Television: Big Ten Network (Jeff Levering – pbp, Shon Morris, analyst)
Tipping time: 6:01 p.m.
Radio: Learfield IMG: KTLK 1130 AM
Mike Grimm (game by game); Spencer Tollackson (analyst)
Sirius: XM-382, App: 972
19th School History Meeting
(8-10 all-time, 6-4 at home)
Last meeting: Nov. 29, 2019 (L, 68-73)
All-Time Gophers vs. Big EAST: 45-37
* – excludes released games
• The Golden Gophers open this week with two games, the first Monday against DePaul in the Gavitt Tipoff Games. The 2022 season marks Minnesota’s first appearance at the event since 2019. The Golden Gophers are 2-1 all-time at the Gavitt Games, dating back to 2016. Minnesota earned a home win over St. John’s (2016), a road win at Providence (2017) and a road loss to Butler in the last event (2019).
• The 2019 season also marks the last time the Gophers faced a Big EAST team, coincidentally also against DePaul. Minnesota lost a 73-68 decision to the Blue Demons on November 29, 2019, also at Williams Arena. Former Gopher Daniel Oturu led the Gophers with 19 points, 18 rebounds and four blocked shots in that game. Payton Willis scored 16 points. With the win, the Blue Demons started the season 8-0 and it was their best season-opening streak since 1986-87.
• Minnesota is coming off a 72-54 win over St. Francis Brooklyn on Friday night with four double-digit goals. Of the four, three were real freshmen in Jaden Henley (side 16), Joshua Ola-Joseph (12) and Pharrell Payne. The freshman trio scored 40 of Minnesota’s 72 points. The last time two or more freshmen scored more than 40 points in a game was in 2018-19 when Daniel Oturu and Gabe Kalscheur combined for 41 points against Rutgers on Feb. 24, 2019.
• With Friday’s victory, Minnesota extended its 16-game winning streak at Williams Arena against non-conference opponents. The last non-conference loss was in 2019 to DePaul.
• Ta’Lon Cooper picked up where he left off last year in assists. The Roebuck, SC product ranks first in the Big Ten in assists and assists per game in the first two contests of the season. Cooper’s 16 this season also ranks 13th nationally, while his 8 per game is seventh. As a team, Minnesota made 13 three-pointers for a 39.4%, while holding their opponents at 24.1%. The Gophers’ three-point percentage ranks third in the league and seventh in defense from beyond the arc.
ABOUT DEPAUL BLUE DEMONS
• DePaul started his 2022-23 season with back-to-back wins at home against Loyola (Md.) and Western Illinois. In the teams’ first two games, DePaul was without leading scorer and rebounder Nick Ongenda, who is day-to-day with a hand injury.
• Umoja Gibson ranks third among all active Division 1 players with 345 3-pointers and eighth with 174 career steals. DePaul also has eight newcomers to the roster this season.
• As head coach Ben JohnsonTony Stubblefield is also in his second year as DePaul’s head coach as the team went 17-16 last season.
• This year, the Blue Demons are shooting 50.9 percent from the field, 37 from the arc, 80.6 from the charity boards and are averaging 79 points and 35.5 rebounds.
ON THE FILES
• Minnesota are back in action on Thursday, November 17 when Central Michigan comes to town. Game time is set for 8 p.m. and televised on Big Ten Network. Gopher Men’s Hockey will also be televised on BTN ahead of the Gopher Men’s Basketball game.
• Mike Grimm and Spencer Tollackson will provide the radio call on KTLK 1130 AM.