Northwestern Wildcats defeat Minnesota Golden Gophers, 77-74

Before the college basketball season started, Sunday's Northwestern-Gophers game meant something.

Northwestern, coming off a surprising season, brought back star Kevin Coble and added some talented recruits. National media outlets anticipated the first NCAA tournament bid in school history.

And few questioned a revamped Gophers team's chances of getting back to the Big Dance. The only unknown was the level of success they would achieve once they got there, after nine...

EVANSTON, ILL. - With a towel draped over his lowered head, Gophers point guard Devoe Joseph sat motionless on the bench while this season's nightmare continued.

He couldn't watch Drew Crawford make Sunday's 77-74 overtime loss at Northwestern hurt even more.

Crawford's free throw with 0.2 seconds on the clock was a formality, but it was also another reminder of the 180- degree turn the Gophers have made since a surprising trip to the NCAA tournament last season.

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