Postgame Notes - No. 18 Minnesota at Indiana
Feb. 2, 2011
In their last three Big Ten home victories, the Hoosiers have held each opponent under 40 percent from the field - Michigan (36.4), Illinois (32.2) and Minnesota (37.0). Indiana is surrendering just 55.7 points in those three victories and 35.1 percent shooting (59-of-168).
Indiana has defeated back-to-back ranked teams at Assembly Hall for the first time since the 2007-08 season. The Hoosiers defeated No. 10 Michigan State (80-61) on Feb. 16 and No. 14 Purdue (77-68) on Feb. 19.
IU has won its last three Big Ten games at Assembly Hall and are now 12-2 overall at home this season. The last time Indiana won three straight conference home games came back in 2008 when they won four-consecutive games, a 80-61 decision over No. 10 Michigan State (Feb. 16), a 77-68 victory over No. 14 Purdue (Feb. 19), a 72-69 win over Ohio State (Feb. 26) and a 69-55 triumph over Minnesota (March 5).
Indiana held Minnesota to 26.9 percent (7-of-26) shooting from the field in the first half. It is the seventh time this season that IU has held an opponent and the third time it has held a Big Ten foe to under 30 percent shooting for a half. It's the lowest output by a Hoosier opponent since Illinois shot 21.7 percent in the second half on Jan. 27.
Minnesota opened the game shooting 3-of-15 from the floor. The Hoosiers took full advantage of their defensive effort and jumped out of the gates to a 24-10 lead.
The Hoosiers did not trail in the game, the second time this season they led wire-to-wire (SIU-Edwardsville, Dec. 17).
With the victory, the Hoosiers now lead the all-time series, 93-65.
Indiana is now 12-1 when leading with five minutes left.
The Hoosiers shot 13-of-15 (86.7 percent) from the foul line. Indiana has reached 80 percent six times this season.
The Hoosiers only had nine turnovers, marking the fifth time this season Indiana has had less than 10 mistakes in a game.
Indiana has led at halftime in each of the last three games including a 12-point cushion at the half against the Gophers, 33-21, which is IU's largest lead going into the half in a Big Ten game this season.
The Golden Gophers only committed 10 turnovers, which the Hoosiers took full advantage of with 18 points. IU led or tied all of the specialty stats - points in paint (22-22), points of turnovers (18-6), second-chance points (17-14), fastbreak points (2-2) and bench points (26-17).
Minnesota won the battle of the boards, 36-35. IU is now 2-6 when getting outrebounded this season, defeating Illinois in its last outing at Assembly Hall on Jan. 27.
With its 12 offensive rebounds, Indiana reached double figures for the 15th time this season. It marked the 55th time under Head Coach Tom Crean IU has reached double figures in offensive boards.
Pritchard scored 12 points, reaching double digits for the first time since a 13-point outing vs. Purdue on Feb. 4, 2010, in Bloomington. He has scored in double figures 19 times in his career. The last time he led the team in scoring came on Jan. 13, 2009, at Ohio State, his 16th career game. He recorded a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Pritchard shot 5-for-5 from the field and went 2-for-2 from the free throw line. The junior also added seven rebounds, collecting season highs in both points and rebounds.
Tonight is the second straight game a Hoosier hit all five of his attempts in a game. Victor Oladipo went 5-for-5 at Michigan State on Jan. 30. Oladipo finished tonight with five points and six rebounds in just 15 minutes.
Verdell Jones III played in his first game since Jan. 20. Jones finished with 12 points and grabbed five rebounds in the game while shooting 4-of-7 from the field and 2-of-3 from long range. Jones has scored in double-figures 12 times this season, including the last five games he has played in, and a team-leading 51 career games. He now has 1,016 career points, which moves him into 41st all-time in Hoosier lore, passing Jared Jeffries.
Hulls added eight points and six assists in 37 minutes. His six assists matches a season high (Northwestern State, Nov. 26).
Elston, returning to the starting lineup for the injured Christian Watford for the first time since at Minnesota on Jan. 4, scored eight points and collected six boards with a pair of steals in 23 minutes.
Matt Roth hit three three-pointers to finish with nine points in 12 minutes off the bench. It is the third time in the last four games he has made at least three treys.
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