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12/9 Recap: Minnesota Blows Out Georgia Southern

Recap the Big Ten’s action on Friday night, including an easy win for Minnesota.

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The Big Ten only had one matchup on Friday night and Minnesota coasted to an easy win in it. While it wasn’t a marquee win that will be remembered much later in the season, it was still one that kept the Gophers rolling.

Here’s a look at what happened on Friday.

Game of the Day:

-Minnesota 86, Georgia Southern 49

KenPom set the spread at 12 entering the game and Minnesota was able to cover that pretty easily. Georgia Southern certainly isn’t elite, so the result must be kept in context, but the Eagles have shown some fight. In particular, Georgia Southern’s two near upsets against Florida Gulf Coast and North Carolina State show what Minnesota’s win meant on Friday night.

The top performer of the night was Nate Mason, who finished with an impressive 14 points, nine assists, six rebounds, and five steals. Reggie Lynch, Dupree McBrayer, and Akeem Springs also finished with double-digit scoring.

Minnesota also did a great job of slowing down Georgia Southern’s Ike Smith, who had been red hot entering the game. Despite scoring 20 or more points in six of his previous eight games, Smith only had 12 points on Friday and a brutal 67 offensive rating. That’s speaks a lot to Minnesota’s defense.

There’s still more to prove for Minnesota in the weeks ahead, but things continue to look up for the Gophers. Minnesota is now favored in its next four games. If it can keep things rolling, things look good for the postseason.