Game Preview: Minnesota vs. Arkansas

Go Gophers! Andre Hollins scored 14 points in the Maui Invite opener against Syracuse.
Go Gophers!
Andre Hollins scored 14 points in the Maui Invite opener against Syracuse.
Go Gophers!
 Minnesota (5-1) vs. Arkansas (3-1)
 Date / Time Tuesday, November 26 | 1 p.m.
 Location Lahaina Civic Center 
 Television ESPN2 | WatchESPN.com
 Radio 1500 ESPN | Gopher Radio Network
 Live Stats Gametracker
 Social Media  @GopherBBall | Facebook
 Game Notes Minnesota | Arkansas

GAME INFORMATION
Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Time: 1:00 p.m. CT
Location: Maui, Hawaii
Arena: Lahaina Civic Center
Television: ESPN2 (WatchESPN.com)
    Jon Sciambi (Play-by-Play)
    Jimmy Dykes (Analyst)
Radio: Learfield/1500 ESPN Twin Cities
    Mike Grimm (Play-by-Play)
    Spencer Tollackson (Analyst)

SERIES INFORMATION
Series: 4th meeting (1-2)
Series (Neutral): 2nd meeting (0-1)
Current Streak: L-1
Last Meeting: Nov. 25, 1991 - L, 92-83
Richard Pitino vs. Arkansas: First meeting  
Minnesota vs. SEC: 15-13
(0-2 vs. Alabama; 1-2 vs. Arkansas; 1-1 vs. Florida; 3-1 vs. Georgia; 1-3 vs. Kentucky; 2-0 vs. Ole Miss; 2-0 vs. Missouri; 0-2 vs. South Carolina; 0-1 vs. Tennessee; 1-1 vs. Texas A&M; 4-0 vs. Vanderbilt)
Richard Pitino vs. SEC: First meeting

GAME DAY TID-BITS
• The Gophers are 1-2 all-time against Arkansas. The Hogs defeated Minnesota in the opening game of the 1991 Maui Invitational. It was also the opening game of the season for Minnesota. The Gophers went on to win their final two games of the tournament. Minnesota's win in the series came on Dec. 7, 1985 at Williams Arena (71-64).
• This will be the first game for Richard Pitino against Arkansas as the head of a program but Pitino has been on the bench two other times as an assistant at the University of Florida while facing the Hogs - both wins.   
• Through six games Andre Hollins is leading the Gophers and is fifth in the Big Ten Conference with a scoring average of 18.0 ppg. Minnesota has not had a player lead the B1G in scoring since Kris Humphries did so during the 2003-04 season with an average of 21.7 ppg. In fact, dating back to the 1947-48 season, the program has only had 16 seasons that a player finished with a scoring average of over 20.0 ppg. Hollins scored 15 pts in the first half against Coastal Carolina (11/19) to move past 900 career points.
• The Gophers have managed 50 steals through six games this season, second amongst all Big Ten Conference teams. DeAndre Mathieu leads the team, and is tied for fourth in the B1G with 13 steals while senior Austin Hollins has seven. Austin has 145 career steals which is currently the ninth-most in the history of the Golden Gopher program.
• Minnesota junior center Elliott Eliason is the Gophers & B1G leading rebounder with an average of 10.8 rebounds per game. He is also second in the league in blocked shots after his five-block effort against Syracuse (11/25).