Postgame Notes - Minnesota at Indiana
Jan. 12, 2013
Indiana defeated No. 8/10 Minnesota, 88-81, marking Indiana's first win over a top-10 team since defeating No. 5 Michigan State, 70-55, on Feb. 28, 2012. The Hoosiers have won their last four home games against top 10 teams.
IU never trailed the entire game, marking the fourth time this season that Indiana has led a game from start to finish
The Hoosiers led 16-15 at the 11:03 mark. Indiana proceeded to go on an 18-2 run over a 4:15 span to go up 34-17. The Hoosiers went into the half leading, 52-29.
The Hoosiers the Gophers, 36-34, and are 14-0 when they win the battle of the boards this season.
The Hoosiers forced 17 turnovers in the game, including 12 in the first half. Indiana got 27 points off Minnesota miscues in the game, including 26 in the first half. In three Big Ten games, the Hoosiers are forcing 16.0 turnovers a contest. Indiana's opponents averaged 11.0 giveaways per game last season.
IU outscored Minnesota in the paint, 36-28, in points off turnovers, 27-19, and fastbreak points, 14-4.
Indiana scored 52 first half points while shooting 65.6 percent (21-of-32) from the field and 63.6 percent (7-of-11) from 3-point range. It marked the seventh time IU has scored 50-or-more points in a half this season.
The Hoosiers attempted a season-best 40 free throws against the Gophers, the most since taking 42 against Illinois on Feb. 9, 2012.
Junior Victor Oladipo scored 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting, including 13 in the first half, and also added six rebounds and three steals. He has scored 10 or more in the last 14 games and is leading the Big Ten in shooting percentage. Oladipo scored in double figures for the 43rd time in his career and reached 20 points for the third time in his career.
Sophomore Cody Zeller finished with 18 points in addition to six rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Zeller finished 6-of-8 from the floor in the game. He scored in double figures for the 46th time in his career and the 14th time this season.
Senior Jordan Hulls scored 19 points and hauled in four boards to go with two assists and a steal. Hulls now has 1,156 career points, which ranks 35th on the all-time IU scorers list. Hulls finished 4-of-7 from behind the arc, marking the 14th game out of the 16 this season that he has hit multiple trifectas. He moved his career total to 210 made 3-pointers, which ranks second in program history. Hulls has scored 10-or-more points on 62 occasions in his career and the 11th time this season.
Senior Christian Watford scored 15 points and added nine rebounds. He now has 1,493 career points, which ranks 16th on the all-time IU scoring list, just five points away from Bracey Wright for 15th. Watford scored 10-or-more points for the 84th time in his career and 13th time this season, including six straight.
Through the first three Big Ten games, Watford is averaging 14.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and is shooting 53.8 percent from the 3-point line.
Freshman Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell scored 13 points and added eight assists with only two turnovers. He also added a steal and a rebound in a career-high 37 minutes. He has scored in double figures four times in his career.
Check back soon