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(Associated Press) Since reaching No. 8 in the AP Top 25 poll on Jan. 7, Tubby Smith and the Minnesota Gophers are 3-6 in their last nine games and are no longer ranked.

College basketball: Thrilling finishes, upsets fuel Big Ten basketball


The Big Ten may well be the best league in the nation. It has certainly been one of the most fun to watch this season.

The depth of the conference — which has three top 10 teams, five in the Top 25 and eight with at least 15 wins — has led to dozens of high-profile matchups and the most entertaining season in recent memory. It’s all whetted the appetite for what should be a fascinating stretch run.

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