Chicago State is back on the road Wednesday to face another Big Ten foe. Minnesota is 2-0 all-time against the Cougars.
What you should know about Minnesota (5-5, No. 134 KenPom):
Minnesota is trying to avoid its fourth straight loss, and third consecutive loss at home to a mid-major.
The Golden Gophers have a very good offense and a pretty terrible defense. In its last four home games, they are allowing 1.15 points per possession.
On offense, Minnesota excels at taking care of the ball (15.9 percent turnover rate) and getting to the foul line, where it hits 74.9 percent of its attempts.
6-foot-9 forward Joey King, who can stretch the floor, leads the team with 14.8 points per game. Sophomore point guard Nate Mason is averaging 13.4 points and 4.4 assists.
What you should know about Chicago State (3-8, No. 339 KenPom):
As poor as Chicago State has ben, its performance in Sunday’s loss at Northwestern was probably the worst of the season. The Cougars averaged 0.59 points per possession, shooting 34.1 percent from the field against one of the Big Ten’s worst defenses.
Now the Cougars are trying to end a seven-game losing streak and snag their first win of the year against a Division I opponent.
Chicago State’s offense has been putrid, but Minnesota’s terrible defense could open up an opportunity for the Cougars to score.
The Golden Gophers 3-point defense has been below average, and shooting from the outside is probably the Cougars’ strongest area offensively. More than 40 percent of their field-goal attempts come from beyond the arc, and they convert 30.4 percent of them for more than one third of their total points.
If Chicago State will have any chance of a major upset, it needs some combination of junior guard Elliot Cole, senior forward Jawad Adekoya and freshman guard Fred Sims Jr. can catch fire from deep.
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Start time: 7 p.m. CT
Sagarin: Minnesota -20.5
Kenpom: Minnesota 83, Chicago State 64 (95%)