|#14/21 Minnesota (8-1) vs. South Dakota State (6-2)|
|Date||Tuesday, December 4, 2012|
|Time||7:00 p.m. CT|
|Location||Williams Arena (14,625)|
|Series Record||Minnesota leads 15-0|
|Last Meeting||W, 71-55 (Nov. 14, 2011)|
|Television||ESPN3 (Cory Provus, Mark Adams), CLICK HERE TO WATCH|
|Radio||Learfield/1500 ESPN (Listen Online)|
|(Mike Grimm, Spencer Tollackson)|
|Game Notes||Minnesota | South Dakota State|
|Season Statistics||Minnesota | South Dakota State|
|Social Media||Facebook | @GopherBBall | @CoachTubbySmith|
Series: 16th meeting (15-0)
Series (Home): 16th meeting (15-0)
Current Streak: W-15
Last Meeting: Nov. 14, 2011 (W, 71-55)
Tubby Smith vs. SDSU: 7th meeting (6-0)
Minnesota vs. Summit League: 60-1
(Loss: vs. NDSU: 33-29 - Dec. 12, 1936)
Tubby Smith vs. Summit League: 11-0
Game Day Tid-Bits:
The Gophers and the South Dakota State Jackrabbits are playing for the eighth straight season and 16th time overall. Minnesota won 71-55 last season, led by Trevor Mbakwe with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Tubby Smith is a perfect 11-0 all-time against teams currently in the Summit League. Smith has coached against the Jackrabbits & Coach Scott Nagy six times, with all but one coming while at Minnesota.
Minnesota is almost perfect against teams currently in the Summit League, with the only blemish coming against North Dakota State during the 1936-37 season. The Gophers have won a total of 60 games against Summit League teams, including 15-0 against South Dakota State.
Jackrabbit head coach Scott Nagy is in his 18th season on the bench in Brookings. He took SDSU to its first NCAA Division 1 NCAA Tournament and nearly defeated Baylor in the first round. South Dakota State's only losses of this season were to Alabama in Tuscaloosa on a last second three-pointer and at Hofstra, also by three points.
Gopher head coach Tubby Smith comes into the game against South Dakota State with 498 career wins. He is trying to become the 19th current active D1 coach to reach the 500-win plateau. Oklahoma's Lon Kruger became the 18th coach to reach the mark. He did so on Nov. 30 with a win over Northwestern State in Norman.
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.
Tubby Heading Toward 500:
With the victory over North Florida on Dec. 1, Gopher head coach Tubby Smith now has 498 career wins.
He will attempt to become just the 19th current active coach in NCAA D1 to reach the 500-win mark. Oklahoma's Lon Kruger became the 18th coach to reach the mark with a win over Northwestern State on Nov. 30 in Norman. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski is the all-time winningest coach with 935 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 now sits with 111 wins on the Gopher sideline, eight wins shy of passing Dan Monson on the Gophers' win list.
Smith holds the fourth-highest winning percentage in Minnesota history.
Smith has led Minnesota to the post season in four of his five seasons.
Minnesota Coaches with 100 Wins
L.J. Cooke: 250-135 (28 seasons)
Clem Haskins*: 240-165 (13 seasons)
Dave McMillan: 196-156 (18 seasons)
Jim Dutcher: 190-113 (11 seasons)
O.B. Cowles: 147-93 (11 seasons)
Dan Monson: 118-106 (7 seasons)
Tubby Smith: 111-69 (6 seasons)
John Kundla: 110-105 (9 seasons)
*includes vacated games
Minnesota Coaches Winning Percentage
Bill Musselman: .683: 69-32 (4 seasons)
L.J. Cooke: .649: 250-135 (28 seasons)
Jim Dutcher: .627: 190-113 (11 seasons)
Tubby Smith: .617: 111-69 (6 seasons)
Tubby Smith Trends:
In five-plus seasons under Tubby Smith, Minnesota has followed some pretty significant winning trends:
99-11 when leading with 5:00 remaining
87-43 when bench outscores opponents bench
92-13 when leading at the half
63-15 with fewer turnovers than opponent
76-7 when scoring 70 points or more
71-23 at Williams arena
80-30 when outrebounding its opponent
79-16 when attempting more free throws than its opponent
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 28.6 minutes per game (2nd)
Averaging 14.1 points per game (1st)
Averaging 6.2 rebounds per game (2nd)
Averaging 1.7 blocks per game (T-1st)
Shooting .593 from the field (2nd)
Currently 11th on Gophers all-time blocks list with 112
Currently on a streak of 18 games scored in double figures, the longest such streak of his career.
Since moving to the power forward position in 2011, Williams is averaging 13.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.6 bpg & 1.2 spg - all team highs in that span (40 games)
The Gophers are averaging 40.1 rebounds per game this season, the highest rebounding average in the Tubby Smith era.
Minnesota is outrebounding its opponents by 8.6 rpg this season, the highest disparity in the Tubby Smith era.
Minnesota outrebounded Toledo University 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 (3/13/2010).
The 51 rebounds is the second most by a Tubby Smith-led Gopher team. The most in the Smith era occurred during the 2008-09 season when Minnesota outrebounded Concordia-St. Paul 56-33 in the season opener as part of the NABC Classic.
Season Rebounding Differential
2012-13 +8.6 (40.7 - 32.4)
2011-12 +3.7 (34.9 - 31.2)
2010-11 +5.2 (38.1 - 32.9)
2009-10 +1.6 (35.3 - 33.7)
2008-09 +2.0 (34.4 - 32.4)
2007-08 +0.7 (33.8 - 33.1)
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