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The two-time defending national champion Gophers have come on strong of late but Bemidji State has been known to pull off an upset.
Transfers and freshmen made an immediate impact, and top returning players greatly improved to help the Gophers into one of this season's biggest stories.
The Vikings have a blueprint for the offseason, and GM Rick Spielman even brought it along - but didn't reveal it - to a meeting with reporters.
Veteran point guard Ricky Rubio is used to trade rumors, but these seemed more intense. "I mean, we're professionals, but we're human beings, too," Rubio said.
McLaren has gone back to its roots to launch a new era in Formula One.