Jan. 22, 2014
MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
MINNESOTA (15-5, 4-3 Big Ten) 81, #9/8 WISCONSIN (16-3, 3-3 Big Ten) 68
WILLIAMS ARENA | MINNEAPOLIS | WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22, 2014
ATTENDANCE: Sellout (14,625 capacity)
• Tonight’s game was the 184th all-time meeting between Minnesota and Wisconsin in a series that dates back to Feb. 17, 1900. The Gophers now hold a 96-88 lead, which includes two-straight wins. Minnesota also posted a 58-53 overtime victory on Feb. 14, 2013 in Minneapolis.
• The Golden Gophers hold a commanding 63-32 lead in games played in Minneapolis, including wins in four of the past five games at Williams Arena.
• The win was Minnesota’s second-straight at home against a Top 15 team. The Gophers defeated #11/9 Ohio State, 63-53, last Thursday, Jan. 16.
• Tonight’s game closed out a stretch of four-straight games against nationally-ranked opponents for the Gophers. Minnesota went 2-2 during the stretch and is 8-9 against Top 25 programs since the start of the 2012-13 season.
• Only once previously had Minnesota played four consecutive games against teams ranked in the Top 15 of the Associated Press poll. The Gophers were 0-4 against #4 Iowa, #11 Illinois, #7 Purdue and #2 Indiana during 1987.
• Minnesota led 34-28 at the half, and improved to 29-6 over the past two seasons when leading at the break.
• The Gophers improved to 12-1 at home this season, and 27-3 at Williams Arena since the start of 2012-13.
• Minnesota wore its White home uniforms, improving to 6-0 this season and 15-2 since the start of 2012-13 in those duds.
• Minnesota entered the game leading the Big Ten in steals with an average of 8.3 per game, and the Gophers came up with six steals tonight.
• The Gophers entered the game leading the Big Ten in free throw percentage (.750), and wound up perfect at the line tonight, making all 11 attempts they tried.
• The 13-point win was Minnesota’s first double-digit victory against the Badgers since a 68-52 win in Minneapolis on Feb. 18, 2010.
• Minnesota connected on 33-of-59 (.589) field goals, its best percentage this season.
• The Gophers held a 32-22 advantage in rebounding, improving to 10-1 this season when winning the battle on the boards.
• Junior guard DeAndre Mathieu finished in double-figures for the 12th time this season, tying for team-high honors with 18 points. Mathieu made 8-of-13 field goals, including both attempts he tried from three-point range, and added five rebounds and three assists.
• Junior guard Andre Hollins scored the first two points of the game, but injured his leg on the play and didn’t return. increasing his career total to 1,127 (26. Rodney Williams, 1,145)
• Junior center Maurice Walker came off the bench to score a career-high 14 points and grab four rebounds in the first half. He finished with career-best totals of 18 points and nine rebounds in 24 minutes. Walker was a perfect 6-for-6 at the free throw line.
• Senior guard Austin Hollins (1,076) was scoreless in the first half, but tallied 11 points after the break to increase his career total to 1,087 points and move past Eric Magdanz (1,083 points) into 30th place on the all-time scoring list.
• Senior guard Malike Smith came off the bench in the first 30 seconds of the game after Andre Hollins was hurt and finished with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting.
• Junior forward Oto Osenieks finished with nine points on 4-of-4 shooting.
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