Gophers look for 17th straight nonconference home win Monday against DePaul

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			Gophers look for 17th straight nonconference home win Monday against DePaul
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DePaul represents the last nonconference opponent to beat the Gophers at Williams Arena, and DePaul also is Minnesota’s next opponent to come to The Barn for a 6 p.m. tipoff on Monday night.

In between, Minnesota has won 16 consecutive home games against non-Big Ten teams, including a 72-54 win over St. Francis Brooklyn on Friday and a 61-60 victory over Western Michigan on Nov. 7.

The Gophers had veterans Dawson Garcia and Ta’Lon Cooper lead the way in the Western Michigan win and a trio of freshmen — Jaden Henley, Joshua Ola-Joseph and Pharrel Payne — carry the load against St. Francis Brooklyn.

DePaul (2-0) beat Loyola (Maryland) and Western Illinois to start this season; they were picked to finish in last place (11th) in the Big East Conference preseason coaches’ poll in mid-October.

The Blue Demons beat the Gophers 73-68 in November 2019, which became Richard Pitino’s penultimate season as Minnesota’s head coach.

Monday’s matchup is part of eight contests in the Gavitt Games between the two leagues.

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