4 storylines to IU’s game vs. Minnesota

1. Hoosiers cooking at home
Indiana’s home floor has been especially kind to the Hoosiers this season. IU has defeated three Big Ten teams at Assembly Hall by 25 points or more in consecutive games for the first time since the 1987-88 season. That includes lopsided wins over Ohio State (85-60), Illinois (103-69) and Northwestern (89-57). Today’s game could bring a similar result against the Gophers, who are winless in nine conference games. The last time Minnesota came to town, the Hoosiers dropped 18 3-pointers on the Gophers in a 19-point victory last season.

2. Addressing turnovers
Indiana’s 19 turnovers were part of what killed its chances during Tuesday’s loss at Wisconsin. To avoid a repeat, IU coach Tom Crean is imploring his players to stop over-thinking and over-dribbling and make the simple play. Crean said he feels confident his team understands his message. Although IU has shown improvement in terms of cleaning up its mistakes, the Hoosiers are last in Big Ten conference play with 14.5 turnovers per game. Last year, they averaged 11.1 turnovers per game during league games.

3. Adjusting to Joey King
The reserve forward was the only consistent offensive weapon the Golden Gophers had two weeks ago when these teams met. King went off for 18 points, while hitting four 3s in his role as Minnesota’s stretch-4. Indiana did a better job against another stretch 4, Northwestern’s Aaron Falzon, last weekend and will look to spin that effort forward against King.

4. IU supporting Coaches vs. Cancer
Coaches on both sidelines will wear sneakers during today’s game in support of the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ “Coaches vs. Cancer” initiative. The idea is to raise awareness about cancer, and the importance that nutrition and physical activity have in reducing the risk of heart disease. In the past, IU coach Tom Crean and his assistants have ditched their suits altogether in favor of sweats to mark the occasion.