Hoosiers put Gophers back in their hole, win 80-56

Dupree McBrayer

Coming up from Bloomington Assembly Hall on Friday, the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Indiana Hoosiers will be meeting up on the college basketball court. Even when Minnesota won 24 games a year ago, it lost five in a row before turning the season around with eight straight wins to reach Pitino's first NCAA tournament.

Nate Mason had a team-high 18 points and eight rebounds for Minnesota. Starting guard Amir Coffey's shoulder injury was announced before the game.

After giving up a basket, IN went on an 11-5 spurt to make it 56-35 with 12:35 left. The Hoosiers had lost four games in a row, but took out Rutgers in their last appearance.

Along with Green, Juwan Morgan was once again the player of the game for the Hoosiers, as he has been for the majority of the contests this season. The only other player for IN who is IN double-figures is Robert Johnson with 13.4 PPG and 4.5 RPG to his name.

The losses piled up in previous seasons because of poor execution late in games, shooting spells and inexperience playing together.

Standings: 11th place in the Big Ten entering Friday's game.

Meanwhile, the Hoosiers are 7-0 ATS in the last seven home games and 5-1 ATS in the last six games overall. Given Indiana's big lead, Green was not needed much down the stretch, finishing with 19 points for the game.

But instead of letting the Gophers hang around, the Hoosiers just kept extending the lead.

The last time Minnesota lost to IN on the basketball court IN early January was the first game for the Gophers without suspended center Reggie Lynch and injured guard Amir Coffey. The last time these teams met, it was a 75-71 Hoosiers victory.

The first game against IN was played IN early January against the Hoosiers IN Minneapolis. Best to stay away from this one.

Minnesota: Shot 33.3 percent from the field, was 6 of 21 on 3-pointers and had 14 turnovers.

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