Nov. 14, 2012
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Series: First Meeting
Series (Home): First Meeting
Current Streak: N/A
Last Meeting: N/A
Tubby Smith vs. Tenn State: Third Meeting (2-0)
Minnesota vs. Ohio Valley: 9-1
(Loss: Austin Peay - 73-64, Dec. 18, 1986)
Tubby Smith vs. Ohio Valley: 16-0
GAME DAY TID-BITS
The Gophers are 9-1 all-time against teams currently in the Ohio Valley Conference with the only loss coming to Austin Peay during the 1986-87 season.
Tubby Smith holds a perfect 16-0 record all-time against OVC teams, including a 2-0 record against Tennessee State.
Tennessee State will be making its inaugural trip to the Twin Cities.
The Tigers are in the midst of a long road trip, having opened against BYU in Provo and South Dakota State in Brookings. TSU lost 81-66 to the Cougars and dropped the game against the Jack Rabbits 78-71. Senior Kellen Thornton leads the Tigers in scoring at 14.0 ppg.
Minnesota opened the American game on a 15-0 run, holding the Eagles to without a field goal for the first 5:49 of the first half. The Gophers then started the Toledo game on a 12-0 run by holding the Rockets to without a field goal for the first 4:21 of the first half.
Minnesota outrebounded Toledo 51-27 on Nov. 12 at Williams Arena. It was the first time that the Gophers have reached the 50-rebound mark since collecting 50 boards in the second round of the 2010 Big Ten Tournament against Purdue (3/13/10).
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.