Gordon has made just 10 of 50 (20 percent) 3-point field goal attempts in the last eight games and 4 of 33 (12 percent) in the last three. Yet, Gordon is still finding a way to score points with drives to the hoops and shorter jumpers.
"It's my 3-point shot, that's the only thing," Gordon said. "I'm hitting mid-range shots and I'm taking it to the hole. I'm just not hitting long 3-point balls that I'm used to hitting.
"I can't remember going through a streak this long before but I'm still scoring."
Gordon finished the regular season with a 21.5 scoring average to lead the Big Ten. He is a big reason why the Hoosiers went 25-6 overall and 14-4 in the conference while staying in contention for the Big Ten title until the last week of the season despite the February resignation of coach Kelvin Sampson.
IN FOCUS: Indiana rested in the first round and gets a third look at Minnesota in the quarterfinals.
The Hoosiers won both meetings with Minnesota this season, 65-60 on the road on Jan. 17 and 69-55 at home on March 5. In the first game, Indiana committed 24 turnovers but held a 39-21 rebounding advantage as F D.J. White had 17 points and 10 boards and G Jamal Crawford added 16 points. F Dan Coleman led the Golden Gophers with 15 points and seven rebounds. In the second matchup, G Eric Gordon had 20 points and White added 17 for the Hoosiers, who limited Minnesota to 39 percent shooting. G Lawrence McKenzie's 22 points paced the Golden Gophers.
PLAYER ROTATION: Usual Starters — F D.J. White, F Lance Stemler, G Armon Bassett, G Eric Gordon, G Jamarcus Ellis. Key Subs — G Jamal Crawford, F Kyle Taber.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Eric will never stay in a shooting slump for very long. He's too good of a player not to hit his shots." — F Lance Stemler of G Eric Gordon.
Michigan State 103, Indiana 74
Indiana 69, Minnesota 55
Penn State 68, Indiana 64
vs. Minnesota, Friday, March 14 (Big Ten tournament quarterfinal)