Michigan State senior point guard Cassius Winston had 27 points in the last meeting against the Gophers on Jan. 9. Figuring out how to slow down last year's Big Ten player of the year is key to Sunday's rematch at the Barn.
Gophers sophomore guard Gabe Kalscheur is one of the best shooters in the Big Ten, but he's been experiencing the biggest slump of his career the last five games. Will he break out tonight at Ohio State?
Gophers sophomores Daniel Oturu and Marcus Carr are the only teammates averaging at least 20 points in Big Ten play, but Richard Pitino is looking for a consistent third option. Will Oturu and Carr have some help Sunday at Rutgers?
Gophers center Daniel Oturu had his squabble with Penn State's Lamar Stevens and others carry over into the postgame handshake line after Wednesday's victory. Richard Pitino said it was just a "hard fought game."
Former Gophers guard Andre Hollins' 41-point game in 2012 was arguably the best performance this decade. Hollins was in attendance to see Marcus Carr's 35-point game earlier in December. He was back in Minnesota donating blood for a stem cell transplant.
The Gophers men's basketball team will be without starting junior guard Payton Willis (ankle) on Saturday. Oklahoma State is expected to play its fourth straight game without leading scorer Isaac Likekele (illness).