IOWA CITY — My original opening paragraph was factually non-factual. That said …
On with the Fun Facts:
1. Exactly 100 years ago today, Iowa beat Minnesota in Iowa City, 16-14. The game-winning shot was made by H.L. Von Lackum. He also played football and baseball for the Hawkeyes. He went on to earn a medical degree at Iowa, and co-authored called “Subastragular Arthrodesis: A Study of End Results.” He was on Iowa basketball’s all-decade team of the 1910s when the program announced all-decade teams in 2002.
2. Minnesota starting guards Andre Hollins and Austin Hollins aren’t related. This always has to be stressed. Andre is from Memphis and Austin is from Germantown, Tenn., which borders Memphis. But they aren’t related.
3. Austin Hollins is the son of former NBA player and coach Lionel Hollins.
4. Andre Hollins scored a total of 53 points in Minnesota’s two NCAA tournament games last year.
5. First-year Minnesota coach Richard Pitino is 31. He coached one season at Florida International and went 18-14. It was FIU’s first winning season since 1999-2000. FIU had gone 26-65 over the three years before hiring Pitino, the son of Louisville Coach Rick Pitino.
6 The only native Minnesotan on the Gophers’ roster is Joey King, who began his college career at Drake. Deandre Mathieu is from Knoxville, Tenn., so all three of the Minnesota starting guards are from that state.
7. Pitino’s three signees for next season are from Florida, Georgia and Washington.
8. Minnesota assistant coach Ben Johnson was an assistant for four years at Northern Iowa.
9. Iowa has not topped 74 points in its last 10 games against Minnesota. The Hawkeyes are averaging 86.4 points and have been held under 74 just twice.
10. The 2013 Minnesota Sportscaster of the Year is Mike Grimm, who does play-by-play for Gophers basketball and football. He is from Manchester, Iowa and Luther College, and worked for several years at WMT-AM in Cedar Rapids.
11. Among Minnesota towns that are affiliates on the Gopher Radio Network are Little Falls, Redwood Falls and Thief River Falls.
12. Pitino replaced Tubby Smith, who won a national-championship at Kentucky. Smith’s 6-year Big Ten record at Minnesota was 46-62. He is now Texas Tech’s coach.
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