Men’s basketball: Indiana looks to avenge last home loss to Minnesota
By Andy Proffet Post-Tribune correspondent January 11, 2013 11:40PM
Updated: February 13, 2013 6:13AM
BLOOMINGTON — It’s almost as if the Big Ten schedule makers had it planned.
One year to the day after Indiana’s last loss at Assembly Hall, the fifth-ranked Hoosiers host the team that beat them last Jan. 12, with No. 8 Minnesota coming to Bloomington for today’s matchup.
It’s the first time Assembly Hall has hosted a matchup of two top 10 teams since Feb. 19, 2000, when No. 7 Ohio State beat No. 10 Indiana 82-71 in Bob Knight’s final season as coach.
The Hoosiers (14-1, 2-0 Big Ten) are hoping for a better showing today against the Golden Gophers (15-1, 3-0).
In Minnesota’s 77-74 win on Jan. 12 last year, the Gophers took advantage of IU’s cold shooting in the first half — the Hoosiers were just 10-of-26 (38.5 percent) from the field in the first half, including a 1-for-8 showing from 3-point range — to build a three-point halftime lead.
Indiana was able to stay close because of its success at the free-throw line. The Hoosiers were 13-for-13 from the line in the first half and 22-of-25 overall. Minnesota shot just three free throws in the first half of last year’s game in Bloomington but secured the win by scoring its final seven points from the line.
That Minnesota team had lost its first four Big Ten games before knocking off the Hoosiers, but these Gophers have been much hotter. Their only loss this season has been to current No. 1 Duke on Thanksgiving in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas.
Since then, the Gophers have won 11 straight, including double-digit wins over Michigan State, Northwestern and Illinois to start the Big Ten schedule.
Austin Hollins had 18 points to lead Minnesota in last year’s game, but he’s fourth in scoring for this year’s team, averaging 10.8 ppg.
Andre Hollins leads four double-digit scorers for the Gophers, averaging 13.7 ppg.
Cody Zeller scored 23 points with a 9-for-9 night at the free-throw line in last January’s game. He’s scored in double digits in seven straight games and 13 of 15 games this season for the Hoosiers.