March 11, 2014
Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. CT
Location: Indianapolis, Ind.
Arena: Bankers Life Fieldhouse (18,165)
TV: ESPN2 - Mike Tirico (Play-by-Play); Dan Dakich (Analyst); Allison Williams (Sideline)
Radio: Learfield/1500 ESPN Twin Cities - Mike Grimm(Play-by-Play); Spencer Tollackson (Analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 91/XM 91
Series: 30th meeting (23-6)
Series (Neutral): Third meeting (2-0)
Current Streak: W-4
Richard Pitino vs. Penn State: 2-0
Minnesota vs. Big Ten: 725-771
Richard Pitino vs. Big Ten: 8-10
GAME DAY TID-BITS
No. 7 Minnesota opens play in the 2014 Big Ten Tournament, squaring off against tenth-seeded Penn State on Thursday evening in Indianapolis.
The Gophers are 2-0 against the Nittany Lions this season, including a 81-63 victory on Sunday in the regular season finale.
This is the second time the Gophers will play a team in their regular-season finale and their Big Ten Tournament opener since the tourney's inception in 1998. Minnesota played Northwestern back-to-back in 1998, a season that was later vacated.
The Gophers finished the season 8-10 in Big Ten action, standing alone in seventh place. They matched their conference standing from a year ago.
This is just the second time the Gophers enter the tournament as the No. 7 seed. The only other instance came in 2003, when Minnesota lost to Northwestern, 76-64, in Chicago. The Gophers are 10-8 in BTT games played in Indianapolis.
Minnesota leads the league in steals per game (7.6), is second in free throw percentage (.748), and fourth in three-pointers made per game (7.0) and assists (13.8).
Senior guard Austin Hollins will break Rodney Williams's school record on Thursday when he takes the court, marking Hollins's 135th career appearance in the Maroon and Gold. He is currently tied with Williams for the school record.
The Gophers' offensive outburst on Feb. 25 against Iowa marked a number of highs. It was the most points (95) scored in a Big Ten game since a 95-67 win over Penn State on Feb. 3, 1993 (not including vacated games). Minnesota tied a season high with 11 made 3-pointers, and the 61.2 percent team field goal shooting was a season high, and the best since Jan. 22, 2011 (.634 at Michigan - 26-41).