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Afternoon talker: Wolves, Wild, Gophers men's hoops -- which has best shot at postseason?

Posted by: Michael Rand under Gophers, Wild coaching, Wolves news Updated: January 14, 2014 - 3:56 PM

We're planning on writing about this subject for Page 2 in Wednesday's paper (and online, of course), but we thought we would throw it out there for some input first:

The Wild, Wolves and Gophers men's hoops are all about halfway into their seasons in terms of games played. Some a little more, some a little less, but basically half. Which is the most likely to make the postseason (defined for the Gophers as the NCAA tournament)?

The Wild has won five of its past six games ... but right before that it lost six in a row. It currently occupies the No. 8 spot in the West, but it has also played three more games that No. 9 Phoenix.

The Wolves are No. 10 in the West, but the No. 8 seed (Phoenix) has lost three in a row and looks vulnerable. Their peripheral stats are better than the Wild, suggesting they could make a surge, but their competition is also tougher.

The Gophers are 13-4 overall, 2-2 in the Big Ten. They are not among the elite, but they could be in that next tier. They are in the midst of a brutal stretch, but with a win in any of their next three games (Ohio State, at Iowa, Wisconsin) they would be in decent shape with a quality victory under their belts. As of now, they are No. 44 in the RPI, right around perfect bubble range.

Which do you pick? Feel free to comment and to vote in our poll.

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Atlanta - WP: E. Stults 4 FINAL
Detroit - LP: J. Chamberlain 2
Washington - LP: X. Cedeno 2 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: M. Wacha 6
Philadelphia 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh 18
Baltimore 6 FINAL
Tampa Bay 6
Miami - LP: D. Haren 1 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: R. Montero 7
San Diego 6 FINAL
Cincinnati 3
San Francisco 5 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 8
Colorado 2 FINAL
Oakland 11
LA Angels - LP: N. Tropeano 3 FINAL
Seattle - WP: T. Walker 5
Cleveland 4 FINAL
Chicago WSox 1
Kansas City 11 FINAL
Texas 7
Los Angeles 4 FINAL
Arizona 2
Toronto 7 FINAL
Houston 4
Minnesota - LP: C. Johnson 2 FINAL
Boston - WP: J. Masterson 14
Boston 116 FINAL
Charlotte 104
LA Lakers 113 FINAL
Philadelphia 111
Houston 96 FINAL
Toronto 99
Milwaukee 88 FINAL
Atlanta 101
Sacramento 83 FINAL
Memphis 97
Utah 104 FINAL
Minnesota 84
Phoenix 86 FINAL
Portland 109
Tampa Bay 5 FINAL
Montreal 3
Vancouver 4 FINAL
St. Louis 1
Calgary 5 FINAL
Dallas 3
Los Angeles 1 FINAL
Chicago 4
Edmonton 4 FINAL
Colorado 1
Buffalo 4 FINAL
Arizona 1
ULM 58 FINAL
Loyola-Chicago 65
Dayton 70 FINAL
(1) Connecticut 91
(6) Tennessee 48 FINAL
(4) Maryland 58

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