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Schedule analysis: Gophers could start 5-0

Donnell Kirkwood

Minnesota Spring Game Highlights

This schedule is built for success – at least the first half of it. It opens with four of the first five games coming at home. And Minnesota should be favored in each one. Could the Golden Gophers be 5-0 when they travel to Michigan on Oct. 5? Hmm. And—don’t look now—but Minnesota has a good chance to be 5-3 when it plays at Indiana on Nov. 2. But a loss to the improving Hoosiers would make getting a sixth win very difficult with a challenging last few games.

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Twitter: Tweets from Big Ten spring meetings

The Big Ten spring meetings have hit Chicago, and there are plenty of topics on the table. For example, further conference expansion, football schedules, bowl games and basketball divisions, among others. Get some of the best tweets from the meetings in this post.

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Dienhart: Just say 'No' to divisions for hoops

Tom Crean

Ultimate Trey Burke Highlight

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

At its spring meetings in Chicago, the Big Ten may discuss if it should have divisional play in basketball, as Rutgers and Maryland are set to join the league in 2014 to make the conference a 14-team entity. My advice: The Big Ten should take a lead from the other major conferences—ACC (12 teams), SEC (14), Pac-12 (12), old Big East (15), Atlantic 10 (16)–and not have divisional play.

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Photos: Matt Limegrover's new, leaner frame

There was a time when Minnesota offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover weighed more than 400 pounds. To be exact, he was 403 pounds in January 2012. Failed diet after diet, Limegrover opted for gastric bypass surgery last May. Fast forward one year, and the offensive coordinator tips the scales at 235 pounds. Having shed nearly 170 pounds from his frame, Limegrover looks and feels like a new person. See the before and after photos in this post.

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Four Big Ten softball teams make NCAA tourney

Michelle Mueller

Whitney Massey Bunt Hit

A quartet of Big Ten softball teams were selected to the NCAA tourney, it was announced late Sunday night. Big Ten regular-season champ Michigan earned the No. 8 national seed and Nebraska the No. 14, while Minnesota and Big Ten tourney champ Wisconsin also made the field.

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Big Ten softball tournament: Badgers win B1G title

Wisconsin Softball

Wisconsin vs. Minnesota - B1G Softball - Championship Highlights

For the first time since 2005, Wisconsin is headed to the NCAA softball tournament. The fourth-seeded Badgers dropped Minnesota, 9-3, Sunday in the Big Ten tourney title game to earn the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAAs. Watch all of the best highlights from the title game here. Also, catch up on the entire tourney at the bottom of this post.

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