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.

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