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Is a First Round Win the Cure For This Season's Disappointment?

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As anyone who follows this blog, college basketball, or sports in general can attest to, this year's Gopher team has been among the most disappointing and under-performing teams in recent memory. A team that once sat at 15-1, ranked #8 in the nation, and with wins over Memphis, Michigan State, and Illinois somehow managed to free-fall to a below .500 conference record and a first-round exit in the Big Ten Tournament.

But an NCAA berth and a favorable match-up begs the question: If we beat UCLA, can we, as Gopher fans, really complain that this season did not live up to expectations?

The wonderful thing about the NCAA tournament is that a lower seed only has to win one game to essentially “become” a higher seed. If we advance, our path through the tournament would be no different than if we were seeded 6. Could we really have expected more than a 6 seed going into the season? Sure at one point we were seeded higher in various bracket projections, but I think everyone agrees this team was never good enough to be a 4 seed or higher.

Imagine for a moment that this Gopher team finished above .500 in the Big Ten, receiving votes in both polls, and earning a 6 seed in the NCAA tournament. If we isolate ourselves from all the frustration of this season, would we really have been disappointed with an NCAA win and the chance to play a 3 seed for the Sweet 16? Would a first-round win allow us to re-claim that dream?

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