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 a 7-seed in early bracketology

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball Updated: August 13, 2012 - 1:43 PM

Question -- How early is too early to talk bracketology?

Answer – Never?

Going by that theory, as most of the basketball world does, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has released some very, very early bracket predictions for 2012-13, which include the Gophers as a 7 seed.

Lunardi has Louisville, Indiana, Kentucky and UCLA as his No. 1 seeds and put seven Big Ten teams total in his early bracket (others are Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin).

The Big Ten had as many as 10 teams projected at points last season

, but sent six to the big dance. The Gophers were projected around a 7-10 seed for much of the season, but dropped out in the final weeks of the regular season.

Here’s Lunardi’s full bracket.



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