In rematch with Hoosiers, undermanned Gophers lose big


Devonte Green and Juwan Morgan each scored 19 points Friday night, leading IN to an 80-56 blowout over Minnesota.

With the win IN reaches.500 during conference play, and 2 games over.500 with a 14-12 overall record.

The depleted and inexperienced Gophers (14-13, 3-11 Big Ten) were down by 10 points as they headed back onto the court for the second half. Minnesota has lost seven straight.

For the Indiana Hoosiers, dominance is a very rare scenario that happens during Big Ten conference play for them, but when it does, boy do they show they can be an elite team.

NIT? The Gophers would need a win streak just to get into the NIT.

After giving up a basket, IN went on an 11-5 spurt to make it 56-35 with 12:35 left. IN is also 5-1 ATS in the last six versus the Big Ten and 5-2 ATS in the last seven games following an ATS win. Starting guard Amir Coffey's shoulder injury was announced before the game.

IN (14-12, 7-7) is in rebuilding mode this season under first-year coach Archie Miller, but it still shot the ball too well at home Friday to slow down for long.

Morgan is also the top scorer on the Hoosiers this season with 16.8 PPG and 7.3 RPG. The timing couldn't be better.

RPI: Gophers rank 126th nationally in RPI, a key metric for NCAA tournament teams. Maybe. But it would nearly certainly get them some postseason bid. The Hoosiers had 21 assists on 30 made field goals and scored 1.15 points per possession. Green added a career-high seven assists and four rebounds in 31 minutes.

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

Minnesota: Will try to end its losing streak Tuesday at home against No. 4 Michigan State. Up next they have IL on the schedule at Assembly Hall next weekend, they'll to start a winning streak in that contest.