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The scoreboard clock inside Williams Arena made its way toward zero and men donned in yellow security jackets began to form a line around the raised floor. The Gophers were about to do something they hadn't done in what seemed like forever.

Defeat the number one team in the country.

The warning had been posted. If the Gophers were to spring the upset, the fans were going to storm the court. After such a promising beginning, the season has spiraled downward with the team playing lifeless basketball for the better part of the month of February. Playing with his best team in his six years as head coach, Tubby Smith had his squad off to a hot start with wins over Memphis and their only loss in their first 18 games came to the Duke Blue Devils. Tuesday night, the Gophers played with the grit and determination that got them to 17-1 and the number eight ranking in the country. Trevor Mbakwe was dominant, completely taking Cody Zeller to school.

For at least one night, the Barn came to life and was reminiscent of days gone by and when the horn sounded, the scoreboard read Minnesota 77 Indiana 73. Those same security guards didn't have a chance to stop the rush as fans stormed the court to celebrate the biggest win of the season.

A win that could turn the Gophers season around.

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