The Minnesota Golden Gophers lose a bunch of talent. However, it is important to note that even with this talent being on the team last season, the Golden Gophers were only able to manage a No. 11 seed in the NCAA tournament. Whether the case, what will be Minnesota’s toughest non-conference schedule game in the upcoming season?
That is an easy one if you have taken a look at its schedule. This team will meet up with the Syracuse Orange in late November.
As usual, Syracuse should be one of the best teams in college basketball. It will no longer have point guard Michael Carter-Williams on its team, but leading scorer C.J. Fair will be back (among other players).
The Orange will be playing in the ACC in the 2013-14 season, but that should not halt the success that they have had in college hoops over the years.
Minnesota returns both Austin and Andre Hollins. These two players will be very important to say the least as they were the top two leading scorers on the team last season.
Syracuse will easily be the favorite in this game, but upsets were made for college hoops. Not saying that one will happen in this game, but Andre Hollins was big in the NCAA tournament last season (28 points against UCLA and 25 points against Florida) and there is no reason why he won’t be big in this game.
The Golden Gophers will not be challenged a whole lot before Big Ten play begins, but they will definitely have their hands full when they meet with Syracuse in the Maui Invitational.