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Bracketology: Your guide to following the Gophers' NCAA tournament hopes

Over the next few weeks, Gophers men's basketball fans will watch the postseason fortunes of their team rise and fall based on how well they play -- and the successes and failures of other teams around the country.

The inexact science of 'Bracketology' has developed over time with college basketball experts doing their best job of predicting what the 68-team NCAA tournament field will look like.

In recent years, except for the truly awful ones, the exercise involving Minnesota has been whether or not the Gophers will make the field.

This year's success -- a 20-7 record and five straight victories to push them in fifth place in the Big Ten -- has focuses the discussion on where they'll be seeded.

Here's a quick guide to some of the best-known Bracketologists, and a couple of links to supporting data.

The ESPN site featuring Joe Lunardi currently has Minnesota as a No. 8 seed and playing Wichita State in the opening round. The disadvantage of being a No. 8 or 9 seed is the fact that the winner of that game is almost certain to play the region's No. 1 seed in the second round. In Lunardi's view, at present, that would be Kansas.

At CBSsports.com, Jerry Palm has the Gophers as a No. 6 seed, which means they would face the winner of a play-in game between two No. 11 seeds.

The USA Today Bracketology site also has Minnesota as a No. 6 seed, playing the winner of a play-in game between Syracuse and Tennessee.

The SB Nation site, run by @ChrisDobbertean, has the Gophers as the 25th best team overall, placing them as a No. 7 seed.

Another site that does predictions and rankings for all sports -- Teamrankings.com -- also has the Gophers as a No. 7 seed right now and gives them a 96 percent chance of being in the tournament field.

One of the tools used in figuring and updating the Bracketology sites are the Ratings Percentage Index, in which Minnesota currently ranked 23rd,

These rankings typically get updated every Monday, which means there are only two more sets until  the NCAA tournament field is announced on March 12. In other words, it's a good time to start paying attention.

Updates: Follow today's state dance team tournament on the web

Here are several links where fans of the Minnesota State High School League's dance team competition can go for updates.

Saturday's competition begins at 11:30 a.m.

The Twitter feed @MADTcoaches is the official account of the state's dance team association.

Veteran dance team coach Erin Kruesi is following the tournament on her Twitter feed: @MNHSDanceTeam.

Here is a link to a live blog of the competition from Minnesota High School Dance Team Online.

For a focus on teams in the St. Cloud area, St. Cloud Times sports editor Tom Elliott has updates @SCTimesTom

Here is the link to the high school league's dance team page.

TV Listings

Local Schedule

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  • Chicago at Wild

    7 pm on NBCSN, 100.3-FM

  • Minnesota United FC at Toronto FC (preseason)

    2 pm

  • Gophers men's basketball at Maryland

    7:30 pm on BTN, 1500-AM

  • Purdue at Gophers women's basketball

    8 pm on BTN, 1500-AM

  • Tampa Bay at Twins (spring training)

    6:05 pm on 96.3-FM

  • Dallas at Timberwolves

    7 pm on FSN, ESPN, 830-AM

  • Wisconsin at Gophers men's hockey

    7 pm on FSN PLUS, 1500-AM

  • Twins at Boston (spring training)

    12:05 pm on 96.3-FM

  • Penn State at Gophers men's basketball

    2 pm on BTN, 1500-AM

  • Wisconsin at Gophers men's hockey

    7 pm on FSN PLUS, 1500-AM

  • Timberwolves at Houston

    8 pm on FSN, 830-AM

  • Gophers women's basketball at Maryland

    11 am on BTN, 1500-AM

  • Minnesota United FC vs. San Antonio

    11:30 am

  • Washington at Twins (spring training)

    12:05 pm on 96.3-FM

  • Miami at Twins (spring training)

    12:05 pm

  • Los Angeles at Wild

    7 pm on NBCSN, 100.3-FM

  • Timberwolves at Sacramento

    9:30 pm on FSN, 830-AM

  • Tampa Bay at Twins (spring training)

    12:05 pm

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