It's lazy analysis. Just look at this from CBS:I have yet to find a preseason poll that has the Gophers above 10 or 11 in the Big Ten. Is there something that everyone is missing here? Maybe I just don't enough, but it seems like everyone has the same sentiment that this years team will not be good again.
Richard Pitino's third losing season since he took over the Golden Gophers was a tumultuous one. They went 15-16 and lost a whopping seven games by five or fewer points. Of course, there's a fine line between being competitive and winning, but Minnesota was right there all season. Now Pitino, who loses leading scorer Daniel Oturu, gets two of his top three players back in Marcus Carr and Gabe Kalscheur in an effort to get past that hump. This team'll be thin on the front line without Oturu, so look for sophomore Isaiah Ihnen to step into a more prominent role in his second season.
Thin front line? Not even sure if whoever wrote this knows who Robbins is, never mind the fact that he's a 7 footer who some think has NBA potential. We have 4 who can get solid minutes, and I would think Freeman should be able to step in in emergencies:
Then you have Ihnen who can go in as a 4 if you want to play a spread offense. We are far from thin up front.
Then no real thought on backcourt. We have two returning starters in the backcourt and then quite a bit of depth. Including a transfer that averaged 11 pts a game at a HM.
When I read stuff like that I don't give it any credibility. That looks like someone looked at last year's stats, saw who was returning and then slapped that on a piece of paper.