Minnesota Men's Basketball 2019 NCAA Tournament Capsule


Minnesota Golden Gophers

Big Ten (21-13, 9-11)

Minnesota has been all over the place this season. The Golden Gophers beat Washington back on November 21st and they lost their next game against Boston College. They beat a team like Wisconsin and a couple weeks later get crushed by Illinois. More recent Minnesota lost a game at Rutgers that could have destroyed their NCAA Tournament hopes. But a week later they beat Purdue on Senior Night and were right back in the mix.
Big Wins: 11/21 vs Washington (68-66), 1/3 at Wisconsin (59-52), 3/5 Purdue (73-69)
Bad Losses: 11/26 at Boston College (56-68), 1/16 at Illinois (68-95), 2/24 at Rutgers (64-68)
Coach: Richard Pitino
Why They Can Surprise:
When Minnesota is winning those big games, they are getting good games from Jordan Murphy and Amir Coffey. Murphy, a 6-7 senior, is a beast on the glass and a superb interior scorer. Murphy has not been quite as productive this year as many had hoped though. He is a double-double machine, but there have been some less than ideal outings lately. In the last two games of February, Murphy averaged just 7.5 points and 7.0 rebounds. That included the loss against Rutgers. Coffey, a big 6-8 junior guard, has been picking up the slack recently and he can be a dynamic scorer. In the huge victory over Purdue, Coffey scored 32 points and made 18 trips to the charity stripe.
Why They Can Disappoint:
The Golden Gophers are one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the country. While Coffey and Dupree McBrayer will make some three-pointers, Gabe Kalscheur is really the only actual outside threat. The freshman must make his shots in the NCAA Tournament. If not, the opposition will have a much easier time dropping back into the paint and containing Murphy down low and Coffey attacking the basket.
Probable Starters:
Dupree McBrayer, Senior, Guard, 9.1 ppg, 3.0 apg
Gabe Kalscheur, Freshman, Guard, 9.9 ppg
Amir Coffey, Junior, Guard, 16.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.2 apg
Jordan Murphy, Senior, Forward, 14.8 ppg, 11.5 rpg
Daniel Oturu, Freshman, Center, 10.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.4 rpg
Key Role Players:
Matz Stockman, Senior, Center, 3.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg
Brock Stull, Senior, Guard, 1.4 ppg
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 71.2 (220th in nation, 8th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 68.7 (107, 11)
Field-Goal Percentage: 43.6 (223, 8)
Field-Goal Defense: 43.2 (140, 11)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 5.4 (339, 14)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 32.4 (283, 10)
Free-Throw Percentage: 67.7 (278, 11)
Rebound Margin: 3.4 (77, 5)
Assists Per Game: 14.6 (81, 3)
Turnovers Per Game: 12.3 (100, 6)
Recent Postseason Appearances:
2017NCAARound of 64 loss to Middle Tennessee
2014NITFirst Round win over High Point
2014NITSecond Round win over St. Mary's
2014NITQuarterfinal win over Southern Mississippi
2014NITSemifinal win Florida State
2014NITFinal win over SMU
2013NCAARound of 64 win over UCLA
2013NCAARound of 32 loss to Florida
2012NITFirst Round win over LaSalle
2012NITSecond Round win over Miami
2012NITQuarterfinal win over Middle Tennessee
2012NITSemifinal win over Washington
2012NITFinal loss to Stanford
2010NCAARound of 64 loss to Xavier
2009NCAARound of 64 loss to Texas
2008NITFirst Round loss to Maryland
2006NITFirst Round win over Wake Forest
2006NITSecond Round loss to Cincinnati
2005NCAARound of 64 loss to Iowa State
*all team stats through 3/10