Gophers Open Big Ten Play at Michigan State
Jan. 2, 2013
THE OPENING TIP - QUICK NOTES
The Golden Gophers enter their conference-opener with an 11-3 record on the season and a five-game winning streak following their come-from-behind, double-overtime victory vs. Creighton to close out 2012.
Minnesota came back from 20 points down to defeat the Bluejays, 88-81, at Williams Arena.
It is the first time the Maroon and Gold has started a season with an 11-3 record since 2007.
Michigan State enters the contest with a 12-1 record on the year and is receiving 12 votes in the most recent Associated Press Top 25 Poll.
The Spartans have won four-straight games after suffering their only loss of the season at Dayton on Dec. 8.
The Gophers trail Michigan State, 20-36, in the all-time series that dates back to 1980.
In the teams' last 10 meetings, Minnesota and Michigan State have tied the series, 5-5, with the Gophers posting a 71-65 victory over the Spartans last season at Williams Arena.
The Gophers are 12-18 all-time in their annual Big Ten Conference opener.
Minnesota is 6-4 in Big Ten openers under head coach Pam Borton, which includes a pair of victories on the road.
The Maroon and Gold opened the Big Ten season in East Lansing only once before Thursday, on Dec. 28, 2007, with the Gophers winning 74-63.
After scoring a career-high 39 points vs. Creighton on Dec. 30, Rachel Banham became the top scorer in the Big Ten with a 21.4 points per game average.
Banham also moved to within 120 points of becoming the 21st Gopher in program history to score 1,000 career points.
As a team, Minnesota ranks 12th nationally in field goal percentage and 23rd nationally in scoring offense.