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Continued: Here's the path to the Big Dance for Pitino's Gophers

  • Article by: AMELIA RAYNO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 12, 2014 - 1:09 PM

Pencil it in as a LOSS.

March 1 at Michigan

The Wolverines no longer are invincible, but they’re still one of the most efficient offensive teams out there, and they haven’t lost at Crisler Arena all season. The Gophers will keep it closer than they did in a 21-point loss at Iowa, but they won’t have enough to pull out the upset.

Pencil it in as a LOSS.

March 8 or 9 vs. Penn State

If this prediction comes close, it will be a schedule full of runs. A four-game winning streak following a three-game losing streak, and the another three-game losing streak down the stretch. But Minnesota was blessed with a gift to cap the conference schedule — a home game against Penn State, which the Gophers should take with ease and enter the conference tournament on a high note.

Pencil it in as a WIN.

Big Ten Tournament

Of course, even if the Gophers don’t win four more, they still will have chances to notch big victories in the Big Ten tournament. It’s tough to rely on those neutral-court postseason victories, though. To lock it up in the regular season, this is the format.

 

Amelia Rayno amelia.rayno@startribune.com

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