Minnesota Golden Gophers at Illinois Fighting Illini

Minnesota Golden Gophers Preview

The Minnesota Golden Gophers will play against a ranked opponent for the second game in a row when they visit No. 19 Illinois on Thursday night. The Golden Gophers are coming off a 70-52 home loss to then-No. 11 Michigan State on Sunday. Daniel Oturu scored 19 points to lead Minnesota, just off his season average of 19.7 points per game, but he committed a team-high four turnovers.

Marcus Carr is second on Minnesota’s scoring list with 16.1 points per game, and Gabe Kalscheur is third at 12 points per game. The Golden Gophers are averaging 4.8 blocked shots per game, which ranked 30th in the nation through Tuesday.

Illinois Fighting Illini Preview

The 19th-ranked Illinois Fighting Illini will carry a six-game winning streak into their home game against Minnesota on Thursday night. At 6-2 in the Big Ten, Illinois is off to its best conference start since it had the same mark in 2005-06.

Guard Ayo Dosunmu secured several recent victories for the Illini with clutch shots in the final minute, including a game-winning shot with 0.5 seconds remaining against Michigan on Saturday. The sophomore from Chicago is averaging 16.2 points per game on 48.7 percent shooting, and he could attract plenty of NBA scouts’ attention if he continues to play well. Illinois is 11-1 at home.