Threat to make the Final: No. 4 Minnesota
In just one year, the Golden Gophers have turned their program around from finishing 13th in the conference to fourth and earning a double-bye in the Big Ten Tournament.
Minnesota began conference play with a 3-1 mark before suffering a five-game losing streak. After the skid, the Golden Gophers began to roll. They won eight games in a row before losing the regular season finale at Wisconsin.
There wasn’t a large contingent that believed that Minnesota would be as competitive at the top of the conference as they ended up being. On the court, the Gophers are led by junior guard Nate Mason and All-Freshman First Team honoree Amir Coffey.
Both players average over 10 points-per-game. If Minnesota is to make the title game, they will likely have to defeat Michigan State in the semifinal, who defeated the Golden Gophers in both meetings during the regular season. However, Minnesota is one of the hotter teams in the conference currently, having won eight of their last nine games.