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Minnesota’s madness begins at Michigan.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers survived February, their cruelest month, and now head to Michigan to start the month of madness. Despite the encouraging in over Iowa earlier this week, Minnesota is still firmly on the NCAA tournament bubble. Michigan, who long ago secured their spot in the NCAA tournament, continues to battle Michigan State for the conference title.

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Gophers come up short in Big Ten opener

The Big Ten opener against Michigan was circled on the calendar for quite a while, as it represented the first time we’d see Richard Pitino’s Gophers against a legitimate conference opponent. Sure, we’d seen them against the likes of Syracuse, Arkansas and Florida State, but this was where we could see them in a situation where things really mattered against a good team. Unfortunately, it looks like Minnesota has some work to do in its quest to stack up against the best in the Big…

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Reviewing the Résumé‎s: What each Big Ten team needs to do to dance.

At about this time last year, the Big Ten was widely considered to be the best conference in America. The Gophers were on the verge of being a top ten team, and Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State all looked like national title contenders. The big questions entering the conference season involved how many Big Ten teams would make the final four. After a good but not great non-conference season, college basketball pundits are left with the much more pedestrian question of what various teams need to do just to make the NCAA tournament.

Instead of throwing out conference record predictions, or NCAA tournament seed projection, we’ll look at the non-conference performance of each Big Ten team, and the worst possible Big Ten record that could get each team in the tournament. That way, when your team starts struggling, you’ll know when to get nervous, and ultimately when to stop caring. In Minnesota, we have a word for this: February.

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Day two Big Ten Tournament preview

Day one of the Big Ten tournament is in the books with one surprise but a few good finishes. Now the top teams in the conference take the floor for what should be a thrilling afternoon and night.

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Day one Big Ten Tournament preview.

The best conference tournament of the season, and perhaps the most anticipated Big Ten tournament tips off bright and early on Thursday morning when the Gophers take on Illinois at 11 am. How competitive will the tournament be? Consider that the Gophers and the Illini, the eight and nine seeds respectively, are each playing for a chance to beat number one seed Indiana for the second time. Anything can happen, and probably will. Here is what you need to know.

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Gophers lose big game, but the sky isn’t falling

Well this really sucks. After a week of waiting and hoping and dreaming and getting all tingly thinking about a possible and historic Gophers victory, the team goes out and lays a giant egg. Not like they got embarrassed or run out of their own gym, but it was a particularly close loss either. And now that Minnesota has lost two conference games in a row it’s easy to sit back and think that things are going the wrong direction. My advice? Breathe. Yes, the…

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2012-2013 schedule preview: the bonus wins.

The last set of games in our schedule preview hopefully will not determine if the Golden Gophers make the NCAA tournament, but will likely go a long way in determining how far they go in the NCAA tournament. If they win all the games in the must-win and should-win categories, they won’t be on the bubble, but they also shouldn’t expect to be much better than a nine seed in the NCAA tournament. Every win the Gophers can pick up in games they should not…

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Gophers come up short again, fall in Ann Arbor

Minnesota traveled to Ann Arbor to take on the #16 Michigan Wolverines but came up short again, falling in the final seconds 61-56, sending the Gophers to 0-2 in conference play and 12-3 on the season. The end of the Gophers’ latest conference loss felt eerily similar to the wild double-overtime defeat at the hands of Illinois four days earlier, with the Gophers battling back from an early deficit to put themselves in position to win down the stretch. Once again, however, the team was…

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The Gophers need another big, more consistent game from Ralph Sampson III

Gophers travel to Michigan hoping to replicate last season’s success.

[box]Gophers (12-2) vs. Michigan (11-2) 3:00 pm CST at Crisler Arena TV: Big Ten Network Radio: 1500 AM[/box] For the Golden Gophers to make the NCAA tournament, they will have to win a game or two on the road that they are not supposed to win. Games against the bottom tier of the conference (the Iowa’s and Penn State’s of the world) should be wins.  Winning at Wisconsin and Michigan State isn’t impossible, but it would be foolish to expect a positive outcome in either…

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