Jan. 6, 2013
Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
#9/13 Minnesota (14-1, 2-0 Big Ten) 69, Northwestern (9-6, 0-2) 51
Williams Arena • Minneapolis, Minn.
January 6, 2013
• This evening’s game marked the 154th meeting on the hardwood between the Gophers and Wildcats, with Minnesota holding a 93-61 lead in the all-time series.
• Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith improved to 10-5 against NU.
• The Gophers improved to 56-18 all-time versus the Wildcats in games played in Minneapolis.
• The Golden Gophers have won 11 of the past 16 contests versus Northwestern.
• Minnesota improved to 711-750 all-time versus current members of the Big Ten Conference.
• Smith owns a mark of 62-65 all-time versus B1G members.
• Tubby Smith is now 117-69 as the head coach at Minnesota and 504-214 for his career.
• The win was Minnesota's 10th consecutive, marking the longest such streak since the Gophers opened the 2008-09 season with 12 straight victories.
• Minnesota's 52 second-half points were the most by the Gophers in any half this season.
• Minnesota held a 47-20 advantage in rebounding, and improved to 12-1 this season when it out-rebounds its opponents.
• Minnesota is now 76-23 at Williams Arena with Smith on the bench.
• Minnesota led 17-14 at intermission and is now 98-13 under Smith when leading at the half.
• The Gophers held an opponent to less than 15 points in a half for the second time this season. Minnesota also held American to 14 points in the opening half of the season-opener on Nov. 9.
• Minnesota is 105-11 during the Tubby Smith era while holding a lead with 5:00 remaining.
• Senior forward Rodney Williams Jr. became the 38th player in Minnesota history to reach 1,000 career points. Williams, who entered the game with 996 career points, finished with nine points to give him a total of 1,005 points in his 116th career game.
• Junior guard Austin Hollins led all players with 19 points, of which 17 came in the second half. Hollins made five consecutive three-point field goals over a three-minute, 14-second span to stretch Minnesota’s nine-point lead into a 20-point advantage.
• The five treys by Austin Hollins marked his career-high. He had previously made four three-pointers on two occasions, most recently versus Nebraska on March 3, 2012.
• It was the ninth double-figure scoring output by Austin Hollins this season, and the 33rd of his career. He was the lone Minnesota player to reach double digits tonight.
• Senior forward Trevor Mbakwe led all players with 11 rebounds and four blocked shots. It was Mbakwe’s sixth game this season with double-digit rebounds. He had 12 boards in the Big Ten-opener versus Michigan State.
• Junior guard Maverick Ahanmisi dished out a season-high four assists.
• Sophomore guard Joe Coleman finished with six points and six rebounds. It’s the fourth time this season that Coleman has grabbed six boards.
• Freshman forward Wally Ellenson scored four points in six minutes.
• Senior forward Andre Ingram recorded four points and four rebounds in nine minutes.
• Sophomore forward Oto Osenieks just missed his career-high for rebounds, as he grabbed five for the third time this season. Osenieks’ career-best total of six came at LaSalle on March 13, 2012.
• Senior guard Julian Welch recorded his first career dunk as a member of the Gophers.
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