Michigan stops Gophers in Big Ten semis; Selection Sunday next

Where will the Gophers land in the NCAA Tournament after losing to Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals?

The Gophers started slow and weren't able to come back from an early double-digit deficit in a 84-77 loss to Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals.

Michigan, winners in nine of its last 11 games, simply outlasted a Minnesota team that played only six guys. Akeem Springs, Minnesota's captain, watched the game from the sidelines after suffering a season-ending torn Achilles in Friday's win over Michigan State.

Derek Walton Jr. led the Wolverines with 29 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists.

All five Gophers starters scored in double figures with Nate Mason leading the way with 23 points.

Before losing to Michigan the Gophers were seeded a 5 by CBS Sports and a 6 by ESPN. The loss shouldn't hurt Minnesota much, if any when the NCAA Tournament bracket is unveiled at 4:30 p.m. Sunday on CBS.

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