When the end of the season arrived, the Minnesota Gophers were worn out. With eight straight victories to recover from a 3-6 start in Big Ten play, Minnesota finished with its first winning conference record since 2005 and its best mark in 20 years since the program's only Final Four appearance.
Akeem Springs was hobbling away on crutches from the Gophers' NCAA tournament pep rally Sunday when he was stopped by fans. One man pointed and said, “He's not afraid to shoot.” Springs laughed. There hadn't been much to smile about for the Gophers senior captain since suffering a torn right