After the University of Minnesota defeated Butler in a battle of Top 25 teams Thursday at the 76 Classic in Anaheim, the Gophers seemingly got a break when Portland beat UCLA later that night.
But Portland knocked off another big-conference opponent Friday with a victory over the Gophers.
The Pilots are now 5-0, with victories against Minnesota, UCLA and Oregon already this season. They’re off to their best start in 14 years, with eighth-ranked West Virginia due up on their schedule on Sunday.
The Gophers shot just 33 percent from the floor on Friday and 16 percent from 3-point range. The Pilots weren’t exactly scorching the nets either, shooting 39 percent. But they held a 39-28 rebounding advantage, something you just shouldn’t see a big-conference team give up against a small-conference team.
The Gophers face Texas A&M on Sunday.