Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Time: 6 p.m. CT
Location: University Park, Pa.
Arena: Bryce Jordan Center (15,261)
TV: BTN - Kevin Kugler (Play-by-Play); Stephen Bardo (Analyst)
Radio: Learfield/1500 ESPN Twin Cities - Mike Grimm (Play-by-Play); Spencer Tollackson (Analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 92/XM 190
Series: 28th meeting (21-6)
Series (Away): 13th meeting (8-4)
Current Streak: W-2
Richard Pitino vs. Penn State: First meeting
Minnesota vs. Big Ten: 718-762
Richard Pitino vs. Big Ten: 1-1
GAME DAY TID-BITS
Minnesota hits the road for the first time in Big Ten play, traveling to Penn State Wednesday evening.
The Gophers are playing just their second true road game of the season, and the first since Nov. 16's win at Richmond.
Minnesota moved back to the win column at home, closing out the seven-game homestand on Sunday with an 82-79 win over Purdue. It was the Gophers' first victory over the Boilermakers since 2011.
Minnesota leads the league in steals per game (8.5) and free throw percentage (.763), while ranking fourth in assists (14.9) and turnover margin (+2.7).
Last Thursday's loss to the Wolverines dropped the Gophers' record in Big Ten openers to 11-17 since the 1980-81 season (not counting vacated years.)
Minnesota's 3-point shooting effort against the Boilermakers' was its best of the season, as the Gophers connected on 11-of-24 attempts, a season-best 45.8 percent mark and tying a season-high for made treys.
Junior center Elliott Eliason is coming off a strong week, as the Chadron, Neb., native posted his fourth double-double of the season and his career (10 pts., 10 rbs.) while blocking two shots and dishing an assist against Michigan. He added eight points, seven rebounds, and six blocks (one shy of his career high) against Purdue.
On Dec. 10 against the Jackrabbits, Minnesota saw two players post double-doubles for the first time in more than three years. Austin Hollins had 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Elliott Eliason added 10 points and 12 rebounds. The last time two Gophers had double-doubles in the same game was Nov. 12, 2010 against Wofford (Ralph Sampson III - 20 pts., 13 rbs.; Trevor Mbakwe - 14 pts., 10 rbs.).
Before this year, the Golden Gopher program had not seen a pair of players reach the 1,000-point plateau in the same season since the trio of Randy Carter, Voshon Lenard and Arriel McDonald did so during the 1993-94 season.