Gophers Host Penn State on Senior Day at Williams Arena
March 1, 2013
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 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.
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 Saturday's matchup with career numbers of 1,103 points & 510 rebounds.
Trevor Mbakwe 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).