This is Amelia Rayno's third 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.

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Gophers picked 9th in the conference in Sporting News, Lindy's

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball Updated: September 16, 2013 - 2:26 PM

It's that time of year, folks.

College basketball magazines are hitting the stands with all sorts of early predictions for this season of hoops.

Here are a couple of early Gophers and Big Ten crystal-gazing:

Lindy's:

The Gophers are picked to finish 9th in a Big Ten that should have no shortage of powerhouses once more. Michigan State is ranked No. 1 in the nation, and Ohio State (No. 6) and Michigan (No.10) also grace the national top 10. Lindy's has six Big Ten teams going to the NCAA tournament -- but does not give the Gophers, with first-year coach Richard Pitino, the nod. Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin are the teams Lindy's has dancing.

Sporting News:

Once again, Minnesota lands at No. 9 in the conference. Otherwise, Sporting News has an impressive six Big Ten teams in its national top 25, the same schools Lindy's has going to the tournament: Michigan State (No. 2, behind No.1 Kentucky), Michigan (No. 7), Ohio State (No. 11), Wisconsin (No. 14), Iowa (No .23) and Indiana (No. 25). That the Hoosiers still land in the top 25 is really telling of the reputations of the incoming freshmen, considering all that they lost after last season.

Soon, I will be doing my own rankings and predictions, but for now, I leave you to yell at other publications ...

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Houston 1 FINAL
Miami 1
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
Minnesota 7
St. Louis 3 FINAL
Detroit 4
Baltimore - WP: T. Wilson 10 FINAL
NY Yankees - LP: S. Baker 2
Boston 9 FINAL
Tampa Bay 6
Toronto 3 FINAL
Pittsburgh 8
Atlanta 5 FINAL
Toronto 3
Washington 2 FINAL
NY Mets 10
Chicago Cubs 5 FINAL
Cincinnati 9
San Diego 3 FINAL
Texas 2
San Francisco 9 FINAL
Seattle 8
Colorado 4 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 18
Cleveland 3 FINAL
Milwaukee 2
Oakland 10 FINAL
Chicago WSox 4
Los Angeles 5 FINAL
LA Angels 4
Kansas City 10 FINAL
Arizona 5
Atlanta 100 FINAL
Charlotte 115
New York 80 FINAL
Chicago 111
Golden State 108 FINAL
Milwaukee 95
Oklahoma City 89 FINAL
Utah 94
Denver 114 FINAL
Portland 120
Nashville 4 FINAL
Washington 3
Arizona 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh 3
San Jose 3 FINAL(SO)
Philadelphia 2
Anaheim 3 FINAL
NY Islanders 2
NY Rangers 2 FINAL
Boston 4
Tampa Bay 0 FINAL
Detroit 4
New Jersey 1 FINAL
Carolina 3
Florida 2 FINAL(OT)
Montreal 3
Ottawa 3 FINAL(OT)
Toronto 4
Los Angeles 1 FINAL
Minnesota 4
Columbus 4 FINAL
St. Louis 2
Buffalo 3 FINAL
Colorado 5
Dallas 4 FINAL(OT)
Vancouver 3
Arizona 78 FINAL
Wisconsin 85
Canisius 73 FINAL
NJIT 78
Notre Dame 66 FINAL
Kentucky 68
San Jose 1 FINAL
New England 2
Orlando City 2 FINAL
Montreal 2
Los Angeles 0 FINAL
D.C. 1
Sporting Kansas City 1 FINAL
New York City 0
Red Bull New York 2 FINAL
Columbus 1
Portland 1 FINAL
Vancouver FC 2
Colorado 0 FINAL
Houston 0
Seattle 0 FINAL
FC Dallas 0
Texas 54 FINAL
(1) Connecticut 105
Dayton 82 FINAL
(8) Louisville 66
(16) Duke 55 FINAL
(4) Maryland 65
Gonzaga 69 FINAL
(6) Tennessee 73

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