Minnesota Golden Gophers: Another Season Lost

Bob DunhamContributor IMarch 7, 2010

ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 27: Head coach Tubby Smith of the Minnesota Gophers gestures in the game with the Portland Pilots at the 76 Classic at Anaheim Convention Center on November 27, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  Portland won 61-56. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The end of another disappointing season has ended for the Golden Gophers.  An overall record of 18-12 and a 9-9 Big Ten record won't be enough to go to the big dance.

The Gophers play Penn State in the first round of the Big Ten Tourney and then a Michigan State team that swept the Gophers in the regular season if they win the first round.

For any chance to make the dance the Gophers will have to beat Michigan State and most likely face Purdue in the Semi-Finals to have any chance to even be a bubble team.

Tubby Smith has dealt with the lose of Al Nolen, Trevor MKawbe and Royce White this season.  The only real lose between the 3 is Nolen, his assist to turnover rate was the best in the Big Ten until he was suspended for academic reasons.

The Gophers are most likely to play in the N.I.T for the post season and if they play like they played against Iowa they have a chance to win a few games.  But the N.I.T was not the goal for a team that wen't to to NCAA tourney and returned the core of players from last season