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Gophers Beware!

Tony Wroten (US PRESSWIRE)

The Washington Huskies have been many things this season: Equal parts excellent and inconsistent; dominating and frustrating. For every label applied to them, there's the fine print on the back. But none of that matters now, and Washington is back playing like a team fighting for something – and that's bad news for the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Minnesota plays the Huskies Tuesday in New York City for the right to play for the 2012 NIT Championship. The game is on at 6 pm PT on ESPN2. The Huskies, who now hold a 24-10 record after three National Invitation Tournament wins, have been long on potential all season – and they're finally starting to realize it now. The travesty that was Selection Sunday punctuated what everyone around the...

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