16th Ranked Gophers fall to unranked Portland Pilots!

Portland’s best start in 14 years now includes a victory over a ranked team.

T.J. Campbell scored a season-high 23 points to lead the Pilots to a 61-56 upset of Minnesota (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today, No. 22 AP) in the 76 Classic on Friday night at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Robin Smeulders added 13 points and Nik Raivio grabbed a season-best 11 rebounds for Portland (5-0), which plays No. 8 West Virginia for the tournament championship Sunday night.

Portland, which routed perennial power UCLA on Thursday night, has not won its first five games since going 6-0 to start the 1995-96 season.

“We’re on a great journey,” Pilots coach Eric Reveno said. “I told [the players] that I thought I wrote a great practice plan. But I can’t make up anything to duplicate the experience of the last couple of nights.”

Minnesota coach Tubby Smith, who guided Kentucky to the 1998 NCAA championship, praised Portland’s defense.

“Portland did a pretty good job of keeping us off balance,” he said. “They’d be in a zone at times. They’d be in a man-to-man. They’d trap. They did a good job of making you get to your third or fourth [offensive] option.”

Portland outrebounded Minnesota 42-33 to help offset 19 turnovers.

Great Job Portland Pilots!

Congratulations, Coach Reveno!

Way to beat those Gilded Gophers!

my two favorite teams:  the University of Kentucky and whoever defeats Minnesota.

One comment on “16th Ranked Gophers fall to unranked Portland Pilots!

  1. GREAT GOPHER GUTS!! Typical Tubby!! Hope he gets by on being a great guy cause hes a half-assed coach. I guess the Tubby stare was as ineffective as his gameplan and recruiting!! It really doesnt matter that they lost….. I’m sure he made up for it by helping a lil old lady across the street after the game.

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