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Gophers Crack Top 25 for 1st Time in Nearly 4 Years

The Gophers are ranked No. 24 in the new AP top-25 poll. Photo: File/AP
The Gophers are ranked No. 24 in the new AP top-25 poll.

January 09, 2017 02:44 PM

Minnesota has returned to The Associated Press rankings for the first time in nearly four years.

The Gophers debuted in the AP poll on Monday at No. 24, their first appearance in the Top 25 under coach Richard Pitino. They were last ranked the week of Feb. 4, 2013. Minnesota improved to 15-2 and 3-1 in the Big Ten by beating Ohio State 78-68 on Sunday night .

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Pitino and the Gophers have engineered a turnaround from their 8-23 finish last season. They've already topped their conference win total of 2015-16.

The arrival of Amir Coffey has been one of the catalysts. He was the Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second time after averaging 18 points over the last two games.

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