Date: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Time: 8 p.m. CT
Location: Madison, Wis.
Arena: Kohl Center (17,249)
TV: ESPN - Joe Tessitore (Play-by-Play); Sean Farnham (Analyst)
Radio: Learfield/1500 ESPN Twin Cities - Mike Grimm (Play-by-Play); Spencer Tollackson (Analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 91/XM 91
Series: 185th meeting (96-88)
Series (Away): 89th meeting (33-55)
Current Streak: W-2
Richard Pitino vs. Wisconsin: 1-0
Minnesota vs. Big Ten: 722-767
Richard Pitino vs. Big Ten: 5-6
Feb. 12, 2014
GAME DAY TID-BITS
Minnesota opens its second two-game Big Ten road trip at rival Wisconsin on Thursday night.
The Gophers are 5-6 in Big Ten action, with a 1-4 mark on the road in conference play.
After defeating the Badgers on Jan. 22 at the Barn, the Gophers are looking to sweep the season series for the first time since the 2008-09 season. That year marked the first and only win to date for Minnesota at the Kohl Center, a 78-74 victory in overtime.
Thursday's game is the fifth of the year for Minnesota against a ranked opponent. The Gophers are 2-3 this year against ranked foes, including the Jan. 22 victory over the then-No. 9 Badgers in Minneapolis. Minnesota's last road win over a top-25 team came on Jan. 9, 2013 at No. 12 Illinois, 84-67.
Minnesota leads the league in steals per game (8.3), is second in free throw percentage (.748), and ranks fourth in scoring (74.2 ppg), three-pointers made per game (7.1) and assists (14.4).
With his career night of 18 points and nine rebounds against Wisconsin, junior forward Maurice Walker became the sixth different Gopher to lead the team in scoring during a game this season. He had been averaging 4.9 points and 3.2 rebounds per game this season prior to the Jan. 22 win over the Badgers. Walker is the team's leading scorer (14.2 ppg) and rebounder (6.4 rpg) over the last five games, including a team-high 17 points versus the Boilermakers on Feb. 5.
DeAndre Mathieu made the game-winning layup on Feb. 8 against Indiana and over the last five games, is tied with Maurice Walker as the team's leading scorer (14.2 ppg).
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 and Smith are second and third on the team in scoring in B1G games, averaging 12.2 and 10.2 points per game, respectively. Smith is the team's top free-throw shooter while Mathieu leads the Gophers in assists (104) and 3-point shooting (46.2 percent).