Series: Indiana leads 84-57 according to Minnesota's Athletic Department. Or, Indiana leads 86-63 according to the IU Athletic Department. Whatever.
Of Note: Minnesota has won 8 of 10 at Williams Arena dating back to the Bobby Knight era.
Of Note II: Tubby Smith is 8-2 all-time against Indiana
Tip: 8 p.m. central time
AP and ESPN: Indiana 9/10, Minnesota Unranked
Basketball Predictions: Indiana 4 seed, Minnesota "Just Missed Cut"
Ken Pomeroy RPI: Minnesota 53, Indiana 34
RPI Ratings: Minnesota 52, Indiana 33
Real Time RPI: Minnesota 56, Indiana 10
Colley Rankings: Indiana 21, Minnesota 52
Articles and Blog Posts:
Louisville Courier-Journal: Rick Bozich, who has written more about Tubby Smith and the Gophers than any of our Twin Cities-based columnists, pens an intersting piece that suggests Tubby is a better fit in Minnesota than he was in Kentucky. Bozich takes a shot at Smith's desire to recruit, but also commends our coach for having the ability to coach his team up.
Evanston Courier & Press: Armon Bassett's ability to fully recover from his ankle injury could be key.
Canton Repository: In this notebook, Mike Popovich looks at the outstanding play of Indiana's DJ White and also notes the play of Minnesota freshman Al Nolen. Tubby is quoted as saying Nolen's ability to steal the ball is "very unusual at this level."
Indiana Daily Student: Kelvin Sampson hearts Tubby Smith.
Indianapolis Star: Hoosiers beat reporter Terry Hutchens, in his blog, suggests IU is ripe for an upset. Hutchens writes that a winning in Minnesota will be a big obstacle for the Hoosiers. In another post, Hutchens ranks Williams Arena as the second toughest venue for the Hoosiers in the conference. Take note, professional Minnesota reporters/bloggers, Hutchens provides the content we are seeking from our major metro papers.
Inside the Hall: Hold up, says the IU blogger. The Gophers don't have what it takes to upset IU.
Pioneer Press: Marcus Fuller's preview notes the Gophers have two chances this week at The Barn for a signature win. For some reason Jamal Abu-Shamala is quoted throughout.
Pioneer Press: A win tonight would give Tubby 400 wins in his Hall of Fame career. This timeline chronicles the milestone victories.
Star Tribune: Myron Medcalf's preview indicates that Lawrence McKenzie--who played for Kelvin Sampson at Oklahoma--might have something to prove tonight. Also, Medcalf reprots that Tubby is going to mix and match his defenses early on to find the best scheme to slow Eric Gordon. Expect McKenzie to draw the assignment early on.
CSTV: Straightforward preview
From the Barn: Myron Medcalf's biggest booster predicts a Minnesota win but tells students not to rush the floor. Bah. Be safe, but enjoy the victory, crazy kids.
Gopher Nation: Typically optimistic Tom at Gopher Nation predicts a Gophers loss. Tom, we're officially in a fight.
Down with Goldy: Not exactly a preview, but in WWWWW's patented drunken rambling from Wednesday night, the blogger predicts a Gophers win. There's also a picture of IU girls drinking out of red cups (Eden Prairie students have taught me that doesn't necessarily mean they are drinking beer).