Indiana Returns Home to Face Minnesota
Feb. 19, 2007
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-Minnesota Series
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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).
Check back soon