No. 1 goes down again: Gophers take out Indiana

No. 1 goes down again: Gophers take out Indiana

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No. 1 goes down again: Gophers take out Indiana

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by Associated Press / KREM 2 Sports

KREM.com

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 26 at 8:12 PM

 

MINNEAPOLIS -- 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.

The loss could mean the first ever No. 1 ranking for Gonzaga. Mark Few's team entered the week at No. 2 in both polls, their first such Associated Press ranking. Wins over BYU Thursday and Portland Saturday could pave the way to the top spot. The new AP poll will come out Monday at 9:30 a.m. (PT).

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. The fans rushed the court as the last seconds ticked off, the first time that's happened here in years.

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. Victor Oladipo scored 16 points, but 14 of the 17 points by Jordan Hulls came before halftime.

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