Jan. 2, 2011
| Indiana (9-6, 0-2 Big Ten) at No. 21/RV Minnesota (11-3, 0-2 Big Ten)
||Jan. 4, 2011
||7:00 p.m. ET
||Minneapolis, Minn. (Williams Arena - 14,625)
| Series Record
||Indiana leads, 92-64
| Last Meeting
||Minnesota 81, IU 58 (Minneapolis, Min. - 2/20/2010)
||ESPN2 (Dave O'Brien and Dan Dakich)
|| IU Radio Network (Listen) | Sirius 121/XM 141
||Minnesota Ticket Office
||Indiana | Minnesota
||Indiana | Minnesota
| Social Media
||@TomCrean | @IUShanaDan
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.
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and is in his third year with the Hoosiers. He is 215-148 all-time as a head coach, collecting his 200th career win last year against Pitt at Madison Square Garden as part of the Jimmy V Classic. He came to Indiana from Marquette where he was 190-96 (66.4) in nine seasons and made five NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2003 Final Four.
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 in its 111th season of college basketball.
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.
The Hoosiers will not have a four-year player in the program until Verdell Jones III, Tom Pritchard, Matt Roth, Daniel Moore and Kory Barnett enter their senior year.
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
Minnesota enters Tuesday's game having lost its first two conference games, at Wisconsin and at Michigan State to fall to 11-3 overall. The Golden Gophers had ranked as high as No. 13 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll before suffering those first two Big Ten losses. Blake Hoffarber leads the Golden Gophers in scoring at 13.6 points per game and is closely followed by Trevor Mbakwe and his 13.4 points per contest. Mbakwe is also paces the team on the glass. pulling down 9.9 rebounds per game. The Gophers are shooting 46 percent from the floor as a team but just 33 percent from the 3-point line and 63 percent at the free throw line.