Gophers travels to Indiana for Sunday morning competition


Men’s basketball | 01/08/2022 09:05:00

TV: BTN (Chris Vosters – Play-by-Play; Nick Bahe – Analyst)
Tip time: 11:01 a.m. CT
Radio: Learfield IMG: KTLK (AM-1130), FM 103.5
Mike Grimm (play-by-play); Spencer Tollackson (Analyst)
Sirius: XM 388

166th Meeting (Indiana Leads, 98-67)
In Indiana: 19-62
Minnesota vs. Big Ten: 781-869
Ben Johnson vs. Big Ten teams: 1-2
* – excludes games that have become free

• The University of Minnesota men’s basketball team is back in action on Sunday when it takes on the Indiana Hoosiers at 11 am, CT in Bloomington, Indiana. It’s the first street competition for the Gophers since December 11th, when Minnesota and its head coach Ben Johnson picked up his Big Ten win of the season and career as head coach. The Gophers are 3-0 in real street competitions this season and 5-0 this season from the Williams Arena.
• The Golden Gophers and Hoosiers met only once last season, including away (February 17, 2021) in an 82-72 defeat. Indiana is currently in a three-game winning streak against the Gophers. Minnesota’s last win against the Hoosiers was an 84-63 win on February 16, 2019 at Williams Arena. Gopher’s last road win in Indiana dates back to January 12, 2012, when Minnesota won 77-74. Minnesota was led by Austin Hollins, who scored 18 in the 7-out-of-10 shoot-out.
• Sunday’s game marks the first meeting for two new Big Ten head coaches in Ben Johnson and Mike Woodson from Indiana. Both trainers were hired at their respective alma mater just six days apart. Johnson was hired in his very first position as head coach on March 22, 2021. Though new to head coach, Johnson has been college coach for over 15 years, including six in the Big Ten. Woodson, who was hired on March 28, 2021, is also returning to his alma mater after spending his entire coaching career in the NBA. After the end of his Hoosier career in 1980, Woodson played and trained in the NBA, including as head coach for the Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks.
• Jamison battle Sixth place in the overall ranking of the Big Ten. He averages 18.2 points per game while Payton Willis 11th place in the league with 15.7. With 44.1 percent, Willis has the best three-point percentage in this league. Battle leads the league with an average of 36.5 minutes played. The duo also took third and seventh place on a three-point average with 2.5 and 2.4 respectively. Willis also ranks fourth in the league in steals per game (1.8).
• Jamison battle added 10 points against Illinois in his 27th straight double-digit game dating back to last season with George Washington. Battle’s season high is 27 points (in Michigan) while his career high is 29 (against Duquesne). He has scored over 20 points for the Gophers in five games this season.

• Indiana enters the game in Minnesota with an 11-3 overall record and 2-2 within the Big Ten. The Hoosiers last played on Thursday in a 67-51 win against Ohio State No. 13/12, also at Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers are 10-0 at home this season.
• Preseason All-American Trayce Jackson-Davis earlier this week had 27 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots against OSU. He also achieved his career best of 43 points earlier this year against Marshall. His 19.9 ppg ranks fourth in the league while his 8.5 rebounds per game ranks fifth. Through four Big Ten games that year, he averaged 17.5 ppg. Race Thompson has an average of 10.8 ppg and is sixth in the Big Ten with 7.9 rpg. Xavier Johnson rounds off the team’s top three goalscorers with 9.4 ppg.
• As a team, the Hoosiers shoot 47.8 percent out of the field, 34.7 out of three. Indiana ranks first in defense with 60.9 percent. The Hoosiers also averaged the top league’s 30.7 defensive rebounds per game, for a total of 40.6 per game.

• Minnesota will be back in action on Wednesday, January 12th when the Gophers resume their street action in Michigan # 10 at 6:00 p.m. on BTN. Mike Grimm and Spencer Tollackson will also provide the KTLK (AM-1130), FM 103.5 paging.


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