The Gopher men's basketball team pulled off a mild upset in the NCAA tournament first round today 86-76 in Des Moines, Iowa.  Minnesota led by 5 at halftime and by as many as 19 points in the 2nd half.  Freshman Gabe Kalscheur led the Gophers with 24 points including 5-11 from 3-point range.  Jordan Murphy battled back spasms in the 2nd half but finished with 18 points and 6 rebounds.  Amir Coffey added 18 points.

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The 80 points the Gophers were all from their starters.  No bench points.  Louisville was led by Christen Cunningham with 17 points.  Minnesota improves to 22-13 and will play the Michigan State/Bradley winner Saturday.  Game time Saturday has not yet been announced.