Originally posted on UM Hoops  |  Last updated 1/2/14
Jonathan Foster has been blogging about Minnesota basketball for years at From the Barn. We enlisted the Minnesota hoops expert to answer a few questions about the Gophers before tonight’s Big Ten opener. I also answered some questions about the game from a Michigan perspective over there. For someone that hasn’t seen Richard Pitino’s teams play, what should we expect? It is probably still a little too early to assign an identity to this season’s teams, but a few things have stuck out so far. The Gophers have a green light to shoot from anywhere. During the Tubby Smith years, players seemed afraid to shoot. Now, possessions are shorter and there are a lot more three-point attempts. There is more pressure defense, which doesn’t produce turnovers at the rate that it should, but it certainly speeds up the pace of the game. Finally, for the first time in a long time, the Gophers value the basketball. The baffling turnover problems on the offensive end are a thing of the past (for now) and the
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