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Bubble Battle At The Barn As Gophers Host Spartans

Two Big Ten teams that are firmly on the NCAA tournament bubble at this point will get together this evening in Minneapolis, as the Michigan State Spartans come to town to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

The Spartans are coming off of an impressive win against Illinois, a win that evened their Big Ten conference record at 7-7. The Gophers, on the other hand, are coming off of a tough loss to Penn State on Saturday, 66-63, that dropped them to 6-8 in the conference.

This is the second meeting of the year between these two teams. The Spartans emerged victorious back on New Year's Eve in East Lansing by a score of 71-62.

Both of these teams need a victory this evening to bolster their hopes of reaching the 2011 NCAA Tournament, which will take place starting next month. It should be an interesting one tonight in Minneapolis, and you can watch the action on the Big Ten Network starting at 8:00 PM Central time.

For a more extensive preview of tonight's action, be sure to check out our friends at The Daily Gopher.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.