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2019 NCAA tournament bracket projection for Minnesota Golden Gophers

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Lack of cohesion will doom Minnesota (0:30)

ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi sees No. 7 Louisville having no problem taking care of No. 10 Minnesota in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. (0:30)

Following weeks of chatter in the Twin Cities about Quadrant 1 wins and "last four in," the Minnesota Golden Gophers escaped the dreaded NCAA Tournament bubble and punched their NCAA tourney ticket with their inspired work in the 2019 Big Ten tournament, outlasting Penn State in overtime and upending league co-champ Purdue in the Big Ten quarterfinals. The two Big Ten tourney triumphs inflated Minnesota's Quadrant-1 win total from four to six and took all of the suspense out of Selection Sunday. Now in the field of 68, Minnesota -- led by the glass-eating and in-the-paint-scoring prowess of Jordan Murphy and the all-around offensive wizardry of Amir Coffey -- might not leave without a fight. How far can Richard Pitino and his seemingly tireless starting five go in the Big Dance?

ESPN+ has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel, and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams to help you make smart picks in your bracket.