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This was the fourth conference title for the Gophers, who were picked to finish sixth in a preseason coaches' poll. They won the others in 1995, 1997 and 2008.
The Twins were 2-9 when Carl Willis was notified of his call-up. Over the next two months, the Twins went 42-18, including a 15-game winning streak as part of a 21-2 stretch.
The Gophers have allowed five sacks this season, tied for fewest in the Big Ten behind Nebraska (five). Saturday, the Gophers will face their biggest pass-protection challenge yet when they face Illinois.
Ahead 20-3 to open the season in Memphis, the Wolves fluttered away the lead and the game losing 102-98 to the Grizzlies.
"It's a goalie's curse," the Wild's Devan Dubnyk said. "I could probably tell you exactly how every goal went in for the last probably several seasons."