INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 10: Trevor Mbakwe #32 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers fights for rebound position against John Shurna #24 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)
The Minnesota Golden Gophers have a chance to leap up in the Big 10 a bit as they play Northwestern this Sunday.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are currently entrenched in the bottom of the Big Ten conference, with a 2-4 record leaving them in 10th place overall. Fortunately hope is starting to shine through as those two conference wins have been in their past two games with a win over the highly ranked Indiana Hoosiers and Sunday's defeat of Penn State.
Minnesota have only a single game this coming week when they take on the Northwestern Wildcats at 4 PM Eastern on Sunday at Williams Arena. Northwestern aren't on quite the confidence streak that Minnesota are currently riding, but they can boast an impressive win over conference leading Michigan State. They do play Wisconsin halfway through the week so the Gophers will at least have a bit more rest on their side before the game.
It's still a close race in the Big 10 with only 3.5 games separating the leaders from the bottom dwellers so a win over another lower level team like Northwestern will be a tremendous boost to the Gophers morale. Their 14-5 overall record certainly shows that they're a formidable team despite the four straight conference losses they suffered.
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