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Big Ten identities still being shaped

We're almost at the halfway point of the Big Ten men's basketball schedule and the dominant teams have yet to identify themselves. The Gophers looked like one of the worst teams in the Big Ten, but two straight wins has put them back in the thick of things.
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We're almost at the halfway point of the Big Ten men's basketball schedule and the dominant teams have yet to identify themselves. The Gophers looked like one of the worst teams in the Big Ten, but two straight wins has put them back in the thick of things.

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Not a single Golden Gopher men's basketball player was named to the first, second, third or even honorable mention Big Ten teams on Monday. The only Gopher to take home an award of any kind was Ralph Sampson III. The senior was given a Big Ten Sportsmanship award.

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The non-conference portion of the NCAA basketball schedule is over, meaning conference play is about to begin. The Big Ten Conference is loaded with strong teams. The 12-1 Gophers look good on paper, but how do they stack up against the rest of the league?

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The Gopher women's basketball team rolled over Wisconsin, 81-49 in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday. The eighth-seeded Gophers playing No. 1 seed Penn State in the quarterfinals on Friday.

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