4:35 PM ET, March 13, 2010
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Purdue never recovers after 11-point first as Minnesota earns first final appearance
INDIANAPOLIS -- When Tubby Smith throws superlatives around, he means it.Minnesota's coach won a national championship at Kentucky and has 450 career victories, yet no half of basketball he has coached in 18 years could top what his Golden Gophers did to Purdue on Saturday. Minnesota held the Boilermakers (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) to the worst first half in Purdue's record books and rolled to a 69-42 victory in the Big Ten tournament semifinals.Minnesota led 37-11 at the break and by as many as 34 points in the second half.
• Minnesota advanced to its first Big Ten championship game and snapped a five-game losing streak vs. Purdue in the process.
• The 11 points were the fewest first-half points by Purdue since 1950 and the lowest ever in a Big Ten tournament game.
• E'Twaun Moore was held to a season-low two points on 1-of-14 from the field.
• The 42 points and 27.6 field goal percentage were both season lows for Purdue.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
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INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 13: Head coach Tubby Smith of the Minnesota Golden Gophers directs his team against the...(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||24-50 (.480)||16-58 (.276)|
|3P Made-Attempted||2-7 (.286)||2-14 (.143)|
|FT Made-Attempted||19-26 (.731)||8-18 (.444)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||14 (1/0)||21 (0/0)|
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