Minnesota Golden Gophers defeat Purdue Boilermakers, 69-42

INDIANAPOLIS - Like college basketball fans around the country, the Gophers have spent the past few days constantly checking online bracketology reports.

They've listened to TV experts talk about their chances of earning an NCAA tournament at-large bid.

And after a 69-42 pummeling of No. 6 Purdue during the Big Ten tournament semifinals Saturday, they're confident that they've done to enough to make their second consecutive trip to the Big Dance.

They'll face No. ...