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Associated Press Minnesota’s Andre Hollis (1) walks off the court after the Gophers lost 45-44 to Wisconsin on Saturday in Madison, Wis.

Men's basketball: With 4 straight losses, Gophers are in a slump

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MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota has developed a troubling pattern since hiring coach Tubby Smith: a midseason slide.

The Gophers are counting on a return home this week to help restore their rhythm and turn the current four-game losing streak into an aberration rather than a trend.

“It’s mostly mental. We have to just keep having faith,” center Trevor Mbakwe said. “We all still believe we’re one of the best teams in the country. Now we’ve just got to go out and play that way.

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