At the Half: The Takeover — Malik Smith

Jace Frederick

Something in the Maui air suits Malik Smith well.

After scoring a season-high 16 points in Minnesota's loss to Syracuse on Monday, Smith has 13 through 20 minutes today as the Gophers lead Arkansas 40-35 at the break. He's hit two triples and made a couple nice slashes to the bucket.

The Gophers were once again a little careless with the ball early. They committed eight turnovers in the opening half — the same number as the Razorbacks. 

Minnesota is stroking the ball well. The Gophers are 15-for-23 (65.2 percent) from the field in the first half. 

Mo Walker made his season debut early in the game. He has one point, one rebound, two turnovers and two fouls.