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Badgers Beat Gophers in Big Ten Hoops Opener

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Jordan Taylor scored 22 points and Jon Leuer added 16 to lead Wisconsin to a 68-60 upset of No. 14 Minnesota on Tuesday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

Taylor and Leuer, both from the state of Minnesota, again played key roles in Wisconsin's eighth straight win in a conference opener. Wisconsin (11-2) is 70-6 against Big Ten opponents at the Kohl Center under coach Bo Ryan.

Minnesota (11-2) took its first lead in over 19 minutes on Trevor Mbakwe's dunk with just under 7 minutes to play, but Wisconsin answered with two 3-pointers and Taylor and Leuer hit all seven free throws in the final 1:12 to seal the win.

Mbakwe finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds and Ralph Sampson III had 14 points, including the Gophers' final six, before fouling out.

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