Gophers vs. Wofford : 5 things to watch for

Jace Frederick

This is it, the final tuneup before the Gophers head to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational. The final in-game chance make corrections and adjustments before Minnesota tees it up against No. 9 Syracuse on Monday. 

The Gophers take on Wofford at 6 p.m. tonight at Williams Arena. 

Here are my 5 things to watch for:

Looking ahead to Maui?: The Gopher leave for Maui on Friday. That might be enough to take their minds of tonight’s battle with the Terriers. And if it’s not, then Monday’s battle with ninth-ranked Syracuse could be. If the Gophers can avoid looking past Wofford tonight, they shouldn’t have a problem overlooking anyone this season.

Life without Joey King: The good news for the Gophers? Sophomore forward Joey King is expected to travel with the team to Maui. The bad news for the Gophers? King is OUT tonight. That means Minnesota is without King and suspended center Mo Walker. So the Gophers have Oto Osenieks and Elliott Eliason down low. That likely means two things: freshman forward Charles Buggs is going to see more of the floor on Thursday, and Austin Hollins play plenty at the four, again.
Love/Hate- Three-ball edition: The Gophers attempted 28 threes in Tuesday’s 82-72 win over Coastal Carolina. That’s probably too many — even for a team that loves the triples, especially when they only shot it at a 28 percent clip. Minnesota was much more aggressive in getting to the rim in the second half on Tuesday — getting to the line 21 times in the final 20 minutes. We’ll see if that carries over to tonight.
The Big 3: Andre Hollins, Austin Hollins and DeAndre Mathieu combined for 51 of the Gophers 82 on Tuesday. With Gophers having an increased lack of depth up front, the trio could play an even bigger role on Thursday.
So long, stache: Austin Hollins has been sporting a fairly impressive mustache as part of Gophersports “Govember” movement to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer. Thursday marks the last Gophers home game in November, so it could be the last time the Williams Arena faithful see Hollins’ flush facial hair.