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What to expect: Minnesota – Inside the Hall

Indiana is scheduled to return to action at 12 p.m. ET Sunday against Minnesota at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

The Golden Gophers 10-2 on aggregate and 1-2 in a Big Ten match. Sunday’s match will be on BTN with Chris Fosters and Nick Bahia on the call:

Indiana will try to get past 0.500 in Sunday’s Big Ten when Minnesota comes to Bloomington.

The Golden Gophers, led by first-year coach Ben Johnson, were one of the nation’s surprise teams during the first half of the season.

Minnesota has only one player—Eric Carey—who appeared in last February’s Assembly Hall game that Indiana won 82-72. The Gophers almost lost their entire roster in the transfer window after Richard Pitino was fired last spring.

Minnesota also started last season 10-2 before collapsing in the Big Ten and finishing 14-15.

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Minnesota plays a tight rotation as only seven players average double numbers. The only minutes that Johnson’s scholarship player scores are Eric CareyHe started his career in the 2016-2017 season and has struggled with injuries throughout his career.

Gophers’ Player of the Year is the Robbinsdale (Minnesota) native Battle of Jamiesonwho moved from George Washington. The 6-foot-7 left is an identical problem on all fours because he can shoot from the ocean but also score dribbling.

Battle scores 18.2 points per game over Minnesota and shoots 62.5 percent in 2 seconds and 35.8 percent in 3 seconds over 12 games. Race Thompson characters for the first chance to try to slow Battle
And sure enough, you should keep an eye on whether he’ll be able to defend him on the rebound. According to Hoop-Math, Battle makes 58.7 percent of his shots in the two-point jump.

As you can see in the video below, Patel is cunning in dribbling for his size and Michigan had no answer for him because he went 27 points in Ann Arbor, including 21 points in the second half:

Protect Payton Willis He started his career at Vanderbilt, moving to Minnesota and Charleston before returning to Minneapolis to end his career.

The 6-foot-4 goalkeeper is 37 percent of a 3-point shooter and is making 44.1 percent of his threes this season. He struggled from distance in the Big Ten playing 4 of 16 over three games. Willis leads Minnesota with 47 assists for the team.

EJ Stevens, moving from Lafayette, is the third Minnesota player with a double-digit average. Stephens shoots 43.2 percent over 3 seconds, but only 44.3 percent in 2 seconds. In two big losses in Minnesota, Stevens fired 6 out of 19 off the ground.

Carrie starts at five with Luke Lowe, Transmission from William and Mary, at the three.

This is Curry’s sixth season in Minnesota and in six minutes last season against Indiana, he made three fouls in a loss.

The 6-foot-9 massive guy averages 6.7 rebounds per game, but he’s not a shot blocker. He only shoots 44.1 percent from the field and is fourth in the team with 8.3 points per game.

Lowe’s 14-point season-high in Minnesota’s 75-65 win over Michigan on Dec. 11 is a low-utilization, low-proficiency option in attack through 12 games. Loewe’s field goal percentage of 39.5 is the lowest among rotational regulars and he shoots just 28.1 percent in 3 seconds.

The other two systems in the Minnesota cycle are Sean Sutherlin, a 6-foot-5 transmission from New Hampshire, and Charlie Daniels, a 6-foot-9, transferred by Stephen F Austin.

Sutherlin is not a peripheral threat as 58 of his 62 field shots were 2s. He makes 56.9 percent of the 2s and does a good job of hitting the rotten streak. His free throw rate (FTA/FGA) of 54.8 percent leads the team.

Daniels supports Curry and has not scored more than five points in a game this season. Daniels averages 1.6 rebounds at 11.2 minutes per game.

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Minnesota loves to run around the clock and rarely flips the ball. The Gophers are 10th in the country for turnover (14.1) and through their three Big Ten games, they are first in the league for turnover (7.1).

The Gophers have made a lot of tough shootings this season from solo action across Battle and Willis and they have some major shortcomings so far in league play and that number is an issue in the long run. Minnesota is 14th in both offensive rebounds and free-throw ratio over three games. The Gophers bounce back only 16.7% of their missed shots and have a free throw rate (FTA/FGA) of just 20.3%.

For Indiana State, Sunday’s game will be all about winning singles games defensively. As the video against Michigan showed, Battle is capable of tearing defenders out of the ocean, at midrange and driving to the edge. In three Big Ten games, Minnesota scores 26.8% in 3 seconds and scores 64.6% of its points in 2s. Indiana allows its top 10 competitors to fire just 40.2 percent in two seconds in four games.

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KenPom drops Indiana by 10 and Sagarin ratings as Hoosiers by 7.5.

Mike Woodson has made it clear that a home defense is essential to Indiana’s success and so far, the Hoosiers are flawless at 10-0 at Branch McCracken.

Indiana has a huge advantage in the position with Trayce Jackson-Davis. Minnesota lost 76-53 to Illinois in Minneapolis. Curry had no answer for Kofi Cockburn at the post as Eleni’s big man came out with 29 points, 10 rebounds and four blocking shots.

Minnesota 3-0 on the road (Pittsburgh, Mississippi and Michigan). However, the Gophers did not experience the atmosphere they should have been in Bloomington on Sunday with students returning and a fan base revitalized after Thursday’s win over Ohio State.

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