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Men’s basketball preview: Gophers visit Indiana hoping to nab first road win

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A ridiculous streak threatens to get more ridiculous

NCAA Basketball: Indiana at Ohio State Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

There’s not much to preview anymore, you guys. We all know the score at this point. The Gophers are terrible on the road and good at home. They can’t shoot when they are away from Williams Arena, and even at home it can be a dicey proposition.

They head to Indiana tonight hoping to get the monkey off their back and nab their first road win. No one is holding their breath, however, since the last time Minnesota won a road game was Feb. 23, 2020 against Northwestern and the last time the beat Indiana in Bloomington was 2012. Indiana isn’t a particularly great team at home this year, and they are just 3-4 in the conference. They’ve lost at home to Northwestern, Rutgers, Purdue and Ohio State. Not exactly a murderer’s row.

Something’s gotta give, and I highly doubt it will be Minnesota’s road losing streak.

Essentials:

Opponent:

Indiana Hoosiers (11-9, 6-7)

Date and Time:

Wednesday, Feb. 17 @ 8 p.m. CT

Location:

Assembly Hall (Bloomington, IN)

TV:

BTN

Radio:

KFAN 100.3-FM

Tell me more about the opponent.

It begins and ends with Trayce Jackson-Davis who is averaging nearly 20 ppg and 10 rpg. If Liam Robbins is healthy enough to go it would be a great battle to see down low, but if Robbins gets shelved it could be a long night down low for Minnesota.

Armaan Franklin has been up and down lately, but the sophomore guard will light things up if you’re not careful. The same can be said about senior guard Al Durham.

Local product Race Thompson is finding his groove in his junior season and is nearly averaging 10 ppg.

Predictions

Indiana is a highly mediocre B1G team and in a universe where the Gophers had just a modicum of shooting prowess they would probably be favorites on the road here. But alas, they are terrible on the road and cannot shoot well at all. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me nine times in a row? That’s just Gopher basketball.

The final will be something like 74-61 with Minnesota going 6-34 from the three-point line.