Indiana was starting to settle in again at No. 1 after weeks of shuffling at the top of the national rankings in this wildly unpredictable...
MINNEAPOLIS — Indiana was starting to settle in again at No. 1 after weeks of shuffling at the top of the national rankings in this wildly unpredictable season of college basketball.
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 in The Associated Press’ poll 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.
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Andre Hollins added 16 points for the Gophers (19-9, 7-8 Big Ten), who outrebounded Cody Zeller and the Hoosiers (24-4, 12-3) 44-30 and solidified their slipping NCAA tournament bid with an emphatic performance against the Big Ten leader. The fans swarmed the court as the last second ticked off, the first time that’s happened here in years.
“We weren’t physical enough on the glass. That’s the bottom line,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said.
Other men’s game
At Tennessee 64,
No. 8 Florida 58
Jordan McRae scored 27 points and Tennessee (17-10, 9-6 SEC) boosted its NCAA tournament hopes by beating Florida (22-5, 12-3), the Volunteers’ sixth consecutive victory.
• Mike Krzyzewski said again he doesn’t plan to return as U.S. men’s basketball coach after leading the Americans to two Olympic gold medals.
Saying “my stance hasn’t changed,” Krzyzewski told ESPN Radio he expects USA Basketball to name a new coach this summer.
“I’ve loved, loved, loved (it), and it’s been an honor being with the USA Basketball team,” Krzyzewski said in the interview.
• The Big 12 says officiating errors were made at the end of regulation before No. 6 Kansas outlasted Iowa State 108-96 in overtime on Monday night.
The league said that “appropriate measures will be taken” against the two officials involved, including an adjustment of “the number of future assignments.”
The Big 12 did not identify the officials or the plays in question.
Top 5 women
At No. 2 Notre Dame 79,
No. 22 Syracuse 68
Kayla McBride scored 25 points and Skylar Diggins had 24 points and eight assists as Notre Dame (26-1, 14-0 Big East) overcame a 15-point first-half deficit to beat Syracuse (22-5, 10-4), the 21st straight victory for the Fighting Irish.
No. 3 Connecticut 76, Pittsburgh 36
In Hartford, Conn., Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 19 points and 13 rebounds to help Connecticut (26-2, 13-1 Big East) close out its home schedule with a rout of Pittsburgh.