We can all wish the Gophers great good fortune in the NCAAs. Their drawback seems to be, as one other poster commented, the lack of a true floor leader who can pull them through to wins v. top 10 teams. That leadership role is more qualitative than quantitative, maybe found in the heart more than in stats. Hopefully such a leader emerges soon and we go beyond last year's Elite Eight.A few observations about B1G teams:
Ohio State's loss to Maryland opens up an opportunity for Wisconsin to move into the top four, depending on upcoming matches against Nebraska and Ohio State.
Minnesota drops four spots after losing at Penn State and winning at Rutgers. Some have speculated it might be easier to reach the Final Four from a 12- or 13-seed than from an 8- or 9-seed.
Penn State beats Minnesota and loses in five at Wisconsin, but moves up only one spot. With Northwestern and Purdue as its last two games, might Penn State not host the first two rounds? (The coaches poll still has them at #11, though.)
Michigan loses at Purdue and wins at Maryland, but its RPI drops from #39 to #50.
Northwestern loses to Indiana and Michigan State (for the second time), and sees its RPI go from #46 to #64. Can either Michigan or Northwestern still make the tournament?