Bracketology: Who will be seeded higher than the Gophers?

How deep will the Gophers go?

The Gopher men's basketball team picked up its seventh straight win Saturday over the Penn State Nittany Lions, 81-71.

After Saturday's win, the Gophers have just two games remaining in the regular season and are sitting in fourth place in the Big Ten.

With the team red-hot, they could make a serious run at the conference tournament next month.

Most importantly, the team is expected to be a lock for the NCAA Tournament. USA Today and CBS Sports have the Gophers as a fifth seed.

If the tournament were to begin today, CBS has: North Carolina, Baylor, Florida and Butler as higher seeds than U of M in the South Regional.

USA Today also has the Gophers in the South Regional behind: North Carolina, Baylor, Butler and UCLA.

So if the higher seeds win their first two games, that would set up a showdown at the Sweet Sixteen between the Gophers and Tar Heels.

Among Big Ten schools, only Purdue is seen as a higher seed than the Gophers by USA Today and CBS Sports.

Even though they have wins over ranked teams inside their conference, the Gophers' 13-1 non-conference record is a big reason why outlets are so high on them.

Next Up

Taylor Rogers

Twins Rumors: Taylor Rogers could draw interest despite injury

The left-hander was placed on the injured list on Tuesday.


Severe storm watch: Apple-sized hail, 75 mph winds possible

A watch has been issued by the National Weather Service.

Screen Shot 2021-07-27 at 7.28.06 PM

Slain Red Lake officer identified as husband, father-of-four

Police say he was shot while responding to a report of a suicidal male who possibly had children the house.

Go Fund Me - Adam Richard Johnson

Remains in Mississippi mark 4th discovery of man's dismembered body parts

Officials on Tuesday confirmed the remains found July 4 are those of Adam Johnson.

Facebook - GoGo dog stolen vehicle -  St. Paul Police Department

Missing dog GoGo found dead in owner's stolen vehicle 3 days later

The vehicle was reported stolen with GoGo inside on July 18

Flickr - face masks covid pole - Ivan Radic

The 14 MN counties with 'substantial or high' COVID-19 transmission

The CDC says everyone in these areas should wear a mask in indoor public places.

Pexels - woman grocery shopping mask covi

CDC: Masks recommended in places with 'substantial or high' transmission

This new guidance applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

Screen Shot 2021-07-27 at 1.10.29 PM

WATCH: Vikings Live with Matthew Coller: Welcome to training camp

Vikings Live with Matthew Coller is a new Vikings show that streams Tuesdays.

YouTube - Minnesota DNR - watering tree

Tips for watering trees during severe drought, sprinkler restrictions

How can you keep your valued trees healthy? Just follow these simple steps.

police tape, crime scene

Minnesota saw record number of murders in 2020, BCA says

The BCA released its annual Uniform Crime Report on Tuesday.

Flickr - Red Lake Nation sign - Ken Lund

Red Lake police officer fatally shot on Tuesday

The officer was reportedly shot near Redby.


Gophers softball is the No. 2 team in country

The Gophers begin the Big Ten tournament this weekend.

Gophers softball is the No. 2 team in country

The Gophers begin the Big Ten tournament this weekend.

Gopher volleyball advances to the Elite 8 with win over Missouri

The Gophers are a win away from another Final Four appearance.