Indiana will strive for its fourth-straight win when it travels to Minnesota on Wednesday night time. The Golden Gophers are 7-11 total and 1-7 in Huge Ten play.
Wednesday’s recreation will tip at 9 p.m. ET on BTN:
After a 10-1 begin final season, Minnesota has struggled to search out a lot success below Ben Johnson. The Gophers have been usually aggressive in Johnson’s first season however completed 13-17 total and 4-16 in Huge Ten play. Nonetheless, Minnesota completed the season ranked simply outdoors the highest 100 in KenPom (109th) and had 5 wins over prime 100 KenPom groups.
Season two for Johnson in Minneapolis has represented a step again to this point. The Gophers are 0-4 in Huge Ten dwelling video games, have only one victory over a prime 100 KenPom staff and are the worst staff within the convention as league play nears the halfway level.
However within the Huge Ten, something can occur, so Indiana must sustain the extent of play it has exhibited over the past three video games to keep away from a expensive loss at Williams Area.
MEET THE GOLDEN GOPHERS
With the commencement of Payton Willis, Morehead State switch Ta’Lon Cooper is now the purpose guard for the Gophers. Minnesota runs loads of pick-and-roll motion within the halfcourt with Cooper as the primary facilitator. The 6-foot-4 guard leads the Gophers in assists and minutes per recreation.
Cooper is third on the staff in scoring at 10.8 factors per recreation and shoots higher on 3s (49 p.c) than he does 2s (43.9 p.c). He has one of many prime 25 help charges within the nation at 34.1 p.c.
Taurus Samuels, a 6-foot-1 switch from Dartmouth, begins on the two and is a low-usage, low-efficiency offensive participant. Samuels averages solely 2.5 factors in 19.5 minutes per recreation and has tried 54 pictures in 18 video games. Samuels is 6-for-18 on 3s in Huge Ten play.
Freshman Joshua Ola-Joseph begins on the 4 with Jamison Battle on the three. Ola-Joseph is a 6-foot-7 wing who’s a stable athlete and a succesful finisher. He’s making 58.4 p.c of his 2s this season. His 7.2 factors per recreation are tied for fourth on the staff.
Battle has been banged up this season, lacking the primary 4 video games of the season with a foot harm. He then injured his again in opposition to Illinois on Jan. 16, however hasn’t missed any video games as he performs by means of the setback. In 14 video games, Battle is averaging 12.1 factors, however is capturing simply 34.6 p.c from the sector. His efficient area objective proportion is down from 54.1 p.c final season to 42.7 this season.
North Carolina switch Dawson Garcia begins on the 5 and is Minnesota’s main scorer. A former Indiana recruiting goal, Garcia started his profession at Marquette earlier than transferring to Chapel Hill. He left North Carolina’s staff final season and returned to his dwelling state to play for the Gophers.
Garcia’s 14.9 factors lead the staff, as do his 6.3 rebounds per recreation. Garcia has reputable measurement at 6-foot-11 and was dominant in Minnesota’s lone Huge Ten win at Ohio State. In opposition to the Buckeyes, he poured in 28 factors and confirmed off the flexibility that made him such an intriguing prospect as a recruit. Garcia hasn’t shot it notably properly from 3 (32.3 p.c), however is a reputable pick-and-pop risk that Indiana should account for defensively.
The one Gopher that performed double-figure minutes off the bench in a 60-56 loss at Michigan over the weekend is freshman Pharrel Payne. The 6-foot-9 Minnesota native shoots 67.9 p.c on 2s and has a team-high 20 blocked pictures.
All stats within the graphic are for convention video games solely and are present as of Tuesday afternoon.
The KenPom profile for the Gophers is ugly. Wanting on the 4 elements, the one power for Minnesota is protecting opponents off the free-throw line.
Minnesota is twelfth within the Huge Ten in 3-point capturing proportion, seventh in 2-point area objective proportion and thirteenth in free throw proportion. The Gophers flip the ball over on 17.6 p.c of their possessions and don’t get to the free throw line properly, both.
Defensively, Minnesota is tenth in 2-point area objective proportion protection, eleventh in defensive rebounding proportion and is a below-average shot-blocking staff.
WHAT IT COMES DOWN TO
The KenPom projection is Indiana by 10 with an 82 p.c likelihood of a Hoosier victory. That win likelihood is the best quantity left on the IU schedule. The Sagarin scores like Indiana by 10.5 factors.
Minnesota’s dwelling attendance has been poor this season because the Gophers are averaging simply 8,925 followers per recreation within the 14,625-seat Williams Area. That’s not notably shocking given the efficiency of the staff and a season that’s on its solution to ending within the Huge Ten event for a second straight season. That mentioned, there’s sufficient expertise with Garcia, Battle and Cooper for Minnesota to play spoiler in a couple of video games the remainder of the season.
Indiana is 5-4 in its final 9 journeys to Minneapolis, together with an 84-79 win final February. Wednesday’s recreation will mark Race Thompson’s ultimate recreation in his hometown and an opportunity for the Hoosiers to select up their third highway victory of the season. Nothing is a given within the Huge Ten, notably on the highway, so Indiana has to return in with the power and focus it has exhibited over the past three video games to get above .500 in convention play for the primary time this season.
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