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Gophers report: Starters logging heavy minutes so far

The Gophers host the Buckeyes on Thursday. Ohio State has an effective field-goal percentage of 56.3% so far this season.

NCAA Basketball: Iowa at Minnesota
Minnesota Gophers guard Payton Willis (0) moves to the basket as Iowa Hawkeyes guard Joe Toussaint (2) defends him during the first half Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.
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Ohio State at Minnesota

7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022

All five starters played at least 37 minutes for the Gophers in their 68-65 win over Rutgers, continuing a season-long trend for Minnesota.

Most Minutes Played By Starters Per Game In D-1 - This season

  • St. Bonaventure 175.2
  • Minnesota 170.4
  • Syracuse 168.8
  • Santa Clara 161.2
  • Fordham 159.3

Peyton Willis and Jamison Battle, who missed Minnesota’s last game, are both averaging 36.7 minutes per game this season, placing both in the top five for most minutes per game among major conference players.

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Additional team and player notes

● In the win over the Scarlet Knights, Minnesota shot exactly 54.2% from both the field and 3-point range. The last time the Gophers had such high percentages in each category in the same game was in December of 2014 against UNC-Wilmington.

● On Saturday, Payton Willis became the only Big Ten player in the last 25 seasons to have eight threes and seven assists in the same game. His 32 points were also a career high.

● Luke Loewe set season highs for points (19, previous high was 14), made field goals (eight, previous high was five) and made three-pointers (three, previous high was two) against Rutgers. Loewe had three games with those numbers for William & Mary.

● Ohio State has an effective field-goal percentage of 56.3% so far this season. The only major conference team with a higher such percentage this season is Purdue (58.4).

● Dating back to 2020-21, E.J. Liddell has scored in double figures in 27 consecutive games. The only player with a longer active streak of games with 10+ points for a major conference team is Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn (29). Minnesota’s Jamison Battle has scored 10+ points in 30 straight games, but 15 of those games were with George Washington of the Atlantic 10.

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