WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Matt Painter spent all season searching for answers to Purdue's problems.
Suddenly, the Boilermakers seem to have figured it out.
D.J. Byrd and Rapheal Davis each scored 18 points Saturday and A.J. Hammons had a perfect shooting day as Purdue routed Minnesota 89-73.
"I really feel that in the last couple of weeks, this is the team you wanted to see in December and January," Painter said after career win No. 200. "It took too long to get to this point, but I'm glad we're at this point now."
It's not too late, either.
After upsetting then-No. 17 Wisconsin on the road last Sunday and giving No. 7 Michigan a huge scare Wednesday night, the Boilermakers (15-16, 8-10) will head into the Big Ten tourney seeded sixth, seventh or eighth after dominating Minnesota in almost every conceivable way.
The Boilermakers shot 54.2 percent from the field, 46.7 percent from 3-point range, repeatedly beat Minnesota's patented full-court press, forced five more turnovers than they committed and even beat the Golden Gophers on the glass. Purdue also finished with a season-high point total, topping the 75-point mark for the first time since Jan. 19 and only the second time since Nov. 16.
The numbers were so impressive that Painter took a quick glance at the stat sheet and noted "this is pretty good."
Hammons, the 7-foot freshman center, was 6-of-6 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line. He finished with 14 points, six rebounds and three blocks.
Davis, another freshman starter, scored 18 points -- his second-highest scoring night of the season behind only a 21-point outing against Notre Dame in December.
And Byrd, one of two seniors playing his regular-season home finale, had 18 points, seven rebounds, five blocks and two steals -- easily his best game of the season and his best scoring night at Mackey Arena this season, too.
"I did miss that free throw, so that was a little frustrating," Byrd joked after topping the 17 points he had against West Virginia in a January home game. "I just tried to play aggressive, keep my guy off the glass, get rebounds and tried to hit to hit the open guy. That's all."
Iowa 74, Nebraska 60
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa's NCAA tournament hopes appeared hopeless after the Hawkeyes lost at Nebraska two weeks ago.
Don't count the surging Hawkeyes out quite yet.
Aaron White led a balanced effort with 19 points and Iowa beat Nebraska 74-60 in its regular-season finale on Saturday, finishing at .500 in the Big Ten for the first time in six years and reaching 20 wins for the first time since 2005-06.
"It's a step. I think the important thing is that we realize that it's just a step," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said about winning 20 games. "We're not done, and we never want to be satisfied."
Freshman Adam Woodbury had 12 points for the Hawkeyes (20-11, 9-9), who clinched the No. 6 seed in next week's Big Ten tournament.
Iowa, which broke the game open with a 20-2 run midway through the second half, will open conference tourney play against Northwestern on Thursday.
"It's all about that next step and getting quality wins and making the NCAA tournament," White said. "When they show the league standings and us being in the top half, it's a good feeling."
Ray Gallegos had 22 points for Nebraska (14-17, 5-13), which will be the No. 10 seed for the Big Ten tournament.