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College Basketball Schedule, TV Times And More: Gophers Take On Northwestern

The Golden Gophers need to get a win to push themselves up in the Big 10, but so do their surprisingly similar opponent Northwestern.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers aren't having the season they'd been hoping for after a brilliant opening to the season that had them at 12-1 and rearing to go in a competitive Big 10 conference. Most of the big wins weren't over highly regarded teams, but they hoped that the momentum alone would be enough to give a spark in conference play.

Unfortunately four straight losses in a row to highly regarded Illinois, Michigan, Iowa and Purdue teams shot the Golden Gophers right down to the bottom of the table in the Big 10. They've since rebounded a bit with two big wins over the Indiana Hoosiers and Penn State but they still have a long way to go if they want to snag an At Large bid this March.

Minnesota get another good chance to carve out another W on the charts as they take on the third from the bottom Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday at 4 PM EST. Northwestern have had a somewhat similar story to the Gophers as they share the same 2-4 record, each with a big win over a ranked opponent in the Big 10; Northwestern beat seventh ranked Michigan State earlier last week.

For more on the Gophers, check out The Daily Gopher.

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