Minnesota Golden Gophers defeat Penn State Nittany Lions, 66-64

The next nine games will determine everything.

With a furious rally in the second half of the Big Ten season, the Gophers could become one of the best turnaround stories in college basketball.

If they fail to break troublesome habits -- poor finishes, subpar defense and stagnant offense -- they will stay on course to conclude the year as one of the most disappointing teams in recent school history.

No game exemplified the Gophers' challenges like Sunday's 22-point...