Gophers hand Wisconsin third straight loss, 81-68
Minnesota lost its leading scorer Andre Hollins on its first possession last night -- but the Gophers still had enough in the tank to beat ninth-ranked Wisconsin, 81-68 in Minneapolis. Hollins rolled an ankle while coming down on a jump shot. His Gopher teammates went on to shoot a blistering 59-percent, as the Badgers lost their third straight game after a school-record 16-and-0 start. The normally-defensive-minded Wisconsin has given up 75-or-more points in each of its last three games, as Minnesota completed four straight contests against Top-15 teams by going 2-and-2. The Badgers never led. They were down by six at the half. A three-point play by Malik Smith put the Gophers up by 12 with 13 minutes left, and Wisconsin was never in contention after that. Minnesota dominated inside with a 32-22 rebounding edge. Maurice Walker and DeAndre Mathieu each scored 18, as the Gophers improved to 12-and-1 at Williams Arena. They're now 4-and-3 in the Big Ten and 15-and-5 overall. Wisconsin again struggled from three-point range, hitting just 5-of-20 beyond the arc. Sam Dekker scored 20 for the Badgers, who are now 3-and-3 in the conference and 16-and-3 overall. They're at Purdue on Saturday. Tonight, it's the Wisconsin women's turn to play at Minnesota. The U-W Milwaukee women host Wright State. And the Parkside women-and-men entertain Bellarmine.The Gophers are at Nebraska on Sunday. That game tips off at 5 p.m. Andre Hollins is expected to get an MRI on his ankle today. He was wearing a walking boot after the game last night.