It is hard to believe that at one point this season the Gophers won the Puerto Rico Tip-off Tournament, were ranked 15th in the nation and were looking at a role in the Big Ten title race and a high seed in the NCAA tournament.
Fast forward to March 10th, the day the ninth seeded Gophers lose by 77-67 to the Northwestern Wildcats in the first round of the Big Ten tournament and it is clear that something significant happened along the way. This unimpressive loss capped a dismal finish to a once promising season in which the Gophers lost ten of their last eleven games.
What went wrong?
In this case, there is not one single factor that caused this meltdown. In fact, there are five distinct reasons that that led to the waste of one of the best starts in Golden basketball history.