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Wednesday 11/15/2017Line$ LineOU LineScore



NIAGARA (1 - 0) at MINNESOTA (2 - 0)
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NIAGARA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games1-0+31-01-
Road Games1-0+31-01-
Last 5 Games1-0+31-01-
NIAGARA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)77.034.025-5347.2%8-2236.4%19-3161.3%35512246132
vs opponents surrendering773425-5347.2%8-2236.4%19-3161.3%35512246132
Team Stats (Road Games)77.034.025-5347.2%8-2236.4%19-3161.3%35512246132
Stats Against (All Games)75.025.024-6139.3%6-2623.1%21-3167.7%43157253132
vs opponents averaging752524-6139.3%6-2623.1%21-3167.7%43157253132
Stats Against (Road Games)75.025.024-6139.3%6-2623.1%21-3167.7%43157253132

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games2-0+1.21-01-089.039.548.1%46.075.536.042.1%33.0
Home Games1-000-00-
Last 5 Games2-0+1.21-01-089.039.548.1%46.075.536.042.1%33.0
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)89.039.531-6448.1%7-2231.1%20-2969.0%461413183126
vs opponents surrendering73.932.426-6142.2%6-2226.4%17-2371.9%411011185154
Team Stats (Home Games)92.043.032-7045.7%9-2832.1%19-3161.3%541920163136
Stats Against (All Games)75.536.025-6042.1%10-2244.4%14-2167.4%33713255122
vs opponents averaging77.337.228-6344.5%10-2539.1%12-1863.0%38914218123
Stats Against (Home Games)77.033.026-6838.2%14-3145.2%11-1668.7%351113255122
Average power rating of opponents played: NIAGARA 78,  MINNESOTA 76
NIAGARA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/10/2017@ ST BONAVENTURE77-75W8.5W150.5O25-5347.2%351324-6139.3%4313
11/15/2017@ MINNESOTA              
11/19/2017@ MASSACHUSETTS              
11/21/2017@ BYU              
11/24/2017ALABAMA A&M              
12/5/2017@ NEW HAMPSHIRE              

MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/10/2017USC UPSTATE92-77W - -32-7045.7%541326-6838.2%3512
11/13/2017@ PROVIDENCE86-74W2.5W146O30-5950.8%381225-5347.2%3113
11/19/2017W CAROLINA              
11/21/2017ALABAMA A&M              
12/5/2017@ NEBRASKA              
MINNESOTA: Last season: 24-10, lost to Middle Tennessee in first round of NCAA Tournament.
Who's gone: SG Akeem Springs: He had a team-high 67 made 3-pointers in his lone season at Minnesota as a graduate transfer.
Who's back: PG Nate Mason: The senior was among 20 point guards in the country named to the preseason Bob Cousy Award watch list after being named first team All-Big Ten for 2016-17. SF Amir Coffey: The Big Ten All-Freshman Team pick from last season and the son of former Gophers standout Richard Coffey has only scratched the surface with his inside-outside, two-way ability. PF Jordan Murphy: The team's leading rebounder averaged 11.3 points per game last season. C Reggie Lynch: The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year set a new single-season Gophers record with 114 blocked shots.
Who's new: PG Isaiah Washington: The Mr. New York Basketball award winner as the top player in the state, he was a consensus top-100 recruit. PF Davonte Fitzgerald: The fifth-year junior has two seasons of eligibility left after sitting out two years, one for a transfer from Texas A&M and one after an ACL tear and other damage to his left knee from an offseason practice.
The Skinny: Coming off a 16-win turnaround from 2015-16 and the first NCAA Tournament appearance since Pitino took over in 2013, bringing all but Springs back from their top seven scorers from last season, hopes are the highest this program has had in 20 years. Staying healthy will be the key. PF Eric Curry, who made meaningful contributions as a freshman backup, injured his left knee in an offseason pickup game and will redshirt this season.
Murphy, No. 15 Minnesota set sights on Niagara

Minnesota junior forward Jordan Murphy, after a season-opening 92-77 win Friday night over USC Upstate in which he went off for a career-high 35 points and 15 rebounds, talked about the balance of his team's starting lineup.

"We have so many weapons that it will be hard for people to guard us," he said. "Anyone can get hot at any minute."

Murphy was again the hottest of the Golden Gophers on Monday night at Providence, recording 23 points to go along with 14 rebounds as the nation's 15th-ranked team notched an impressive 86-74 verdict over the Friars.

But if Niagara, which Minnesota hosts on Wednesday night, feels like it can just key on Murphy and take its chances with the rest of the lineup, it might learn differently.

Point guard Nate Mason rebounded from a 10-point outing against USC Upstate with 17 points, shooting guard Amir Coffey registered 15 points and center Reggie Lynch was in double figures for the second straight game with 12.

The Golden Gophers (2-0) shot nearly 51 percent from the field, won the rebounding battle 38-31 and committed only 12 turnovers against a good opponent on its floor. It was the kind of win that not only resonates now, but could pay dividends come March.

"I definitely like the resistance," Murphy said. "It's definitely something that makes you stay on your toughness. That's to their credit. They brought that out of us and we played like a team and we were tough together. We're hard to stop when that happens."

Minnesota will be hard to stop for a couple of weeks, until it takes on Alabama and Miami in consecutive non-conference games that will provide meaningful tests.

The Golden Gophers can score from all five spots in their starting lineup, and highly-touted freshman guard Isaiah Washington came off the bench at Providence to score eight points in 21 minutes. That's an indication he might be over the nerves that sabotaged his game against USC Upstate, against which he made just 1 of 9 shots.

Niagara (1-0) opened its season Friday night with an impressive 77-75 win at St. Bonaventure, which is expected to challenge for the Atlantic 10 Conference title. Its backcourt of Kahlil Dukes and Matt Scott combined for 41 points, with Dukes stroking six 3-pointers and scoring 23 points.

Scott added eight rebounds and four assists for the Purple Eagles, who were tabbed for a fifth-place finish in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference under fifth-year coach Chris Casey. Niagara's 10 victories last season were its most in Casey's tenure.

All five starters returned for the Purple Eagles, a welcome change from the transition that's ravaged the program. A whopping 20 players exited the program from Casey's arrival before the 2013-14 season through last season.

"It's the first time we've had some carryover and haven't had to replace a large piece of the roster," Casey said. "Transfers really hurt us."

To have a chance at pulling off the upset, Niagara will have to get a big game from Dukes and Scott, and find some way to compete inside with Murphy and Lynch.

Last Updated: 10/16/2018 9:07:13 AM EST

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