|#21 Minnesota (7-1) vs. North Florida (3-4)|
|Date||Saturday, December 1, 2012|
|Time||1:00 p.m. CT|
|Location||Williams Arena (14,625)|
|Series Record||First Meeting|
|Internet||BTN.com (John Focke, Tim Hanson)|
|Radio||Learfield/1500 ESPN (Listen Online)|
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|Game Notes||Minnesota | North Florida|
|Season Statistics||Minnesota | North Florida|
|Social Media||Facebook | @GopherBBall | @CoachTubbySmith|
Series: First meeting
Series (Home): First meeting
Current Streak: N/A
Last Meeting: N/A
Tubby Smith vs. North Florida: First meeting
Minnesota vs. Atlantic Sun: 5-0
Jacksonville (2-0), Kennesaw State (1-0), Lipscomb (1-0), Mercer (1-0)
Tubby Smith vs. Atlantic Sun: 5-0
Jacksonville (1-0 - Georgia), Kennesaw State (1-0 - Minn.), Lipscomb (1-0 - Kent.), Mercer (2-0 - Kent. & Georgia)
Game day Tid-Bits:
Tubby Smith is a perfect 5-0 all-time against teams currently in the Atlantic Sun Conference but will be meeting North Florida for the first time as a head coach.
Smith has only coached against one Atlantic Sun team while at Minnesota, an 83-66 victory over Kennesaw State during the Duel in the Desert in Las Vegas (2007).
Minnesota is also a perfect 5-0 against teams currently in the Atlantic Sun Conference but have not faced an A-Sun team since Kennesaw State in 2007. Both the Gophers & Coach Smith have faced the same A-Sun institutions as part of their perfect 5-0 records. The only difference is Minnesota has faced Jacksonville twice & Smith has faced Mercer twice.
North Florida, who turned Division I in 2005-06, competes out of the Atlantic Sun Conference and is located in Jacksonville, Fla. The Ospreys went 16-16 in 2011-12 and finished with a 10-8 mark in Atlantic Sun action, good for a fourth-place finish in the league. Matthew Driscoll is in his fourth season as head coach.
UNF returns eight letterwinners and all five starters from a year ago.
Andre Hollins scored a career-high 41 points against Memphis on Nov. 23 in the Battle 4 Atlantis becoming just the fourth player in Gopher basketball history to finish a game with 40 or more points and the first since Oliver Shannon finished with 42 points against Wisconsin during the 1970-71 season.
Gophers 77, Florida State 68:
With Tuesday's win in Tallahassee, the Gophers are now 6-8 all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Tubby Smith is now 3-3 as the Gophers' head coach in Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchups with wins over Virginia (2008), Virginia Tech (2011) and Florida State (2012). The losses came to FSU (2007), Miami (2009) and Virginia (2010).
The Gophers led the whole game against FSU and held a 21-point lead at one point in the second half. That is the largest lead on the road for Minnesota since leading at Iowa by 22 during the 2011 B1G Conference season.
The Gophers converted 20-28 free throws against the Seminoles for a FT% of .714. Minnesota is shooting .727 as a team this season.
Joe Coleman led a quartet of Gophers in double-figures with 16 to go with six rebounds. Elliott Eliason tied a career-high with 10 rebounds.
Andre Hollins and the Gophers' Record Book:
Sophomore Andre Hollins lit up his hometown team and a couple of his former high school teammates when he dropped a career-high 41 points on Friday against Memphis.
Hollins is only the fourth player in Gopher basketball history to finish a game with 40 or more points and the first since Oliver Shannon finished with 42 points against Wisconsin during the 1970-71 season.
Hollins' 41 is the highest non-conference total by a Big Ten player since Wisconsin's Michael Finley scored 42 against Eastern Michigan on Dec. 10, 1994.
Hollins finished 12-of-16 from field overall, including a perfect 5-of-5 from three point land. He also converted 12-of-13 free throws.
Hollins' season scoring average jumped from 9.8 ppg to a team-high 15.0 ppg.
Gopher 40 point Scorers
Oliver Shannon - 42 vs. Wisconsin (3/6/71)
Eric Magdanz - 42 at Michigan (3/5/62)
Andre Hollins - 41 vs. Memphis (11/23/12)
George Kline - 40 vs. Iowa (2/25/57)
Minnesota forward Rodney Williams continues to show that he is a well-rounded player. He led the Gophers in most categories last season and is well on his way to duplicating that again this season.
By the Numbers with Rodney Williams (team rank):
Averaging 28.5 minutes per game (2nd)
Averaging 14.1 points per game (1st)
Averaging 6.0 rebounds per game (2nd)
Averaging 1.7 blocks per game (T-1st)
Shooting .627 from the field (1st)
Currently 12th on Gophers all-time blocks list with 110
Currently on a streak of 17 games scored in double figures, the longest such streak of his career.
Since moving to the power forward position in 2011, Williams is averaging 13.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.5 bpg & 1.2 spg - all team highs in that span (39 games)
Williams' chance at history:
Senior forward Rodney Williams holds career numbers of 925 points, 419 rebounds, 158 assists and 110 blocks.
Williams is 12th all-time on Minnesota's block list with 110, two shy of passing John Shasky (111) for 11th on the list.
Williams will have a chance to become just the third player in Gopher history to score 1,000 points, grab 500 rebounds and dish out 200 assists. The others are Sam Jacobson and Willie Burton.
Also, he could become just the sixth player to finish with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 150 blocks, joining Kevin McHale, Randy Breuer, Michael Bauer, Mychal Thompson and Ralph Sampson III.
If Williams does in fact finish with at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 150 blocks he will become the first Gopher player to amass those career numbers.
With 1,000 career points, Williams would join 37 other former Gophers on the list.
Williams is currently on a streak of 17 games scored in double figures, the longest such streak of his career. He is averaging 15.8 ppg in that span.
Williams has also finished with at least five rebounds in 15 of the 17 games for an average of 6.2 rpg.
Hitting at the Line:
Minnesota is shooting .727 (157-216) as a team this season which would be the highest for a Gopher team in the Tubby Smith era.
The current high for a Smith-led Gopher team is .715 during the 2008-09 season.
The Gophers have attempted at least 21 freebies in all eight games this season, including a season-high 35 against Stanford.
Minnesota combined to go 28-33 (.848) at the line against Memphis, the highest percentage by the Gophers this season.
The Gophers currently have five players that are shooting at least 70% from the line. Julian Welch is perfect on four attempts while Maverick Ahanmisi is shooting a career-high .857 (18-21) from the line.
Season - Final Team Free Throw Percentage
2011-12 - .697 (536-769)
2010-11 - .660 (479-726)
2009-10 - .700 (463-661)
2008-09 - .715 (437-611)
2007-08 - .676 (443-655)
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Minnesota holds off Vanderbilt in 56-52 win
Minnesota erased a 12-point first half deficit and hung on Saturday to defeat Vanderbilt 56-52.
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