Indiana (14-8) at Minnesota (15-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 8, 8:15 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Williams Arena (14,625) -- Minneapolis, Minnesota. Television: BTN. Home Record: IU 12-2, Minnesota 12-2. Away Record: IU 1-4, Minnesota 2-4. Neutral Record: IU 1-2, Minnesota 1-2. Conference Record: IU 4-5, Minnesota 4-6. Series Record: Indiana leads, 95-67.
GAME NOTES: Coming off an upset win over a top-10 opponent, the Indiana Hoosiers turn their attention to the Minnesota Golden Gophers for a Big Ten Conference clash at Williams Arena.
Indiana had lost three of its previous four games entering last Sunday's matchup with 10th-ranked Michigan, but the Hoosiers turned in perhaps their best effort of the season as they prevailed by double digits, 63-52. However, they are just 1-4 as the visiting team this season.
Minnesota went on the road and took Purdue to triple-overtime on Wednesday night, only to fall, 77-74. The loss was the third in a row for the Golden Gophers, although they now return to Williams Arena where they boast a 12-2 mark this season.
Indiana owns a 95-67 edge in the all-time series. This is the only regular- season meeting between the two teams.
Indiana's sophomore sensation Yogi Ferrell not only knocked down a near- perfect 7-of-8 3-pointers en route to a game-high 27 points in last Sunday's upset victory, he also shut down Michigan's top scorer Nik Stauskas, who made just one field goal in 35 minutes. In conference play, Ferrell is averaging a Big Ten-best 19.2 ppg and 2.8 3-pointers per game. Of course, he also is not a one-man show. Freshman big man Noah Vonleh recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds to go along with a pair of blocks against Michigan. Vonleh has earned the conference's freshman of the week honor seven times as his nine double-doubles leads all Big Ten players. The Hoosiers shot 54 percent as a team against Michigan, and they have held foes to a league-best 57.3 ppg average.
The Golden Gophers also know a thing or two about playing pesky defense, as they lead the Big Ten in steals per game (8.3). In addition, they rank second in free-throw percentage (.746) and fourth in both 3-pointers per game (7.2) and assists (14.4). Junior forward Maurice Walker has been the top scorer (14.3 ppg) and rebounder (6.0 rpg) over the last four games, and he is coming off a team-high 17-point showing against Purdue earlier this week. However, Andre Hollins, who leads the team in scoring with 15.1 ppg on the season, shot just 3-of-14 from the floor and finished with eight points. Transfer guard DeAndre Mathieu, who is averaging 11.8 ppg in league play and leads the team with 99 assists on the season, had 15 points but also seven of the Gophers' 14 turnovers in Wednesday's loss.
Williams Arena has been a tough venue for the opposition, but Minnesota needs better showings from its key players in order to knock off a young but talented IU squad.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Minnesota 72, Indiana 67
02/08 10:22:30 ET