Minnesota spent the better part of the last few weeks of the regular season on the NCAA Tournament bubble.
But a strong finish not only put the Golden Gophers into the tournament but gave them plenty of momentum, as well — exactly what they needed to earn their first tournament victory since 2013.
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Gabe Kalscheur scored 24 points to lead 10th-seeded Minnesota to an 86-76 victory over seventh-seeded Louisville on Thursday in the first round of the East Region at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. The Gophers (22-13) advance to take on second-seeded and Big Ten foe Michigan State. The Spartans beat 15th-seeded Bradley 76-65.
Kalscheur was 5 of 11 from 3-point range as Minnesota made 11 triples, its second-highest total all season. Jordan Murphy and Amir Coffey scored 18 points each while Daniel Oturu and Dupree McBrayer each scored 13 for the Gophers.
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Minnesota, in the NCAA Tournament after missing out last season, won its first tournament game since 2013 when it opened with a victory over UCLA. The victory Thursday was just the second NCAA Tournament win for the Gophers, officially, since 1990. Tournament runs in 1994, 1995 and the Final Four appearance in 1997 were all vacated because of NCAA violations.
“We were really locked in,” Minnesota coach Richard Pitino told CBS after the game. “For 40 minutes, we stuck to the scouting report. We disrupted them, we bothered them. We beat a really good Louisville team.”
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Louisville (20-14) entered the game having won...
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