Central Michigan Chippewas vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers
The Minnesota Golden Gophers host the Central Michigan Chippewas, looking for win number eleven on the year. The Chippewas have dropped back to back games after a 65-57 loss at Tennessee State Saturday while the Golden Gophers throttled St Peter’s 69-47. The Golen Gophers are -17.5 point favorites over the Chippewas.
Central Michigan has gone through some horrific droughts in the last two games with both going in to the loss column. When looking at this team’s numbers it’s fair to say the Chippewas need to at least limit droughts because they don’t possess the firepower to overcome poor play over extended periods. Tennessee State used a mammoth 35-4 run to down CMU despite only 40% marksmanship. Central Michigan found a comeback difficult to fuel with only a 39% shooting with most areas equal enough where neither team had a significant advantage. The main difference turned out to be which team could get to the free throw line and convert and Tennessee State was that team with a17 of 24 performance while CMU went to the line only eight times. Trey Ziegler led two other in DD scoring with 17 points and six rebounds with Andre Coimbre adding 14 points and five pulls with Derek Jackson chipping in with eleven points and another five boards.
Minnesota is building an impressive record as they prepare for their upcoming conference schedule as they are dispatching opponents in almost workmanlike fashion. Solid offense backed by even better defense has been the winning formula with the win over St Peter’s a show of force at both ends of the court. It was the defense that smothered the Peacocks and limited them to just 39.6% that made things easy for the Minnesota attack. St Peter’s gave the ball away 18 times and were hit with 17 offensive rebounds while going to the free throw line ten times with six makes. In comparison, the Golden Gophers wore out a path to the line with 17 makes on 27 attempts while outscoring the smaller Peacocks 38-16 in the paint. Ralph Sampson led a balanced attack with 25 points and eight rebounds followed by Julian Welch and Rodney Williams with eleven and ten points respectively. Three others contributed between seven and nine points to give the Golden Gophers several scoring options.
I don’t think we’ll know the real Minnesota to conference play begins but suffice to say they are easily the class in this match up. The Chippewas will get embarrassed if they go AWOL for any length of time and will probably get beaten badly if they don’t. The Golden Gophers control this and win and determine the final score but I’m asking for mercy and over 18 point and hope Trevor Mbakwe’s absence helps the the sometimes lost Chippewas.
Central Michigan Chippewas +17.5 Minnesota Golden Gophers