Gophers beat No. 1 Indiana, Minnesota fans storm the court
by Jim Rich
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -
Trevor Mbakwe played the game of his career, scoring 21 points with 12 rebounds to help the Gophers beat No. 1 Indiana 77-73 Tuesday night at Williams Arena.
When the clock hit zero, the Gophers fans rushed the court, filling The Barn's raised floor with maroon and gold. The Minnesota fans had reason to celebrate, as 1989 was the last time the Gophers beat a No. 1 ranked team in the country and only the fourth time in school history.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Gophers coach Tubby Smith called in a psychologist and had Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder talk to the team in a last-ditch effort to get this group to play with passion.
After the game, Smith said the Gophers "played harder and smarter" against Indiana.
"The way we bounced back is unbelievable," Mbakwe said. "We have another tough game against Penn State."
A win over a No. 1 should give the Gophers an NCAA tournament-worthy resume. It would be Minnesota's first March Madness appearance in three years