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Gophers upset No. 1 Hoosiers

Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe takes it to the basket against Indiana’s Kevin Ferrell during the first half.

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Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe takes it to the basket against Indiana’s Kevin Ferrell during the first half.

MINNEAPOLIS — Indiana was starting to settle in again at No. 1 after weeks of shuffling at the top of the rankings in this wildly unpredictable season.

Trevor Mbakwe and Minnesota stepped forward, flexed their muscles and did their best to push the Hoosiers out.

Mbakwe had 21 points and 12 rebounds to help the Gophers take down top-ranked Indiana 77-73 on Tuesday night, the seventh time the No. 1 team has lost a game this season.

"We're trying to do big things so we have to learn from this mistake, but we have to dust it off real fast," Hoosiers star Victor Oladipo said.

Andre Hollins had 16 points for the Gophers, who outrebounded Cody Zeller and the Hoosiers 44-30 and solidified their NCAA Tournament bid. Fans swarmed the court as the last second ticked off, the first time that has happened here in years.

"We weren't physical enough on the glass. That's the bottom line," Indiana coach Tom Crean said.

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

Mbakwe, a sixth-year senior, dominated at both ends of the court when the Gophers needed him most. Minnesota had 23 offensive rebounds.

"We did need to play with a sense of urgency, play with a little edge," Gophers coach Tubby Smith said. "I think Trevor set that tone for us."

NO. 17 WISCONSIN 77, NEBRASKA 46: Reserve Sam Dekker matched his career high with 19 points for the host Badgers (20-8, 11-4 Big Ten), who hit 12 of 25 3-pointers.

XAVIER 64, NO. 19 MEMPHIS 62: Brad Redford hit a long 3-pointer that lifted the host Musketeers after they blew a 13-point lead as they ended an 18-game winning streak by the Tigers (24-4).

UCF 65, GEORGIA SW 50: Kasey Wilson had 20 points as the host Knights (19-9) beat Division II's Georgia Southwestern.

LEAGUE ADMITS MISTAKES: The Big 12 said officiating errors were made at the end of regulation before No. 6 Kansas outlasted Iowa State in overtime Monday night. It did not name the two officials responsible.

Stringer gets 900th against USF women

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — C. Vivian Stringer became the fourth women's coach to reach 900 wins as Rutgers cruised past USF 68-56.

The Scarlet Knights (15-12, 6-8 Big East) snapped a four-game skid as Stringer, a Hall of Famer, reached the milestone in her 42nd season. She joined Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt and Sylvia Hatchell.

"I think it's beyond words," said Stringer, who is 900-330. "I'm happy that it's over. I can hardly breathe. It's over and now I can just coach and smile, and get back to what I love to do because it's never been about numbers."

USF (19-8, 8-6) had a three-game winning streak snapped, the last two against ranked foes.

NO. 2 NOTRE DAME 79, NO. 22 SYRACUSE 68: Kayla McBride had 25 points as the host Irish (26-1, 14-0 Big East) overcame a 15-point first-half deficit to beat the Orange (22-5, 10-4).

NO. 3 UCONN 76, PITT 36: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Huskies (26-2, 13-1 Big East) in their home finale.

Gophers upset No. 1 Hoosiers 02/26/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 11:27pm]
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