By the Numbers: What Minnesota does well

Here's a look at what Saturday's opponent, Minnesota, does and doesn't do well.

After six days off, Indiana returns to action on Saturday in Minneapolis against Minnesota at The Barn. Last time out, the Hoosiers upset No. 10 Michigan at home after a great defensive performance. Here's a look at the Golden Gophers, specifically what they do and don't do well.

Minnesota is ranked 41st overall by, but has lost three consecutive games to Nebraska, Northwestern and Purdue. The loss to the Boilermakers came in triple overtime.

What they do well

1. SCORE EFFICIENTLY: For the second straight game, the Hoosiers are playing a team that scores at a high rate. The Golden Gophers score 115.4 points per 100 possessions, ranking 21st nationally and fifth in the Big Ten. Minnesota has an effective field goal percentage of 51.4, which isn't nearly as high as its offensive efficiency (it ranks 97th in that category). But the Gophers shoot 73.9 percent from the free throw line, which helps make up for the lack of offensive efficiency.

2. GET OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS: Minnesota doesn't excel on the offensive glass, but it does rebound 34.7 percent of its misses, ranking 79th nationally. To compare, Indiana rebounds 39.8 percent of its misses, which is the seventh-best in the country.

What the Gophers don't do well

1. PLAY FAST: Minnesota plays at one of the nation's slower paces, playing at a pace that ranks as the 268th-fastest nationally. That will be something to watch on Saturday night, because the Hoosiers like to play at a much faster rate. Indiana plays at the nation's 58th-fastest pace.

2. PROTECT THE BALL: Again, the Golden Gophers are excessively bad in this category, but they certainly don't excel, either. Minnesota turns the ball over on 17.6 percent of its possessions, ranking 110th nationally in that category. The Hoosiers still struggle mightily with turnovers, giving it away on 21.9 percent of their possessions (330th nationally). picks Minnesota to pick the Hoosiers 72-67 and gives Indiana a 29 percent chance of winning. Top Stories