Game Preview: American at Minnesota

Daniel Munoz

MINNEAPOLIS - With high expectations this season, the Gophers will look to get off to strong start against American University on Friday. Minnesota will take on the Eagles at 7 p.m. at Williams Arena.

American (0-0 overall, 0-0 Patriot League) at Minnesota (0-0 overall, 0-0 Big Ten)
Minneapolis, Minnesota – Williams Arena
Friday 7:00 p.m. CT – BTN.com/Gopher All-Access

PREGAME NOTES

Storyline
With the return of Trevor Mbakwe, Rodney Williams, and Mo Walker, hopes are high for the Gophers this season. Minnesota has looked strong in their exhibition contests but will welcome American, a team that won 20 games a season ago. The Gophers are favored to win, but expect a close contest into the second half.

Season to Date
As college basketball kicks off on Friday, this will be the first regular season game for both teams. The Eagles have played in one exhibition game, dominating Mary Washington, 71-46.

Coaching Preview
Head coach Jeff Jones is in his 13th season with American and 21st overall. With the Eagles, he has compiled an impressive 202-162 record. He led American to 20 wins last season including a 10-4 mark in the Patriot League.

Last Meeting
Friday will be the first meeting between Minnesota and American.

Series History
The Gophers have yet to face American but do hold a 7-1 record against Patriot League opponents. Tubby Smith is a perfect 4-0 versus the Patriot League.

Players to Watch
#2-Daniel Munoz-G: The 6-foot senior guard was steady for the Eagles last season, averaging an impressive 4.2 assists per game to go with 8.0 points.

#32-Stephen Lumpkins-F: Lumpkins, a 6-foot-8 senior, is American's top returning scorer after averaging 13.0 points per contest last season.

Background:
Location: Washington D.C
Enrollment: 6,028
Conference: Patriot League
Mascot: Eagles
Colors: American Red and Blue
Coach: Jeff Jones (13th Season)

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