Nonconference dominance, a very strong RPI and plenty of quality victories have saved the Gophers from, well, a pretty significant collapse. Minnesota will almost surely make the NCAA tournament, but with another shot at gaining momentum, the Gophers will also be playing for seeding.
10. Penn State
The Nittany Lions migh t be last in the standings, but give them credit for what they’ve done in the past couple of weeks. After a massive win over Michigan, the Lions had a letdown vs. Minnesota but bounced back to beat Northwestern and scare Wisconsin. Can Penn State take another step next season? Perhaps we’ll see a glimpse of that growth this weekend.
Tim Miles’ bunch has shown a lot of growth and determination this year. And now they’re ready to play the role of spoiler. They’ve seen enough success to know what it tastes like and to try to recreate it.
At the beginning of the season, it seemed next to impossible for the Wildcats to fall lower than 10th with Penn State and Nebraska around. But injuries have hurt the Wildcats in a tough league. Northwestern, however, can bring a spark into next season with a win over Iowa in the first round on Thursday.
|Atlanta - LP: J. Teheran||2||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels||9|
|Toronto - WP: C. Hynes||9||FINAL|
|Boston - LP: D. Hinojosa||7|
|Tampa Bay - WP: J. Norberto||3||FINAL|
|NY Yankees - LP: C. Whitley||0|