Minnesota vs. Northwestern: Full Game Preview

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Minnesota vs. Northwestern: Full Game Preview
Minnesota
(15-3, 3-1 away)
Northwestern
(11-8, 6-7 home)
Venue: Welsh-Ryan Arena
9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT, January 23, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Minnesota A Hollins 14.3 T Mbakwe 8.2 A Hollins 3.7
Northwestern R Hearn 14.5 J Swopshire 6.0 D Sobolewski 4.4

On Wednesday, No. 12 Minnesota visits Welsh-Ryan Arena to take on Northwestern. Tip-off is at 9:00 EST and you can see it on Big Ten Network. The Golden Gophers beat the Wildcats 69-51 on January 6th and are 7-5 against them over the last four years.

Minnesota is in 6th place in the conference and needs to hold off 8th place Northwestern.

In spite of 21 points and 6 rebounds from Austin Hollins, the Golden Gophers came up short 83-75 against Michigan on January 17th. On top of a team-high 2.1 steals per game, he also scores 11.5 points per game. For the Wildcats, Reggie Hearn finished with 22 points in the 67-59 loss to Indiana on January 20th. With 14.5 points per game and 1.3 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.

There are two key statistical areas where Minnesota has an advantage. The Golden Gophers will put a stronger offensive effort on the floor with an edge against the Wildcats in rebounding, 40 per game to 32 per game. Minnesota also has an advantage in scoring, 76 points per game to 65 points per game.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats have fewer giveaways, 10 per game to 14 per game.

Northwestern StatSmack

  • Minnesota allows fewer rebounds (30.9 allowed per game vs 34.8 allowed per game) than Northwestern this season.
  • Eliott Eliason is ranked 5th in the Big Ten in blocks.
  • We're a talent magnet. Since 1998 Minnesota has recruited more Top 10 high school players than Northwestern (3 vs 0).
  • Minnesota has a much lower out-of-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Northwestern ($25,277 vs $54,190).
  • Trevor Mbakwe is ranked 2nd in the Big Ten in rebounds and 5th in the Big Ten in blocks.
  • We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Minnesota has come back to win after being down at half against Northwestern 6 times since 1996.
  • Minnesota players are more experienced than Northwestern players (13,144 minutes played vs 12,622 minutes played).
  • AP voters think more highly of Minnesota and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Northwestern (35 vs 3).
  • Minnesota has a more potent offense, scoring more points (75.9 per game vs 67.8 per game) than Northwestern this season.
  • The Minnesota scoring leader (Andre Hollins) has more points than the Northwestern scoring leader (Reggie Hearn).
  • Minnesota beat Northwestern by 7 points the last time they played (Mar 08, 2012).
MINN Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Rodney Williams 29 12 6 2 1 1 2
B+ Andre Hollins 28 14 3 4 1 1 2
B+ Austin Hollins 29 12 4 3 2 1 1
B+ Trevor Mbakwe 22 10 8 1 1 2 2
B Joe Coleman 28 11 4 2 2 1 2
C Julian Welch 14 4 2 2 1 0 1
C Wally Ellenson 8 3 2 0 0 0 0
C Eliott Eliason 14 2 3 1 0 1 1
C M. Ahanmisi 11 4 1 1 0 0 1
C- Oto Osenieks 9 3 2 1 0 0 1
C- Maurice Walker 8 3 2 0 0 0 1
C- Andre Ingram 10 2 2 0 1 0 1
D Kendal Shell 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Chris Halvorsen 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
NU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Reggie Hearn 32 15 5 1 1 0 2
B Drew Crawford 32 14 5 2 1 1 2
B Dave Sobolewski 35 11 2 4 1 0 2
B Jared Swopshire 32 9 6 2 1 0 1
C+ Alex Olah 21 6 4 2 0 1 1
C Tre Demps 15 7 2 1 0 0 1
C A. Marcotullio 18 4 3 1 1 0 1
C- Kale Abrahamson 15 5 2 0 0 0 1
C- Mike Turner 16 2 2 2 1 1 1
D Sanjay Lumpkin 7 1 1 1 0 0 1
D Nikola Cerina 5 2 2 0 0 0 1
D J. Montgomery III 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Chier Ajou 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Omar Jimenez 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
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