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Men's College Basketball
Nebraska Omaha at Minnesota
When: 3:00 PM ET, Friday, November 27, 2015
Where: Williams Arena, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Rebounding and inexperience figured to be challenges for Minnesota entering the season, and through five games the Golden Gophers have struggled in both areas. Friday’s home contest against Omaha provides coach Richard Pitino’s team a chance to gather itself before beginning a difficult December featuring matchups with Clemson, South Dakota State and Oklahoma State.

Foul trouble hindered Minnesota as it dropped two of three games at last week’s Puerto Rico Tip-Off – the Golden Gophers averaging 23.3 fouls per game in the tournament. “We’ve got to go back and look at our technique defensively because we’re fouling too much and it’s draining our team,” Pitino told reporters after Sunday’s 81-68 loss to Texas Tech, a game in which six Minnesota players picked up two fouls or more before halftime. The Golden Gophers have yet to outrebound an opponent through five games, with five underclassmen averaging 10 minutes or more of playing time. The Mavericks, who are eligible for postseason play for the first time after completing the transition from Division II to Division I, pushed Colorado in a five-point loss Sunday before routing Northern Colorado on Wednesday.

TV: 3 p.m. ET, ESPN3.

ABOUT OMAHA (3-2): Senior forward Jake White scored a career-high 25 points Wednesday and leads three players averaging in double figures at 15 points per game, shooting 58.5 percent from the field. Sophomore forward Tre’Shawn Thurman is shooting 59.1 percent while averaging 14.7 points and a team-best seven rebounds. The Mavericks, who were picked seventh in the nine-team Summit League preseason poll, play at home just twice between now and their conference opener Jan. 1.

ABOUT MINNESOTA (3-2): Senior forward Joey King leads the Golden Gophers in scoring at 17 points per game, shooting 16-of-32 from 3-point range, and is an outstanding free-throw shooter (89.5 percent). Sophomore guard Nate Mason has shown remarkable improvement from the line, hitting 15-of-16 free throws after shooting 61.4 percent last season, but he is hitting just 34.6 percent of his field-goal attempts. The Golden Gophers have allowed 69 points or more in their past three games after holding its first two opponents to 57 points per contest.


1. Minnesota junior F Charles Buggs averaged nine points and 4.3 rebounds in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, shooting 58.8 percent from the field in the three games.

2. King hit four 3-pointers against Texas Tech, the second time in five games he has made four from beyond the arc.

3. The Golden Gophers committed a season-high 15 turnovers Sunday while recording a season-low seven assists.

PREDICTION: Minnesota 73, Omaha 56
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Nebraska Omaha 3-2 W1 2-1 1-1 0-0 1-1 2-1 0-0
Minnesota 3-2 L1 2-0 0-0 1-2 2-2 1-0 0-0
Last Meeting
Nebraska Omaha Minnesota
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/20/13 NEOM 79 MINN 92 79 33 41.9 92 36 51.7
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Nebraska Omaha C. Carter 15 41.7 3
Minnesota D. Mathieu 27 81.8 8
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Nebraska Omaha D. Patterson 6 2 4
Minnesota A. Hollins 10 3 7
Assists Player  
Nebraska Omaha C. Carter 5
Minnesota A. Hollins 6
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Nebraska Omaha J. White 75 58.5 25
Minnesota J. King 85 53.1 17
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Nebraska Omaha T. Thurman 35 10 25
Minnesota J. Murphy 25 6 19
Assists Player  
Nebraska Omaha T. Hollins 26
Minnesota N. Mason 20
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar Nebraska Omaha Off vs  red bar Minnesota Defense
blue bar 85.3 Points For
red bar 67.8 Points Against
blue bar 44.4 FG%
red bar 37.5 FG%
blue bar 32.8 Reb
red bar 35.6 Reb
red bar Minnesota Off vs  blue bar Nebraska Omaha Defense
red bar 71.0 Points For
blue bar 80.3 Points Against
red bar 41.7 FG%
blue bar 39.6 FG%
red bar 35.6 Reb
blue bar 42.3 Reb