INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 10: Rodney Williams #33 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers loses the ball as he drives to the basket against Michael Thompson #22 and Alex Marcotullio #4 of the Northwestern Wildcats during the first round of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 10, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Northwestern won 75-65. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The first game without Trevor Mbakwe was a success for the Minnesota Golden gophers. Now the basketball team will hope to have more success than the football team did against the USC Trojans. Minnesota hosts USC at the Barn this weekend, and so far the Trojans have been one of the biggest disappointments of the college basketball season. USC is only 4-4 and travels to Minneapolis for a 1:15 p.m. game on Saturday:
The Daily Gopher hopes that Minnesota gained confidence from its win over Virginia Tech:
This game was a very nice win for the Gophers but I hope we don't get too excited by this one. Virginia Tech is an OK team who made a lot of mistakes tonight. And it should be noted that last year we beat Northwestern by 11 in the first game without Al Nolen. But it didn't take long for the book to be written about how to beat the Gophers.
USC is one of the lowest scoring teams in the nation, and had an ugly 42-36 loss to Cal Poly earlier in the season.