If the Gophers beat the Hawkeyes Sunday night, they'll finish the regular season with a 9-9 Big Ten record.

But a win is expected. It's hard to know, however, what kind of squad will show up after what happened at Michigan Tuesday.

That blow out did not define this squad. But it confirmed every concern about this team's inconsistency entering Big Ten play.

They're currently on the outside looking into the NCAA tournament because they've had too many stretches of uninspired basketball.

A big victory Sunday against Iowa might put the Gophers in the right frame of mind as they prepare for the Big Ten tournament.

They'll have to win it all to get into the Big Dance. But they picked a great year and field to enter the conference tourney as an underdog.

Let's see if their heart matches their aspirations in the final days/weeks of the season.

Prediction: Minnesota 82, Iowa 62

 

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