MINNEAPOLIS -- With the way Big Ten has fluctuated this season, maybe the Gophers aren't out of it quite yet.
With a convincing 75-52 win over visiting Northwestern on Sunday, Minnesota has reeled off three straight conference victories after starting the Big Ten season 0-4. With a 3-4 record in the conference, the Gophers are still in the thick of things despite their slow start.
"It just shows that the conference is mixed up right now," said Minnesota freshman Joe Coleman, who scored a team-high 16 points in Sunday's win. "But it shows that we can still win games and we weren't just at the bottom of the Big Ten for a bad reason. We were just in a slump and we got out of it."
The Gophers' victory over the Wildcats came after wins on the road against then-No. 8 Indiana and unranked Penn State. But Sunday was Minnesota's first Big Ten win at home this season, as it had previously lost by two to Iowa and by 13 to Purdue.
"It was critical. It's important. It's huge," Gophers coach ...