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.
The Gophers lost to the Wolverines 69-60 Thursday night, completing the season sweep.
Just 14 months after hosting Super Bowl LII, U.S. Bank Stadium will once again become the center of the sports universe as the venue for the NCAA Final Four in early April.
After defeating Michigan 7.5-6.5 in match play in Naples, Florida on Feb. 2, the Gophers returned to the Sunshine State to compete in the Moon Golf Invitational at Duran Golf Club in Melbourne, Florida. The Gophers finished in a tie for 12th at the tournament with a combined 884 (+20), which is their best result to par of the season.
The Gophers dominated Indiana Saturday 84-63 in their largest margin of victory this season. Senior Jordan Murphy led the scoring with 23 points.
Minnesota was on track for a win against a team behind it in the Big Ten standings, but a last-second foul and subsequent free throws marked a disappointing end for the Gophers against Nebraska.
During this frigid Minnesota winter, perhaps the coldest place in Minneapolis has been the 3-point line inside Williams Arena.