Gophers Surprise Hoosiers 2/27/13
UNDATED - The topsy-turvy college basketball season took a few more unexpected turns last night.
Top-ranked Indiana was upset 77-73 on the road at Minnesota. It's the seventh time the No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 has lost this season. It's the third time the Hoosiers have lost while sitting atop the poll.
Trevor Mbakwe (ehm-BAHK'-way) had 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Gophers, who solidified their slipping NCAA tournament hopes. Minnesota is 19-9 with a 7-8 mark in Big Ten play.
Indiana is 24-4 overall and 12-3 in the conference.
In other top-25 action:
- Eighth-ranked Florida also fell on Tuesday. Jordan McRae scored 27 points and Tennessee boosted its NCAA tournament hopes by knocking off the Gators 64-58. Jarnell Stokes had eight points and 14 rebounds as the Vols picked up their sixth straight win.
- Sam Dekker came off the bench to match his career high of 19 points and lead 17th-ranked Wisconsin's 77-46 romp over Nebraska. Ryan Evans added 14 points and Ben Brust had 13 as the Badgers pulled within one game of Indiana for the Big Ten lead.
- No. 19 Memphis erased a 13-point deficit before Brad Redford hit a long three-pointer to push Xavier past the Tigers 64-62. Memphis scored a season-low 20 points in the first half and ended an 18-game winning streak that was tied with Akron for the longest in the nation.