|Minnesota (20-10, 8-9) at Purdue (14-16, 7-10)
||Saturday, March 9, 2013
||11:00 a.m. CT
||Mackey Arena (14,286)
||Purdue leads 88-75
||L, 79-66 (Jan. 8, 2012)
||BTN (Eric Collins, Jim Jackson)
||Learfield/1500 ESPN (Listen Online)
||(Mike Grimm, Spencer Tollackson)
||Sirius 94/XM 191
||Minnesota | Purdue
||Minnesota | Purdue
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The Last Meeting
January 8, 2012
Series: 164th meeting (75-88)
Series (Away): 82nd meeting (24-57)
Current Streak: L-2
Last Meeting: Jan. 8, 2012 (L, 66-79)
Tubby Smith vs. Purdue: 11th meeting (4-6)
Minnesota vs. Big Ten: 717-759
Tubby Smith vs. Big Ten: 68-74
Game Day Tid-Bits:
Minnesota heads to Mackey Arena to face Purdue in the B1G Conference finale. The Gophers have not made the trip to West Lafayette since the 2011 conference schedule.
The Gophers win over Penn State gave head coach Tubby Smith his fifth 20-win season in six seasons at Minnesota. Overall, Smith has guided his teams to 20 or more wins in 19 of 22 seasons as a head coach, including 17 straight seasons from 1993-94 to 2009-10.
The win over No. 1 Indiana on Feb. 26 gave the Gophers their fifth win on the season over an AP Top 25 team - No. 19 Memphis, No. 18 Michigan State, No. 12 Illinois, No. 20 Wisconsin & the top-ranked Hoosiers. Minnesota joins a short list of Indiana (6 wins), Georgetown (6), Michigan State (5) & Wisconsin (5) with at least five wins over top-25 schools. It is the first time since 1996-97 that the Gophers have defeated five teams ranked in the top-25.
Andre Hollins leads the Gophers in scoring at 13.6 ppg. He also leads the team from the free throw line in Big Ten Conference play at .851 (57-67). Hollins holds a career free throw percentage of .843 (183-217), the highest free throw percentage in the history of the program.
Rodney Williams grabbed five rebounds against Wisconsin on Feb. 14 to go over 500 in his career. He became the 19th player in Gopher history to amass at least 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds. He will head into Saturday's matchup with career numbers of 1,113 points & 521 rebounds.
Trevor Mbakwe is the reigning Big Ten Conference Player of the Week after contributing 21 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Indiana and 13 points and 13 rebounds in the win over Penn State, his ninth & 10th double-doubles on the season. He now has 33 career double-doubles. He leads the B1G Conference in rebounding.
Mbakwe currently holds a career field goal percentage of .583 (284-487) and needs just 13 field goal attempts to qualify & become the Gophers all-time leader in that category. Randy Breuer holds it now at .570 (681-1194).