Indiana vs. Minnesota: Full Game Preview

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Indiana vs. Minnesota: Full Game Preview
(1) Indiana
(24-3, 8-1 away)
Minnesota
(18-9, 15-3 home)
Venue: Williams Arena
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, February 26, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Indiana C Zeller 16.6 C Zeller 8.1 K Ferrell 4.3
Minnesota A Hollins 13.6 T Mbakwe 8.5 A Hollins 3.3

On Tuesday, No. 1 Indiana travels to Williams Arena to take on Minnesota. The game tips off at 7 p.m. EST and it can be seen on ESPN. The Hoosiers defeated the Golden Gophers 88-81 on Jan. 12 and are 4-5 against them over the past four years.

Minnesota is in seventh place in the conference and Indiana is in first place.

In a 72-68 triumph over Michigan State on Feb. 19, Victor Oladipo put up 19 points and 9 rebounds for the Hoosiers. He tallies 14 points per game in addition to a team-best 2.4 steals per game. For the Golden Gophers, Andre Hollins put up 11 points and 8 rebounds in the 71-45 loss to Ohio State on Feb. 20. He leads the team in points with 13.6 per game and assists with 3.3 per game.

Indiana has a statistical advantage over Minnesota in one significant category, scoring, where the Hoosiers have an edge over the Golden Gophers, 82 points per game to 69 points per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Minnesota is strong in the following categories: offensive rebounding percentage at 44.8 percent and free throw rate at 42.7 percent.

Minnesota StatSmack

  • A for effort, but Indiana has emerged victorious against Minnesota the last two times they've played.
  • Christian Watford is ranked 7th in the Big Ten in rebounds.
  • Kevin Ferrell is ranked 3rd in the Big Ten in assists.
  • It's only wins and losses, but Indiana has a better overall record than Minnesota this season (24-3 vs. 18-9).
  • Be afraid. Indiana has blown out more teams than Minnesota this season (15 blowouts vs. six).
  • Indiana has a better record on the road than Minnesota this season (6-1 vs. 3-6).
  • Cody Zeller is ranked 4th in the Big Ten in points, 2nd in the Big Ten in rebounds, and 6th in the Big Ten in blocks.
  • Indiana is a better three-point shooting team (42.8 percent vs. 33.2 percent) than Minnesota this season.
  • Indiana has a potent offense, scoring more points (82.5 per game vs. 69.1 per game) than Minnesota this season.
  • The Indiana steals leader (Victor Oladipo, 64 steals) has more steals than the Minnesota steals leader (Austin Hollins, 50 steals).
IU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Cody Zeller 29 17 8 1 1 1 2
A Victor Oladipo 28 14 6 2 2 1 2
B+ C. Watford 28 13 7 1 1 0 2
B Jordan Hulls 29 11 3 3 1 0 1
B Kevin Ferrell 28 7 3 4 1 0 2
B Will Sheehey 22 10 4 1 1 0 1
C Remy Abell 13 5 2 1 0 0 1
C J. Hollowell 10 3 2 0 0 0 1
C- Maurice Creek 9 2 1 0 0 0 0
C- Derek Elston 7 1 1 0 0 0 0
C- A. Etherington 7 2 2 0 0 0 1
D+ H. Mosquera-Perea 6 1 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Jeff Howard 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Taylor Wayer 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Raphael Smith 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Peter Jurkin 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
MINN Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Andre Hollins 29 14 3 3 1 0 2
B Trevor Mbakwe 24 9 8 1 1 2 2
B Austin Hollins 31 11 3 3 2 1 1
B Rodney Williams 28 11 5 2 1 1 2
B- Joe Coleman 27 9 4 2 1 0 2
C Eliott Eliason 14 2 4 1 0 1 1
C- Julian Welch 12 3 1 1 1 0 1
C- M. Ahanmisi 10 4 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Oto Osenieks 10 3 2 1 0 0 1
D+ Maurice Walker 7 3 2 0 0 0 1
D+ Andre Ingram 9 1 2 0 1 0 0
D+ Wally Ellenson 7 3 1 0 0 0 0
D Kendal Shell 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Chris Halvorsen 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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