#9/10 Hoosiers Travel To Minnesota
Jan. 15, 2008
#9/10 Indiana (14-1, 3-0) at Minnesota (12-3, 2-1)
The Opening Tip
The Indiana men's basketball team is ranked ninth in the AP Poll and 10th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and will visit Minnesota for its third road game in four contests to start the Big Ten season. IU has won its last 10 games, the longest winning streak during Kelvin Sampson's two-year tenure, and is coming off a 62-58 win at home over Illinois. The Golden Gophers are coming off a 76-73 win at Penn State. The teams met just once a season ago, a 71-59 Hoosier triumph in Bloomington. The Hoosiers have a 10-game winning streak for the 22nd time in school history and are enjoying their longest continuous string of success since they won 13 in a row in the 1992-93 season. Indiana is 3-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 2001-02, when it started 4-0 in conference play en route to a national championship game appearance that season.
Two-time National Coach of the Year Kelvin Sampson was named the 26th head coach in Indiana University history on March 29, 2006 and is in his second year with the Hoosiers and 25th as a collegiate head coach. He has notched 16 20-plus win seasons and is 490-269 (.645), which ranks 20th in victories among active NCAA Division I coaches. He is 35-12 (.739) in two seasons and is 25-0 at Assembly Hall, tying Branch McCracken who held the record for most consecutive wins at home to start a career with 25 from 1938-41. Both of Sampson's Hoosier teams have been nationally ranked. This year, the Hoosiers have been ranked as high as eighth in the country, while last year, they climbed to #19.
Coach Tubby Smith, a long-time friend of Sampson's, is in his first year at Minnesota and has guided them to a 12-3 record. He is 399-148 in 17 years of coaching which included stops at Tulsa, Georgia and Kentucky. Both Smith and Samspon have roots that take them back to North Carolina as Smith played collegiately at High Point and Sampson at Pembroke State.
The Hoosiers will enjoy a three-game homestand when it hosts Penn State (January 20), Iowa (January 23) and UConn (January 26).
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