Minnesota 63 Iowa 50
Williams Arena Minneapolis, MN
The Golden Gophers lead all-time series 92-80 and 55-31 in Minneapolis.
This afternoon’s meeting is the only contest of the year between Minnesota and Iowa.
Minnesota played on national television today for the second time this season. The The Golden Gophers’ 65-60 loss to Indiana on January 17 was also broadcast on ESPN.
Smith is now 2-1 in his career against Iowa.
Tubby Smith moves his career record to 402-152. That includes a 15-7 mark this year.
Minnesota forced Iowa into 21 turnovers. That total was the second-most by the Hawkeyes in Big Ten play this year.
The Golden Gophers outrebounded Iowa 31 to 23 on the night. Minnesota had 12 offensive rebounds on the night to just two for the Hawkeyes. Iowa entered the contest averaging 9.3 offensive rebounds per game.
- The Golden Gophers have shot 39-49 (.796) from the free throw line in the last three games. Minnesota shot 8-8 against Wisconsin (2/3), 22-29 against Northwestern (2/6), 9-12 during today’s contest.
Minnesota had 10 steals in the game against Iowa. The Golden Gophers have had 10 steals or more in game 12 times this year.
The 50 points that Iowa scored today is the lowest total by a Golden Gopher opponent in Big Ten play since Minnesota limited Purdue to 50 points on Feb. 22, 2006.
With 11 points, freshman Al Nolen was in double figures for the fourth time in his career.
Nolen had a career-high eight assists in the game.
Nolen had three steals in the game. He has recorded three steals or more nine times this season.
Blake Hoffarber started for the second consecutive game, scoring eight points, pulling down four rebounds and grabbing two steals.
Hoffarber two three-pointers today to bring his season total to 50. He needs one more three-point field goal to tie him for the Minnesota freshman record.
Spencer Tollackson was in double figures for the 12th time this season and 37th time in his career.
Tollackson was 5-for-6 from the free-throw line. Over the past three games Tollackson is 12-for-13 from the charity stripe.
Lawrence McKenzie finished with 11 points and was in double figures for the 16th time this year and 68th in his career.
McKenzie has scored 27 points off the bench in the last two games for the Golden Gophers. In the three games he has come off the bench this year, McKenzie has scored 47 points for an average of 19.0 ppg off the bench.
McKenzie had 3 three-point field goals on the day. It was the ninth time this year he made three or more three-point field goals in the game.