Dec. 19, 2013GAME INFORMATION
Date: Friday, December 20, 2013
Time: 8:00 p.m. CT
Location: Minneapolis, Minn.
Arena: Williams Arena (14,625)
Kevin Kugler (Play-by-Play)
Shon Morris (Analyst)
Radio: Learfield/1500 ESPN Twin Cities
Mike Grimm (Play-by-Play)
Spencer Tollackson (Analyst)
Series: First meeting
Series (Home): First meeting
Current Streak: n/a
Richard Pitino vs. Omaha: First meeting
Minnesota vs. Summit League: 63-1
(Loss: vs. NDSU: 33-29 - Dec. 12, 1936)
Richard Pitino vs. Summit: 1-0
GAME DAY TID-BITS
Minnesota matches up with Nebraska-Omaha for the first time. It is the second straight game for the Gophers against a Summit League opponent after last Tuesday's 75-59 win over South Dakota State.
On Tuesday against the Jackrabbits, Minnesota saw two players post double-doubles for the first time in more than three years. Austin Hollins had 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Elliott Eliason added 10 points and 12 rebounds. The last time two Gophers had double-doubles in the same game was Nov. 12, 2010 against Wofford (Ralph Sampson III - 20 pts., 13 rbs.; Trevor Mbakwe - 14 pts., 10 rbs.).
Austin Hollins was selected the Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday after his performance against SDSU, his first weekly honor and the first of the year for the Gophers. Hollins became the 37th member of Minnesota's 1,000-point club in the game, and now has 1,003 for his career.
Minnesota had six players finish Saturday's game against New Orleans in double-figures - Andre Hollins (18), Austin Hollins (13), DeAndre Mathieu (11), Mo Walker (11), Joey King (10) & Oto Osenieks (10). It was the first time since Dec. 23, 2009 against South Dakota State - Blake Hoffarber (16), Lawrence Westbrook (12), Devoe Joseph (11), Paul Carter (10), Damian Johnson (10), Al Nolen (10) - that a Gopher team finished with six double-digit scorers.
The Golden Gopher program has not had a pair of players reach the 1,000-point plateau in the same season since the trio of Randy Carter, Voshon Lenard and Arriel McDonald did so during the 1993-94 season. With Austin Hollins accomplishing the feat, Dre Hollins should soon follow as he enters Friday's game with 994 career points.