Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 12/31/12
MINNEAPOLIS There's something about the sound of being a top 10 team. For the Gophers men's basketball team, it's a sweet sound indeed. Minutes before Minnesota tipped off with Michigan State to start the Big Ten season, the new college basketball polls were released. In it, Minnesota moved up from No. 11 to No. 9 in the Associated Press poll, the first time the Gophers have been ranked in the top 10 since they made it to the Final Four during the 1996-97 season. Rankings mean only so much to Minnesota, which finished nonconference play with just one loss. After taking care of No. 18 Michigan State, 76-63, Monday at Williams Arena, the Gophers talked of bigger goals. "We want to win the Big Ten championship," said senior forward Trevor Mbakwe, who had 11 points and 12 rebounds in Monday' win. "We're not settling just on winning one or two games against a big opponent. We want to win every game. It's a big win for us, but we're looking forward to Northwestern now. We've got to ke...
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