Minnesota Injury Update
Jeff Shelman, who covers basketball for the Minneapolis Star Tribune as well as ESPN and his own blog, reports that Jeff Hagen and Brent Lawson are questionable for today's game. How would this affect their lineup?
Hagen is the Gophers's leading rebounder, so his absence would be blow to one of Minnesota's strengths and aid an Iowa weakness.
The injuries mean the Gophers are likely to start the game with a different
lineup, as Monson has been reluctant to start players who haven't practiced. If
that continues, the Gophers' starting frontcourt could feature J'son Stamper,
Dan Coleman and Spencer Tollackson. Tollackson and Stamper played well in
Hagen's absence against Purdue.
It's possible Monson could start three guards
and bring either Stamper or Tollackson off the bench. Regardless, it appears
likely that point guard Aaron Robinson will be the only Minnesota starter who
has previously played a Big Ten road game.
Shelman note - Jeff is a voter for the weekly AP poll and releases his top 25 every Monday at his aforementioned blog. He currently has an article up about Minnesota's unexpected rise from nowhere at ESPN.
As you may have noticed, I did some seriuos cribbing of your recent Dean Oliver post. Hope you don't mind (but please let me know if you do).
Best of luck today against the Gophers.
Yoni Cohen, College Basketball Blog