The Golden Gophers are falling apart. Since a win over Northwestern on Jan. 26, they've lost five of six games, including at home to fellow bubble team Illinois. Tuesday's game at home against Michigan State is a borderline elimination game. All of Minnesota's recent losses are understandable, but the committee looks at recent performance and Minny looks like it's fading. Best win:
(N) North Carolina (RPI: 11) Worst loss:
Virginia (RPI: 146) Mitigating factor:
The committee may forget about Minnesota with all eyes on the protests in Wisconsin. Verdict:
In. The Gophers could fall out, but will probably sneak in thanks to the expanded tournament field.