Opponent Preview: Indiana

Minnesota will look to end a four-game Big Ten losing streak on Sunday when they host Indiana. Tip-off at Williams Arena is set for 12:00 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN.

Minnesota (17-11, 5-10) vs. Indiana (21-7, 8-7)
Minneapolis, Minn. – Williams Arena
12:00 p.m. CT – ESPN (Dave O'Brien, Dan Dakich)


"I don't care who it is, it takes a focused, 40-minute effort to win anywhere in this league." – Head coach Tom Crean on what the Hoosiers have to do to start winning games on the road in the Big Ten

"Tubby Smith is one of the very best coaches in the country and one of the very best people. He gets his teams to compete as well as anyone. Minnesota is a tough-minded team that likes to be aggressive and use their athleticism to their advantage." – Crean on Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith

"It is a unique arena and is one of my favorite places to play. I played on some raised floors in high school. Their fans are always great and it's always competitive." – Senior guard Matt Roth on playing in Williams Arena


Coaching Preview: Tom Crean is in his fourth season as the head basketball coach for the Indiana Hoosiers. He holds a 238-168 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: Austin Hollins scored a career-high 18 points to help Minnesota beat No. 7 Indiana 77-74 on January 12, 2012 in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana's Christian Watford could have tied the score but he missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds. The Hoosiers were 11-0 at home, including victories over then-No. 1 Kentucky and then-No. 2 Ohio State.

Series History: Indiana leads the all-time series against Minnesota 88-63. 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.

By the Numbers: 3 – The number of consecutive halves junior Jordan Hulls went without scoring a point before finally making a two-point field goal at Iowa. Hulls previously had been held scoreless just twice in his career.

Fabulous Freshman: Freshman Cody Zeller recently picked up his sixth Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor and has landed on the finalists list for the Wayman Tisdale Award. Zeller also is on pace to break the single-season field goal percentage record at IU, which is currently held by Matt Nover (.628).

Projected Starters:
F 2 Christian Watford (6-9, 225, Jr.) – 11.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg
F 40 Cody Zeller (6-11, 230, Fr.) – 15.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg
G 4 Victor Oladipo (6-5, 214, So.) – 11.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg
G 1 Jordan Hulls (6-0, 181, Jr.) – 11.1 ppg, 3.5 apg
G 12 Verdell Jones III (6-5, 195, Sr.) – 8.7 ppg, 2.8 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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