Opponent Preview: Indiana

Minnesota looks for its first Big Ten win of the season Thursday night against No.7-ranked Indiana. Tip-off at Assembly Hall is set for 7:00 p.m. and will be televised by the Big Ten Network.

Minnesota (12-5, 0-4) vs. No. 7 Indiana (15-1, 3-1)
Bloomington, Ind. – Assembly Hall
7:00 p.m. CT – Big Ten Network (Gus Johnson, Jim Jackson)


"Every win in the league is big, and we have done a good job of preparing only for the task at hand. I think that is a by-product of a maturing, player-led team." – Indiana head coach Tom Crean on the Hoosiers' preparation after knocking off Ohio State and Michigan in the span of a week.

"A loss is a loss, it doesn't matter how much you lose by. We have a lot of basketball to still play. We need to stay positive." – Minnesota forward Rodney Williams after Sunday's loss to Purdue.


Season to Date: Indiana enters Wednesday's contest with an 15-1 overall record and ranked No. 7 in the nation. Michigan State is the only team to beat the Hoosiers this season, thumping Indiana 80-65 in East Lansing. The Crimson and Cream have signature wins against No. 1 Kentucky (73-72) on December 10 and No. 2 Ohio State (74-70) on December 31. Indiana is riding a three-game winning streak heading into Thursday's matchup.

Coaching Preview: Tom Crean is in his fourth season as the head basketball coach for the Indiana Hoosiers. He holds a 233-163 all-time as a head coach. Crean came to Indiana from Marquette where he was 190-96 in nine seasons and made five NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2003 Final Four.

Last Meeting: After being behind 33-21 at halftime, Minnesota battled back to outscore the Hoosiers 36-27 in the second half but it wasn't enough to earn a victory, losing 60-57. Senior guard Blake Hoffarber lead the Gophers with 15 points, shooting 3 of 8 from behind the arc. Verdell Jones III and Tom Pritchard paced Indiana with 12 points apiece.

Series History: Indiana leads the all-time series against Minnesota 93-65. The series dates back to 1912 in a game the Gophers won 34-7. The Gophers and Hoosiers split the season series in 2010-11, both teams won at home. Indiana won 60-57 on Feb. 2 in Bloomington while Minnesota won 67-63 on Jan. 4 at Williams Arena.

Fabulous Freshman: True freshman forward Cody Zeller, brother of UNC forward Tyler Zeller, has emerged as one of the top new comers in the conference. Zeller has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week five times, including this week. The 6-foot-11, 230-pounder is leading the team in scoring, averaging 14.2 points per game.

Projected Starters:
F 2 Christian Watford (6-9, 225, Jr.) – 13.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg
F 40 Cody Zeller (6-11, 230, Fr.) – 14.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg
G 10 Will Sheehey (6-6, 200, So.) – 10.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg
G 1 Jordan Hulls (6-0, 181, Jr.) – 12.3 ppg, 3.5 apg
G 12 Verdell Jones III (6-5, 195, Sr.) – 8.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg

Location: Bloomington, Ind.
Enrollment: 42,347
Conference: Big Ten
Mascot: Hoosiers
Colors: Cream and Crimson
Coach: Tom Crean (4th Season)

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