Following a historic moment in the career of Tubby Smith, history will be on Minnesota's side Tuesday night as it goes for a 16th consecutive victory over North Dakota State and tries to remain undefeated against Summit League teams since 1936.
With the 13th-ranked Golden Gophers (10-1) matching last season's longest winning streak at six with Saturday's 71-57 victory at Southern California, Smith became the 19th active Division I coach to reach 500 victories - the last 113 with Minnesota.
"This is a huge win for coach's career," said sophomore guard Andre Hollins, who finished with a team-high 14 points. "Part of the history books. Obviously, it shows how great of a coach he is, how great a person he is and it is translating over to us being a winning basketball team."
With two games left before Big Ten play kicks off Dec. 31 against 19th-ranked Michigan State, the Golden Gophers will go for their first 7-0 surge since Dec. 5, 2009-Jan. 2, 2010.
Minnesota appears to be in good ...