MINNEAPOLIS Seemingly everyone is picking the Gophers men's basketball team to beat UCLA in their first game of the NCAA tournament.
Even the President of the United States.
In his annual bracket selection with ESPN's Andy Katz, President Barack Obama penciled in Minnesota to beat UCLA in the first round. While Obama has the Gophers losing in the next round to No. 3 Florida, he also seems to be jumping on the Minnesota bandwagon despite the Gophers' underdog status as a No. 11 seed against No. 6 UCLA.
"Minnesota's been playing tough," the president told Katz. "I think Tubby Smith's team is going to do pretty well."
That's the way many others feel about the Gophers, who go up against the sixth-seeded Bruins just one week after UCLA lost Jordan Adams, its second-leading scorer to a broken foot. Despite Minnesota's struggles at the end of the season the Gophers have lost three in a row and 11 of their last 16 Tubby Smith's team is favored in Vegas by three points and seems to be...