On Offense… Turnover percentage in 2013-14 was down throughout college basketball, dropping to 18.3% from 20.0% a year earlier. The decline is largely attributable to the increase in fouls called by referees.
So, while Minnesota’s improvement in offensive turnover percentage was good last season, it wasn’t as remarkable as it may initially appear.
Dre Mathieu: Another D-I to JUCO to Minnesota Success February 15, 2014
In March of 2011 the Gophers received a commitment from rising junior guard Julian Welch from Yuba Community College (CA). He had played there for one year after starting his collegiate career at D-I UC-Davis.
This past summer, Dre Mathieu opted to join the Minnesota program after a year at Central Arizona College. Mathieu had spent his first season playing for D-I Morehead State.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers have a steal rate of 12.6% which is 11th best in the nation through Saturday’s games. Only three teams have a rate higher than 15% (VCU at 18.2% is #1).
The Gophers also lead the Big Ten in steal rate.
Several players boast strong individual steal numbers, but what is especially impressive is that the two Gophers in the top 10 of Big Ten thieves (min 40% of available minutes played, data per KenPom.com) have also limited the amount of fouls they are called for.
Some fans and media are quite high on Deandre Mathieu after impressive offensive performances in Minnesota’s two early season intra-squad scrimmages. The 5’9”, 165 pound point guard transferred in as a junior from Central Arizona College where he averaged 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in 2012-13 (per njcaa.org).