The Gophers play Game 2 on the road on Wednesday

Men’s basketball | 1/11/2022 15:38:00

TV: BTN (Lisa Byington – Play-by-Play; Stephen Bardo – Analyst)
Tip time: 6:01 p.m. CT
Radio: Learfield IMG: KTLK (AM-1130), FM 103.5
Mike Grimm (game by game); Spencer Tollackson (analyst)
Sirius: XM 386

125th meeting (58-66 all time)
In Michigan State: 21-39
Minnesota vs. Big Ten: 781-870 *
* – excludes released parts

• The University of Minnesota men’s basketball team are on the road for the second straight game as the Golden Gophers face the Number 10 Michigan State Spartans on Wednesday night. Game time is set for 6 p.m. CT and will be televised on Big Ten Network. The last time the Gophers won in East Lansing, Michigan was on February 26, 2015 in a 96-90 overtime win over the Spartans.
• The contest marks the second game against the Spartans already at the start of the Big Ten season. After just five games, the Gophers will end their games against the Spartans this regular season. Minnesota fell to Michigan State in the Big Ten home opener on December 8. Trailing to 19 in the second half, the Gophers had a run in the end but fell 75-67 for their first conference loss of the season as head coach Ben johnsonfirst conference game. Eric curry recorded a career-high 18 points and Battle of Jamison scored 17 points for the Gophers.
• Although the head coach Ben johnson is in his first year as head coach of Minnesota, he’s no stranger to the Big Ten. As the assistant coach of Minnesota and Nebraska for six years, Johnson also played for Northwestern and Minnesota. In fact, Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo has known Coach Johnson since he played at DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis.
• In 13 games this season, Minnesota rank third in the league in defensive scorers. A veteran group, the Gophers also return the ball very few times (120), which places them second in the league. The Gophers have had five games of five or fewer turnovers per game, including their last meeting against Michigan State (3).
Battle of Jamison is ranked sixth in the overall Big Ten standings and seventh against opponents of the Big Ten (18.3). He averages 18.2 points per game, while Payton Willis ranks 12th in the league with 15.8. Battle added a high of 19 points against Indiana, which marked his 28th consecutive double-digit game since last season at George Washington. Battle’s season high is 27 points (in Michigan), while his career high is 29 (against Duquesne). He has scored more than 20 points for the Gophers in five games this season.

• Minnesota returns to the confined Williams Arena on Sunday, Jan. 16 when the Gophers host the Iowa Hawkeyes at 1 p.m. on Big Ten Network. Mike Grimm and Spencer Tollackson will also provide the radio call on KFAN 100.3.

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