Updated: 01/23/2014 1:13 PM
Created: 01/22/2014 10:32 PM KSTP.com
After losing starting guard Andre Hollins just seconds into the game, Minnesota relied on the strong play of two lesser-known athletes to upset No. 9 Wisconsin at Williams Arena Wednesday night.
DeAndre Mathieu and Mo Walker each scored 18 points, an outside-inside combination that pushed Minnesota to an 81-68 victory over Wisconsin, the Badgers' third straight loss.
Hollins left the game with a left ankle injury just 16 seconds into the contest. He did not return and is doubtful for Sunday's game at Nebraska.
Malik Smith added 14 points, including an exclamatory, shot-clock beating 3-pointer with 39 seconds left. Austin Hollins had 11 points and four steals for the Golden Gophers (15-5, 4-3 Big Ten) who climbed to fourth in the conference standings. Walker grabbed nine rebounds, and Mathieu went 8 for 13 from the floor.
Sam Dekker led the Badgers (16-3, 3-3) with 20 points and six rebounds. Nigel Hayes added 12 points, and Frank Kaminsky and Josh Gasser had nine points apiece.
The fastest player on the court, Mathieu can make up for his 5-foot-9 frame with a deftly effective, floating, mid-range jump shot. He flipped in two of them on back-to-back possessions, the second one with one hand, sandwiched around a steal by the Gophers to push their lead to 61-49.
The Associated Press Contributed to this report.