March 13, 2009
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Thursday's first-round games had a combined three ties and six lead changes. This game had
five ties and eight lead changes in the first half alone.
No. 1 Seed Michigan State
Michigan State has reached the tournament semifinals for the seventh time in school history.
This is the second time these schools have met in the Big Ten Tournament, both featured MSU
as the top seed and Minnesota as the No. 8 seed. The teams are now 1-1 in those meetings.
With the win, Michigan State ties Iowa for third on the all-time wins list at the Big Ten
Tournament with 13 all-time.
Michigan State is 9-4 all-time as the higher seed in the Big Ten Tournament.
Michigan State won its 26th game, tied for sixth in school history. Of the eight teams with 26 or
more wins, six have been coached by Tom Izzo.
Twenty-five of Michigan State's 33 first-half points came from the bench. For the game, 34 of
MSU's 64 points came from the bench.
Chris Allen scored 21 points and Marquise Gray recorded 11. This is the fourth time this season
that two bench players have reached double figures for MSU (Alcorn State, Texas, Indiana).
Allen and Gray combined to score 19 points in their previous Big Ten Tournament games. The
duo had 21 points in the first half alone today.
Gray scored in double figures for just the fourth time on the season.
The eight steals in the game are second most all-time for the Spartans in a tournament game,
just one shy of their record.
This is the first time that two different Spartans have had three steals in a Big Ten Tournament
game (Lucas and Walton).
No. 8 Seed Minnesota
Minnesota is 2-4 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament and 7-10 overall.
After scoring 13 points in the previous 11 games, junior guard Devron Bostick scored 23 during
the 2009 tournament.
Minnesota blocked 193 shots on the season, three shy of setting a new program single-season
The Golden Gophers shot just 24.4 percent (12-of-49) from the three-point line against Michigan
State this season.
Damian Johnson led the team in scoring with 19 points. It is only the third time this season he
has led the Golden Gophers in points.
Tubby Smith is 31-12 all-time in conference tournaments as a head coach and 3-2 in the Big
This was only the second game of the season Minnesota lost when having fewer turnovers than
Minnesota outscored the Spartans, 22-8, in points off turnovers and 17-2 in fast break points.