Gophers’ NCAA tournament outlook

Fourth seed still a possibility

 

Marcus Fuller’s projection: No. 6 seed.

 

Sunday’s loss at Wisconsin really didn’t hurt them in NCAA tournament bracket projections. Advanced stats analyst Kevin Pauga’s KPI ranking is being used by the tournament selection committee this week, along with RPI. Minnesota was a No. 4 seed and ranked ahead of Big Ten champion Purdue at 15th nationally in Thursday’s KPI list. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi (No. 6) and CBSSports.com’s Jerry Palm (No. 5) both differed. No surprise there. I’m with Lunardi, picking the Gophers as a sixth seed after a loss. But another quality win Friday could get them closer to that No. 4 spot.

Key Numbers

 

Record: 23-8, 11-7 Big Ten

 

Ken Pomeroy (kenpom.com) rating: 33rd in nation

 

RPI: 27

 

Strength of schedule: 23

Quality wins: at Purdue, at Maryland, at Northwestern, Michigan, Arkansas

 

Bad losses: at Penn State

 

Top-50 RPI wins: 6-6

 

Top-100 RPI wins: 13-8