Game One: Michigan 49, Minnesota 40
March 8, 2007
Game One March 8, 2007 United Center Chicago, Ill.
The Wolverines' 49 points is the lowest winning total in Big Ten Tournament (BTT) history and is the first time that a winning team has scored less than 50 points in a victory.
Minnesota's 40 points is the lowest point total ever in BTT history (91 games), and the 89 points of the two teams combined is the lowest cumulative total in the history of the event. The previous combined low was 92 points, which was set in 2000, as No. 6 Wisconsin defeated No. 11 Northwestern, 51-41.
Michigan defeated Minnesota for the third time this season (3-0).
In the BTT, Michigan is now 3-7 including vacated records and Minnesota is now 4-8 including vacated records.
Michigan recorded its second victory in three tries against Minnesota in BTT play. The Wolverines defeated the Gophers 85-69 in 1998 and lost 59-55 in 2006.
The Wolverines are now 1-4 including vacated records in the BTT when it is played at the United Center. Minnesota holds a 1-5 including vacated records mark in the venue during BTT play.
The three times that the Wolverines and Gophers have faced off in the BTT is the most for Michigan against a single opponent in the event.
Michigan's 24.0 percent shooting (6-of-25) in the second half was its lowest ever in a BTT contest, as was the game total of 27.1 percent (13-of-48). The 27.1 percent was also Michigan's lowest of the season, which had previously stood at 34.9 percent, set at Indiana on Jan. 27, 2007. It is also Michigan's lowest shooting percentage in a victory this season, with the previous low being 37.0 percent in a 62-50 victory over Army on Dec. 28, 2006.
The 16 points scored by Minnesota in the first half tied the teams' season-low first-half total. The Gophers scored 16 at Iowa on Jan. 13, 2007.
The 20 points by Michigan in the first half is the lowest for the Wolverines in any half during the BTT. The previous low was 26, which was done twice (March 15, 2003 in the second half against Indiana and March 10, 2005 in the first half against Northwestern).
Minnesota's Lawrence McKenzie scored five points against Michigan, boosting his career total to 1,004 points. He became the 33rd Gopher player in history to reach the 1,000 point plateau.
Michigan is now 21-11 on the season, the third year during Tommy Amaker's six-year tenure in which the Wolverines have won 21 or more games.
In the last 15 BTT games, the losing team has scored 60 points or less. The losing team has averaged 52.2 points per game in those contests.
The No. 8 seed has a record of 8-2 in the BTT against No. 9 seeds.
The Gophers lost their last nine games of the season. Minnesota's 22 losses are the most in program history. The 1986-87 Gophers were 9-19 overall.