Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - February has never been a promising month for Tubby Smith at Minnesota.
But with March quickly approaching, the senior-laden Gophers picked up their biggest win of the season.
Trevor Mbakwe had 21 points and 13 rebounds as the Gophers tallied their first win over a No. 1 team since 1989, in a 77-73 triumph over Indiana.
Minnesota (19-9, 7-8 Big Ten) began the year 15-1, but entered play Tuesday losers in eight of its past 11, including a 2-4 mark in the month. The Gophers improved to 16-28 in February under Smith, who's in his sixth year with the school.
Minnesota relentlessly attacked the glass, holding a 38-25 edge on the boards while snatching 17 of those on the offensive end.
Andre Hollins added 16 points in the victory.
Jordan Hulls knocked down five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points to lead the Hoosiers (24-4, 12-3), who had their four-game winning streak snapped.