his father's old rival Gophers at the Barn. Ryan, the son of ex-Badgers coach Bo Ryan, had some 'interesting memories' of Williams Arena.