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Minnesota Basketball receives one vote in AP Poll

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This is far better than the alternative.

NCAA Basketball: Maryland at Minnesota Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Because losing in football to a school you hate stinks, we should all choose to embrace the good things the Gophers are doing. Consider it a positive news inoculation against the pervasive and frustrating malaise that seems to have infected the wider Minnesota Football world as of late.

That means you should spend more time watching the very good Volleyball team do very good things in the NCAA Tournament. And it means you should be watching the men’s basketball team play tonight against Our Most Hated ACC/B1G Rival Florida State tonight. After all, the game pits the #35 Seminoles against the #39(ish) Gophers.

No really, look at this fancy chart someone else made for me.

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (40) 6-0 1,590
2 Villanova (20) 6-0 1,567
3 North Carolina (4) 7-0 1,497
4 Kansas 5-1 1,414
5 Duke 6-1 1,365
6 Virginia 6-0 1,286
7 Xavier 6-0 1,181
8 Gonzaga 6-0 1,112
9 Baylor (1) 6-0 1,068
10 Creighton 6-0 965
11 UCLA 7-0 955
12 Saint Mary's 5-0 866
13 Indiana 4-1 857
14 Louisville 5-1 808
15 Purdue 5-1 687
16 Arizona 5-1 655
17 Wisconsin 5-2 555
18 Butler 6-0 506
19 Iowa State 5-1 389
20 South Carolina 6-0 379
21 Rhode Island 5-1 354
22 Syracuse 4-1 229
23 Oregon 4-2 189
24 Florida 6-1 154
25 West Virginia 4-1 132
Others receiving votes: Maryland 126, Notre Dame 85, Cincinnati 49, Michigan State 28, Ohio State 22, Michigan 13, Temple 8, USC 7, Houston 6, Florida State 5, VCU 5, California 3, Tennessee State 2, Virginia Tech 1, Arkansas State 1, San Diego State 1, Colorado 1, Minnesota 1, Rutgers 1

Please ignore the proximity to Rutgers. I’m sure their single vote was a mistake while Minnesota’s single vote was carefully considered and full of wisdom.

Seriously though, the Gophers have been fun to watch (at times) this season and there is a non-zero chance you’ll have fun watching. And if I’m right and it is fun, there’s a good chance that come next week Minnesota will earn themselves a few more votes in the AP poll.