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"Every now and then during the past few weeks, folks have asked me whether I still think Minnesota can make the NCAA tournament. And the answer is always, in my best Bane voice: Of course! Have you seen Minnesota's résumé? They have the top strength of schedule in the country, a top-15 nonconference schedule, a top-20 RPI, a higher proportion of top 100 and 150 games than most teams (they simply didn't play many cupcakes) and no truly bad losses, depending on how you feel about a 48-point performance at Northwestern. When you dig in and look at Minnesota and compare it to, say, Temple, or Virginia, or Baylor, or Arizona State — teams actually on the bubble — you see how silly it is to wonder if the Gophers are going to miss out on the NCAA tournament, at least at this point."