The Big Ten men’s basketball preseason media poll is made up of 24 contributors, two representing each school who informally vote before every season.
This year, the Gophers received 13 votes for the sixth spot, but also received votes for No. 5 (4), No. 7 (4), No. 8 (1), No. 9 (1) and No. 10 (1).
Indiana received 21 top-spot votes, but also got three votes at No. 2. Michigan is the only other school that received first-place votes, with three.
Nebraska was nearly the unanimous basement-holder, with 23 votes for No. 12 and one at No. 11.
Last year, the Gophers were picked at No. 7.
Here’s the full poll:
3. Ohio State
4. Michigan State
11. Penn State
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After yet another near miss -- this time against Michigan -- even coach Richard Pitino seemed exasperated by the Gophers' late commitment to driving to the basket.
Minnesota failed to close out on shooters, adequately communicate and make the right rotations from the start, when Michigan set the tone by hitting nine three-pointers in the first half.
Given the rare break, coach Richard Pitino gave his team two days off immediately after and then rolled out what he dubbed a "fun" practice on Sunday before getting down to business on Monday and Tuesday.
Minnesota's offense has been mostly dreadful all year, but scrappy defense has at times kept the Gophers close in many games. Can they build on that tonight?
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