Jan 12, 2013, Indianapolis, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers forward Trevor Mbawke (32) dribbles against Indiana Hoosiers forward Cody Zeller (40) at Assembly Hall. Indiana defeats Minnesota 88-81. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Gophers will welcome No. 1 Indiana on Tuesday

Jan 12, 2013, Indianapolis, USA; Indiana Hoosiers guard Jordan Hulls (1) drives to the basket against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Following two straight losses at the hands of Iowa and Ohio State, Minnesota fell out of the AP Top 25 altogether.

Indiana holds the No. 1 ranking for the fourth straight week, garnering 64 of the 65 first-place votes while the Gophers received none for the first time all season.

Minnesota will host the Hoosiers Tuesday night at Williams Arena and will look for a much-desired upset victory over the top-team in the country.

While the Gophers nearly came back against the Hoosiers in January, falling to No. 5 Indiana 88-81 at Assembly Hall, the teams have had drastically different outcomes following that game.

The loss was only Minnesota’s second at that point in the season, but they have since lost seven more games while winning only three.

Indiana, on the other hand, has only lost two games since Jan. 18 and look as tough as ever with the Big Ten tournament right around the corner.

Including Indiana, five Big Ten teams made the AP Top 25 for week 17, including Michigan (4), Michigan State (9), Ohio State (16) and Wisconsin (17).

While Illinois didn’t crack the top 25, they received 19 points.

Following the game against Indiana, the Gophers will finish the season with three games against unranked conference opponents.

The Gophers will play their final home game on Saturday against Penn State and will finish the season on the road at Nebraska and Purdue.

The Big Ten Tournament is scheduled to start March 14 in Chicago.


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