At the half: Minnesota up on Northern Illinois 29-23

The Gophers are shooting 30 percent from the field.

by Jack White

Three observations:

1. Gophers start the game slow

The Gophers started the game shooting just 25 percent from the floor and only making five of their first 20 shots. Yet, the team still led because the Huskies shot 29 percent from field-goal range. The Gophers are shooting slightly better at the half than they were to start, going 30 percent from the field.

2. Minnesota is executing at the line.

The Gophers are shooting 9-12 from the line compared to Northern Illinois’ 1-3 free-throw shooting. The Huskies will need to head to the line more often if they want to reduce Minnesota’s six-point lead.

3. McBrayer needs to carry team.

Guard Dupree McBrayer had 18 points last game, and this game he is shooting 2-3 with six points at the half. McBrayer will have to take more shots down the stretch if the Minnesota wants to increase its lead.