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For starters

Two top 10 teams meet at Assembly Hall when No. 5 Indiana faces No. 8 Minnesota.

The Gophers have won 11 straight since losing to Duke. IU has won five in a row since its loss to Butler.

The key today will be rebounding. These are the top two teams in the conference when it comes to rebounding margin – the Hoosiers are first and the Gophers are second.

"We would like to think that we are similar," IU coach Tom Crean said about the frontcourts. "In college basketball, Minnesota might not have prototype size in their frontcourt, but when you take the height out and you look at their length, their leverage, and their quickness, their frontline doesn't take a backseat to anyone. Trevor's (Mbakwe) wingspan is incredible and I don't know Rodney William's off the top of my head but I'm sure it's pretty big. They have a real relentlessness to them and there's no doubt that Mbakwe makes such a huge difference in their lineup. If you take what he is doing and combine it with how improved they all are and the commitment level they have to rebounding, it's incredible.

"They're really good at helping each other on defense, not only on their one-on-one match-ups, but in their help defense as well. They have really grown as a team and I like watching them because they play so hard."

Minnesota has shown balanced in scoring. The Gophers have four players averaging double figures in scoring, led by Andre Hollins (13.7 points per game).

IU returns home after road wins at Iowa and Penn State. Zeller is averaging 17 points in the Hoosiers two conference games.