A series of injuries put the Gophers’ depth to the test Saturday in a matchup with New Orleans at Williams Arena.
Minnesota (8-2) finished with six players in double digits and rolled to an 80-65 win over the Privateers (1-4).
That dispersed production came at a necessary time — both Malik Smith and Elliott Eliason sustained left-ankle injuries heading into the game. Eliason played just four minutes, and Smith didn’t touch the court.
Under any circumstances, graduating in three years is an impressive feat.
Doing so while playing Big Ten basketball is incredible.
That’s exactly what Gophers junior walk-on guard Kendal Shell is set to accomplish in the spring, when he’ll graduate with a degree in business marketing education with minors in leadership and sport management.
And if that isn’t enough, he also spends time volunteering.
“He’s a good all-around guy,” junior guard Andre Hollins said.
Kendal Shell has improved his game and will graduate next semester.
Elliott Eliason came in like a wrecking ball in the Gophers’ matchup with No. 8 Syracuse on Nov. 25. He recorded six points, nine rebounds and five blocks in the opening round of the Maui Invitational.
When Eliason sat out with foul trouble, Minnesota had no answer for the Orange’s big men down low.
Gophers head coach Richard Pitino was forced to play forwards Oto Osenieks and Joey King at center, but both were undersized and overmatched as Syracuse wore down Minnesota’s front line en route to a 75-67 victory.