The 2012-2013 season opens for Minnesota basketball with a game against American University on November 9 in Minneapolis. From that first game on, the Golden Gophers will attempt to match the expectations set by last season's squad. They'll be replacing 15% of their minutes from last season with the contributions of two incoming freshmen.
Minnesota will see the largest deficiency on defense, where the team lost 22% of their shot blocking. Right behind that is rebounding, where they drop 17.7% from last season's numbers.
Minnesota finished last season with an overall record of 18-13, placing 9th in the Big Ten with their 6-12 conference record. The Golden Gophers lost to Michigan 73-69 in the Big Ten tournament. In the National Invitational Tournament (NIT), they were seeded 6th and lost the Championship in the final game to Stanford, 75-51. Minnesota lost last year's senior Ralph Sampson III (23 minutes per game). The Golden Gophers will also miss Chip Armelin (transferred to Southern Miss).
Returning for the Golden Gophers are senior Rodney Williams (1.3 steals/game), Trevor Mbakwe (14.0 points/game), junior Austin Hollins (2.1 assists/game), senior Julian Welch (2.9 assists/game), and sophomore Andre Hollins (1.8 assists/game).
The Golden Gophers get incoming freshmen including 6-4 Wally Ellenson and 6-8 Charles Buggs. Also coming aboard is 6-10 sophomore Maurice Walker.
The Golden Gophers will face 10 AP preseason Top 25 opponents, including #8 Duke on November 22nd, at #25 Florida State on November 27th, and #14 Michigan State on December 31st. Minnesota kicks off Big Ten play on December 31st against #14 Michigan State.
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- Since 2002, Minnesota has an overall winning percentage of 54.8%. The Golden Gophers have been improving over the last 5 years with an overall winning percentage of 60.2%.
- The Golden Gophers have an average conference finish of 7.4 over the last 5 seasons. Over the past 16 the team has an average finish of 7.3.
- The average final RPI (last year) of opponents on this year's schedule is 90.6.
- This year's opponent with the highest RPI from last year is Michigan State (#3).
- This year's opponent with the lowest RPI from last year is USC (#265).
- Minnesota has 10 Preseason AP Top 25 teams on the schedule.
- The last time Minnesota returned more than 83% of the team's statistical production was 2009-2010.
, Chip Armelin
, Rodney Williams
, Trevor Mbakwe
, Austin Hollins
, Julian Welch
, Andre Hollins
, Wally Ellenson
, Charles Buggs
, Maurice Walker