I put it out that I might do this today, but I didn't get enough reader responses this time. I realize it's not the ideal time for a Q & A, but thought there might be some questions heading into the tournament. I'll hang on to this idea to see if it's worthwhile later. In the meantime, if you do have a question, send it to email@example.com, and I'll squirrel them away as relevent for use in blogs, etc.
This is Amelia Rayno's fifth season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News. Follow Rayno on Twitter @AmeliaRayno.
The question now is whether Minnesota can move past a bad long weekend and pick up some steam through the rest of this month and next – or whether a not-so-easy slate between now and New Year's will put the Gophers on the path toward the basement.