Game Wrap Up: Gophers 82, Purdue 79

Game Wrap Up: Gophers 82, Purdue 79
January 5, 2014

Minnesota leveraged their huge field goal accuracy advantage to win Sunday in a game that wasn’t nearly as close as the final score.


  Eff. eFG% TO% OR% FTR
Minnesota 130.0 64.1% 20.7% 37.5% 58.7%
Purdue 125.3 46.8% 12.6% 50.0% 44.4%

  • Minnesota’s 64.1% eFG marked the first time all season they exceded 60% and helped them score 1.30 points per possession (approximately 63 possessions per team in this game).
  • The Gophers again had a turnover rate of over 20% and alarm bells should be ringing – softly, at least – for Coach Pitino and staff.
  • Austin Hollins put up points (18) and rebounds (9, including 2 offensive), but his 4 turnovers (and zero assists) meant this was a below-average performance from an offensive efficiency standpoint. We do like, however, that he came out shooting today (36 %Shots) after a rough game from the field against Michigan.
  • Minnesota’s defensive rebounding was poor and on a normal shooting night, combined with the turnovers could have cost them the game. Purdue had 10 different players earn an offensive rebound. Four of those players had multiple o-boards.
  • The Gophers ¬†were 0/5 on field goal attempts over the last 5:08. They had a similar drought late against Michigan before Malik Smith’s late 3-pointer.
  • Andre Hollins had a very good game – 66.7% eFG, got to the line 11 times, assist rate of 30%, just two turnovers, 26% usage. Good effort.
  • Dre Mathieu only played 20 minutes (foul trouble), but had a nice offensive output (189 ORtg, 112.5% eFG, 19% usage, 50% assist rate, 17% turnover rate).
  • Elliott Eliason had 8p, 7r, 6b while Purdue counterpart AJ Hammons had 7p, 1r, 0b. As we’ve said on various occasions, media and fans have overdone the build-up and praise of Hammons.
  • Terone and Ronnie Johnson were an uncharacteristic 5/9 from 3FG combined, but their 4/16 2FG brought their eFG% down below 50% for the game.
  • Penn State is up next for the Gophers. That game is Wednesday on the road and is another coin-flip game. Would be a great victory to have for Minnesota before continuing on to East Lansing (and facing Ohio State at home after that).
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