Hoosiers Travel to Minnesota for Tuesday Match-Up
Jan. 2, 2011
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers will hit the road for the first time in the Big Ten when they venture to Williams Arena to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers. IU is coming off an 85-67 loss at home to Ohio State, while Minnesota lost at Michigan State, 71-62 on New Years Eve. Last year, the Hoosiers defeated Minnesota 81-78 in overtime in Bloomington, while Minnesota won 81-58 at home.
Tubby Smith is in his 20th season as a collegiate head coach and his fourth at Minnesota. He has compiled a 461-187 overall record and is 74-42 with the Golden Gophers. He started his coaching career at Tulsa (1992-95) and then moved on to Georgia (1996-97) and then Kentucky (1998-2007).
Indiana is second in the league in field goal percentage hitting 49.3 percent from the floor. IU made 25 of 50 field goal attempts against Ohio State.
Junior Verdell Jones III needs 58 points to become the 42nd player in IU history to reach 1,000 points in their career. He has scored 942 career points and has averaged 12.9 points for his career. He had a conventional three-point play last year in the final minute to lead IU to the overtime win against Minnesota in Bloomington.
Sophomore Christian Watford is seventh in the Big Ten averaging 17.2 points per game, which is the most of any sophomore in the Big Ten. He is fifth in the conference in free throw percentage (82.8) and has made a league-high 82 free throws in 95 attempts.
Sophomore Jordan Hulls is second in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (51.7 percent), and also is fifth overall in the Big Ten hitting 56.3 percent of his field goal attempts. In the last three games, he is averaging 14.0 points per game and shooting 57.7 percent from the field.
Freshman Victor Oladipo is averaging 14.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in the last three games. He has started the last two games and has shot 64.3 percent in those three games. He currently ranks fifth in the league in field goal shooting (56.3 percent) and is 10th in steals at 1.53 per game.
A GLANCE AT MINNESOTA
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