Series: 3rd Meeting (1-1)
Series (Home): 2nd Meeting (0-1)
Current Streak: 1-0
Last Meeting: Dec. 2, 1989 (W, 85-70 at Toledo)
Tubby Smith vs. Toledo: First meeting
Minnesota vs. MAC: 20-2
(Losses: Ball State - `88, Toledo - `87)
Tubby Smith vs. MAC: 13-0
Game Day Tid-Bits:
The Gophers are 20-2 all-time against teams currently in the Mid-American Conference. Tubby Smith holds a perfect 13-0 record all-time against MAC teams.
Toledo comes to the Twin Cities for the first time since Dec. 2, 1987. Minnesota lost that game 83-75.
The Rockets opened the season on Nov. 9 with a 62-50 loss to Loyola of Chicago. Julius Brown led Toledo with 15 points.
Junior Austin Hollins led Minnesota in its season-opening victory over American with a career-high 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field. He also contributed a career-high five steals. Senior Rodney Williams contributed 16 points in the win.
The Gophers held American to a total of 36 points in the opener on Nov. 9. It is the least amount of points given up in a season-opener by Minnesota since the 1945-46 team held South Dakota State to 27 points in a 71-27 victory on Dec. 1, 1945.
Minnesota defeated American by 36 points in the opener on Nov. 9. The Gophers have registered wins of 12 points (Bucknell - 2011), 14 points (Wofford - 2010), 37 points (Tennessee Tech - 2009), 25 points (Concordia-St. Paul - 2008) and 32 points (Army - 2007) in season openers under Tubby Smith.
With the victory over American on Nov. 9, Minnesota now has a record of 47-4 over the last 51 years in regular season home openers. The four losses occurred in 1968 (Iowa State), 1969 (Notre Dame), 1987 (Drake) and 1988 (Ball State). That puts the Gophers current home opener win steak at 24. Minnesota has defeated Army (2007), Concordia-St. Paul (2008), Tennessee Tech (2009), Wofford (2010), Bucknell (2011) and American (2012) to open each season of the Tubby Smith era.
Gophers are a Little Defensive:
The Gophers opened the season by holding American University to 36 points and a .261 field goal percentage.
The 36 points given up are the lowest since Minnesota held Illinois to 36 points on Jan. 29, 2009 at Williams Arena.
The 36 points is the least amount of points given up in a season-opener by Minnesota since the 1945-46 team held South Dakota State to 27 points in a 71-27 victory on Dec. 1, 1945.
Minnesota held the Eagles to just 14 points in the first half, the lowest since holding Purdue to 11 points in the second round of the 2010 Big Ten Tournament.
The Gophers finished with 10 blocks and 15 steals. Minnesota has led the B1G Conference in blocked shots the last four seasons, including four of the top five season block totals in the history of the Gopher program: a program leading 201 in 2008-09, 199 in 2009-10 & 169 in 2010-11.
Sophomore Joe Coleman and junior Austin Hollins both collected a career-high five steals against American.
Tubby Heading Toward 500:
With the season-opening victory over American University, Gopher head coach Tubby Smith now has 491 career wins.
He will attempt to become just the 18th current active coach in NCAA D1 to reach the 500-win mark. Smith and three other current head coaches were within 12 games of the feat at the start of the season. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski is the all-time winningest coach with 928 career victories.
Smith became just the eighth coach in Minnesota history to win 100 games with a victory over La Salle in the opening round of the 2012 NIT. He will begin the season with 103 wins on the Gopher sideline.
Smith holds the fourth-highest winning percentage in Minnesota history.
Smith has led Minnesota to the post season in four of his five seasons.