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Minnesota Takes Down Louisville In First NCAA Tournament Upset

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DES MOINES, IOWA - MARCH 21: Khwan Fore #4 of the Louisville Cardinals steals the ball from Jordan Murphy #3 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers during their game in the First Round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena on March 21, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

It took all of one game in the NCAA Tournament to have our first double-digit seed win. Minnesota, the No. 10 seed in the East, has taken down seventh-seeded Louisville.

The Golden Gophers controlled the game since midway through the first half before withstanding a late Louisville rally and winning 86-76. All five Minnesota starters scored in double-figures, led by Gabe Kalscheur's 24 points.

Jordan Murphy and Amir Coffey each added 18 points for the Golden Gophers. Dupree McBrayer and Daniel Oturu scored 13 apiece.

The victory was probably personally sweet for Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino. After all, Louisville fired his father in the middle of an NCAA investigation before the 2017-18 season.

With the win, Minnesota will move on to face the winner of No. 2 seed Michigan State and No. 15 seed Bradley.

Assuming Michigan State wins, it will set up a rematch between the Golden Gophers and the Spartans. Michigan State won Big Ten regular season battle between these two teams, routing Minnesota 79-55 on February 9.

The second round game will be played on Saturday.