Indiana Hoosiers vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers
Tip-off: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET
Williams Arena, Minneapolis, MN
It’s been more than 20 years since Bob Knight guided the Indiana Hoosiers to the top of the Big Ten and this team hasn’t won an outright conference championship ever since.
However, YouWager experts believe coach Tom Crean has the program ready to change things around.
Top-ranked Hoosier will try to get closer to a Big Ten title by sweeping the season series with fading Minnesota Golden Gophers tonight in Minneapolis.
Indiana (24-3, 12-2), coming off a hard-fought 72-68 victory at then-No. 4 Michigan State Spartans last week, are atop arguably the nation’s most difficult conference, which features five top-20 teams.
A victory against the Golden Gophers would give the Hoosiers a two-game lead against Michigan State with three games remaining in the regular season as they go for their first outright Big Ten championship since 1992-93 — the program’s last conference title under coach Knight.
Indiana shared the 2001-02 championship with the Illinois Fighting Illini and the Wisconsin Badgers before losing versus the Maryland Terrapins in the national title game, and Crean’s current Hoosiers have a strong possibility to bring home another trophy.
The first meeting Jan. 26 featured a pair of top-10 teams, as the then-No. 5 Indiana defeated then-No. 8 Golden Gophers 88-81 in Bloomington.
Minnesota (18-9, 6-8) came into that basketball game 15-1, but the loss was the first in a stretch of eight defeats in 11 games. After a 58-53 overtime victory over then-No. 20 Badgers on Feb. 14, the Golden Gophers were blown out 72-51 versus the Iowa Hawkeyes on Feb. 17 before Wednesday’s 71-45 loss versus the Ohio State Buckeyes.
The Golden Gophers commit a league-high 14.1 turnovers per contest, including a season-high 24 versus the Buckeyes. Back in January Minnesota had 17 at Indiana.
By taking a look at the college basketball point spread, Minnesota has scored only 51.4 points per game over their last five, but Crean is not ready to take them lightly.