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Gopher basketball team makes the Big Dance

The Gophers mens basketball team made the NCAA Tournament in coach Tubby Smith's second season. the Pioneer Press reported.

The Gophers are the No. 10 seed and they will play the No. 7 seed Texas Longhorns (22-11) on Thursday. The game will be held at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Smith took over the team last year after the team had its worst season in 111 years. The Gophers improved from nine wins to 20 last year but they failed to make the tournament for the first time in 14 years for Smith.

A 16-1 start, a win over No. 1 seed Louisville and a sweep of Wisconsin, played a big roll in the team's selection into the Big Dance.

Pioneer Press: http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_11920384