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.
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 past four. Victor Oladipo scored 16 points, but 14 of the 17 points by Jordan Hulls came before halftime.
TENNESSEE 64, NO. 8 FLORIDA 58
In Knoxville, Tenn., Jordan McRae scored 27 points and Tennessee (17-10, 9-6 Southeastern Conference) boosted its NCAA Tournament hopes by beating Florida (22-5, 12-3), the Volunteers’ sixth consecutive win.
Jarnell Stokes had eight points and 14 rebounds as Tennessee won the lone regular-season meeting between these SEC rivals.
Mike Rosario scored 16 points, Patric Young added 15 and Casey Prather had 10 for Florida.
NO. 17 WISCONSIN 77, NEBRASKA 46
In Madison, Wis., reserve Sam Dekker matched his career high with 19 points to lead Wisconsin (20-8, 11-4 Big Ten) over Nebraska (13-15, 4-11).
Ryan Evans added 14 points and Ben Brust had 13 for the Badgers.
XAVIER 64, NO. 19 MEMPHIS 62
In Cincinnati, Brad Redford hit a long 3-pointer that put Xavier back ahead after wasting a 13-point lead, and the Musketeers (16-11) beat Memphis (24-4), ending the Tigers’ 18-game winning streak.
Travis Taylor had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Xavier.
ALABAMA 61, AUBURN 43
In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Trevor Releford had 21 points and Alabama (19-9, 11-4 SEC) used a strong second half to win a rematch with rival Auburn (9-19, 3-12).
The Crimson Tide held the Tigers to 30 percent (15 of 50) shooting and a season-low in points.
Alabama scored 38 points in the second half, 24 more than the team managed in the first meeting – a 49-37 loss 20 days earlier.
FLORIDA STATE 76, WAKE FOREST 62
In Tallahassee, Fla., Michael Snaer scored 24 points to lead Florida State (15-13, 7-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) past Wake Forest (12-15, 5-10).