Surging Indiana visits struggling league rival Minnesota

Indiana, which couldn’t stop a soul during a three-game losing streak that saw it allow nearly 87 points per game, suddenly can’t be stopped.In winning their last three games, the Hoosiers have scored 75 points a game and permitted just under 60. A trip to Minneapolis on Wednesday night to face Big Ten foe Minnesota appears to be a forum to continue those trends.At 7-11 overall and 1-7 in the conference, the Golden Gophers are struggling. With just two steady scoring threats in the lineup in Jamison Battle and Dawson Garcia, they haven’t been able to create much on offense, except for a 70-67 upset win at Ohio State on Jan. 12.A 60-56 defeat Sunday at Michigan was Minnesota’s third straight loss. The Gophers led by 10 in the first half and still had a chance in the last minute before a technical foul helped end their hopes.It was still a step forward as far as second-year coach Ben Johnson was concerned. Minnesota was blown out in previous losses at home against Illinois and Purdue, averaging just 49.5 points a game.”When you play like that, you give yourself a chance,” Johnson said. “When you compete like that, you give yourself a chance. When you defend like that, you give yourself a chance.”

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