The Indiana Hoosiers have won five NCAA Championships. Will number six come this year? (Photo : Dottie Day on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dottieday/4658145906/))
Andre Hollins intercepted the inbound pass with 3.1 seconds left in the game to seal the 77-73 upset for the unranked Minnesota GophersTuesday night.
For the first time in 24 years, the Golden Gophers knocked off the number one team in the nation, the Indiana Hoosiers."We took care of the ball, something we haven't done in a long time," said Minnesota Coach Orlando 'Tubby' Smith.
Going into the match-up, defense was something that was paramount, as well as protecting the ball and the Golden Gophers did just, especially down the stretch.
Trailing 34-30 at the half, Minnesota poured on the offense and by halfway through the second half, tied up the game at 48 apiece.
Finally, with 4:36 remaining in the game, an Austin Hollins lay-up gave the Golden Gophers the lead for good.
The victory didn't come without effort, however. Minnesota's Rodney Williams used his massive vertical leap, allowing him to block Victor Oladipo's seemingly wide open 3-point attempt with just 18 seconds left in the game to maintain a six-point lead, 76-70.
With less than five seconds remaining in the game, a Jordan Hulls 3-pointer from way beyond the arc brought the Hoosiers within three, but Andre Hollins hit one of two free throws to seal put the Golden Gophers up by four with only 3.1 seconds remaining in the game.
Trevor Mbakwe powered his way to a double-double in the victory, scoring 21 points while adding 12 rebounds. Andre Hollins added 16 points and the rest of the starters combined for 24 more with the remaining points coming off the bench.
In a losing effort, Jordan Hulls had 17 points and only 1 assist with Victor Oladipo adding 16 points and five boards.
Cody Zeller was essentially silenced in the loss, contributing only nine points to go with his seven rebounds.
Kevin Ferrell and Christian Watford combined for 18 more points, but it wasn't enough.
Minnesota dominated the boards, out-rebounding the Hoosiers 38-25, but more importantly 17-8 on the offensive side.
With the loss, the Indiana Hoosiers fall to 24-4 overall and 12-3 in the Big Ten, opening up the door for Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin who now sit just one game behind in the loss column.
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