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Minnesota beats No. 1 Indiana on inside

2/26/2013

The Minnesota Golden Gophers beat the No. 1 team in the country Tuesday for the first time since 1989, and just the fourth time in school history, by defeating the Indiana Hoosiers, 77-73.

All four of those victories have come at home and the Gophers were unranked for each. Minnesota improves to 5-5 against ranked teams this season -- Indiana, Wisconsin and Georgetown are the only other teams with at least five wins against ranked opponents.

Minnesota did its damage on the inside, pulling down 23 offensive rebounds, the most by a team in a win over the No. 1 team since Massachusetts grabbed 28 against North Carolina on Nov. 24, 1993.

The Gophers scored 40 points in the paint and racked up 21 second-chance points, far above what Indiana has allowed on average this season.

Minnesota senior forward Trevor Mbakwe scored a season-high 21 points and added 12 rebounds, his third career 20-point game and his ninth double-double this season.

He’s just the sixth player in Big Ten history with 20 points and 10 rebounds in a win over the No. 1 team in the country, and the first since Indiana’s Jared Jeffries in March 2002.

Cody Zeller, Indiana's leading scorer, had just nine points and fouled out for only the second time in his career.

Indiana lost for the third time this season as the No. 1 team, the first team to do that three time in the regular season since Duke in 2005-06. The bad news is that none of the previous 15 teams to lose at least three times as the No. 1 team went on to win the title that same season.