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GameThread: Minnesota v. Michigan State

Since taking over the Gophers last season, Tubby Smith is 0-4 against Tom Izzo. Will that change today?

If it does, it will be because the Gophers hold their own on the boards, protect the basketball to limit MSU's transition game and shoot better than 30 percent from three.

The experts say the Gophers are in the NCAA Tournament either way. But to be safe, a win against Michigan State today would virtually seal an invitation.

Yesterday, I wrote the Gophers needed someone to step up on offense other than Lawrence Westbrook. Devron Bostick answered that call. If the Gophers are to win, we need another player from Tubby's deep bench to answer the call. My money is on Paul Carter today.

I should be here throughout. Gametime is Noon eastern time. The game will be carried by ESPN.

Go Gophers!