The Minnesota Golden Gophers women’s basketball team found out Monday night that they are officially in the Big Dance for the first time since 2015. The Gophers were named the #10 seed in the Spokane Region and will play the #7 seed Green Bay Phoenix in the first round in Eugene, Oregon. The game will tip off at 4:00 PM Central on Friday and will be televised on ESPN2. The winner will advance to play the winner of the #2 seed Oregon Ducks and the #15 seed Seattle Redhawks on the Ducks home court on Sunday.
It will be the 10th NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. Minnesota has a 11-9 all time record in the tournament which was significantly helped by the Gophers run to the Final Gout in 2004 and Sweet Sixteen runs in 2003 and 2005. Minnesota made its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1994.
Green Bay will come into the game with a 29-3 record on the season. They are the Champions of the Horizon League, and are currently ranked #22 in the AP poll and #21 in the coaches poll.
Minnesota and Green Bay have played thirteen times in the school’s history with the Gophers holding a 7-6 edge. The teams last met on March 19, 2014, when the Gophers defeated the Phoenix 62-60 in the WNIT.
While Minnesota is happy to be in the tournament, it will not be an easy job to stay for longer than a game. 538.com projects that the Gophers have only a 35% chance to advance past the Phoenix into the second round of the tournament, and then if they would pull the initial upset only a 2% chance to make it to the Sweet Sixteen.
We will have a more in depth preview of the Gophers first round NCAA Tournament game later this week.