Gophers' Basketball Gets Big Win Over North Carolina: Hold Your Enthusiasm!

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Gophers' Basketball Gets Big Win Over North Carolina: Hold Your Enthusiasm!
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The Gophers men's basketball team has made it to the finals of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

With a signature upset-win over eighth ranked North Carolina on Friday night the Gophers will face the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Championship.

Many people are excited about this year's squad.

With Trevor Mbakwe finally making his Minnesota debut this year, and the rumored reinstatement of suspended point guard Devoe Joseph after the Gophers return from Puerto Rico, Tubby Smith appears to have his best squad in this his fourth year at Minnesota.

Whether the Gophers win or lose to the Mountaineers they can be pretty much assured of cracking the top 25 ranking. 

Everything is golden in Gopher country—or is it?

Smith has led the Gophers to three consecutive 20-win seasons in his first three years.

The program appears to going in the right direction, making the NCAA Tournament last two years.

 Here's a look back over the recent past, and what we can expect in 2010.

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