BLOOMINGTON – The starting lineups did most of the heavy lifting for both teams in Indiana's 88-81 victory against Minnesota Saturday at Assembly Hall.
IU starters scored all but three of the team's points. Remy Abell, Jeremy Hollowell and Hanner Mosquera-Perea each had one point for the Hoosiers.
Minnesota starters accounted for all but eight of its points. Maverick Ahanmisi had six points for the Gophers. Andre Ingram had two points.
Victor Oladipo led the Hoosiers with 20 points. He fouled out 19 seconds remaining. Three of his five fouls resulted in three foul shots for the Gophers. His fifth foul came while Andre Hollins attempted a three-pointer. Hollins made two of the three shots to get the Gophers within 84-81.
"The first two, we work on that all the time, it was just being undisciplined. As a leader on defense, I cannot make those mistakes. To be honest, I felt like I almost blew the game away. That's nine free throws that I just let them have," Oladipo said. "On the last one I need to be more disciplined and stay down. I was making dumb, little mistakes towards the end of the game. I shouldn't be doing that. I'm a junior now and I'm a leader, and I can't be making dumb mistakes like that."
Indiana came into the game leading the Big Ten in rebounding margin. Minnesota was second. The Hoosiers out-rebounded the Gophers 36-34.
"That was a big key for us," IU sophomore forward Cody Zeller said. Zeller had six rebounds. "Everyone, we had to have five guys rebounding. I was just trying to get (Trevor) Mbakwe out of it, even if I don't get the rebound, just take him out of the play because he's such a good rebounder. Our guards did a pretty good job of rebounding; that was a big key for us."