After concluding the regular season with a 19-12 record (9-11 Big Ten), the Gophers are confident that they've done enough to hear their name called among the NCAA Tournament's field of 68 teams.
Minnesota couldn't replicate the magic from senior night to defeat another ranked opponent. No. 24 Maryland beat the Gophers 69-60 Friday in the regular season finale.
Following a 68-64 loss to Rutgers on Feb. 24, it seemed Minnesota needed to win two of its final three regular season games to make the NCAA tournament. Two games later, that's exactly what the Gophers have done.
Jarvis Johnson came in as a highly-touted local recruit for head coach Richard Pitino in his first few seasons. Now, Johnson's time with the Gophers came to an end without any games played.
Minnesota finished the regular season with a 5-2 victory over Arizona State, completing the series sweep in the final game Saturday. Minnesota will play Michigan in the first round of the Big Ten tournament next weekend.
Minnesota got out of February with a victory over Northwestern in Evanston, Illinois Thurdsay. Amir Coffey led the team with 31 points in the game.
When January ended, Minnesota found itself favorably positioned to make the NCAA Tournament, holding a 6-4 record in the Big Ten and a 16-5 record overall. However, it was clear that the team's toughest tests would come in February.
After a tricky first round on Monday in which the Gophers shot a combined 29-over par (317), the team found themselves in last place. Ultimately, the Gophers finished tied for 11th place with a cumulative score of 905 (+41), but Redman knows it could have been higher.
With two road contests looming in their final games of the regular season, the Gophers knew they needed to improve on their 1-7 record in away games in order to make the NCAA tournament.
Playing in their final conference game of the season, the Gophers were in desperate need of a victory.