Ups and downs precede Minnesota's tourney bid
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By JON KRAWCZYNSKI
AP Basketball Writer
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Golden Gophers were ranked as high eighth in the country, and then they weren't ranked at all. They beat No. 1 Indiana, and then they lost to Nebraska.
They backed into the NCAA tournament as a No. 11 seed, and will face a banged-up UCLA team on Friday.
It's been a crazy season ...
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