Top 25: No. 1 Hoosiers, No. 8 Gators lose

2013-02-27T00:00:00Z Top 25: No. 1 Hoosiers, No. 8 Gators loseThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 27, 2013 12:00 am  • 

MINNEAPOLIS - Indiana was starting to settle in again at No. 1 after weeks of shuffling at the top of the national rankings in this wildly unpredictable season of college basketball.

Trevor Mbakwe and Minnesota stepped forward, flexed their muscles and pushed the Hoosiers out.

Mbakwe had 21 points and 12 rebounds to help the Gophers take down top-ranked Indiana 77-73 on Tuesday night, the seventh time the No. 1 team in The Associated Press' poll has lost a game this season.

"We're trying to do big things so we have to learn from this mistake, but we have to dust it off real fast," Indiana's Victor Oladipo said.

Andre Hollins added 16 points for the Gophers (19-9, 7-8 Big Ten). Indiana is 24-4, 12-3.

"We did need to play with a sense of urgency, play with a little edge," Gophers coach Tubby Smith said. "I think Trevor set that tone for us."

• Tennessee 64, No. 8 Florida 58: In Knoxville, Tenn., Jordan McRae scored 27 points and Tennessee (17-10, 9-6 SEC) boosted its NCAA tournament hopes by beating Florida for its sixth consecutive victory.

McRae scored 17 points in the first half and was the lone Volunteer to reach double figures.

• Xavier 64, No. 19 Memphis 62: In Cincinnati, Brad Redford hit a long three-pointer that put Xavier back ahead after wasting a 13-point lead, and the Musketeers ended Memphis' 18-game winning streak.

Women

• 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.

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