Minnesota’s 77-73 upset of No. 1 Indiana on Tuesday night might not have happened without a big contribution in the second half from Elliott Eliason of Chadron, Neb.
The Gophers’ 6-foot-11 sophomore center came off the bench to score nine points and grab five rebounds, and did a strong job of defending 7-0 IU center Cody Zeller in the middle part of the half.
The win might get Minnesota, with a Top 20 RPI, into the NCAA tournament after a run of disappointing losses. Indiana’s loss keeps the Big Ten race alive. The Hoosiers started the night with a two-game lead.