MINNEAPOLIS Trevor Mbakwe is prepared to put his money (or his scholarship) where his mouth is.
Mbakwe, a senior forward on the University of Minnesota men's basketball team, tweeted on Sunday that he will repay his scholarship if the Gophers don't make the NCAA Tournament this season.
"I love my teammates. They have always been there for me. If we don't make the tourney ill pay back this years scholarship. nolie gophers," Mbakwe said on Twitter. "That's how much I believe in this years team."
Mbakwe deleted those tweets on Monday morning, but not after they had been picked up by several news outlets.
The average cost of tuition for an in-state resident like Mbakwe would add up to 13,524, not including lodging and books, according to the university's website. That could prove to be one expensive promise for Mbakwe if his Gophers fail to make it to the big dance.
Minnesota hasn't made the NCAA Tournament since the 2009-10 season, when the No. 11-seed Gophers lost in the first r...