Jan. 21, 2014
Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Time: 8:00 p.m. CT
Location: Minneapolis, Minn.
Arena: Williams Arena (14,625)
TV: BTN - Kevin Kugler (Play-by-Play); Shon Morris (Analyst)
Radio: Learfield/1500 ESPN Twin Cities - Mike Grimm (Play-by-Play); Spencer Tollackson (Analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 91/XM 91
Series: 184th meeting (95-88)
Series (Home): 95th meeting (62-32)
Current Streak: W-1
Richard Pitino vs. Wisconsin: First meeting
Minnesota vs. Big Ten: 720-764
Richard Pitino vs. Big Ten: 3-3
GAME DAY TID-BITS
Minnesota closes out a grueling stretch of games against Top-15 ranked opponents, hosting Wisconsin on Wednesday night.
The Gophers are 3-3 in Big Ten action, with a 2-1 mark at home in conference play.
In facing the ninth-ranked Badgers, Minnesota concludes a stretch of four-straight games against opponents in the Top 15 of the Associated Press poll. It has happened just once before, when in 1987, the Gophers played #4 Iowa, #11 Illinois, #7 Purdue, and #2 Indiana in succession, going 0-4 in the stretch.
Wednesday's game is the fifth this year against a nationally-ranked opponent for the Gophers. Since last season, the Gophers are 6-9 against Top-25 opponents.
Minnesota leads the league in steals per game (8.3) and free throw percentage (.750), while ranking fourth in three-pointers made per game (7.6) and assists (14.2).
Junior center Elliott Eliason was named the team's fourth captain last week, joining seniors Maverick Ahanmisi and Austin Hollins and junior Andre Hollins. Eliason has been on a tear, leading all B1G players in rebounding (9.8) in conference games, and he picked up his sixth career and season double-double on Jan. 16, chipping in a game-high 13 rebounds along with 12 points in the win over the Buckeyes. Eliason is second in the Big Ten with six double-doubles this season.
Two of the Gophers' transfers, guards DeAndre Mathieu and Malik Smith, have played integral roles in the team's success this season. Behind top scorer Andre Hollins, Mathieu is second in scoring in B1G games, averaging 10.5 points per game. Smith is the team and conference's top free-throw shooter (.878) while Mathieu leads the Gophers in assists (84) and tied for the team lead in steals (35).