goldySubjective predictions and projections that happen months before a season even start are pretty meaningless — unless they say nice things about Minnesota teams, of course.

Then we care!

As such, let me direct your attention to ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi, who has already released a projected NCAA men’s tournament bracket for the 2017-18 season.

Last year’s Gophers made a stunning one-year turnaround from awful to very good, earning a No. 5 seed in the tournament. They were bounced in the first round by Middle Tennessee, but the consensus was they could be even better next season.

Lunardi agrees and has Minnesota as a No. 4 seed in his (way-too-early) projections. That makes the Gophers the second-highest seeded Big Ten team out of seven in the Big Dance (Michigan State is No. 2) and CONTROVERSIALLY way ahead of No. 8 Wisconsin.

Again, you want to win in March and not June. The Gophers’ first game isn’t for another five months. But it is a reminder that expectations remain high for Minnesota.

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