Gophers men’s NCAA tournament outlook

Signature win would boost NCAA projections even higher

Marcus Fuller’s projection: No. 7 seed

 

The Gophers picked up another RPI top-50 win by squeaking by Michigan 83-78 in overtime Sunday. It was a matchup of two of the hottest teams in the Big Ten. Now Minnesota can get even hotter if it upsets Maryland for the second victory against a ranked opponent this season. Beating Purdue on the road is the best win on the résumé. This would be even bigger since the Terrapins have the highest RPI in the Big Ten at No. 17. It could even mean a top-five NCAA seed projection.

Key Numbers

 

Record: 20-7, 8-6 Big Ten

 

Ken Pomeroy (kenpom.com) rating: 39th in nation.

 

RPI: 22.

 

Strength of schedule: 16.

 

Quality wins: at Purdue, at Northwestern, Arkansas, Michigan.

 

Bad losses: at Penn State.

 

Top-50 RPI record: 5-5.

 

Top-100 RPI record: 10-7.