Mbakwe, Minnesota upset No. 1 Indiana, 77-73

Trevor Mbakwe had 21 points and 12 rebounds to help Minnesota take down No. 1 Indiana 77-73 on Tuesday night, the seventh time the top-ranked team in The Associated Press’ poll has lost a game this season.

Andre Hollins added 16 points for the Gophers (19-9, 7-8 Big Ten), who outrebounded Cody Zeller and the Hoosiers by a whopping 44-30 and solidified their slipping NCAA tournament case with an emphatic performance against the Big Ten leaders.

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Zeller was held to nine points with four turnovers for the Hoosiers (24-4, 12-3), who have held the No. 1 ranking for 10 of 17 polls this season including the last four.

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Rodney Williams soars for huge block:

Austin Hollins dunks and gets fouled:

Joe Coleman throws it down again:

Joe Coleman rises for dunk:

Rodney Williams blocks Cody Zeller:

Will Sheehey gets steal and highlight dunk:

Trevor Mbakwe swats Cody Zeller:

Trevor Mbakwe rises for slam:

FINAL: Trevor Mbakwe scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lift Minnesota to a 77-73 upset win over No. 1 Indiana on Tuesday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Austin Hollins hit a big field goal with 4:36 to go, giving Minnesota (19-9) the crunch time lead. The Golden Gophers built a seven-point advantage on a free throw by Hollins with 53 seconds remaining, but nearly blew it. Minnesota tallied 17 assists on 27 baskets and secured 22 offensive boards. Minnesota also got a double-digit effort from Andre Hollins (16 points). Victor Oladipo scored 16 points and corralled five rebounds for Indiana (24-4) in a losing effort. Jordan Hulls shot 6-of-9 from the field and scored 17 points for the Hoosiers

HALFTIME: No. 1 Indiana took full advantage of the stellar combination of Jordan Hulls and Victor Oladipo, ending the first half against Minnesota up 34-30. Hulls scored 14 points, shot 5-of-6 from the field, and hit 4-of-5 three-point tries, while Oladipo added nine points and three rebounds. The best player on the floor in the first 20 minutes was Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe, who scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds, despite getting into foul trouble. Indiana leads without the benefit of a basket from starters Yogi Ferrell, Christian Watford and Cody Zeller. The trio combined to shoot 0-of-11 from the field.

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aroznowski on 2/26/2013 @ 11:16pm EDT Said:

If any bracketologist has Minnesota worse than a #6 or #7 seed after tonight, he or she ought to be fired. There is no way that the Gophers belong anywhere below that. In all honesty, the Gophers should probably be seeded higher than Wisconsin and Illinois. The Gophers beat both Wisconsin by a score of 102-98 (44-45 and 58-53) and Illinois by a score of 137-124 (84-67 and 53-57). The Gophers have a top-20 RPI whereas Wisconsin and Illinois do not. Minnesota’s strength of schedule and nonconference RPI are the highest in the country. As of right now, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State all deserve to be ahead of the Gophers without a doubt. Those four teams, especially the first three, are on another level. No other Big Ten team currently does.

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