March 1, 2013
Series: 27th meeting (20-6)
Series (Home): 13th meeting (10-2)
Current Streak: W-1
Last Meeting: Jan. 15, 2012 (W, 80-66)
Tubby Smith vs. Penn State: 12th meeting (7-4)
Minnesota vs. Big Ten: 716-758
Tubby Smith vs. Big Ten: 67-73
Game Day Tid-Bits:
Minnesota will welcome the Penn State Nittany Lions to the Twin Cities in what will be the only matchup of the regular season between the two schools.
It will be Senior Day at Williams Arena on Saturday. Minneapolis natives Andre Ingram & Rodney Williams, St. Paul native Trevor Mbakwe & Californian Julian Welch will each be playing their final games at the storied arena. Williams will be playing in his 128th career game, tied with Jamal Abu-Shamala for third most in program history.
The matchup will also be Tubby Smith's 200th career game as Gopher Head Coach. He becomes the eighth Gopher coach to reach the 200-game mark: Clem Haskins (405), L.J. Cooke (385), Dave McMillan (352), Jim Dutcher (303), O.B. Cowles (240), Dan Monson (224) & John Kundla (215).
The Last Meeting
January 15, 2012
State College, Pa.
The win over No. 1 Indiana on Feb. 26 gave the Gophers their fifth win on the season over an AP Top 25 team - No. 19 Memphis, No. 18 Michigan State, No. 12 Illinois, No. 20 Wisconsin & the top-ranked Hoosiers. Minnesota joins a short list of Indiana (6 wins), Georgetown (5) & Wisconsin (5) with at least five wins over top-25 schools.
Also, Minnesota has played 10 games against teams ranked in the AP Top-25, the most in the country and one of just seven teams to have played at least nine games against AP Top 25 opponents - Illinois, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Nebraska & Wisconsin have all played nine.
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 Saturday's matchup with career numbers of 1,103 points & 510 rebounds.
contributed 21 points & 12 rebounds in the win over Indiana, his ninth double-double on the season and 32nd of his career. He leads the B1G Conference in rebounding, something he also did as a junior (2010-11).