Next Up: The Hoosiers' Offensive Challenge

The Gophers' opening-round win over Northwestern will present them with a tougher matchup against Indiana on Friday. Find out more about the Hoosiers, one of the best offensive teams in the Big Ten, and player that is struggling with one aspect of his game.

Eric Gordon is in a long-range shooting slump but the freshman guard is not concerned as Indiana gets ready to enter postseason play.

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.

NOTES

  • Indiana led the Big Ten in scoring (76.1), free throw percentage (76.8), rebounding (37.9) and defensive rebounding (26.4) during the regular season.

  • Indiana set a school record for home victories by going 17-2 this season. The old mark was 15, set in 1986-87 and matches in both 1992-93 and 2006-07.

  • G Jamarcus Ellis did not make the trip to Penn State for the regular-season finale March 9, a 68-64 loss in overtime. According to coach Dan Dakich, Ellis was suspended for disciplinary reasons. Dakich did not immediately say if Ellis would play in the Big Ten tournament.

  • G Jamarcus Ellis had 10 points and 13 rebounds in the win over Minnesota on March 5. That was his third double-double of the season.

  • G Armon Bassett was held to eight points in the loss to Penn State on March 9. That ended the sophomore's career-best streak of five double-digit scoring games.

  • F D.J. White had 20 points and 12 rebounds against Penn State. He has had double-doubles in 19 of the last 27 games.

    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.


    GAME REVIEW:

    Michigan State 103, Indiana 74

    Indiana 69, Minnesota 55

    Penn State 68, Indiana 64

    GAME PREVIEW:

    vs. Minnesota, Friday, March 14 (Big Ten tournament quarterfinal)



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