Penn State (10-15) came into the contest second-to-last in the Big Ten Conference standings, while Minnesota (19-7) was riding high on the waves of a five-game win streak. That recent success continued for the team as they were able to secure another victory, this time 97-67.
The Gophers avenged their home loss to Purdue last month with a definitive 20-point victory over the Boilermakers in their home arena. Minnesota won by a final score 65-45.
The Gophers (17-7, 6-7 Big Ten) recovered from a fourth quarter collapse to beat the Wildcats in overtime 73-64. It was the second time the teams met this season, after Minnesota beat Northwestern by a score of 61-54 just ten days ago.
The Scarlet Knights came to Stadium Village at the top of the Big Ten with a 17-4 record. The Gophers managed to upset Rutgers 60-46 to put another game in the win column.
Single-digit temperatures in Minneapolis did not stop Ohio State from getting hot in the fourth as the Gophers lost to the Buckeyes 65-55.
Despite two double-digit point performances and 18 rebounds from Taiye Bello, Minnesota fell to Purdue for its second-consecutive loss on Thursday.
Minnesota has experienced its ups and downs over the winter break and finished the break with a 63-57 loss to Nebraska. The Gophers take on Purdue on Thursday to get back into the win column.
The Gophers steamrolled Coppin State Wednesday to extend their winning streak to 10.