Minnesota lost to Indiana 90-71 tonight. The Hoosiers owned the offensive glass and made wide open three after wide open three to run the Gophers out of the building. Indiana broke their school record for made threes with 18. Minnesota made several runs, but simply could not play defense for any extended period of time. The Gophers fall to 5-8 in conference. Andre Hollins led all Minnesota scorers with 23.
The game was close at the end of the first half, however, Minnesota was unable to take advantage of some unforced Indiana turnovers. Then Indiana started shooting threes, and making threes, and then shooting more threes, and then making more threes. If the Hoosiers missed the first attempt, there was a good chance that they would grab an offensive rebound and get an open shot during the defensive scramble. Frankly, if there is one team in the Big Ten that is tailor made to beat the Gophers it's the Hoosiers. They do two things well, shoot 3s and get offensive boards. Coincidentally, the Gophers are miserable at defending the three and cleaning the glass.
10: Indiana's offensive rebounds. Almost inevitably, an offensive rebound led to a wide open three point shot. You can see that there was a trend in this game.
Andre Hollins has another game over 20 points. The senior has played extraordinarily well over the last eight games, and potentially is playing himself into all Big Ten consideration. He made shots from inside and outside. Hollins finished with 23 points, 2 assists, a steal, and a rebound.
Joey King had a good first half on offense. He did a good job finding space on the secondary break to get open looks. King finished with 12 points, but had no rebounds, assists, or steals.
Mo Walker finished with 12 points, 3 steals, 2 blocks, and one rebound. He also had two turnovers from poor outlet passes. The senior was unable to assert himself on the low block to Minnesota's offensive detriment.
Charles Buggs started for the second game in a row and showed consistent improvement over his minutes. I hope this experiment continues because it gives the Gophers so much needed extra height in the front court.
Minnesota returns to the friendly confines of the Barn to play Northwestern on Wednesday.