Indiana looks to snap a four-game losing streak Tuesday at Minnesota. Here's what coach Tom Crean had to say about the issues facing the Gophers' size. Minnesota's Trevor Mbakwe, Colton Iverson and Ralph Sampson III rank in the top 20 in the Big Ten in rebounding.
"Last year, their size took advantage of us in the sense that we didn't play as smart early on in that game, especially defensively on the pick-and-roll side of things," Crean said. "The first play of the game was a high-low so there is no question that we are going to see that size and that experience and that explosiveness. And then you add Trevor Mbakwe to the situation and it makes it that much more of a formidable challenge up front.
"But one of the reasons they are good is because they have such a good inside-outside presence. They have the 3-point shooting and they have the speed. Now that they have Al Nolen back, he is one of the premier defensive guards not only in the Big Ten but in the country. When you play against Blake Hoffarber and Jon Diebler in back-to-back games, you are pretty much an expert on who two of the best shooters in the country are. They bring a lot to the table."