Minnesota started off the year with a 15-1 record. That one loss came against the Duke Blue Devils. Then, the Gophers won two solid games to open up Big Ten play against two ranked opponents at the time. Then the roller coaster ride really began.
Minnesota then lost four games in a row and the great start to the season pretty much diminished. However, the Gophers would then win two more in a row and then lost two in a row. I think you get the point. That was pretty much the case for this team the entire season.
The Gophers finished with an 8-10 record in conference play and were granted an at-large bid in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. As the No. 11 seed, Minnesota took on the No. 6 UCLA Bruins in the Big Dance and actually looked really good winning by 20 points. However, the Gophers lost in the very next round to the No. 3 Florida Gators.
As a result of the up and down season, not meeting expectations and an early exit in the tourney, head coach Tubby Smith was fired at the end of the season. Personally, I thought Smith did great for this team, but that does not change a thing.
Minnesota was once ranked in the top 10 this year, but eventually went on to earn a No. 11 seed in the tournament. You could definitely say that the Gophers had a roller coaster ride of a season.
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