Men's Basketball

    Indiana Returns Home to Face Minnesota

    Go Hoosiers! Senior guard Errek Suhr and the Hoosiers face Minnesota for the first and only time this regular season on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior guard Errek Suhr and the Hoosiers face Minnesota for the first and only time this regular season on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 19, 2007

    Minnesota Game Notes (2-21-07)

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Following a pair of games away from Assembly Hall, the Indiana men's basketball team returns home to take on Minnesota with a 7 p.m. EST tip on Wednesday, Feb. 21. This is the first meeting between the two teams this season. The game will be televised on ESPN Plus Local, with Dick Bremer (play-by-play) and John Laskowski (analyst) on the call.

    On The Air
    The Indiana University Radio Network will air every Hoosier game, as WHCC (105.1 FM) serves as the flagship station for a network that has more than 40 statewide affiliates. Don Fischer is in his 34th season as the play-by-play man, with former IU guard Todd Leary in his sixth season as color analyst and Joe Smith in his 24th season as the pregame, halftime and postgame host.

    The Indiana-Minnesota Series
    Indiana and Minnesota will square off for 149th time on Wednesday evening, with the Hoosiers holding an 85-63 advantage in the all-time series. IU holds a 24-6 edge at Assembly Hall, including a 71-56 victory the last time the two teams met in Bloomington on Feb. 12, 2005. However, the Golden Gophers have won four of the last five meetings and six of the last 10.

    This is the first meeting of the season between the teams. Hoosier Head Coach Kelvin Sampson is 2-0 in his career against the Gophers.

    Below is a look at the last five meetings between Indiana and Minnesota:

    Date Outcome Location
    Feb. 18, 2004 L, 73-71 Bloomington
    Jan. 26, 2005 L, 70-65 Minneapolis
    Feb. 12, 2005 W, 71-56 Bloomington
    March 11, 2005 L, 71-55 Chicago
    Jan. 29, 2006 L, 61-42 Minneapolis

    Scouting Minnesota
    Minnesota comes to Bloomington 9-18 overall and 3-10 in the Big Ten. The Golden Gophers have lost five straight after posting back-to-back conference wins vs. Penn State and at Northwestern. Minnesota is just 1-10 away from home this season, including a 1-7 mark on the road.

    Three Golden Gophers average double figures, led by Lawrence McKenzie. The junior guard is scoring 15.9 points in a team-leading 34.3 minutes. Junior forward Dan Coleman adds 14.4 points per game and leads the club with 5.9 rebounds per contest. Junior center Spencer Tollackson, who missed part of the Big Ten campaign due to injury, adds 12.5 points and 5.9 boards each time out.

    Interim Head Coach Jim Molinari is in his third season on the Gopher coaching staff. He took over for Dan Monson, who stepped down as head coach earlier this year after seven seasons. Molinari served as head coach at Northern Illinois (1989-91) and at Bradley (1991-2002).

    Last Time vs. Minnesota
    The No. 13/11 Indiana men's basketball team fell for the second straight time on the road in the Big Ten, as it dropped a 61-42 affair to Minnesota on Jan. 29, 2006.

    Fifth-year senior forward Marco Killingsworth led the Hoosiers with 15 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore guard/forward Robert Vaden finished with 11 points on a trio of 3-point field goals. Senior guard Marshall Strickland returned to the IU lineup after missing the Iowa game and led the team with five assists to go along with six rebounds.

    Indiana shot a season-low 32.1 percent (17-of-53) from the field, including a 5-of-23 performance from 3-point range. Indiana entered the contest as the national leader in 3-point field goal percentage and the Big Ten leader in 3-pointers per contest. Minnesota became only the fourth team this season to shoot over 50 percent against IU, as it hit at a 51-percent clip (26-of-51).

    Minnesota Last Time Out
    Lawrence McKenzie led Minnesota with 22 points and a career-high 10 assists in an 85-67 loss to second-ranked Ohio State on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Williams Arena. Greg Oden led four Buckeyes in double figures to help Ohio State win its 11th in a row. Minnesota fell to 9-18, 3-10 in the Big Ten, while Ohio State improved to 24-3, 12-1 in the Big Ten.

    Ohio State shot 49 percent from the floor and held a 40-30 rebounding advantage while forcing 15 Gopher turnovers. The Gophers shot a solid 46 percent from the floor and made 11-of-22 3-pointers. Jamal Abu-Shamala added 14 points and Lawrence Westbrook scored 11.

    Oden led Ohio State with 19 points and nine rebounds, while Ron Lewis added 16 points. Othello Hunter (15) and Ivan Harris (14) also scored in double figures. Mike Conley Jr. turned in 10 assists, five steals and six points.

    Spark Plug Suhr
    Senior guard Errek Suhr received his first career Big Ten start and the third start of his career at Michigan (Feb. 17), filling in for the injured Earl Calloway. The Bloomington native ran the Hoosier offense and scored a season-high 10 points - his fifth career double-digit performance - on 4-of-6 shooting. He also dished out four assists and matched a career high with 26 minutes.

    Suhr received the first start of his career earlier this season against Charlotte and also earned a starting nod at Kentucky. He has seen action in 22 of the Hoosiers' 25 games this season, averaging 9.0 minutes.

    White Out
    Along with senior Errek Suhr, junior forward Mike White netted his first career Big Ten start and his second of the season. After playing just five minutes and failing to dent the stat sheet in the first half, White poured in a career-best 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting with four rebounds in 10 minutes of action in the second stanza.

    Making his first career start, White put forth an impressive effort in the Hoosiers' win at UConn on Jan. 20. Entering the game averaging just 8.6 minutes per game, White played a career-high 32 minutes and added eight points, four rebounds, one block and one steal. A 60.9-percent free throw shooter, White hit two critical free throws with 2:41 remaining to square the game at 66.

    Since the Connecticut outing (eight games), White is averaging 14.8 minutes, 4.5 points and 2.5 rebounds while shooting 60.9 percent from the field.

    Inside The Numbers
    After posting a 6-2 mark through the first half of the Big Ten season, the Hoosiers have dropped three of their last four games. All three losses have come on the road, where Indiana has dropped four in a row and is 2-7 overall this season.

    Through the first half of the conference year, IU averaged 71.2 points, shot 47.2 percent and 40.8 from 3-point range. In its last four league games, those numbers fall to 65.8 points, 44.0 percent and 36.1 from downtown.

    Meanwhile, opponents averaged 62.4 points, shot 44.1 percent overall and 23.3 percent from long range in the first eight conference games. During the third quarter of Big Ten play, those numbers jumped to 70.2 points, 44.8 percent and 41.8 percent from deep.

    In addition, the Hoosiers owned a plus-2.4 advantage on the boards (31.9), outrebounded six opponents and recorded a plus-1.19 assist/turnover ratio (105-88) through the first eight games. Over the next four games, Indiana was minus-6.2 on the boards (28.3), lost the rebounding battle each time out and holds a 0.89 assist/turnover ratio (47-53).




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