The Minnesota Golden Gophers are dancing — and they’ll be doing it in Big Ten country.
The Gophers earned a No. 5 seed in the South Region and will face dangerous No. 12 Middle Tennessee in the first round Thursday in Milwaukee, Wis.
Coach Richard Pitino and the Gophers are 24-9 going in the NCAA Tournament and made it to the semifinals of the Big Ten tourney. But Middle Tennessee (30-4) is a major threat to Minnesota. MTSU, the Conference USA champion, shocked Michigan State last year in a No. 15 vs. No. 2 game.
Minnesota gets No. 5 seed
— Minnesota MBB (@GopherMBB) March 12, 2017
Pitino is in his fourth season as the Gophers’ coach. This is the first time he’s led Minnesota to the NCAA Tournament. Just a year ago, the Gophers went 8-23.
Minnesota last made the NCAA Tournament during the 2012-13 season. The Gophers upset No. 6 UCLA and lost to No. 3 Florida in the Round of 32.