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Minnesota's first matchup against a ranked opponent is Saturday with the Alabama Crimson Tide, but Jordan Murphy said the Gophers' captains made sure their teammates didn't dismiss UMass.
Alabama, Miami and the first two Big Ten games are coming up for the No. 14 Gophers, who play UMass at 11 a.m. this morning in Brooklyn.
Gophers don't get much of a test, but reserves get their chance to show their stuff.
Despite their 4-0 record, the Gophers rank 12th in the Big Ten and 333rd out of 351 Division I teams in three-point percentage defense.
Tough conversations — and some winning — have helped quickly form a tight bond between Gophers AD Mark Coyle and men's basketball coach Richard Pitino.
Reggie Lynch took over for the No. 14 Gophers on Wednesday, scoring 18 points with 12 rebounds, nine blocks and six assists in a 26-point victory.
Junior forward forward Jordan Murphy is the first Gophers player with back-to-back 20-point, 10-rebound efforts since Kris Humphries in 2004.
Trailing Providence by five with 14:47 left in the second half, the Gophers used a 23-9 run to pull away from one of the Big East's top teams.
Any other time Richard Pitino wishes Providence, his alma mater, success on the basketball court, but not Monday night when his 15th-ranked Gophers play the Friars.
Following a slow start, the No. 15 Gophers pulled away to open the season Friday night with a 92-77 victory over South Carolina Upstate. Jordan Murphy finished with 35 points and 15 rebounds.