Trevor Mbakwe had a lot to play for on Tuesday night when the Minnesota Gophers took on the Indiana Hoosiers, the best team in the country. With NBA scouts sitting and watching, Mbakwe led his Gophers to a 77-73 upset of the Hoosiers and helped continue a string of uncertainty when it comes to exactly who is the No. 1 team in the country.
The Gophers win over the Hoosiers was their first upset of a No. 1 team since they beat No. 1 Illinois back in 1989.
One of the biggest reasons for the Gophers upset win was the fact that they out-rebounded Indiana in the paint, which made up for the fact that they went a miserable 4-for-20 from 3-point range. Mbakwe was on of the Gophers who struggled from deep for the Gophers
While it’s the Hoosiers upset that will make the headlines, the Gophers win gives them a gigantic boost to their March Madness resume as they try to prove they’re worth a spot in the big dance. The win helps the Gophers pull within a game of .500 in Big Ten conference play and improves Tubby Smith’s squad to 19-9 on the season.
But the biggest part of the win is without a doubt the credit it will give the Gophers on Selection Sunday as there isn’t a quality win better than beating the No. 1 team in the country, even if it seems to be the popular thing to do this season.