Gophers have a lot on the line tonight against Nebraska

Minnesota can relieve a lot of stress by beating Nebraska Thursday night.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

Wednesday's results proved to be critical in Minnesota's push for a top four seed in the upcoming conference tournament.

With a loss to Illinois, Michigan State fell to 10-7 in Big Ten play while Northwestern improved to 10-7 with a crazy buzzer-beater over Michigan. Sitting just ahead of them are the 10-6 Gophers, who can claim at least a share of fourth place with a win over Nebraska Thursday night. A loss will make things wildly interesting entering the final regular season weekend.

The top four seeds in the Big Ten receive a double bye into the quarterfinal round of the conference tourney.

The best the Gophers can finish is 12-6. The worst they can finish is 10-8. The best Michigan State and Northwestern can finish is 11-7.

If the Gophers take care of business at home Thursday night and Maryland beats Michigan State on Saturday, Minnesota can rest easy going into Sunday's game at Wisconsin knowing they'll be a top four seed in next week's conference tourney.

If Minnesota and Michigan State finish with the same record, the Spartans get the higher seed in the Big Ten Tournament because they beat the Gophers twice in the regular season. The Gophers own the tiebreaker over Northwestern, meaning the worst Minnesota can finish is fifth.

Saturday: Michigan State at Maryland

Sunday: Northwestern vs. Purdue, Minnesota at Wisconsin

Minnesota is also playing for NCAA Tournament seeding. They're a 5-seed in Thursday's fresh bracketology from CBS Sports and USA Today, and up to a 6-seed at ESPN.com.

The play. #B1GCats | #PoundTheRockhttps://t.co/she49TTdyl

— NU Men's Basketball (@NUMensBball) March 2, 2017

Next Up

Byron Buxton

Twins talking contract extension with Byron Buxton

The Twins are 88-38 over the past two seasons with Buxton in the lineup.

minneapolis police

Police arrest man in connection to deadly Minneapolis hit-and-run

The victim died the scene in north Minneapolis on Friday.

Jordan Greenway

Wild's fast start vanishes in loss to Coyotes

Arizona scored five unanswered goals in a 5-2 loss.

Screen Shot 2021-03-06 at 4.12.00 PM

Police seeking tips in search for road rage shooting suspect

The incident took place in Maplewood last week.

Paige Bueckers

Paige Bueckers lands on Wooden Award list for women's college basketball

The Hopkins grad is the only freshman on the 15-player ballot.

Jamal Mashburn Jr.

Gophers fall under .500 after OT loss to Rutgers

The Gophers are under .500 for the first time this season.

police tape, crime scene

Man arrested for killing of his father in Wabasha County

The 73-year-old man was found dead at a home in rural Zumbro Falls.

Related

Gophers have a lot on the line tonight against Nebraska

Minnesota can relieve a lot of stress by beating Nebraska Thursday night.

Big Ten Tournament: Gophers lined up for 3rd meeting with Michigan State

Minnesota appears destined to meet Michigan State for a third time this season.

Big Ten Tournament: Gophers lined up for 3rd meeting with Michigan State

Minnesota appears destined to meet Michigan State for a third time this season.

Based on national opinion, Gophers are the underdogs against Middle Tennessee

Depite being the 5-seed, the Gophers are the on-paper underdog of the tournament.

Based on national opinion, Gophers are the underdogs against Middle Tennessee

Depite being the 5-seed, the Gophers are the on-paper underdog of the tournament.

Here's how you watch the Gophers-Nebraska game in virtual reality

If you have a Samsung phone with virtual reality goggles you'll be able to experience college football in a new way.

Here's how you watch the Gophers-Nebraska game in virtual reality

If you have a Samsung phone with virtual reality goggles you'll be able to experience college football in a new way.

P.J. Fleck sleeps 4 hours a night: 'We have a lot of work to do'

Coach Fleck is the human version of the Energizer Bunny.