Latest NCAA tourney projections have Gophers pegged as a 10-seed
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The Minnesota Gophers still have plenty of work to do in order to ensure themselves an NCAA tournament bid, but a second half resurgence in a victory Sunday at Northwestern helped to stabilize their resume.
The win bumped the Gophers' Big Ten record to 6-7, which has them in seventh place in the conference (17-9 overall).
In the latest round of bracket projections, both ESPN.com and CBSSports.com have moved the Gophers up one spot from where they were late last week to a No. 10-seed.
CBS Sports' Jerry Palm put them in the 10th spot in the West region. In that scenario, Minnesota would play No. 7 Pittsburgh. A potential match-up with No. 2 San Diego State could await them in the Round of 32.
ESPN's Joe Lunardi placed the Gophers at No. 10 in the Midwest region, playing seven-seed Memphis.
No matter how you look at it, the Gophers are sitting on or near the tourney bubble. They have five games remaining before the Big Ten tournament, and it is sure to be a difficult run. After taking on Illinois Wednesday at home, Richard Pitino's squad will face a three-game stretch featuring No. 24-ranked Ohio State, No. 15 Iowa and No. 20 Michigan.
In 2013, the Gophers made it into the tourney as an 11-seed with an 8-10 mark in the Big Ten.