INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 10: Austin Hollins #20 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers drives for a shot attempt Michael Thompson #22 and Alex Marcotullio #4 of the Northwestern Wildcats during the first round of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 10, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
The Minnesota Golden Gophers face their first ranked opponent since Indiana back on January 12th.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers were finally able to end that ugly slide of four straight losses in Big 10 competition back on January 12th when they defeated ranked Indiana and turned that into a winning streak. Now the Gophers can turn that into a four game winning streak and bring themselves back to .500 against the Michigan State Spartans Wednesday at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center at 8:30 PM Eastern.
Michigan State come into the contest ranked 11th in the country in the latest polls and only a game behind the rival Michigan Wolverines in the Big 10 at 5-2. They did go on a bit of a slide recently losing to both Northwestern and Michigan to soot a then undefeated record but made up for it on Saturday by dismantling the Purdue Boilermakers. Their powerful offense is the 38th best in the nation at scoring points, led by Draymond Green's 15 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Freshman Joe Coleman has been helping to lead the Gophers through their recent win streak, but they'll need a full team effort if they want to take down another ranked opponent and continue the streak going into the weekend when they face an easier test against the Illinois Fighting Illini.