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Ex-Minnesota prep stars behind 2 big college hoops upsets

Two upsets, four Minnesotans playing big roles.

Men's college basketball has been loaded with upsets of top-10 teams this season, and two of the biggest upsets this week featured Minnesota natives leading their underdog teams to statement wins. 

The latest was Friday night as unranked Wisconsin went into Columbus, Ohio and upset the fifth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes 61-57. Leading the charge was former Lakeville North standout Nathan Reuvers, a 6-foot-11 forward who paced the Badgers with 17 points and nine rebounds. 

Reuvers hit the go-ahead jumper with 1:54 left in the game and then made four free throws in the final 14 seconds to seal the upset. 

Two other Minnesotans also contributed: starting point guard Brad Davison, who was a basketball and football star at Maple Grove High School, and freshman forward Tyler Wahl, also from Lakeville North. 

Wahl came off the bench to contribute four points, seven rebounds, two assists and three steals in 25 minutes. Davison didn't score (0-4 shooting) but did grab five rebounds while playing excellent defense. 

To be sure: That was a Minnesota-made win for Wisconsin. 

A day earlier, Thursday night in Boulder, Colorado, former Champlin Park star McKinley Wright IV scored 21 points and dished out eight assists to lead the Colorado Buffaloes to a 74-65 upset win over No. 4 Oregon. 

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"I'm not just saying it to say it: We're one of the best teams in the country. For real," Wright said after the game, according to the Denver Post. 

Wright has been a rock for the Buffs, also coming up big with 29 points and 10 rebounds in a 78-76 overtime upset of then-No. 13 Dayton on Dec. 21. 

The 6-foot-tall guard was clearly underrated coming out of high school as 247Sports rated him the seventh-best player in Minnesota's graduating Class of 2017. The six players rated higher than him included Jericho Sims (Texas), Reuvers, Davison, Race Thompson (Indiana), Theo John (Wright's teammate at Champlin Park, now at Marquette), and Goanar Mar (George Mason). 

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