March 9, 2007
Game Five March 9, 2007 United Center Chicago, Ill.
#5 Purdue 74 (21-10) vs. #4 Iowa 55 (17-14)
No. 5 Purdue advances to play No. 1 Ohio State at 12:40 p.m. CST Saturday
Iowa became just the third defending Big Ten Tournament (BTT) champion to fall in its first round of play in the following year with the loss today. The two others were Illinois in 2006 (the 2005 BTT champion) and Michigan State in 2001 (the 2000 BTT champion).
The No. 5 seed has won the last five games over the No. 4 seed in the BTT. The No. 4 seed had won the first five games in the history of the BTT.
Purdue improved its record to 21-10, winning for the seventh time in its last 10 games and stretching its winning streak to four in a row. Purdue has increased its win total by 12 from 9-19 in the 2005-06 season to 21-10 this year.
The Boilermakers broke a five game losing streak in BTT play with the win and won for only the second time in its last 10 BTT games since winning the very first tournament championship in 1998.
Purdue coach Matt Painter improved his overall record at Purdue to 30-29, putting him over the .500 mark for the first time since Dec. 28, 2005, when the Boilermakers were 6-4 in his first 10 games at the helm.
Carl Landry of Purdue had 20 points and 11 rebounds against Iowa, accounting for his sixth double-double of the season and his third in a row.
David Teague moved into 19th place on Purdue's all-time scoring list with his 15 point performance today. He now has 1,337 career points - nine more than Willie Deane, who accumulated 1,328. Teague's next target is Eugene Parker, who stands in 18th place with a total of 1,430 points.
Tarrance Crump of Purdue had his sixth game in double-figure scoring this season. Crump totaled 13 points in the contest on 5-of-6 shooting from the field and a 3-of-4 performance from the line.
Against Iowa, Purdue shot 50.0 percent from the field (25-of-50), the 11th time that has happened this season.
Purdue faces Ohio State in the semifinals on Saturday. The Boilermakers and Buckeyes have never faced each other in the BTT. The Buckeyes have won both meetings between the two teams this season, including a 78-60 win in West Lafayette and a 63-56 decision in Columbus.
Iowa's Kurt Looby tied his career high with five blocks in the contest. He had reached the mark twice before, most recently against Illinois on March 3, 2007.
With Adam Haluska's three pointer in the second half, Iowa extended its streak of games in which it has made at least one three to 118.
Haluska led Iowa with 17 points, his 28th double-figure scoring game in 31 games on the year. It was also his 22nd consecutive game with more than 10 points.
Iowa has lost its first game of the BTT four times.
The attendance for today's first session (the second session of the BTT) was 18,103.