Gophers Travel to Columbus for Lone Matchup with Buckeyes

Go Gophers!
Trevor Mbakwe scored 16 points and added 12 rebounds in his lone trip to Columbus.

Go Gophers!
Trevor Mbakwe scored 16 points and added 12 rebounds in his lone trip to Columbus.
Go Gophers!

Minnesota (18-8, 6-7) vs. #18/18 Ohio State (18-7, 8-5)
Date Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Time 6:00 p.m. CT
Location Value City Arena (19,049)
Series Record Ohio State leads 81-49
Last Meeting L, 78-68 (Feb. 14, 2012)
Television BTN (Kevin Kugler, Jim Jackson)
Radio Learfield/1500 ESPN (Listen Online)
(Mike Grimm, Spencer Tollackson)
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The Last Meeting
Ohio State78
Minnesota68
February 14, 2012
Williams Arena
First-Half Drought Proves Costly in 78-68 Loss to #6 OSU
Sixth-ranked Ohio State used a 20-0 run in the first half to pull away from Minnesota in a 78-68 victory at Williams Arena.

SERIES INFORMATION
Series: 131st meeting (49-81)
Series (Away): 66th meeting (16-49)
Current Streak: L-5
Last Meeting: Feb. 14, 2012 (L, 68-78)
Tubby Smith vs. Ohio State: 11th meeting (3-7)  
Minnesota vs. Big Ten: 715-757
Tubby Smith vs. Big Ten: 66-72
 
Game Day Tid-Bits:
• Minnesota travels to Columbus, Ohio to face the Ohio State Buckeyes in what will be the only matchup of the regular season between the two programs.
• The Gophers have not visited Value City Arena since Jan. 9, 2011. Minnesota lost that game by three, 67-64. Trevor Mbakwe finished with 16 points & 12 rebounds in the loss.
• The Gophers head into the game against the No. 18 Buckeyes with four wins on the season over top 20 teams - No. 19/17 Memphis, No. 18/18 Michigan State, No. 12/13 Illinois & No. 20/19 Wisconsin.  
Rodney Williams grabbed five rebounds against Wisconsin on Feb. 14 to go over 500 in his career. He became the 19th player in Gopher history to amass at least 1,000 career points & 500 career rebounds. He will head into Columbus with career numbers of 1,096 points & 505 rebounds.
• Dre Hollins is averaging a team and career-high 13.7 ppg this season, 12th-most in the Big Ten Conference. He is eighth in scoring in conference games with an average of 14.4 ppg. He has led the team in scoring eight times this season, including a career-high 41 against Memphis. He scored a game-high 21 points against Wisconsin on Feb. 14, his seventh game this season with 20 or more points.
Trevor Mbakwe is averaging a double-double of 10.4 points and 10.1 rebounds per game over the Gophers' last 15 games. He currently sits atop the Big Ten Conference in rebounding with an overall average of 8.7 rpg and also is tops during Big Ten play with a 10.0 rpg average.
• Mbakwe also led the conference in rebounding as a junior (2010-11). He has contributed eight double-doubles on the season and has 31 for his career. He collected a career-high 18 boards earlier this season against North Dakota State . The St. Paul, Minn. native has contributed double-figure rebound games 13 times this season and 37 times in his Gopher career (64 games).