MINNEAPOLIS — Trevor Mbakwe had 21 points and 12 rebounds to help Minnesota take down No. 1 Indiana 77-73 in men’s college basketball 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 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.
No. 17 Wisconsin 77, Nebraska 46: In Madison, Wis., reserve Sam Dekker matched his career high with 19 points for Wisconsin.
Ryan Evans added 14 points and Ben Brust had 13 for the Badgers (20-8, 11-4 Big Ten).
Dylan Talley had 21 points and eight rebounds for the Cornhuskers (13-15, 4-11), while Brandon Ubel added 10 points.
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 helped the Musketeers end Memphis’ 18-game winning streak.
The Tigers (24-4) scored only 20 points in the first half, their lowest-scoring half of the season.
Travis Taylor had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Xavier (16-11).
Tennessee 64, No 8 Florida 58: In Knoxville, Tenn., Jordan McRae scored 27 points and Tennessee boosted its NCAA tournament hopes.
McRae scored 17 points in the first half Tuesday and was the lone Volunteer to reach double figures.
Jarnell Stokes had eight points and 14 rebounds for Tennessee (17-10, 9-6 Southeastern Conference).
Mike Rosario scored 16 points, Patric Young added 15 and Casey Prather had 10 for Florida (22-5, 12-3).
Alabama 61, Auburn 43: In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Trevor Releford had 21 points and Alabama used a strong second half to win a rematch with rival Auburn.
The Crimson Tide (19-9, 11-4) held the Tigers (9-19, 3-12) to 30 percent shooting — 15-of-50 — and a season-low in points.
Releford turned in a nice follow-up to a career-best 36 points in a triple-overtime loss at LSU. He was 4-of-9 on 3-pointers.
Trevor Lacey added 12 points while Nick Jacobs had 10 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double for the Tide.
Rob Chubb led Auburn with 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting.
Chris Denson, who came in averaging 11.3 points, missed all five attempts for two points.
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NO. 2 NOTRE DAME 79, NO. 22 SYRACUSE 68: In South Bend, Ind., Kayla McBride scored 25 points and Skylar Diggins added 24 points and eight assists as second-ranked Notre Dame overcame a 15-point first-half deficit.
The Irish (26-1, 14-0 Big East) struggled early, hitting just 2-of-16 shots to start the game as the Orange (22-5, 10-4) jumped to a 22-7 lead. But Diggins scored nine points during a 13-2 run late in the first half to get the Irish back into the game, and the Irish opened the second half with a 9-0 run.
The Irish cruised from there as they improved to 26-2 all-time against the Orange.
After shooting just 31 percent in the first half and being outrebounded 32-20, the Irish shot 44 percent in the second half and had a 26-13 rebounding edge.
NO. 3 CONNECTICUT 76, PITTSBURGH 36: In Hartford, Conn., Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 19 points and 13 rebounds for Connecticut.
Breanna Stewart added 15 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots while Stefanie Dolson had 14 points for the Huskies (26-2, 13-1 Big East).
Brianna Kiesel had 11 points to lead Pittsburgh (9-18, 0-14), which is just two losses away from its second consecutive winless season in the Big East. Asia Logan added 10 points.
The win was the 28th straight for the Huskies over Pitt.
UConn travels to South Florida on Saturday, before Monday’s regular season finale at No. 2 Notre Dame.
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