Bob DunhamContributor IMarch 14, 2010

ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 27: Al Nolen #0 of the Minnesota Gophers drives against T.J. Campbell  #44 of the Portland Pilots at the 76 Classic at Anaheim Convention Center on November 27, 2009 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Let's Go Dancing Minnesota!!

With a huge performance in the Big Ten Tournament the Golden Gophers of Minnesota has earned the #11 seed in the Big Dance.

The Gophers ran out of gas against Ohio State in the Championship game, playing 4 games in 4 days but earned there way into the NCAA Tourney.

With outstanding performances against top 25 teams the Gophers literally played there way into the dance.

The Gophers earned a #11 seed aganst  #6 seed Xavier.  The inside presence of Ralph Sampson III and Colten Iverson will be the key.  This Sophmore twosome, dominated the paint against ranked teams in Michigan State and Purdue.

The Gophers have finally become the team that every Gopher fan thought they could be in the Big Ten Tournament:  Dominant on the inside and deadly on the outside.

With the two big men in the middle and Westbrook, Hoffaber and Joseph at the 3 point line, the Gophers have a real chance at going to at least the Sweet 16.  Davoe Joseph has more than made up for the lose of Al Nolan.  His perimater shot and his decision making has turned up the Gophers offense and is making the Gophers a dangerous team to face.

If the Gophers get past a dangerous Xavier team they most likely will face another tough oppenant in Pitt.

The Golden Gophers can make a very serious run in the NCAA Tourney, and the dance starts off against Xavier.